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Test Your Hair for Pesticides – New Groundbreaking Technology!

Test Your Hair for Pesticides – New Groundbreaking Technology!

For the first time ever The Detox Project, working alongside Kudzu Science, is enabling the public to find out their long-term exposure to a range of the most used pesticides at home and in agriculture.

Hair testing has been used in forensic science for the last 30 years and we are helping to bring this expertise in to the pesticide testing world – our knowledge of long-term pesticide exposure will now change forever.

This testing is now available to everyone – all countries and all ages!

It is only recently that new developments in laboratory technology and science has allowed pesticides to be tested accurately in hair.

The presence of pesticides in hair may result either from a significant and occasional exposure (known as acute exposure) or from exposure to low and regular doses from food, water or the environment (known as chronic exposure), or a combination of both.

Hair testing is now set to take over from urine and blood public pesticide testing for the following reasons:

  • Hair testing shows your exposure to pesticides over a period of 90-120 days, whereas urine only shows your exposure for approximately 14-21 days and blood testing shows your exposure for 2-3 days.
  • Easy collection
  • Easy transport
  • Easy storage
  • Enables continuous cost effective biomonitoring over a year: 4 samples vs 100 for blood vs 26 for urine

The Detox Project aims to use this extraordinary new tool to change how the general public views pesticides – we can only do this by showing people how pesticides build up in their bodies over the long-term.

We also aim to introduce hair testing for pesticides to government regulators globally in an attempt to change their current bio-monitoring techniques which only show short-term exposure in urine or blood.

Help Change Our Knowledge of Pesticides Forever

Our initial testing will involve 30 of the most ubiquitous pesticides used in the home and 30 of the most ubiquitous pesticides used in agriculture.

You will receive your kit and a prepaid envelope for sending your hair to Kudzu Science within 10-20 days of ordering you kit at the buttons below. You will also receive online results within 15 days of your Hair Sample/s being received by the Kudzu Science laboratory – Find the Testing Guide Here

Anonymous results will be published monthly on a global results map, which will help identify pesticide exposure hotspots.

Kit 1: 30 Household Pesticides – $199

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Which pesticides are included?

4,4′-DDD, 4,4′-DDE, 4,4′-DDT, Acetamiprid, Aldrin, Allethrin, Alpha Hexachlorocyclohexane, Beta hexachlorocyclohexane, Alpha Chlordane, Gamma Chlordane, Cypermethrine, Deltamethrin, Dieldrin, Alpha Endosulfan, Beta Endosulfan, Endosulfan sulfate, Endrin, Fipronil, Fipronil sulfone, Lindane, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide cis, Heptachlor epoxide trans, Hexachlorobutadiene, Imidacloprid, Mirex, Permethrin, Piperonyl butoxide, Tetramethrin, Transfluthrin.

 

Kit 2: 32 Agricultural Pesticides – $199

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Which pesticides are included?

2,4-D, Acephate, Acetochlor, Alachlor, Atrazine, Azoxystrobin, Boscalid, Chlorpyrifos-methyl, Chlorpyrifos-ethyl, Cypermethrin, Cyprodinil, Dicamba, Diflufenican, Dimethomorph, Diuron, Epoxiconazole, Iprovalicarb, Isoxaben, Malathion, Metalaxyl, Metolachlor, Pendimethalin, Permethrin, Propiconazole, Piperonyl butoxide, Pyraclostrobin, Pyrimethanil, Simazine, Spiroxamine, Tebuconazole, Trifloxystrobin, Trifluralin.

 

Kit 3: 59 Agricultural Pesticides and Household Pesticides – $349

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Which pesticides are included?

2,4-D, Acephate, Acetochlor, Alachlor, Atrazine, Azoxystrobin, Boscalid, Chlorpyrifos-methyl, Chlorpyrifos-ethyl, Cypermethrin, Cyprodinil, Dicamba, Diflufenican, Dimethomorph, Diuron, Epoxiconazole, Iprovalicarb, Isoxaben, Malathion, Metalaxyl, Metolachlor, Pendimethalin, Permethrin, Propiconazole, Pyraclostrobin, Pyrimethanil, Simazine, Spiroxamine, Tebuconazole, Trifloxystrobin, Trifluralin, 4,4′-DDD, 4,4′-DDE, 4,4′-DDT, Acetamiprid, Aldrin, Allethrin, Alpha hexachlorocyclohexane, Beta hexachlorocyclohexane, Alpha Chlordane, Gamma Chlordane,  Deltamethrin, Dieldrin, Alpha Endosulfan, Beta Endosulfan, Endosulfan sulfate, Endrin, Fipronil, Fipronil sulfone, Lindane, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide cis, Heptachlor epoxide trans, Hexachlorobutadiene, Imidacloprid, Mirex, Piperonyl butoxide, Tetramethrin, Transfluthrin.

Limits of Detection and Method

For blood and urine the volume used for analysis is roughly 0.5 to 1 ml whereas for hair only 50 mg is needed (10 to 20 times less). Consequently, the Limits of Quantification (LoQ) are higher in hair than in blood or urine.

However, compared to urine and blood, the concentration of pesticides is higher in hair, so the higher LoQ does not effect the accuracy of biomonitoring results.

Please find the list of LoDs (Limit of Detection) and LoQs (Limit of Quantification) for the pesticides Kudzu Science are currently testing for in hair here.

Kudzu Science uses validated mass spectrometry methods to test your hair for pesticides.

Kudzu Science are constantly working to improve LoDs and LOQs for the difficult molecules in their pesticide screens including 2-4,D and Dicamba.

Glyphosate testing in hair is not yet available – it is not possible to include glyphosate in mass spectrometry pesticide screens as it is a complicated molecule that needs to be tested for on its own. The Detox Project currently promotes urine testing for glyphosate.

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Peer Reviewed Studies Showing New Reliability of Pesticide Testing in Hair for long-term exposure:

  1. Progress in pesticide and POPs hair analysis for the assessment of exposure https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15451093
  2. Hair analysis for the biomonitoring of pesticide exposure: comparison with blood and urine in a rat model https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00204-016-1910-9
  3. Analysis of House Dust and Children’s Hair for Pesticides: A Comparison of Markers of Ongoing Pesticide Exposure in Children http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC3840167/