Agrochemicals: missionaries with severe mental retardation and malformations

Agrochemicals: missionaries with severe mental retardation and malformations

By Dr. Hugo Gómez Demaio

5 out of every 1000 children are born sick, and in Alicia an alarming mental retardation was found in the little ones. Are we generating a population of idiots? The absent state; the Agrotoxics Law that is not enforced; soil degradation and water pollution; the hostage settlers ... All this in an unmissable dissertation by Dr. Hugo Gómez Demaio that we transcribe below.

Dr Demaio: Since 1987 we have been working in what used to be the Children's Pavilion of the Madariaga Hospital, today the Provincial Pediatric Hospital. We received from the Province of Misiones, as it is the Hospital of Greater Complexity and the only one that has a Pediatric Surgery Service, all the malformed patients born in the Province of Misiones.

One day it occurred to us to put a pin on a map of the Province of Misiones indicating in which places the children with malformations of the neural tube closure had been gestated.

Let me explain: the closure of the neural tube that is the vertebral column that surrounds the spinal cord, closes before the 28th day of gestation. When the mother does not yet know that she is pregnant, the closure of the neural tube must already be completed. Therefore, it was very important to know where the child was gestated and not where it was born. Why? Because at nine months of gestation, from nine months of gestation, eight months of gestation already have with the closure of the incomplete neural tube, what is called spina bifida, myelomeningocele, meningoceles, spina bifida occulta, and everything else.

What we saw?. The first thing we saw is that all the patients had been pregnant in areas of massive use of agrochemicals. We say agrochemicals when we talk about pesticides, which are pesticides, plus fertilizers. But we speak of pesticides directly, which are only pesticides. Is this difference understood?

Just the beginning ...

When we were studying myelomeningoceles we saw that this was the tip of the iceberg.

This is how children came to the hospital with a malformation, which I am going to show you where the closure of the neural tube had not occurred, and that had not occurred until the 28th day of pregnancy. And underneath all that there was, as in the iceberg, much more unknown mass of pathologies that we began to study. This is how we began to study genotoxicity, which is the modification of the human genome. We human beings have the same genome for all, with small mutations in some genes that give us the differences, the individuality between one and the other. The genetic load plus what the environment gives each of us, is what determines that we have an individual behavior, that we are all different. And we begin to see that in addition to myelomeningoceles, we have genotoxicity, which is chronic intoxication from the use of these pesticides. Genotoxics, which affect the DNA structure of all human cells.

The sole purpose of DNA is to produce proteins. To produce proteins, what humans need are amino acids. Twenty amino acids are essential. It means that they must be incorporated by the diet. And the diet brings them, from animal proteins call meats, eggs, dairy. Some vegetables, such as soybeans, do not have all the amino acids, except the transgenic ones. Less those treated with glyphosates. That is what we are going to see now.

And the other thing that we study is teratogenesis, which is the abnormal fetal development within the maternal uterus, of these boys whose genome had been changed due to environmental toxins and who were born with malformations.

We also saw that the number of children that we have at the Posadas Children's Hospital with cancer, with cancer metastases, as well as liquid tissue cancer, such as leukemia, is much higher than expected for the Province of Misiones. And we are not going to talk about acute toxicity.

Rural workers, hostages

The great deception that multinationals, mainly Monsanto, which is the main distributor of pesticides and the "technological package" that is agrotoxic, plus the seeds that come with resistance to glyphosate. So you as producers have no choice but to buy the entire package from Monsanto. What's more, Monsanto has not settled for this, at this time it already has grains that have a half-life of one year. It means that if I want to save the seeds purchased in a technological package, the fertility of that seed lasts one year and the following year it is sterile. The seeds that we buy in the package are sterilized. That is, we can plant it for one year only, we cannot save it for next year - incredible. As it was done before, soya beans or seeds of whatever were saved for next year and the following year that was planted. But now they are sterilized by Monsanto.

And Monsanto is now also buying the water from the Province of Misiones, the water from the Guaraní Aquifer. With which, Monsanto is going to own the seeds, the glyphosate (roundup), the sterile seed, which is planted for a year and no longer planted, and it will own the drinking water for us to drink and for irrigation.

The example of reality in rats

We went after having read an interesting work by a Japanese named Hashimoto who put some rats in a maze, rats by innate constitution, genetics, look for food and look for darkness and then he would put them in a maze with all holes fake, painted black, except for one that was the real hole, which led them to a tunnel under the ring and in that tunnel they found the food. When it was put in contact with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are components or pollutants of the agrochemicals that we use here in Misiones, the little rats stopped finding the little hole that led them to darkness and to food. But they could do it before, before putting her in contact with the agrochemical. The serious thing about all this is that the children of these rats never learned to find the true hole to lead them to darkness and food. It means that this, which I put in the first place, is a research work that we did in the Alicia Alta and Baja neighborhood where none of the children solved the cross-information test that we will talk about at the end.

In other words, we are not only changing the human genome of the Missionaries. We are sterilizing the earth. We are polluting the environment, we are polluting the water, but also, we are subject to the multinationals so that they, with technological packages, make us producers of what they want. We are prisoners of these multinationals.

The (bad) examples.

Demaio shows photos and explains: This is myelomeningoceles:

- This is a boy seen from the back, here is the tail, this is the head, this is the failure of the closure of the neural tube, here is the spinal column, it is open and all the exposed roots of the spinal cord are visible. Of course, these children are born with paralysis from that area below and from this area below including lower limbs, bladder, and defecatory system, that is, they do not have fecal control, they do not have urinary control and they do not have lower limb motor skills in different degrees. Is this understood? Here it is closed, that same defect, that does not mean that the nerve roots that were exposed, recover, do not recover.

- Here I have another myelomeningocele, here, you see, coming out there with a totally scoliotic spine, deviated.

- Here I have another myelomeningocele, another one, see that it is a lump, it is not broken, it was born without breaking. Here I have a nuclear magnetic resonance where I see how, this is the spinal cord, how it comes out here, all the nerve roots are covered by this cyst of cerebrospinal fluid, which is the meningoceles. Myelo is medulla, meningo is the covering that covers it and with the fluid that it has inside, that is why this is a myelomeningocele. If it had only fluid it would be a meningoceles. It is understood?.

Children who have a spot on their back, who are born with a spot on their back, or a mole with hairs, mainly in the lower back, if I take an MRI or an X-ray, what I see is that those guys have flaws in the closure of the blades.

The laminae with the spinous processes have to be attached backwards, they have them open, that is called spina bifida occulta.

- Here I have a myelo, another open and broken myelo with hydrocephalus, here I have anencephaly, the lack of development of the entire cranial central nervous system, brain, another partial.

- Here I have a total anencephaly, these are all cases, and these boys die from lack of follow-up because as they cannot spontaneously urinate, they urinate against a bladder that does not open the sphincter, therefore they urinate up and dilate. This is the bladder, this is the bladder neck, they urinate up, they dilate the urinary tract in both kidneys, causing kidney failure. The death of these guys in the end is from kidney failure.

This is one of the devices that we use so that these boys can walk, this is a reciprocating splint, they have a little cable back there, behind the tail, this is seen from the front, in such a way that when they have flexors , but they don't have hip joint extensors, so the cable pulls this leg back. With which one can teach him to walk with this reciprocating splint. The device that goes here, which is a hinge, that has to be imported from Great Britain costs $ 5,000, so this is a disease for the rich, and in general, those who have this disease are poor.

Question: how long can boys live like this?

Dr. Demaio: and if you take care of them they can live like us, but the average of our patients in the Pediatric Hospital requires 8 operations, it means that there are boys who have 20 operations, there are boys who have 4 operations, to fix the bladder, to fix his digestive system, to fix his motor skills. It is understood? The amount of operations these guys get is monstrous. The valve to combat hydrocephalus, which 80% of boys with myelimeningoceles have hydrocephalus, the valve costs 1500 dollars. The artificial urinary sphincter that we put on them so they don't use diapers anymore (because they don't want to go to school afterwards, because they urinate on themselves, and they have a bad smell, they smell like pee and poop and their classmates don't like them and the teachers less) To put in an artificial urinary sphincter, the sphincter costs $ 10,000. We will give it to you for free at the Hospital, but nobody puts the $ 10,000 in it, the social works don't put it, the Ministry of Public Health does not put it, nobody does it. Do you understand how this is?

- To that column that is totally twisted, you have to implement all this apparatus of bars and plates that are called -Harrington bars-, this is the material, where I straighten the column and tie it through these crosses here with wire to make it erect. Of course, he will never be able to flex his back again, do this, but he will not collapse because when the spine collapses, he compresses the lung, compresses the cardiovascular system and dies of respiratory failure, and heart failure, so you have to keep him straight spine.

- This is hydroencephaly, I don't know if you can see it, it looks bad from here, here is the valve in place, this valve enters through the subcutaneous tissue, it goes to the abdomen, the catheter, everything that is excess pressure inside the cerebral ventricles that are blocked, it comes out through the valve, and the fluid with proteins is reabsorbed in the peritoneum, and the peritoneum returns to circulation, because if it goes out, the boy will run out of proteins in two months. Is it understood? The circuit where it goes is the peritoneum, but they make cysts in the peritoneum, they have to be reoperated because the catheters are covered, it's all a story, it's like, if I am diabetic and now with insulin I heal, If I heal, I don't heal, I have to take insulin from now until the day I die, and if I don't take insulin I die. So, this is the cure? No, the cure would be that they put a pancreas on me, that produces insulin, and that I make the insulin according to the need I have, do you understand how that is? This is not cure nothing, this is what the moment passes right?

- Well, this is a fetish that has a large hydrocephalus already, the brain tissue is replaced by cerebrospinal fluid, and the ventricles are dilated. And I, instead of giving them this, which is the scientific study that we did in Argentina with the National University of the Northeast, which was the only one that gave us the opportunity to work in their laboratories, when we started working with this project in the year 87, because the UNaM told us no, that it was not worth it.

The absent state ...

… We do not have support from anyone, the last support we had was in 2000, which was 5000 pesos for a year of research, when the enzymes that we use cost 300 dollars a package and we use more or less 10, 50 packages per year, they realize that with that it is not possible to investigate in Misiones.

This is the responsibility of several, this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Health that does not invest in research on what is going to happen to the population, this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health of the Nation, the Ministry of Ecology of the Province that has the Agrotoxics Law under its control and that it does absolutely nothing to enforce that law, which is quite good, and the Ministry of Agriculture does not seem to realize what is happening in Misiones.

Numbers far from reality ...

The Latin American Center for the Registry of Congenital Malformations puts the Province of Misiones as having 0.1 / 1000 live births with a neural tube closure defect, on the map of malformations registered by them. And we registered 5.4 / 1000 in our hospital. A difference of 50 times more. In addition to the sub-registries, the registry of abortions. In developed countries like Sweden for example, all abortions are studied to see why it was aborted, spontaneous abortion, not induced abortion. Spontaneous abortion determines that despite using folic acid as prevention, later we will talk about the prevention of neural tube malformations, they cannot go below 0.4 / 1000 live births, counting abortions, we of abortions or let's talk because we don't know. And we don't know how many are born with myelomeningocele and are buried deep in the house. Either they are sent to the Misiones Tobacco Planters Association (APTM) for free in the area, or they are referred without going through Posadas, because there is a health law that every malformed person has to go through the Posadas Children's Hospital. They do not pass and they are transferred directly to Buenos Aires and in this way our statistics do not increase. This is all very fraudulent. All the reports that we have are very fraudulent.

The Association of Tobacco Planters

The primer that APTM distributes to tobacco producers speaks of high, medium and low risk, and when it talks about this, it speaks in relation to direct toxicity, acute intoxication, that is, if I drink a glass of glyphosate that It will happen to me, and it is most likely that if they treat me in time, I will not die, I will be half injured, but dying I will not die. If for five years I receive the dose of glyphosate in the water that I drink, in the vegetables that I eat, in the birds that I eat, that are fed with fish meal that are full of glyphosate and hexachlorophenols from the wastebaskets, they are all intoxicated with that. There in Buenos Aires, in San Sebastián, I eat a chicken from San Sebastián, I buy it and I say no, this is Buenos Aires, so what? and we send the flour here from the contaminated fish. So the vicious circle, not only the occupational risk of acute poisoning, but the environmental risk and chronic poisoning.

….? . Look at you, here is Misiones, see her? You have 4 to 8 per ten thousand, that's zero to 0.4 per thousand. We have 5 per thousand. This is what Eclanc says we have in Misiones. I guess there will be no bad faith in the Eclanc, I guess they must have under-registration. I suppose no one reports what is happening in the Province of Misiones, but we have patients, we have children with open myelo here, with hydrocephalus and paraplegia who cannot walk and with urinary and fecal incontinence , we have them.

Mental retardation

And in chronic poisoning the most important point is the change of the human genome, which will lead us not only to have defects in the closure of the neural tube, much more cancer than we normally had, but also, it will produce a generation of idiot missionaries. You will see how in Colonia Alicia Alta and Baja we did a cross-knowledge study, compared with healthy children in the Children's Hospital, and the severe mental retardation that children in Colonia Alicia Alta and Baja had is monstrous. Of course they will continue to be producers, cheap and family labor because tobacco producers are family producers. If you read Gonzalez's book, by Carlos Gonzalez, you can see that no tobacco producer has more than 17 hectares. production is the average, some have 25 but others have 5, the average is 17.

When we saw this, we said well, if these boys, born in the area of ​​use of agrochemicals, if we take the group of absolutely healthy children, and do the enzymatic and genomic study, which forms a large family of genes called cytochrome p450, which detoxify the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that agro-toxins have, and we see how the normal ones behave and how the children that we have with myelomeningoceles behave. In this work that is unique, it does not exist in the world, what we see is that normal children behave according to the universal studies that had been done. There was a part that was susceptible to agrochemicals, others that were intermediate and others that were totally resistant.

But when we studied children who had myelomeningoceles, all of our children were susceptible. So we said, well, it means that we put the kids who were susceptible in contact with the agrochemical and we injured them. But we injured them, since they were in the mother's belly. It is not that we do it after, from before. So this study was enzymatic. As we did not have special machinery.

Like Kalerman in the US, we had to do it with tritiated uridine, a radioisotope. We did it at UNNE at the Corrientes Faculty of Medicine. Which meant that we, Lic. Cristina Martin, who is the geneticist, had to travel with the frozen DNA samples of our patients to Corrientes, 300 km away. to do the studies and return the results to Misiones, so that we have these data today.

It is what coincidence was there between the production of this enzyme and the presence of this CIP1 A1 gene in our patients? and what we saw is that the enzyme production and the presence of this gene coincided. Then we found a gene for polygenes that must have to do with the detoxification of pesticides and the most important thing we saw is that the more possibilities I have to detoxify , more damage to the human genome I produce. And this is difficult to understand, but I am going to explain it to you simply. When I detoxify with CIP1A1, which is a gene, which all cells in the body have, detoxifying produces the intermediate metabolites called “adducts” that enter the cell nucleus and modify DNA; It means that the more I detoxify, the more metabolites I produce and by producing more metabolites they enter further into the nucleus of the cells, it means that the one with the greatest capacity to detoxify is the one that damages its own genome the most, is this understood? .

I am detoxifying you but what happens is that the adduct, that metabolite, enters the nucleus of the cell where the DNA is and makes the DNA mutate, in such a way that the child of that cell will have the same mutated DNA that she who received the pesticide and is going to stay like that ad infinitum, is going to pass it on to her offspring, especially if the DNA I'm modifying is the DNA of sex cells. Not from autosomal cells.

Well, this work was very well received throughout the scientific field, except in Misiones of course, and what I thought, here we have a myelomeningoceles, how it has to be closed, this is how the neural tube closes. All this that is informed by genes so that it closes, the genes that are what make the fold of the natural crest and later the neural tube form, the impossibility of it closing is all genetically informed, and if I, the I have mutated genes, they cannot tell it to close, that's why it remains open. This is a work that mobilized us a lot. It is Stevenson's work, which dates from the year 87. In the year 85, with the thesis of Cristina Martin, in the year 85 we proposed that it was not by chance that the closure of the neural tube It occurred in the fourth week of gestation, when the avascular embryo, that is, it does not have vessels, becomes vascular. Right at that moment is when the neural tube has to be closed. And with Stevenson's work, we proposed the vascular theory, which means that since oxygen and glucose did not reach the cells that have to close the neural tube, in that way we were one step behind the closure of the neural tube, there was a vascular malformation . And what Stevenson showed, is that look at this one who was born with anencephaly, this one is normal, this is the aorta and all the twigs of the aorta, this one that was born without a brain, look at the branches as they are, very different, very few, branched. Look at this one with a large dorsal myelomeningocele, in that area it has no branches of the aorta. It means that there is a vascular problem through all of this. In other words, when I use pesticides, the first thing I am spoiling would be the development of the embryo's vascular system. When the vascular system develops poorly, the neural tube will develop poorly, the neural tube will not close, and the child will be born with all the complications that we raised before. This is the famous Eclanc study, which is a liar. I recently walked through the Senate of the Nation that gave me an award for the most serious scientific study on neural tube malformations and pesticides. Of course by APEBI which is an association for the fight against spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Question: when can it be detected that a woman is pregnant with a boy who has a failed closure of the neural tube?

Dr. Demaio: And actually, it's very difficult, but around week 14, one can make a determination of alpha-fetoprotein in the amniotic fluid, first in the mother's serum, if it goes up, it's because there is damage to the fetus, tissues are exposed, in contact with the amniotic fluid that surrounds all this. Here is the myelomeningocele that can be seen ultrasound at week 14. In the United States, abortion is allowed until week 20. It means that a mother who carries this fetus with this malformation, at week 14 is detected and she can decide , not the doctor, if you want to have an abortion.

Here I have, it looks bad, but it is more or less like this, all this is the honey. It looks bad in the projection. Here I have the honey. These are all ours, unfortunately. I have the honey there, do you see it on the ultrasound? Here I have the honey that is protruding in this area, this is the boy's tail. The most common area is the lower back. Remember that these boys are paraplegics, they are paralytic of the lower limbs, incontinent urinary and fecal.

They have hydrocephalus in 90% of cases, you have to put a valve on them. With normal IQ. Despite all this, the IQ is normal. It means that I have to do everything possible so that this boy gets to school, is integrated into the school because he can become like any of us all.

Question: Are children born with spinal extension, those with a tail, is it also a product of this or is it another pathology?

Dr. Demaio: No, it's something else. This has to do with closure and the other has to do with a phylogenetic remainder. Here it looks good from above. I want to show you this, because it seems to me that when I say good, I put glyphosate because it is easier to grow with glyphosate. This is glyphosate. No? For the sake of understanding, this is phosphorous chlorine. This is more serious because it is from the cervical area. From the chest area down, everything is paralyzed, everything. Live with a respirator.

Question: When a child is born with myelo, is he or she more at risk of having siblings with the same malformation?

Dr. Demaio: They have almost a 20% higher risk of having another child with the same malformation as the general population. That is why the protection with folic acid instead of being 1 mg, is now 4 mg. Against a milligram that is for the general population of folic acid per day, in all women of gestational age. It's not that I take it, then I go to the tel, then I get pregnant and I'm already protected. Not at least, it should be taken three months before. The drama we have in Misiones is that people don't understand. Although I give him folic acid, he does not understand that taking one of those 1 mg pills per day of folic acid, low as the Irish fell from 7 per thousand, they had more than us, we have 5 and they had 7, with folic acid they fell to 0.1 per thousand. It means that I have the weapons to avoid this. What folic acid does is that it repairs the DNA that agrochemicals destroy. It is as if I had a repairman who goes through each of the bases and if this base is changed, he removes it and puts the normal one. I explain? that's what folic acid does. Then I have to give it. And there is a law that we first promoted here, in the Province they didn't give us even five, nothing, we promoted it here in the House of Representatives in the Provincial Legislature, and they took it to Buenos Aires, they made the Folic Acid Law, which is the enrichment of flours with folic acid, which has two milligrams per kilo of flour, which is little, folic acid is very cheap, they would have to put it per kilo of flour, why, because we all eat flour, we eat bread, we eat noodles If everything is made with folic acid, plus the folic acid from all the green vegetables we eat, we can have 3 or 4 mg. of folic acid per day and we are protected. Especially living here in Misiones, I tell you for those of us who live here.

A long list of poisons

What we use as pesticides, not agrochemicals, agrochemicals are pesticides and fertilizers. Pesticides are pesticides. Of the pesticides, the most important at least for Goodman and Gilmman, are insecticides, which are for killing insects, mites, all that, rodenticides, which are for killing rodents, fungicides, which are for fungi, herbicides that are for weeds: RoundUp, glyphosate, and fumigants, defoliants, which are mixtures, worse still, are mixtures of all these, even some with fertilizers that are contaminated with dioxins that are much more toxic than pesticides. Think that dioxins, along with agent orange, were used in Vietnam in the 60s, 70s, to weed all of Vietnam, where the villages were, and kill them.

Monsanto started their, Monsanto is 100 years old, they are not breast babies, they started all their chemistry with saccharin, they made saccharin. Sweetener. Then they started making plastics, after plastics they started making agrochemicals. After the agrochemicals, they joined with Cargill and said, well, we are going to make a package together, you produce the grains, we produce the transgenics, so we put the two together and also make agrochemicals. But we make an agrochemical that is resistant to glyphosate and that's how they have glyphosate resistant corn, soy, glyphosate resistant, glyphosate resistant wheat. If you want to plant, what do you do? And you have to buy the whole package. And then they are going to sell us the Monsanto water. And well, the fumigants.

Insecticides, the oldest of all, the famous DDT, from the 1940s, was designed as a war toxin, they are war agents in the United States and it was designed by a coincidence !: Monsanto.

What a coincidence!. DDT is prohibited, its manufacture and use, since 1976 for the USA.

Manufacture and use for the USA, not for the rest of the world. DDT has been found in Antarctic penguins in adipose tissue. DDT, fifty years after DDT is no longer used theoretically in Argentina. It means that the biodegradation of these compounds does not exist. Como son muy liposolubles, no son solubles en agua, son solubles en lipidos y en solventes, por lo tanto para proteger el sistema nervioso, lo primero que hace es ir al tejido adiposo, pero queda permanentemente en el tejido adiposo. Cuando una persona adelgaza, éste es el riesgo de adelgazar en estas zonas, donde nosotros vivimos en contacto con agroquímicos, al disminuir el lipocito, la cantidad de grasa, libera el tejido adiposo a la circulación y libera los agroquímicos que tiene depositado en el tejido adiposo, y eso van a otro tejido adiposo que está lleno de grasa que es sistema nervioso central. Todos los nervios están rodeados de una sustancia que se llama mielina que es como el forro del cable de la luz, que evita que un cable esté en contacto con el otro para que no haya corto circuíto. Todo eso que se llama sustancia blanca que es la mayor parte que tenemos en el sistema nervioso central se impregna con el agroquímico y produce el desastre que termina en convulsiones, coma y muerte.

Quiere decir que una persona que era normal hasta el momento, adelgazó y de pronto entra con un cuadro de delirio, convulsiones, coma y muerte. Porque está liberando su propio agroquímico que lo tenía depositado en su tejido adiposo. Pero cuando la madre está gestando, ese tejido adiposo se moviliza permanentemente, sobre todo durante la lactancia, para sacar leche con una buena cantidad, 3% de grasa tiene que tener, lo saca de su tejido adiposo con los agroquímicos, se lo pasa al niño que está en la etapa de desarrollo. Por lo tanto yo les digo que estamos haciendo niños idiotas. Porque esa madre sin saberlo le está pasando leche con agroquímico de su tejido adiposo depositado durante toda su vida, porque ha vivido permanentemente en contacto ambiental, no laboral, el laboral ya es inevitable, ya vamos a ver como viene el asunto y del manejo de los envases, que nadie se hace responsable.

En la provincia de Misiones nadie se hace responsable. Yo he estado en Colonia Alicia Alta y Baja y les preguntaba ¿que hacían con los envases de los agroquímicos?. Y los tipos van a buscar agua con los envases. Y les preguntaba si ¿conocían lo que es el triple lavado?. No, la mayoría no sabía, más del 70% no sabía qué era el triple lavado. Y aún con el triple lavado yo les digo, eso debe ser responsabilidad del Estado, no pueden, ellos tienen montañas depositados en sus chacras donde juegan los niños, donde trabaja toda la familia. Sobre todo en los tabacaleros.

Resultados de estudios en Alicia

Bueno nosotros hicimos esto en Colonia Alicia Alta y Baja, vimos que los que respondían bien eran sólo el 16%. Esto está dentro, (para Ezcurra y asociados), dentro del retraso mental grave. Quiere decir que nuestros niños comparados con, hicimos 60 chicos en el Hospital de Niños con antecedentes de no haber vivido en zonas de agroquímicos, sanos, totalmente sanos, y los valores eran superiores al 60%. Los chicos que reconocían lo que habían tenido en la mano, lo dejaban y fijaban la atención en lo nuevo. ¿Entienden?, pero, cuando lo hicimos con chicos de Colonia Alicia Alta y Baja, el 16% solamente respondió correctamente, el resto no pudo fijar la atención en ninguno de los objetos. Por lo tanto, para terminar, ¿estamos o no haciendo una sociedad de idiotas?, con el agravante que lo que se dio en ratones es que esto se le pasa a la descendencia.

Pregunta: A mí no me quedó claro el tema de los porcentajes. ¿Solamente el 16% eran normales?

Dr. Demaio: Sí. Solamente el 16% respondió al test de Hashimoto que lo diseño para ratones. Que los ponía, ahí está en la bibliografía van a poder leer todo. El lo diseño para ratones, que los ponía en contacto con hidrocarburos policíclicos aromáticos que son sumamente tóxicos para el sistema nervioso central, y vio que no solamente no aprendían, sino que lo que habían aprendido lo olvidaban, y no solamente, sino que su descendencia no aprendía nunca lo que ellos habían aprendido antes de estar en contacto con los hidrocarbuiros policíclicos aromáticos.

Hugo Gómez Demaio es jefe de Cirugía Infantil del Hospital Provincial de Pediatría, y director del Proyecto Uso de agrotóxicos y malformaciones. Esta disertación corresponde a la Jornada dedicada a las consecuencias del uso de agrotóxicos sobre la salud, realizada en junio de 2008 en la ciudad de Oberá, con apoyo de APAM, la Municipalidad y GERM. Publicado en El Paranaense.

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