Toxic Cocktail

Author: Barbara Demeneix
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190260934
Release Date: 2017-02-01
Genre: Autism

Children born to women exposed to thyroid-disrupting chemicals have lower IQs and more neurodevelopmental disorders in autism and ADHD, among others. Numerous chemicals that contaminate our bodies and interfere with our thyroids are in fact lowering our IQ and increasing disorders for future generations. A "self-help" guide to reducing exposure to chemicals is included. --

Toxic Cocktail

Author: Barbara Demeneix
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190260958
Release Date: 2017-01-02
Genre: Psychology

In today's world, everyone carries a toxic load of dozens of industrially produced chemicals in their bloodstream. Not only do these adversely affect the health of adults and children, but also, and more worryingly, they damage the development of unborn infants. The amniotic fluid of pregnant women has been found to contain a variety of chemicals, such as pesticides, plasticizers, disinfectant products, flame-retardants, surfactants and UV filters, many of which interfere with fetal physiology, especially thyroid hormone action. Thyroid hormone is vital for brain development, particularly for the fetus during pregnancy and for toddlers. In fact, children born to women who lack this thyroid hormone (or who are unwittingly exposed to thyroid-disrupting chemicals) have lower IQs and more neurodevelopmental problems. Evolution of the human brain has involved multiple changes and processes dependent on thyroid hormone. The urgent question thus arises: Is chemical pollution poisoning brain development and reversing evolution's most outstanding achievement: the human brain? And if so, as this book convincingly illuminates, what can be done about it both collectively and individually? Toxic Cocktail provides a clear view of how many environmental chemicals interfere with brain development. As a result, this book looks at how we define and test IQ, the evidence for IQ loss, and how chemical pollution and thyroid hormone disruption can be actors in this process, as well as increasing neurodevelopmental disease risk.

Toxic Cocktail

Author: Barbara Demeneix
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190260941
Release Date: 2017-01-02
Genre: Psychology

In today's world, everyone carries a toxic load of dozens of industrially produced chemicals in their bloodstream. Not only do these adversely affect the health of adults and children, but also, and more worryingly, they damage the development of unborn infants. The amniotic fluid of pregnant women has been found to contain a variety of chemicals, such as pesticides, plasticizers, disinfectant products, flame-retardants, surfactants and UV filters, many of which interfere with fetal physiology, especially thyroid hormone action. Thyroid hormone is vital for brain development, particularly for the fetus during pregnancy and for toddlers. In fact, children born to women who lack this thyroid hormone (or who are unwittingly exposed to thyroid-disrupting chemicals) have lower IQs and more neurodevelopmental problems. Evolution of the human brain has involved multiple changes and processes dependent on thyroid hormone. The urgent question thus arises: Is chemical pollution poisoning brain development and reversing evolution's most outstanding achievement: the human brain? And if so, as this book convincingly illuminates, what can be done about it both collectively and individually? Toxic Cocktail provides a clear view of how many environmental chemicals interfere with brain development. As a result, this book looks at how we define and test IQ, the evidence for IQ loss, and how chemical pollution and thyroid hormone disruption can be actors in this process, as well as increasing neurodevelopmental disease risk.

Losing Our Minds

Author: Barbara Demeneix
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199917518
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Medical

"The exponential increases in neurodevelopmental disorders implicate environmental factors as well as genetic causes. Flame-retardants, pesticides, plasticizers, and other every-day products contain chemicals shown to affect thyroid hormone signaling, which, if disrupted, can result in significant impairment in IQ. Across entire populations, such effects spell large-scale social and economic consequences. Barbara Demeneix suggests what can and must be done to halt and reverse this disturbing trend"--

Endocrine Disruptors Brain and Behavior

Author: Heather B. Patisaul
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199935741
Release Date: 2017-04-10
Genre: Psychology

Our world and bodies are becoming increasingly polluted with chemicals capable of interfering with our hormones and thus, possibly, our present and future neural and mental health. As authors Heather Patisaul and Scott Belcher outline, there is a large lack of data and evidence in this causal relationship, which begs a need for further study to accelerate progress in the endocrinology and neuroendocrinology fields. Endocrine Disruptors, Brain, and Behavior focuses on if and how these chemicals, known as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), affect the development and function of the brain and might be contributing to neural disorders rapidly rising in prevalence. The book provides an overall synthesis of the EDC field, including its historical roots, major hypotheses, key findings, and research gaps. The authors explain why even the concept of endocrine disruption is controversial in some circles, how differing definitions of endocrine disruption and what constitutes an "adverse" outcome on the brain shape public policy, and where the current capacity by different stakeholders (industry, academia, regulatory agencies) to evaluate chemicals for safety in a regulatory context begins and ends. The book concludes with suggestions for future research needs and a summary of emerging technology which might prove capable of more effectively evaluating existing and emerging chemicals for endocrine disrupting properties. As such, it provides the context for interdisciplinary and innovative input from a broad spectrum of fields, including those well-schooled in neuroscience, evolutionary biology, brain, behavior, sex differences, and neuroendocrinology.

The Dose Makes the Poison

Author: Patricia Frank
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470381120
Release Date: 2011-03-22
Genre: Medical

Prev. ed., ppublished in 1991, entered under M. Alice Ottoboni.

The Secret History of the War on Cancer

Author: Devra Davis
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9780465015689
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Health & Fitness

An exposâe of the mishandling of the war on cancer looks at how the influence of industries making or using cancer-causing products affects government policy, laws, and research regarding the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancers.

Pesticides

Author: Marvin J. Levine
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 027599127X
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Medical

Explains the harmful effects of pesticides on human health and the environment, covering the use of these chemicals in agriculture, industry, the home, and schools.

1 Pound a Day

Author: Roni DeLuz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476727455
Release Date: 2014-03-11
Genre: Health & Fitness

"From the authors of the hit diet book, 21 Pounds in 21 Days, an expanded, simplified, month-long program to cleanse your body, as well as a new plan for keeping it clean for the rest of your life"--

Living Downstream

Author: Sandra Steingraber
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780306818974
Release Date: 2010-03-23
Genre: Science

The first edition of Living Downstream—an exquisite blend of precise science and engaging narrative—set a new standard for scientific writing. Poet, biologist, and cancer survivor, Steingraber uses all three kinds of experience to investigate the links between cancer and environmental toxins. The updated science in this exciting new edition strengthens the case for banning poisons now pervasive in our air, our food, and our bodies. Because synthetic chemicals linked to cancer come mostly from petroleum and coal, Steingraber shows that investing in green energy also helps prevent cancer. Saving the planet becomes a matter of saving ourselves and an issue of human rights. A documentary film based on the book will coincide with publication.

AARP Clean Green and Lean

Author: Walter Crinnion
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118242438
Release Date: 2011-12-19
Genre: Health & Fitness

AARP Digital Editions offer you practical tips, proven solutions, and expert guidance. In Clean, Green, and Lean, a renowned naturopathic doctor shows you how to get lean and be green while helping to save the planet. Now you can lose weight and be good to the environment, too—without starvation diets, calorie counting, complicated meal plans, or even having to exercise. Dr. Walter Crinnion, a naturopathic doctor and environmental medicine physician, shows you how to clean up your diet and clear out your body and home to eliminate unwanted pounds and toxins from your life. You'll be able to get rid of nagging health problems such as allergies and fatigue and enjoy greater energy and a greener planet. Clean, Green, and Lean: Shares an effective program to shed pounds and stay healthy by getting rid of toxins in your body and your life in just four weeks Combines losing weight with being good to the environment Can help reduce aches and pains, depression, and other health problems Is written by one of the country's foremost authorities on environmental medicine who has appeared on The View and other programs If you're serious about losing weight and safeguarding your health, follow the expert advice of Dr. Crinnion and start getting clean, green, and lean today.

The Myths of Safe Pesticides

Author: André Leu
Publisher:
ISBN: 1601730845
Release Date: 2014-06-15
Genre: Pesticide residues in food

Andre Leu challenges conventional farming methods by refuting the myths that surround the use and understanding of pesticides. He exposes the dangers of these chemicals and advocates organic practices as the most viable for farming in the 21st Century.

Understanding our Environment

Author: R M Harrison
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISBN: 9781847552235
Release Date: 2007-10-31
Genre: Science

This 2nd edition of Understanding Our Environment has been reworked and greatly updated, providing a modern introductory level text for students of pollution and environmental chemistry. The book describes the basic concepts in relation to the chemistry of the atmosphere, freshwaters, oceans and soils, as well as the ways in which pollutants behave in these media (exemplified by case studies based upon topical environmental problems). It also examines the transfer of pollutants between different environmental compartments, the monitoring of the environment, the ecological and human health effects of chemical pollution, economics and regulatory control. Again case studies are used throughout. This unique introductory text is essential reading for students on undergraduate and first year postgraduate courses dealing with pollution and environmental chemistry, as well as for scientists and engineers in industry, public service and consultancy who require a basic understanding of environmental processes.

Whitewash

Author: Carey Gillam
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610918329
Release Date: 2017-10-10
Genre: Health & Fitness

"Reads like a mystery novel as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsanto's secretive strategies."—Erin Brockovich "A damning picture...Gillam expertly covers a contentious front." —Publishers Weekly "A must-read." —Booklist "Hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative." —Kirkus It’s the herbicide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it’s been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the herbicide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception. Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It’s a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.