It isn’t news that we live in a polluted environment, but, what is alarming is our unawareness to proximity of these pollutants. In fact, industrial chemicals aren’t just contaminating our environment, they are impacting our children’s brain development.Note this: Between 2006 to 2008, children diagnosed with developmental disabilities were exponentially more than that reported in the previous decade. During the same time span, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) saw an increase of 33% cases and autism cases saw a staggering 300 % rise.Scientists believe there’s a link between these chemicals in our environment to the increase in brain development damage among children.
Look around, you’ll be surprised to find harmful chemicals around you, in all possible settings. :Our food contains pesticide residues as well as in the air and soil, especially farm fields.Children’s toys and paint contains lead.Chemicals like flame retardants that are found in furniture, electronics and infant sleep products, known as hormone disruptors are now being identified to cause brain damage.When expectant women are exposed to toxic chemicals, they are passed into the placenta and directly to the fetus. At this early stage, the brain is still forming and is at a risk of long-term disruption
While it is difficult to eliminate these chemicals from day to day life, some measures can help reduce the damage. Here’s what can be done:A strict regulatory overhaul will force manufactures to mention the chemicals used in labels.Untested chemical(s) should not be assumed to be “safe”.Every chemical should be tested for developmental neuro-toxicity.
|Dr. Nahush Ghate |