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Losing Our Minds: Effects of Chemical Pollution on the Intellectual Capacity and Mental Health of Future Generations

Barbara Demeneix

Abstract

There is a global acceleration in the incidence of neurodevelopmental disorders. Numbers of children affected by an autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the United States has reached 1 in 88 (1 in 56 boys), and even more have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The cost of these disorders to the individual and society is enormous: ASD alone costs the United States a staggering 130 billion US dollars annually. Genetic causes cannot account for these increases. Surges in incidence must implicate environmental factors. Environmental chemicals interfering with thyroid hormone signaling ... More

Keywords: thyroid hormone, neurodevelopmental disorders, autism, ADHD, iodine, selenium, environmental pollution, brain, IQ, endocrine-disrupting chemicals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199917518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917518.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Demeneix, author
Natural History Museum, Paris, France