Meet the twelve known Toxic Chemicals that damage our Children’s Brains

Illustration by Jackie Lay for The Atlantic post:
The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

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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.

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:

  • arsenic
  • ethanol
  • lead
  • methylmercury
  • polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs
  • and toluene.

Seven years later, the number of chemicals known to be toxic to children’s developing brains has doubled with these six additional ones:

  • chlorpyrifos,
  • dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane DDT/DDE,
  • fluoride,
  • manganese,
  • tetrachloroethylene PERC,
  • and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers PBDEs.

Dr Philippe Grandjean – who wrote the book Only One Chance, how to protect the Brains of the Next Generation – assumes that even more neurotoxicants remain undiscovered and proposes a global prevention strategy.

Sources and Press Articles:
  • The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains, The Atlantic 284466, by James Hamblin, MARCH 18, 2014.
  • Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity, NCBI, PMID: 24556010, 2014 Feb 17.
  • Full text: The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, Pages 330 – 338, March 2014, doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(13)70278-3
  • More Toxic Chemicals Damaging Children’s Brains, HuffingtonPost, n_4790229, by Lynne Peeples, 02/14/2014
  • Putting the next generation of brains in danger, CNNchemicals-children-brains, by Saundra Young, February 17, 2014

SlideShow Health Infographics

Selection of infographics addressing health issues

Chemical threat to brain development

 

The “Mind the Store” Campaign

Video by SaferChemicals’s channel, 2013

Mind the Store is the campaign from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families that works with retailers on moving the marketplace away from toxic chemicals.
Video by SaferChemicals’s channel, Published on 10 Jul 2013.

Overview

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Food Contact Materials and Human Health

Food packaging chemicals may be harmful to human health over long term, will epidemiologists rise to the neotoxic challenge?

Packaged burger and chips in contact with plastic packaging
Chemicals leaching into food from packaging raise safety concerns – image via @guardian

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

Toxic Chemicals are in Your Home, in Your Body

Chances are that your home is polluted with dangerous and sometimes life threatening chemicals…

Toxic Chemicals are in Your Home, in Tour Body, by @ChemicalsInHome on Flickr
Chances are that your home is polluted with dangerous and sometimes life threatening chemicals.

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Your Shopping, Your Groceries, Your Chemical Exposure

Is your food exposing you to all those chemicals?

Your Shopping, Your Groceries, and Your Chemical Exposure, by @MarthRosenberg, on Flickr
Read Martha Rosenberg’s interview with pesticide expert and toxicologist Janette Sherman, M.D.

Sources:

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Watch the Diaporama, and the health poster set on  DES Diethylstilbestrol's photostream on Flickr
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Email your photos to des.daughter@gmail.com with a short description and title :-)

Cosmetic and Skin Care Products Infographic

List of Ingredients to Avoid

List of Ingredients to Avoid.

Sources: OrganicSpaMagazine, also on Twitter. See more infographics.
More about BPA – Endocrine Disruptors – Pesticides – Phthalates

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Phthalates Infographic

Join the “Mind the Store” campaign for safer chemicals

Phthalates are commonly found in:
Sources: Mind the Store by @SaferChemicals

Potential health effects include adverse effects on development of male reproductive system :

  • Infertility.
  • Decreased sperm count.
  • Undescended testes.
  • Malformation of the penis.

Sources: Mind the Store by SaferChemicals, a national coalition of parents, health advocates, enviros, cancer survivors and 450 organizations working to protect American families.

All our posts about BPA – Endocrine Disruptors – Pesticides – Phthalates – Men’s Health

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  • Watch the Diaporama, and the DES research photo set on DES Diethylstilbestrol's photostream on Flickr
  • If you already have a flickr® account, add us as a contact.
    Email your photos to des.daughter@gmail.com with a short description and title :-)

Hormone Deception

How our environment disrupt our hormones,
How to Protect Yourself and your Family

Hormone Deception by Lindsey Berkson
How our environment disrupt our hormones and 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.

Book reviews – Lindsey Berkson Website and Twitter
More about BPAEndocrine DisruptorsPesticidesPhthalates

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Puberty starting Younger and the Role of Endocrine Disruptors Chemicals

Why is puberty starting younger?

Why is puberty starting younger?
Top stories, special features, live blogs and more from TheGuardian.com

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.

Read Why is puberty starting younger?
by Mona Chalabi, The Guardian, 4 November 2013