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    Children Exposed to More Brain-Harming Chemicals Than Ever Before

    A new report finds the number of chemicals contributing to brain disorders in children has doubled since 2006

    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 that the changing environment in which youngsters grow up may also be playing a role. In 2006, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified five industrial chemicals responsible for causing harm to the brain – lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (found in electric transformers, motors and capacitors), arsenic (found in soil and water as well as in wood preservatives and pesticides), and toluene (used in processing gasoline as well as in paint thinner, fingernail polish, and leather tanning). Exposure to these 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-aged children.
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    Now the same researchers have reviewed the literature and found six additional industrial chemicals that can hamper normal brain development. These are manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Manganese, they say, is found in drinking water and can contribute to lower math scores and heightened hyperactivity, while exposure to high levels of fluoride from drinking water can contribute to a seven-point drop in IQ on average. The remaining chemicals, which are found in solvents and pesticides, have been linked to deficits in social development and increased aggressive behaviors.
    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.
    “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,” they write in their report, which was published in the journal Lancet Neurology.
    They point to two barriers to protecting children from such exposures – not enough testing of industrial chemicals and their potential effect on brain development before they are put into widespread use, and the enormous amount of proof that regulatory agencies require in order to put restrictions or limitations on chemicals. Most control of such substances, they note, occurs after negative effects are found among adults; in children, the damage may be more subtle, in the form of lower IQ scores or hyperactivity, that might not be considered pathological or dangerous. “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,” they write. “A new framework of action is needed.”
    Children Exposed to More Brain-Harming Chemicals Than Ever Before | TIME.com

    I am not surprised by this report that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals.

    Isn't that great that western corporate industrial sent their manufacturing operations overseas to benefit from poor regulations? Now understand this: The Chinese put a giant TV screen to see the sun, wow!


    Heavy Smog In China Blocked Out Everything But A Giant TV Screen

    "The air quality has become a key health concern in the country. Even the government admits that "toxic and hazardous chemical pollution has caused many environmental disasters, cutting off drinking water supplies, and even leading to severe health and social problems."

    Heavy Smog In China Blocked Out Everything But A Giant TV Screen [PHOTO] - Business Insider

    What a heck is going on in the brain of corporate people? Make mandatory smog test in western countries and it is fine to pollute like hell the other side of the planet?

    What the UN organization is made for?
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    Quote Originally Posted by Franc Tireur View Post
    What a heck is going on in the brain of corporate people? Make mandatory smog test in western countries and it is fine to pollute like hell the other side of the planet?

    What the UN organization is made for?
    The UN has no jurisdiction in China. They can negotiate, but their demands do nothing.

    China is the #1 polluting country in the world today.

    A people's revolution is a primary concern. The Chinese government is trying to limit the pollution, but they are more focused and concerned about their economy over everything else. The problem with the growing affluence of the Chinese people is that they are much more empowered to revolt and riot in the streets than ever before. History has shown us that people are more likely to riot when things are getting better--but not getting better fast enough--rather than when they are getting worse. Of course, the French Revolution did not fit that model.

    The Chinese government does not control their own military in the same way as western countries or Russia, so they cannot easily use it to squash revolutions. Each region is run semi-autonomously by a general who is more like a benevolent Mafia godfather than anything else. His goal is to do everything he can to keep the people in his region happy, and that means building his local economy while mostly ignoring costs such as pollution controls.

    As a result, almost half of the Chinese rice crop is contaminated with cancer causing cadmium from industrial waste and pollution.

    I remember being in Taipei, Taiwan around 1990 when they were a growing industrial country. The smog pollution was so bad in Taipei that at times you could not see across the street, and everything was covered with soot.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    The UN has no jurisdiction in China. They can negotiate, but their demands do nothing.
    Ok maybe not the UN, but perhaps the WTO (World Trade Organization) or the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

    In the mean time, kids are born with impairs and handicaps that point all the researchers to think that it is linked to chemical product wastes from industries in the atmosphere.

    The worse enemy of humanity is the humanity itself, because we are on the path of auto destruction.
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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