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The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains
Forty-one million IQ points. That’s what Dr. David Bellinger determined Americans have collectively forfeited as a result of exposure to lead, mercury, and organophosphate pesticides. In a 2012 paper published by the National Institutes of Health, Bellinger, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, compared intelligence quotients among children whose mothers had been exposed to these neurotoxins while pregnant to those who had not. Bellinger calculates a total loss of 16.9 million IQ points due to exposure to organophosphates, the most common pesticides used in agriculture. Last month, more research brought concerns about chemical exposure and brain health to a heightened pitch. “So you recommend that pregnant women eat organic produce?” “That’s what I advise people who ask me, yes. Landrigan had issued that same warning, unprompted, when I spoke to him the week before. Silent pandemic. “Researchers Warn of Chemical Impacts on Children,” -USA Today, 2/14/14

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Adverse Cognitive Effects of Medications: Turning Attention to Reversibility In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Gray and colleagues1 present findings from an observational analysis that show a higher risk for dementia with the increasing dose and duration of exposure to medications with strong anticholinergic activity. The risk for dementia was consistent when comparing participants with recent and past heavy use of such medications with nonusers, suggesting that the adverse cognitive effects are permanent. Other studies2- 4 have consistently shown similar results. However, the question of reversibility of the adverse cognitive effects of medications and the safety risks of discontinuing the use of such medications remain untested in randomized clinical trials (RCTs).

How To Detox From Fluoride In today’s world, fluoride is hard to avoid completely. Here’s how to detox your body. Adding fluoride to the water supplies has been called murder on a grand scale. Mechanisms of white matter change induced by meditation training 1Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA2Department of Psychological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA3Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA Training can induce changes in specific brain networks and changes in brain state. In both cases it has been found that the efficiency of white matter as measured by diffusion tensor imaging is increased, often after only a few hours of training. In this paper we consider a plausible molecular mechanism for how state change produced by meditation might lead to white matter change. According to this hypothesis frontal theta induced by meditation produces a molecular cascade that increases myelin and improves connectivity.

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