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Scientists Endorse In Harm's Way Report

Scientists Endorse In Harm's Way Report

In Harm's Way has clarified a starting point for the next era of environmental health. It presents an elegant discussion of normal brain development and explores why these developmental processes are so vulnerable to environmental insult. It goes on to highlight a series of case studies describing chemicals in the environment that are known to disrupt brain development in laboratory animals and in children…Throughout, it identifies some of the areas of greatest confusion in this new field, and delineates the underlying logic and lines of evidence. As a result, this book is sure to inform discussions among representatives of widely varying disciplines."

Philip J. Landrigan MD MSc
Director
Center for Children's Health and the Environment
Mt. Sinai Medical Center
New York, New York


"Balancing a passionate commitment to children's health with a careful presentation of scientific evidence, In Harm's Way is a wake-up call. It shines a light on the potential role of toxic chemicals in several increasingly common neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD and autism. It points out that current regulations offer little or no margin of safety. Those of us in the health professions, our patients, and policy makers need to pay close attention."

Howard Frumkin MD DrPH, Chair
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia


"The authors of In Harm's Way have done a masterful job of assembling a vast amount of information, and organizing and presenting it in a forceful and clear fashion. The sociopolitical analysis may be the most important part of the book. I hope it is widely distributed and read."

Herbert L. Needleman MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


"In Harm's Way makes a complex, scientific literature readily available to parents, policymakers and health professionals. It is a call to action to expand our efforts to protect children through research, education, policy and prevention."

Bruce P. Lanphear MD, Director
Children's Environmental Health Center
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio


"This report is a wake-up call. It is very clear from the studies discussed here that we need much more vigorous research, tracking, and intervention (where appropriate), to deal with the problems described in In Harm's Way. The time has passed when we can permit children to be exposed to serious environmental hazards when they are most vulnerable."

Philip R. Lee MD, Professor Emeritus and Senior Advisor
Institute for Health Policy Studies
U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine
Consulting Professor, Human Biology
Stanford University
San Francisco, California


"In Harm's Way presents to the public the scope of environmental hazards which face our children today, focusing specifically on toxicants that impact brain development and function. It enables the reader to comprehend fundamental issues in neurotoxicology without the need for highly specialized technical training and knowledge. This is a good example of how community-based groups can increase the awareness of the public and bring about changes that will improve our world."

Nasser H. Zawia PhD
Associate Professor of Toxicology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island