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Op-ed: Are We Getting Dumber?

Op-ed: Are We Getting Dumber?
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From Environmental Health News

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are an assault on children’s developing brains.

Brain function, especially in children, is often evaluated by intelligence tests resulting in an Intelligence Quotient or “IQ.” IQ scores, after having increased for most of the 20th century, have been going down since the mid-1990s.

The decline is well documented across Europe, the U.S. and Australia.

Is this trend for real?

Some technical issues related to IQ measurements may be playing a role. However, scientific studies show that chemical exposures harm brain function in our children.

Every baby born in America (and in the developed world) is contaminated with industrial chemicals and many professionals – including numerous medical and scientific organizations – are focusing on the soup of chemicals in which we raise our children. Many of these chemicals affect brain development, especially endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Reducing exposures to these mixtures of chemicals offers the single best approach to improving the mental and physical health of our children.

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