Barbara Demeneix

Op-ed: Are we getting dumber?

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are an assault on children’s developing brains.

Brain function, especially in children, is often evaluated by intelligence tests resulting in an Intelligence Quotient or “IQ.” IQ scores, after having increased for most of the 20th century, have been going down since the mid-1990s.

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Everyday chemicals may affect brain development, including foetal IQ.

All vertebrates – from frogs and birds to human beings – require the same thyroid hormone to thrive. Every stage of brain development is modulated by thyroid hormone and, over millions of years, the structure of this critical hormone has remained unchanged.

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