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Losing Our MindsEffects of Chemical Pollution on the Intellectual Capacity and Mental Health of Future Generations$
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Barbara Demeneix

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917518

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917518.001.0001

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What Can Be Done by Individuals, Associations, and Governments

What Can Be Done by Individuals, Associations, and Governments

Time to End the Pied Piper Scenario

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(p.242) Chapter 8 What Can Be Done by Individuals, Associations, and Governments
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Losing Our Minds
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Barbara Demeneix

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917518.003.0008

The tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin is well known for its final imagery of a town losing its children as they are led away by a musician clad in multicolored clothes. What is less often recalled is that the cause was the council’s attempts to save money. Children were sacrificed for financial gain. This final chapter argues that actions by individuals in their daily lives, but also within associations and as electors, can be significant and worthwhile. Individual action and lifestyle choices can, to some extent, limit exposure to certain chemical categories. Clearly, pregnant women and nursing mothers need to be informed of potential risks so they can take precautionary action, and the medical profession needs to be trained to help. Ensuring that women do not enter pregnancy in a state of even mild iodine lack is a first inexpensive requirement with immense cost benefit.

Keywords:   individual actions, associative actions, legislation, iodine deficiency, pregnant women, nursing mothers

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