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August 25, 1999

Environmental Toxicity: Chemical Brain Injury

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;282(8):800. doi:10.1001/jama.282.8.800-JBK0825-4-1

[W]e have witnessed a century of proliferation of synthetic chemicals and during the same time period humans have experienced great increase in cancer, brain damage, asthma, and other epidemic degenerative diseases such as arthritis and coronary artery disease. . . . Our civilization reeks with chemicals. . . . Human health has been sacrificed to economic growth and profits, the twin idols of our time.

[C]hemicals are costing us dearly in new and dreadful ways including eroded brain and degeneration. Programmed cell death (apoptosis) is out of control.