Organophosphate pesticides/insecticides are widely used for insect control on food crops and for pest control in residential and commercial areas.
In the US, approximately 40 organophosphates are registered for use by the EPA to be used for mosquito control, prevention of animal diseases and insect control on food and vegetable crops. Organophosphates are used as pesticides for:
- Agricultural crops and orchards
- Citrus crops
- Stored grain, corn, and seeds
- Residential lawns
- Commercial property
- Pet flea collars and treatments
- Ant/roach baits
- Mosquito control
Organophosphate (OP) exposure may occur by ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact with insecticides and/or pesticides, with primary exposure to organophosphates in people like you and I being from the ingestion of food products or from residential use.
The highest levels of OPs are seen in pesticide applicators, farm workers, and pesticide manufacturers.
OPs or their metabolites can inhibit a key enzyme?in your nervous system, potentially leading to? a range of symptoms, including:
- Runny nose
- Gait disturbance
- Numbness and weakness of the extremities
In a survey of health effects from pesticide exposure among agricultural workers, the workers reported experiencing three or more of the above symptoms.
One specific OP, atrazine, is an herbicide used on farms, highways and railways. Atrazine has been shown to disturb hormone system function.
Long-term health effects of OP are not well known, but studies suggest that children exposed to OP pesticides – both prenatally and during childhood -?may have difficulties performing tasks involving short-term memory and may show increased reaction time, impaired mental development or pervasive developmental problems.
In newborns, the effects of OP exposure are manifested mainly by an increased number of abnormal reflexes, whilst in adolescent kids the effects may manifest as mental and emotional problems.
Farmers exposed to chlorpyrifos, malathion, and parathion were observed to have respiratory illnesses including asthma and wheeze. Commercial applicators exposed to chlorpyrifos, dichlorvos, and phorate were also found to wheeze.
Decreased sperm motility and reduced sperm count were observed in adult male rats treated with chloropyrifos.
Here’s a short table explaining the possible health effects of a variety of different organophosphate and chlorinated pesticides:
(Table from Chek, P. Under The Veil of Deception. Page 72. 2002. CHEK Institute)
Fortunately, simple home-based urine testing can be used to determine OP levels. The test is conducted using a simple and convenient home urine sample. Once detected, these toxins can be removed safely from the body by supporting its ability to detoxify.
Hompes Method Testing Toolkit
Organophosphate Pesticide Tests
It is possible to test organphosphate pesticide levels using a blood test. Several pesticides are analysed in the blood sample to give an indication of total body burden. Please click here to learn more about the test and view sample reports.
“The Organophosphates profile indicates exposure levels to organophosphate pesticides and insecticides. These toxins may be an underlying cause of health issues including neurodevelopment and immune system disorders, ADD/ADHD, impaired memory, mood disorders, and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Awareness of toxicity can assist in treatment planning to help achieve wellness goals.”
Safe and Effective Detoxification
The Hompes Method can guide you through a safe and gentle detoxification programme, which I call the “Hompes Method 1,2,3’s of Detoxification“.
The first step in detoxifying your body is to avoid putting toxins in! All too often, this step is overlooked. If you try to detoxify your body while you’re still loading up on toxins, you’re wasting your time – it’s like trying to empty a basin of water while the taps are still on.
Toxin minimization involves:
- Eating clean food
- Drinking clean water
- Breathing air that’s as clean as possible
- Putting less toxins on your skin
- Optimising digestive function (see step two!)
It’s essential to optimize your digestive function. Why? Well, a digestive system full of bad bugs is a toxic digestive system – it leaks toxins into your body, overloading your liver’s ability to remove toxins.
A further problem is that a damaged digestive system can’t absorb nutrients effectively, and nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals are needed for proper detoxification!
Once nutrition, environment and digestion have been optimized, a carefully planned detoxification programme can be implemented using specific supplements and cleanses.