Toxic Cocktail: How Chemical Pollution is Poisoning our Brains

June 21, 2017
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

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ToxicCocktailCoverBecause pregnancy, especially early pregnancy, is a highly sensitive period for effects of drugs on the developing fetus, there are warnings to avoid taking any unnecessary medication during those critical nine months. The unfortunate irony is that today, all pregnant women are unwittingly exposed to a complex combination of chemicals, as are the fetuses and babies developing in their wombs, and this exposure is occurring from conception onward. Many of these chemicals interfere with hormone signaling and act as endocrine disruptors. Today we are also witnessing documented decreases in IQ and unexplained increases in neurodevelopmental disease, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder.

Join us on Wednesday, June 23, 2017 at 10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern as Dr. Barbara Demeneix will discuss the effects of chemicals that disrupt thyroid hormone - a crucial hormone needed for optimal brain development both before and after birth. She will synthesize the results from epidemiological and experimental studies linking the increasing numbers of chemicals affecting thyroid signaling with IQ loss and/or neurodevelopmental disease. This work is largely based on recent research that forms the foundation for her latest book from Oxford University Press: Toxic Cocktail: How Chemical Pollution is Poisoning our Brains.  

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Barbara Demeneix, PhD, is Professor of Physiology at the National Natural History Museum in France. Trained in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Germany, she is an internationally recognized expert on thyroid function and the author of more than 160 scientific publications.

Dr. Demeneix has received numerous awards for her work, notably the Nature Mentoring Award in 2011 and the CNRS Medal for Innovation in 2014. She is also active with many international committees addressing thyroid hormone and endocrine disruption (OECD, European Thyroid Association, etc.).

This teleconference call is one in a monthly series sponsored by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s EDC Strategies Partnership. The CHE EDC Strategies Partnership is chaired by Carol Kwiatkowski (TEDX), Sharyle Patton (Commonweal), and Genon Jensen (HEAL). To see a full list of past calls related to EDCs and listen to the MP3 recordings please visit the CHE EDC Strategies Partnership page.

This call will be moderated by Genon Jensen, Executive Director of Health and Environment Alliance. The call will last for 30 minutes and be recorded for our call archive.