A wide-ranging group of leading scientists from dozens of research institutions in the US, federal agencies and associations of medical professionals have released a simple but powerful statement, “Widespread exposures to toxic chemicals in our air, water, food, soil, and consumer products can increase the risks for cognitive, behavioral, or social impairment, as well as specific neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

Of course, parents of neurologically-damaged children have been saying this for decades. The report was released on the Friday before the July Fourth weekend, a day guaranteed to provide no media coverage. Consequently, it is up to us to get this information to federal and state legislators. Please click on the Take Action Link above to send to your legislators a message that contains a link to the report.

The full statement was published in the journal Environmental Health Risks. Please read it here:

Six toxins were specifically identified: MERCURY, organophophate pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), lead, Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) used as flame retardants, and combustion-related air pollutants, which include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter.

The consensus statement provides a powerful challenge to popular theories about the cause of autism and related disorders such as it is primarily determined by genetics, or that it is a normal, naturally occurring difference.

The researchers identify themselves as TENDR, Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risk.  Signers include researchers from the MIND Institute at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Harvard, UNC, North Carolina State, U of Colorado, Rutgers, Georgetown, George Washington U, Boston U, U of Pennsylvania, UC San Francisco, Simon Fraser U, U of Texas El Paso, U of Vermont, Case Western U, U of Rochester, U of Cincinnati, U of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Drexel U, Emory U, U Mass Amherst, Icahn School of Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Child Neurology Society, Endocrine Society, International Neurotoxicology Association, International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association, as well as federal agencies and advocacy organizations.


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