Chemical Exposures and the Brain
The Flint Water Crisis and More

Summary

CHEMICAL EXPOSURES AND THE BRAIN: The Flint Water Crisis and More
Presented in Collaboration with PRI’s The World & WGBH
Part of THE ANDELOT SERIES ON CURRENT SCIENCE CONTROVERSIES

The water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan has exposed thousands of children to unsafe lead levels, triggering a federal emergency declaration and national conversation about basic public health protections. Lead can be toxic to the brain, and children can be particularly vulnerable. However, the Flint example is not unique; other American cities, including the nation’s capitol, have faced lead contamination in water supplies. And research has pointed more generally to an expanding list of chemicals, including certain pesticides, mercury and flame retardants, that may be linked to cognitive delays and health conditions in children. This Forum examined those links and the implications for both children and adults, while exploring public policy successes and failures in safeguarding the public’s health against neurotoxicants.

Brief Video Highlights


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Presented in Collaboration with PRI’s The World & WGBH

Background Articles

  • no_nonsense1

    Hoping the intentional addition of HFSA co-contaminated with lead and arsenic, is discussed. Time to stop this antiquated practice.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Welcome. We will be starting in a few minutes.

  • Sarah Konkel

    What are the thoughts of the panelists regarding the water contamination being attributed to the Zika Virus epidemic in Brazil?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thank you for the question!

  • The Forum Moderator

    We are about to begin. Thank you for joining us.

  • The Forum Moderator

    This event is a collaboration with PRI’s The World & WGBH.

  • The Forum Moderator

    It also is part of the Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.

  • Thuy Lam

    I cannot seem to get volume

    • Thuy Lam

      I am all set. Thanks.

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thanks Thuy. There are 2 volume controls: one on your computer and one on the player. If your laptop volume is up, then I would suggest that you hover your mouse over the video, after you should see a bar come up where you can adjust the volume. If you missed anything, we do plan to post the full video on this site by early next week. Thanks

  • Seabreezes1

    Fluoride is corrosive and Maas, Masters & Copland have found higher childhood blood lead levels in fluoridated towns. Chloramine disinfectant plus fluoride is even worse…. please comment on advisability of fluoridating and/or chloraminating our water.

  • The Forum Moderator

    This video is being shown with permission from mLive. The whole video can be watched at https://youtu.be/cMfN5PkQ60Q

  • Seabreezes1

    I understand that many of the plastic pipes and valves use PFOC or PFOA, i.e. tefloned fluoridated carcinogenic materials. What do we do to replace water infrastructure????

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thanks all for the great questions! I’ll pass them along for our Q&A, which will happen at the end of our event.

  • The Forum Moderator

    This clip is from Healthy Child Healthy World, a program of the Environmental Working Group, which gave us permission to show it. You can watch the entire video at: http://www.healthychild.org/

  • The Forum Moderator

    Post your questions for the panelists here. Or email them to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu

  • Rachel Knight

    As an MPH candidate, how can the public health community encourage not only governmental groups like the EPA, but also politicians/leaders in vulnerable communities to test for contaminants such as lead? Why are these issues continuing to plague a society that has the resources to launch interventions that could target contaminant-affected communities?

    • Pedro Adrián Medrano

      I second this question!

  • samar khoury

    although there may be “checkpoints” for water quality, accidents and cover-ups like Flint happen; how can we protect our children and ourselves from these incidents? What is the answer? Would you drink tap or bottled to avoid being potentially exposed through such accidents…? There are also other things that are not checked (nanoparticles; hormones; pharmaceuticals…).

  • The Forum Moderator

    We will post the full video of this discussion on this site early next week. We also will post on YouTube and iTunesU.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thank you for joining us today. We are starting to wrap up. We will post the full video on demand here and on YouTube and iTunesU.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Join us again…

    THE ZIKA CRISIS: Latest Findings

    Presented in Collaboration with Reuters

    Friday, March 4, 12:30-1:30pm

    ForumHSPH.org

  • The Forum Moderator

    We thank you all, as well as our participants and PRI’s The World & WGBH.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thank you again!