Friday, October 30, 2009

Lupus and other Autoimmune Diseases Linked to Insecticide Use

Lupus Linked to Insecticide Use

Beyond Pesticides reports that a "study, which looked at more than 75,000 women, shows that those who spray insecticides at least six times per year have almost two and a half times the risk of developing lupus and rheumatoid arthritis versus those who do not use insecticides. The risk doubles if insecticides were used in the home for 20 years or more."

"Hiring a gardener or commercial company to apply insecticides also resulted in a doubling of risk, but only if they were used long-term."