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Children are not little adults. They are more susceptible to pesticides and other neuro-toxic substances (and hormone disrupters) then adults because their hormone system, immune system, central nervous system and blood brain barrier are still developing. Pesticides and other neuro-toxic substances (many are neurotoxins and/or have been found to be endocrine disruptors) can enter the body in many ways - inhalation, skin absorption (think of nicotine and hormone patches and the way they enter) and even through ocular (eye) exposure. Pesticides have been linked to neurological, developmental and behavioral disorders, asthma and even reduced intellect. Pesticide and other neuro-toxic substance exposure is a preventable cause of harm to our children.

The Children's Environmental Health discussion list will provide a forum to discuss products and procedures that impact a child's health and well being. Discussions will also share ideas on improving a child's environment by the selection and use of safest, least toxic products and procedures in every aspect of a child's life.

Neuro-toxic substances include but are not limited to pesticide selection and usage; maintenance products such as paint, new carpets, etc; cleaning supplies; and other everyday items like: fragrances, make-up, lotions, hair care products, pesticides, laundry soap, dryer sheets, fabric softener, and the list goes on and on...

Improving the quality of a child's environment will result in:
- Increased academic/work performance
- Increased attendance
- Decreased cognitive/memory problems
- Decreased energy
- Decreased behavioral problems at school
- Decrease in sick days at school/work
- Decrease in need for home teaching
- Decrease in the cost of running the school
- Decrease in the chance of costly litigation regarding environmental issues.

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  • Mar 2, 2001
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