Vol. 6, No. 3, 2000 Page 3

Sheila Kaplan and Jim Morris

"Neurotoxicants are found in substances as common as tuna, lawn sprays, vaccines, and head-lice shampoo. Fetuses and infants exposed to these chemicals during critical windows of development, researchers now believe, may be at far higher risk for childhoo od learning problems than once thought.

A new study... suggests that a combination of neurotoxicants and genes may account for nearly 25 percent of developmental problems.... `Think of the genes as the country road,' says John Harris of the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program, `and the neurotoxicants as driving 90 miles per hour in the rain.'"

Sheila Kaplan and Jim Morris, "Kids
U.S. News & World Report,
June 19, 2000

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