Losing Our Minds: Effects of Chemical Pollution on the Intellectual Capacity and Mental Health of Future Generations by Barbara Demeneix

Losing Our Minds: Effects of Chemical Pollution on the Intellectual Capacity and Mental Health of…

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The global prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders is accelerating. Numbers of children affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States have reached 1 in 88 - 1 in 56 among boys - and even more children have developed attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). Theburden of these disorders to individuals and society overall is enormous; ASD alone costs the United States a staggering $130 billion, with ADHD costs reaching similar heights.Genetic causes of these neurodevelopmental disorders cannot account for such radically increased rates of incidence. The causes must also implicate environmental chemicals, many of which have been shown to disrupt normal thyroid function. In this book, Barbara Demeneix makes the case that thyroidhormone signaling bridges the environment and gene programs needed for brain development - and that environmental chemicals that disrupt normal thyroid function pose significant risks to the inherited intelligence and mental health of future generations. The first chapter provides an historical overview of documented cases in which environmental pollution has caused IQ loss across populations. The following chapters explain the physiology of thyroid hormone action, the importance of iodine and selenium for thyroid hormone signaling and braindevelopment, and why thyroid hormone is such a sensitive target for environmental pollution. The final chapters discuss the role of gene-environment interactions in neurodevelopmental disorders and address what can and must be done by individuals, associations, and decision-makers to staunch theseepidemics.

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Barbara Demeneix is an internationally recognized expert on thyroid function and endocrine disruption. She is the author of more than 140 scientific publications, patents, and book chapters. Trained in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Germany, she currently serves as Professor of Comparative Physiology and Head of Department at...
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Title:Losing Our Minds: Effects of Chemical Pollution on the Intellectual Capacity and Mental Health of…Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Chemical Pollution and IQ Loss in Children: Learning from the Past2. Thyroid Hormone, Iodine, Selenium, and Mercury3. Thyroid Hormone and Brain Development: Bridging Environment to Gene Expression4. Thyroid Hormone Signalling as a Target of Multiple Pollutants5. Examples of Chemical Pollution Targeting Thyroid Hormone Action6. Mixtures and Low Doses: The Complexity of Risk Assessment7. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Congenital Hypothyroidism: The Case for Gene x Environment Interactions8. What Can Be Done by Individuals, Associations and Governments: Time to End the Pied Piper Scenario