Are ADHD, Other Mental Disorders Products Of Chemical Exposure? Pesticides And Fluoride Among New Risks
In a new study
published in The Lancet
, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have implicated six new chemicals they believe contribute to the development of mental disorders in children, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism. Coming off the heels of a study
conducted by the authors in 2006, where the team identified five “developmental neurotoxicants,” the study now includes manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos and DDT (pesticides), tetrachloroethylene (a solvent), and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants). These industrial chemicals not only pose threats to mothers and their unborn children, the team argues; they’re capable of leaving serious neurological damage in the form of devastating brain disorders.
The problem, as co-author and adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH Philippe Grandjean sees it, is twofold: helping people avoid risky environments and encouraging corporations to perform regulatory checks of their products......
A pdf of the full review is available.