The effects of organophosphates on human health

By Margo White In Health

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14th February, 2013
Organophosphates, or OPs, are a group of pesticides said to have saved millions of people from starvation, and as the chemicals degrade quickly, they are considered an environmentally friendly alternative to the bug-killers that preceded them. Yet as use of these chemicals increases, so are concerns about their effects on human health. Organophosphates work by deactivating acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme in the human nervous system that breaks down acetylcholine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves and muscles. As a result the nerves become overactive. This is how the chemicals ...

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