A new review of previous studies into the effects of toxins was published this month in The Lancet***. The review examined evidence supporting the facts that six materials are likely toxic for young children, including:
- Tetetrachloroethylene, a chemical solvent
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, which are flame retardants
- Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide
- Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, the pesticide commonly known as DDT
In addition, the review points to an additional 1,000 chemicals that children are exposed to on a regular basis both directly and indirectly that are potentially toxic. The scientists who wrote the review state that exposure to all of the chemicals discussed could lead to serious problems like low IQs, ADHD, autism and other neurological disorders.
The authors of the review are calling for a worldwide review on regulations regarding the use of chemicals. Let's hope someone listens. The idea that all of us are being exposed to so many toxins is downright terrifying.
***The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. The Lancet website is experiencing technical difficulties; therefore, you can read about article here at CNN.
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