Infant psychiatric drugs versus neurotoxicity

Neurotoxicity can cause conditions that mimic psychosis and depression in children. I have served as an expert witness in cases where children suffering from neurotoxicity were violent or suicidal. Before treating children with psychiatric drugs, it is important to investigate the environment for possible toxic chemical causes of the mental disorder. For example, mold is a…

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Parkinson disease, neurobehavioral effects, and toxic water at Camp Lejeune

In legislation passed by the United States legislature – The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 – veterans are eligible for VA health benefits if they served on active duty or resided (including family members) at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December…

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Catholic News Service: People have right to know environmental causes of illness, doctor says

The following article highlights the ethical right of sick people to learn if their disease is due to environmental causes. The Vatican-sponsored author finds that practically all chronic illness affecting function (such as occurs with neurotoxicity) are to be attributed, at least in large part, to environmental factors, including environmental mold exposure. The Catholic church is…

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EPA may ban common pesticide used on fruits and vegetables

“A common pesticide used on citrus fruits, almonds and other crops would be banned under a proposal announced Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposal would prohibit use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used insecticide that is sprayed on a variety of crops including oranges, apples, cherries, grapes, broccoli and asparagus. The pesticide, in use…

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Mold can cause nervous system disorders such as headaches and memory loss.

Although there are an increasing number of news stories of the toxic effects of molds, it is rare that reporters accurately describe symptoms of mold toxicity. Today, American Broadcasting Company news affiliate WJBF in Augusta, Georgia got it right, and reported that mold can cause nervous system disorders such as headaches and memory loss. This…

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Costs of dementia, neurotoxicity

“By 2050 an estimated 135 million people worldwide will have dementia. In 2010 the global cost of dementia care was estimated at $604bn (£396bn; €548bn) and estimated to increase to $1tr by 2030.1 Of all chronic diseases, dementia is one of the most important contributors to dependence and disability.2 3 In the absence of a…

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Mental illness, head injury and neurotoxicity

Danish scientists have studied the link between head traumas such as concussion and skull fracture and the subsequent risk of developing mental disorders. They found that head injuries can increase the risk of developing certain mental disorders by up to 439 percent. By comparing the injured people’s risk of developing the disorders with the rest of…

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$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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