This is the most significant issue I have with MCS/ES, the ways my brain (and functioning) are affected from exposures to chemicals in everyday products.
I suspect (and I am not the only one) that some of the bigger problems we are seeing in society now, are due to widespread neuro-toxic chemicals (in addition to wireless radiation) affecting too many people’s ability to think clearly.
Our intelligence depends on the integrity of the complete organ. Even subtle effects, such as memory deficits, attention problems, or motor dysfunction, can seriously impact on our health. Thus, the brain differs substantially from other important organs, such as the kidney or the liver, where we can lead successful lives without maximal function…
Our brain functions are valuable to ourselves and to society. Data on exposures to lead, mercury, and pesticides suggest that the losses to society amount to hundreds of billions of dollars every year. This calculation is based solely on losses of income and does not take into account less tangible damages associated with chemical brain drain
Known chemical brain drainers
(chemicals known to cause brain toxicity and neurological symptoms in humans)
Someone needs to check IFRA’s list of ingredients to see how many of these are used in fragrances, I think too many…
This page provides a list of industrial chemicals known to cause brain toxicity and neurological symptoms in humans (generally in adults), thus proving that the substance can reach the brain and exert toxicity to brain cells. Substances that are considered high-production volume (US, EU, or OECD) are labeled with an asterisk (*). The first version was developed in collaboration with Professor Philip Landrigan and published in The Lancet in 2006. This list of 214 compounds (as of 2013) is not meant to be exhaustive but includes substances that are known by now to cause adverse effects on the human nervous system.
This following list is from: http://braindrain.dk/known-chemical-brain-drainers/
|Metals and Inorganic Compounds||Pesticides|
Arsenic and arsenic compounds
Lead and lead compounds*
Manganese and manganese compounds*
Mercury and mercuric compounds
Chlorpyrifos (Dursban, Lorsban)*
2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)*
Dichlorvos (DDVP, Vapona)
Methyl parathion (Parathion-methyl)*
Pyriminil (Pyrinuron, Vacor)
Trichloronate**Added after “Only One Chance”
went to press
Ethylene glycol ethyl ether (Ethoxyethanol)*
Ethylene glycol methyl ether (Methoxyethanol or Methyl cellosolve)*
Methanol (Methyl alcohol)*
Methyl-n-butyl ketone (2-Hexanone)
Methyl ethyl ketone*
Methyl isobutyl ketone*
|Other Organic Substances|
|Acetone cyanohydrin (2-Hydroxy-2-methylpropanenitrile)*
Acrylamide (2-Propenamide) *
Allyl chloride (1-Chloro-2-propene)*
Butylated triphenyl phosphate*
Diethylene glycol diacrylate*
Methyl chloride (Chloromethane)*
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Vinyl chloride (Chloroethene)*
For now, we can reduce our exposure by careful shopping, but it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid many of the substances on the above list because so many of them are everywhere.
WE need to act and demand that these toxic chemicals are taken out of everyday circulation.
The US toxic chemical reform efforts are stalled now, as the most recent effort was basically a chemical industry protection plan instead of one that protected our health and the environment.
Our dependence on oil, gas and petrochemicals is not only poisoning us and the environment, it is also causing undeniable and tragic climate changes.
What if we insist on precaution and take into account “all children, all species, for all time” whenever we make any decisions?