Illustration by Jackie Lay for The Atlantic post:
The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains
Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments.
But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater.
In 2006, Dr Philippe Grandjean did a systematic review and identified six industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants:
polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs
Seven years later, the number of chemicals known to be toxic to children’s developing brains has doubled with these six additional ones:
Food packaging chemicals may be harmful to human health over long term, will epidemiologists rise to the neotoxic challenge?
” The synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage, and processing of foodstuffs might be harmful to human health over the long term, warn environmental scientists. This is because most of these substances are not inert and can leach into the foods we eat, they say. Despite the fact that some of these chemicals are regulated, people who eat packaged or processed foods are likely to be chronically exposed to low levels of these substances throughout their lives. And far too little is known about their long term impact. ”
Recent Studies and Press Releases;
The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202593, Food packaging and migration of food contact materials: will epidemiologists rise to the neotoxic challenge?, 19 Feb 2014
Food packaging chemicals may be harmful to human health over long term, ScienceDaily, 19 Feb 2014
Chemicals leaching into food from packaging raise safety concerns, The Guardian, 19 Feb 2014
How our environment disrupt our hormones,
How to Protect Yourself and your Family
How Everyday Foods and Products Are Disrupting your Hormones – and How to Protect Yourself and your Family
In Hormone Deception, Lindsey Berkson clearly explains where hormone disruptors come from and how they affect adults, children and the unborn child.
Lindsey also gives easy, practical tips for protecting home and family, such as vacuuming frequently and using water filters.
Lindsey discusses the effects of common synthetic hormones such as birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy and fertility drugs.
Early puberty in girls has been linked to breast cancer. Data show that the worldwide incidence of precocious puberty has increased and the age of pubertal changes has decreased over the past two decades.
Many of the cases are attributed to excess weight gain but exposures to phthalates and endocrine disruptors chemicals have also been implicated as possible risk factors.