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Harvard Links Developmental Problems To Increasing Chemical Use

According to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPS) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, toxic chemicals are likely triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities seen among children — such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia. Whereas the rise in the prevalence of autism has often been attributed to more efficient testing methods (and by some to vaccines or diet), myriad of factors coming into play which have the potential to result in higher rates of autism and other disorders.

Neurodevelopmental disabilities among children have been on the rise in recent years, and the researchers of the study have stressed the need for a new global prevention strategy, which they insist should be urgently orchestrated in order to help control the use of these substances.

“The greatest concern is the large numbers of children who are affected by toxic damage to brain development in the absence of a formal diagnosis. They suffer reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance. Industrial chemicals are now emerging as likely causes,” said Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH.

Research concluded that manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos and DDT (pesticides), tetrachloroethylene (a solvent), and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants), among other industrial chemicals, have been identified as “developmental neurotoxicants”. Manganese is suggested to be associated with diminished intellectual function and impaired motor skills, several pesticides can cause cognitive delays, as well as a myriad of other health problems. Additionally, solvents have been linked to hyperactivity and aggressive behavior.

The authors of the study suggest that mandatory testing of industrial chemicals should take place worldwide, the formation of a new clearinghouse which will evaluate industrial chemicals for potential neurotoxicity. Foremost, they stress the urgency to have these chemicals controlled in order to help protect the brain development of children worldwide.

As we continue to see a rise in the prevalence of developmental disorders around the world such as dyslexia, a variety of autism spectrum disorders (one in 50 children in the U.S.) and many others, it’s evident that these harmful chemicals cause irreparable damage and their lucrative and unchecked usage needs to be addressed. These problems are in addition to the plethora of problems caused by endocrine disruptors (also known as xenohormones) in our water, soil, and food, which are largely unregulated worldwide.

It appears that various government organizations haven’t made it their top priority to be concerned with the harmful chemicals that have been shown to stunt brain development, and on the contrary they wish to frequently side with biotechnology companies that prefer to assault the environment with their toxic garbage; poisoning communities and environments – most likely never to see any real consequence or punishment.

 

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