According to new research published in The Lancet Neurology, the number of toxic industrial chemcials with known links to neurological disabilities like autism has more than doubled in the past seven years.
Researchers believe widespread exposure to these toxic chemicals among children may be contributing to the rising rates of autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and among adults other neurological disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Based on an analysis of previous studies, researchers added six new toxins to a list of chemicals believed to pose a threat to the brains of fetuses and young children:
- Manganese – common in drinking water
- Fluoride – common in drinking water and toothpaste
- Chlorpyrifos – used in agriculture and can be found in conventional fruits and vegetables
- Dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) – although banned, still found in imported fruits and vegetables, as well as in soil and water throughout the country
- Tetrachloroethylene – a common solvent used in dry cleaning
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers – type of flame retardant frequently found in couches
These six chemicals have been added to a list of five other neurointoxicants – lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene – first identified by Landrigan and his co-author, Dr. Phillipe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health, in 2006. Click To Keep Reading