Effects of man-made materials on the brain.
Bruce Lanphear, who is affiliated with Simon Fraser University and BC Children’s Hospital, discusses the effects of lead on the brain in a Globe & Mail article published today. In “Brain Imaging measures effects of lead on development“, Lanphear states that reducing levels of pollutants in the environment will decrease the rate of learning and behavioural problems in children. Heavy metals change the circuitry of the brain, and this is now proven via research using advances in imaging technology to show changes in the brain’s structure. Researchers in North America are currently studying the effects on the developing brain of various man-made materials: pesticides, air pollution, tobacco smoke, and bisphenol A.