Sunday, January 17, 2010
Children's Unique Vulnerability
This is a crucial reason to look at all sensible ways to de-tox their environments. It is imperative to find solutions and these are just a few reasons why . . . .
* Children have disproportionately heavy exposures to environmental toxicants due to their greater intake pound-for-pound of food, water, and air, coupled with their unique behaviors - in particular, hand-to-mouth behavior.
* Children's metabolic pathways, especially in the first months after birth, are immature. In many instances, they are less able than adults to deal with toxic compounds.
* Children are undergoing rapid growth and development. These developmental processes create windows of great vulnerability in which the course of development can be permanently disrupted by environmental toxins.
* Because children have more future years of life than adults, they have more time to develop chronic diseases that may be initiated by early exposures.
*National Research Council. Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2000.
SOURCE: Mount Sinai - Children's Environmental Health Center