Phillip Landrigan gave a sobering presentation to a group of over 150 top scientific and medical professionals on the state of our children's environmental health. The news was not great. He outlined the fact that over $55 billion dollars each year is spent on chronic childhood diseases resulting from chemical exposure and this situation has been surging in recent years.
Who is Phillip Landrigan and why should you care? Dr. Landrigan is the Harvard educated professor and Chairman of the Preventative Medicine Department as well as the Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mt Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Landrigan went on to point out that children are much more susceptible to the adverse effects of environmental contaminants and the environment is extremely significant as a determining factor in overall health.
Many of the common chronic childhood diseases such as Asthma, allergies, learning disabilities etc. are linked to environmental contaminants and there are over three thousand chemicals used in high volume for which there is no publicly available toxicity information. This is particularly significant given the fact that children would require much less exposure to a contaminant to have a similar response as an adult.
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