Little Things Matter

The impact of Environmental Toxins on the developing Brain

SFU researcher calls for collective action on limiting cumulative low-level exposures to common toxicants shown to negatively impact the health and development of children.


We’ve been studying the impact of toxins on children for the past 30 years and reached the inescapable conclusion: little things matter. We’ve discovered that extremely low levels of toxins can impact brain development. We have also discovered that subtle shifts in the intellectual abilities of individual children have a big impact on the number of children in a population that are challenged or gifted. Steps should be taken to reduce children’s exposure to toxins or suspected toxins.

More information
  • Video published on 11 Nov 2014 by B Lanphear.
  • Video drives home impact of cumulative environmental toxic exposures on children’s brain development, SFU Media Release and SFU News, November 20, 2014.
  • ‘Little Things Matter’ Exposes Big Threat To Children’s Brains, huffingtonpost green, 11/20/2014.
  • Watch more BPA chemicals videos on our YouTube channel.

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