June 21, 2017
1:00 pm US Eastern Time
Because 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 21, 2017 at 10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern as Dr. Barbara Demeneix discusses 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.
This teleconference call is one in a monthly series sponsored by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s EDC Strategies Partnership. The call will be moderated by Genon Jensen, Executive Director of Health and Environment Alliance.