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Losing Our Minds: How Environmental Pollution Impairs Human Intelligence and Mental Health (Oxford Series in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology) Hardcover – 11 Sep 2014


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"Losing Our Minds contains an exceptional amount of detail regarding the mechanisms and importance of the thyroid gland and points towards many potential damaging influences on thyroid function. Anybody involved in thyroid research is likely to find much of value in the book. The possibility of an environmental pollutant causing low level cognitive impairment that
may be related to reductions in IQ, and increased autism and ADHD prevalence, remains a
theoretical possibility. Losing Our Minds, however, does not provide a convincing case that this theoretical possibility is a current reality." --Stuart Derbyshire, PsycCRITIQUES


"Developmental neurotoxicology is a critical field, offering emerging knowledge of the effects of endocrine disruption on brain development. Here, Demeneix provides a broad approach to human development and problems that may occur during different stages of gestation. The author invokes gene x environment interactions in the growing numbers of autism spectrum and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders. Citing the buildup of many contaminants in the environment, the author presents a "Pied Piper" view of effects of endocrine disruption on fetuses and young children. [I]t is an important book, clearly written and well documented. The author identifies a critical need for action by governments and nongovernmental organizations. Recommended." --M. Gochfeld, CHOICE


About the Author

Barbara Demeneix is an internationally recognized expert on thyroid function and endocrine disruption. She is the author of more than 140 scientific publications, patents, and book chapters. Trained in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Germany, she currently serves as Professor of Comparative Physiology and Head of Department at the National History Museum in Paris, France.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a11c594) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
HASH(0x8a2285a0) out of 5 stars An excellent book on endocrine disruption 18 Dec. 2015
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Losing our Minds provides a close analysis of thyroid hormone action on brain development and how this vital role can be disrupted by multiple categories of environmental chemicals.
The author acts as an expert on this topic for the OECD and so is very aware of the science and the problems posed.
It is an excellent book for those who require detailed knowledge on how chemical pollution affecting thyroid hormone signaling can be contributing to the increased incidence of neurodevelopmental diseases such as autism spectrum disorder. It is written in a lively and very clear fashion. The author is directly engaged in the research in this area and put latest discoveries in a broad context that allow the reader to fully grasp the complexity and relevance of the field. A must read.
Vincent Laudet
Professor UPMC - Marine Station Banyuls-sur-Mer
HASH(0x8a23bf54) out of 5 stars This is a great book. I liked it so much I read ... 8 Mar. 2016
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It's a shame people aren't taught this information in grade school... and retaught and reinforced all through life. Now we actually have a nation of dangerously ignorant people... with less and less of a chance of surviving. Right here and now, we have a science illiterate leader who is too ignorant realize his own ignorance.. and a congress that's just a herd of buffalos stampeding
toward money...and supreme court justices that are, no doubt, even more ignorant the first guy I mentioned.. This is a great book. I liked it so much I read it in the library, then bought a copy for myself and loaning other people to read. It's put together and flows with the ease and grace of the enlightened dancers of the sisters of of Shakti Durga... I was going to say the ease and grace of an unpolluted spring.. that's too hard to imagine.
HASH(0x8a11fda4) out of 5 stars This book helped me through my PhD! 22 Dec. 2015
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This book helped me through my PhD! It's an excellent book for undergraduates, graduates and health professionals. Gives a really good background in thyroid hormone physiology and brain development, but also explains in detail how environmental pollutants can mess with the endocrine system and make us less intelligent! Worth a read for anyone!
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