chemicals

Children being exposed to more brain-harming chemicals than ever

Friday, February 21, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: children, chemical exposure, brain damage

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Being a kid in the 21st century is in many ways no different than at any other time in our history, in that even today, with advanced technology, there is still no way to keep them 100 percent safe.

When you think about it, technology is directly responsible for many of the things that negatively affect our children. That is especially true of many of the chemicals they are exposed to these days -- chemicals which can, in fact, harm their brain development.

Along those lines, and as noted by author and writer for Time Alice Park:

In recent years, the prevalence of developmental disorders such as autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia have soared. While greater awareness and more sophisticated diagnoses are partly responsible for the rise, researchers say the changing environment in which youngsters grow up may also be playing a role.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, identified five industrial chemicals in a 2006 study that they concluded were responsible for harming the brain. They included lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (which are found in electric transformers, capacitors and motors), arsenic (found in water, soil, pesticides and even wood preservatives) and toluene, which is used to process gasoline and is found in other petroleum-based products like paint thinner and fingernail polish. Park writes that the research team found that exposure to these chemicals, all of which are neurotoxins, was associated "with changes in neuron development in the fetus as well as among infants, and with lower school performance, delinquent behavior, neurological abnormalities and reduced IQ in school-age children."

Some familiar culprits, at least to our readers

Now, the same researchers have reviewed available literature and have discovered six additional industrial chemicals that are detrimental to normal brain development: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

The team reports that manganese is found in drinking water, and it may be contributing to lower math scores and increased hyperactivity. Exposure to fluoride, meanwhile (which is also in most drinking water), can actually contribute to a seven-point drop in IQ. The rest of the chemicals, which are put in solvents and pesticides, "have been linked to deficits in social development and increased aggressive behaviors," Park writes, adding:

The research team acknowledges that there isn't a causal connection between exposure to any single chemical and behavioral or neurological problems -- it's too challenging to isolate the effects of each chemical to come to such conclusions. But they say the growing body of research that is finding links between higher levels of these chemicals in expectant mothers' blood and urine and brain disorders in their children should raise alarms about how damaging these chemicals can be. The developing brain in particular, they say, is vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals, and in many cases, the changes they trigger are permanent.

And these are all links that we've reported on -- extensively -- here at Natural News. Some of the more common chemicals we've covered include:

-- Fluoride: http://www.naturalnews.com.

-- Manganese: (including some positive health benefits from this element) http://www.naturalnews.com.

-- Mercury: (especially in vaccines) http://www.naturalnews.com.

"The consequence of such brain damage is impaired [central nervous system] function that lasts a lifetime and might result in reduced intelligence, as expressed in terms of lost IQ points, or disruption in behavior," the Harvard and Mt. Sinai team wrote in their report, which was published in the journal Lancet Neurology.

'We are concerned that kids all over the world are being exposed to these damaging chemicals'

A couple of barriers exist to protecting kids from exposure to these damaging chemicals. One is that there is not enough testing of industrial chemicals and their potential effects on brain development before they are widely used, and the second is that the vast amount of unquestionable proof that federal regulatory agencies require before they write regulations restricting or limiting said chemicals (blame the awesome power of lobbying).

The team noted that, most times, control of damaging substances and chemicals only comes after negative effects are found among adults; in kids, by comparison, damage is often more subtle, and it is not always considered pathological or dangerous, says Parks.

"Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, truncating future achievements and damaging societies, perhaps most seriously in developing countries," the researchers write. "A new framework of action is needed."

Sources:

http://healthland.time.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.