What are we eating every day?
Is the food and Drug Administration - protecting us?
How are foods genetically modified?
Are your vitamins safe ? Some even contain lead.
Diet changes can affect Austism.
Suggestions for eating healthier.
1. Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
2. Eat at home instead of eating out.
3. Bring food labeling into the 21st Century.
4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.
5. Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.
6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
7. Protect family farms; visit your local farmer's market.
8. Make a point to know where your food comes from
9. Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.
10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.
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Chemicals of Concern
In recent years, peer-reviewed scientific studies continue to identify chemicals and categories of chemicals for which there is sufficient evidence to warrant serious concern over the effects of those chemicals on brain development. The toxic chemicals listed below are just three examples of such chemicals.
Certain Brominated Flame Retardants: Used in upholstery, electronics, carpet, building materials, bedding, mattresses, and many other products. In laboratory studies, low doses caused deficits in learning, memory and hearing, changes in behavior and delays in sensory-motor development in mice and rats.
A study of 329 mothers who delivered in hospitals in lower Manhattan following the attacks of 9/11/2001 found an association between levels of brominated flame retardants in their babies’ cord blood and delays in mental and physical development measured at 1,2,3,4 and 6 years of age.
Perchlorate: Used in rocket fuel and widely found in U.S. drinking water.
In 2010, scientists with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment examined records of blood samples drawn from the heels of 497,458 newborns in 1998 in California. The researchers found that babies born in areas of California where tap water was contaminated with perchlorate had a 50% chance of having a poorly performing thyroid gland.
The thyroid is a gland in the throat that produces hormones essential for healthy nerve and brain development. Perchlorate, brominated flame retardants and Bisphenol A (see below) are all under investigation for their potential to interfere with thyroid hormones and function.
Bisphenol A (BPA): A plasticizer that mimics estrogen in the body, BPA is found in hard plastics, food and soda can linings, and cash register receipts among other uses.
In August 2007, a group of 38 leading scientists expressed unanimous concern that recent trends in human disease may be related to BPA exposures, based on their assessment of hundreds of peer-reviewed research studies. Experiments with animals have established links between BPA and prostate and breast cancers, genital abnormalities in male babies and decline in sperm quality, early onset of puberty in girls and neurobehavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
A 2009 study of 249 women and their babies found that the daughters of the women who had higher exposure levels to BPA while pregnant were more likely to show aggressive and hyperactive behavior as two-year olds.
The chemicals highlighted above are widespread in products, the environment and people. The CDC finds that more than 90 percent of Americans have detectable levels of the brominated flame retardants, perchlorate and Bisphenol A in their bodies. As described, all of these chemicals are linked to problems with brain development.
Chemicals, learning and developmental disabilities, and TSCA
There is an emerging scientific understanding that disparate chemicals used for different purposes in multiple products can result in similar effects on a particular system in the body. The Nati onal Academy of Sciences – the nation’s most esteemed body of scientists – recommends that review of chemicals for safety should include an assessment of cumulative chemical exposures – meaning exposures from multiple chemicals that relate to the same or similar adverse effects. This approach to assessing chemicals is critical to protecting the developing brain from harm. Under a revised TSCA, EPA is directed to assess cumulative exposures of toxic chemicals wherever possible.
There is very solid and mounting scientific evidence on a limited number of chemicals, including those described above, to show that these chemicals are harmful to brain development. Where the weight of the evidence warrants concern, TSCA should require swift action to replace known toxins with safer alternatives.
However, for most of the thousands of chemicals on the market, we have very little data on their effects on the developing nervous system. Of the 3,000 chemicals produced in highest volume (over one million pounds per year), only 12 have been adequately tested for neurotoxicity. To ensure healthy brain development for future generations, TSCA must be updated to require that all existing and new chemicals are shown to be safe for pregnant women, children, workers, and other vulnerable populations.
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