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Author Demeneix, Barbara, author.

Title Toxic cocktail : how chemical pollution is poisoning our brains / Barbara Demeneix.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]


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Description xiii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Violet vapors -- A molecule of mystery -- Thyroids in a chemical soup -- Losing it : undoing brain evolution -- The alarming increase in autism -- From DNA to epigenetics -- Counting the costs -- Who really picks up the bill? -- Time to act and how to act.
Summary Children born to women exposed to thyroid-disrupting chemicals have lower IQs and more neurodevelopmental disorders including 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. -- Provided by publisher.
"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."--Publisher's description.
Subject Thyroid gland -- Effect of chemicals on.
Brain -- Effect of chemicals on.
Brain -- Growth.
Pollution -- Physiological effect.
Mental illness.
Environmental Exposure -- adverse effects. (DNLM)D004781Q000009
Endocrine Disruptors. (DNLM)D052244
Environmental Pollutants -- toxicity. (DNLM)D004785Q000633
Neurodevelopmental Disorders -- etiology. (DNLM)D065886Q000209
Autism. (OCoLC)fst00822484
Brain -- Effect of chemicals on. (OCoLC)fst00837621
Brain -- Growth. (OCoLC)fst00837629
Mental illness. (OCoLC)fst01016547
Pollution -- Physiological effect. (OCoLC)fst01070143
ISBN 9780190260934 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0190260939 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780190260958 (epub)
Standard No. 40026877866

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