$236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case: MTBE

In 1987, a law firm in Washington called me requesting that I conduct research on the neurotoxicity of various gasoline additives. They preferred that I conduct my research without knowing the source of funding. I agreed, and determined that methyl tetrabutyl ether (MTBE), proposed as a gasoline additive, would have serious toxic consequences. My staff and I…

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Common solvent keeps killing workers, consumers: Regulators have been slow to act on paint strippers, other products containing methylene chloride, says Center for Public Integrity

A recent article published by the Center for Public Integrity highlights the dangers of a common solvent, methylene chloride. The author describes a number of deaths attributed to methylene chloride, as well as a some legal cases that have been pursued for methylene chloride injuries. Methylene chloride is contained in widely available paint stripping products….

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How to solve the world’s biggest problems: Interdisciplinarity

Solving the epidemic of neurotoxicity requires the cross disciplines of neuropsychology and neurotoxicology. However, there is strong resistance to implementing interdisciplinarity as a solution, and therefore there are few interdisciplinary scientists of neuropsychology and neurotoxicology. For example, the prestigious journal Nature just published an article in which the author wrote: “… [S]upporters of interdisciplinary research…

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Why modern life is making dementia in your 40’s more likely

Professor Colin Pritchard, an esteemed scientist and novelist, recently published a study, wherein he found that the rate of neurological deaths in the United States among females increased by an astounding 663% since 1991 –  the largest rise of all countries under review. He suggests that the rise of neurological deaths is due to environmental and workplace…

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Nail Salon Workers Exposed to Neurotoxic Agents

Both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times have recently published articles on occupational hazards of nail salon workers. There are roughly 120,000 licensed nail technicians in 48,000 salons in California alone. These workers are exposed to formaldehyde and toluene, which they use in their work. Both of these substances have neurotoxic properties,…

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