Common Chemicals Endanger Brain Development In Infants

Posted: Jul 4 2016, 5:50pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Common Chemicals Endanger Brain Development in Infants
In addition to mercury and lead, flame retardants, air pollutants and chemicals found in many plastics, cosmetics and food containers endanger child brain health, researchers say. Credit: Graphic by Julie McMahon
  • Chemicals found in pharmaceuticals, plastics and makeup may cause Brain Damage and Low IQ in Infants

It has been found that certain chemicals found in man-made objects may cause brain damage and low IQ in infants.

Discarded plastic bottles, pollutants and female makeup items contain various chemicals that are very harmful to human health. They may even cause brain damage in infants and children who are passing through their crucial growth phase.

Novel research points towards the chemicals as lowering IQ levels too. These chemicals include: mercury, lead, pesticides, PBDEs as well as phthalates.

Fire extinguishers and outdoor traffic pollution from burning wood cause glitches in brain development in infants. Even babies that are still in their mothers’ wombs face the nasty effects of these pollutants.

PCBs are important in this regard too. They are normally employed as coolants and lubrication agents. While these PCBs were eradicated from daily life in the 70s and 80s in both the US and the UK, traces of them still linger on in the environment.

The same goes for PBDEs. They too have remnants that can be found in the atmosphere despite steps being taken by governments to cut back on their presence in the system.

The researchers are busy studying mothers and their infants regarding exposure to phthalates before parturition. These chemicals are very common in our homes as well as in the air we breathe and the water we drink along with our daily meals.

Transformations in mental functioning and physical output are likely to be the end result of being exposed to these deleterious chemicals. Even the consumer items we normally buy each week at the local supermarket may contain such noxious elements.

We need to take radical steps to end these chemical disruptors from our environment. This is so that our progeny may live in safety and security.

The human brain is a very sensitive organ that develops throughout a person’s lifetime. It has its own neuroplasticity. The major changes in it occur in childhood though.

So that is the period that has to be intensively monitored. Anything that goes wrong during that time span will have an effect on later life phases. Early exposure to neurotoxic chemicals wreaks havoc with a person’s very being and behavior.

Everything from the thyroid gland to one’s nervous machinery undergoes changes if exposed to toxic chemicals during a certain window of growth in one’s life journey.

The government ought to do more than just pay lip service to the demands of the environmentalists if we are to leave a better world for the future generation.

This new research paper titles "Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopment Risks," appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

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