Lanphear 2015: The impact of toxins on the developing brain.

Annual Review of Public Health,  2015 Mar 18;36:211-30.

The objective of this review is to provide an overview on the population impact of toxins
on the developing brain and describe implications for public health.

QUOTE:  “The blood–brain barrier of the developing brain is not fully formed, and it is more permeable to toxins than is the mature brain.”

QUOTE:  “The vast majority of people in the United States, including pregnant women and children, are routinely exposed to many confirmed or suspected toxins . . . Some of the contaminants are established neurotoxins or endocrine-disrupting chemicals, but most of them have not been tested for neurotoxicity.  Nor has there been any systematic attempt to examine the impact of additive or synergistic effects of chemical mixtures..”

The author says that although some critics insist that the amount of such chemicals in our environment is too low to be of consequence, he will show that the levels of toxins already known to affect brain function or behavior are comparable with the amounts of Ritalin prescribed to control behavior (5 to 30 ppb).

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