Azara Blog: Another anti-chemical health study

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Date published: 2006/11/08

The BBC says:

Toxic chemicals may be causing a pandemic of brain disorders because of inadequate regulation, researchers say.

A report in the Lancet identifies over 200 industrial chemicals, including metals, solvents and pesticides, which have potential to damage the brain.

Studies have shown low-level exposure of some can lead to neurobehavioral defects in children, the US and Danish team behind the report said.

UK experts remained divided over the findings.

One in six children worldwide has a development disability such as autism and cerebral palsy.

The causes are unknown, but the researchers trawled through a range of previous studies and data to show how some chemicals can effect the brain.
Professor Mark Hanson, director of developmental origins of health and disease at Southampton University, said: "The authors have put their finger on something which is important and which will not go away."

But he said the findings were extremely hard to prove as the effect of the chemicals did not seem to lead to gross abnormalities, "but rather change the way that the normal control systems work".

However, Professor Alan Boobis, a toxicology expert at Imperial College London, said: "The authors of this review have raised an issue of significant concern, but some of the evidence in support of the conclusions lacks rigour."

Well you would have to be pretty naive to think that man-made chemicals (or even non-man-made chemicals) never caused problems. But that is not the question, rather it is what is the cost versus the benefit for given concentrations, and in comparison with alternatives. Unfortunately an anti-chemical mentality seems to have taken hold amongst certain sections of the European ruling elite. And they often seem to rely on "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" analysis.

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