Friday, February 22, 2008

LDDI Scientific Consensus Statement

Hot from the press.. The Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI) just published its Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Agents Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Have NOT had a chance to read it yet, beyond quickly browsing through the Press Release (contains a quote from Dr. Martha Herbert!!) and the Summary document (second paragraph states: "Environmental agents that we are confident cause learning and developmental disabilities in humans include: alcohol, lead, mercury, PCBs, PBDEs, manganese, arsenic, solvents, PAHs, pesticides and nicotine/environmental tobacco smoke.").

I'll reserve judgment either way until I have a bit more time...

P.S. Added at 3 pm today. Look at this 'clip' from the Introduction of the Consensus Statement.

Children are not little adults

§ Environmental exposures start early: preconception,
during gestation (in utero
exposure), via breast milk, infant formula
and then through contact with the

§ For their body weight, children eat and
breathe more than adults, thus a small
exposure translates into a big dose.

§ Their organ systems, particularly the
nervous system, are forming and are thus
more susceptible to the effects of

§ Young children are prone to hand-to-mouth
behaviors that expose them to higher levels
of ambient chemicals.

§ Children rely on adults to ensure that they
develop in an environment in which they
can reach and maintain their full potential.
No Shit....


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