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The Living Green Video featuring the Kindergarten Class from Temple Beth Sholom Schools on Vanishing of the Bees and Why the Precautionary Principle Matters  is up on you tube now.  You can get to it from the Temple Website or from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzTy4rcKK_s

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

 

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This list was published today in Environmental Health Perspectives in an editorial written by Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, director of the CEHC, Dr. Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and Dr. Luca Lambertini, also of the CEHC.

This morning, the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) released a list of the top ten toxic chemicals suspected to cause autism and learning disabilities. According to the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) release this morning and data from the research article, “Environmental Pollutants and Disease in American Children (July 2002), “the National Academy of Sciences reports that 3% of all neurobehavioral disorders in children are caused directly by toxic exposure in the environment and another 25% disorders are caused by interactions between environmental factors and genetics.  (more…)

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RODALE NEWS, http://www.rodale.com/causes-autism-0

BY LEAH ZERBE —A large study released this week found that environmental factors are more responsible for autism than previously believed.The largest and most rigorous twin study of its kind finds environmental exposures among the leading causes of autism.

Autism experts not involved in this particular study say the research is well done, and could help further turn the tide of autism research toward recognizing that environmental chemicals and certain drugs could be causes of autism. “It’s very credible stuff,” says pediatrician and epidemiologist Phil Landrigan, MD, professor and chair of the department of community and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. “As new information comes in, it’s becoming very clear that there’s environmental contribution.” (more…)

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When it comes to autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities, genetics is only part of the story. In fact, in trying to figure out what causes autism, researchers are proving that environmental factors—everything from farm chemicals to soda and shampoo ingredients—could be permanently messing with children’s brain development.

Autism’s Most Common Cause: Environmental Factors

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(NaturalNews) Genetically engineered foods will “feed the world,” say Bill Gates and all the rest of the GMO pushers. GM crops are the result of “high-tech agriculture” and “advanced technology” created by super-smart agricultural geniuses who only enhance the properties of food crops. GMOs are better than God, better than Mother Nature, and one of the great gifts of science to humankind — sort of like electricity, only more edible.
If this is all true, then why doesn’t the GMO industry want credit for all this effort on food labels? Shouldn’t the industry leap at the opportunity to have foods labeled with things like:
• Fortified with extra GMOs!
• Genetically Modified to grow strong bones!
• Now with GMO technology in every delicious bite!
If GMOs are so wonderful, in other words, then why wouldn’t the industry tout all its amazing technology right on the labels of the foods containing GMOs? But no, instead of the industry begging for regulatory permission to place GMO bragging rights on food labels, the industry has done exactly the opposite: It has
demanded that consumers be kept in the dark about GMOs!
• They don’t want consumers to even know they’re eating GMOs!
• They believe consumer ignorance is preferable to consumer choice.
• They want consumers kept in the dark, uninformed and unable to avoid GMOs.
The GMO industry, in fact, is already viciously fighting a proposed GMO labeling mandate in California — a law that would merely require foods to be truthfully labeled when they contain genetically modified ingredients. What could be wrong with that? But in an age when consumers want to know more information about what they’re buying, not less, the GMO industry somehow believes consumer ignorance is victory! (more…)

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Abridged  from article : Autism and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator? by Brian Moench Dr. Brian Moench is President of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.Published on Monday, April 2, 2012 by Common Dreams https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/02

Sources: Dr. Jim Adams, director of Arizona State University’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program.http://autism.asu.edu

Hallmayer J, Cleveland S, Torres A, et al. “Genetic Heritability and Shared Environmental Factors Among Twin Pairs With Autism,” Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(11):1095-1102. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.76.Hallmayer J, Cleveland S, Torres A, et al. “Genetic Heritability and Shared Environmental Factors Among Twin Pairs With Autism,” Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(11):1095-1102. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.76.

C. Lu, K.M. Warchol and R.A. Callahan. “In situ replication of honey bee colony collapse disorder,” Bulletin of Insectology, Vol. 65, June 2012.  ( Source list continues below)

On a recent front page of The Salt Lake Tribune, a frightening, oversized headline read, “Highest rate in the nation, 1 in 32 Utah boys has autism.” Less well publicized, another national story ran the same day: “New pesticides linked to bee population collapse.”

A recent Stanford University study, examining 192 pairs of twins, where one twin was autistic and one was not, found that genetics account for 38 percent of the risk of autism and environmental factors account for 62 percent. (more…)

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Abridged  from article : Autism and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator? by Brian Moench Dr. Brian Moench is President of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.Published on Monday, April 2, 2012 by Common Dreams https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/02

Sources: Dr. Jim Adams, director of Arizona State University’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program.http://autism.asu.edu

Hallmayer J, Cleveland S, Torres A, et al. “Genetic Heritability and Shared Environmental Factors Among Twin Pairs With Autism,” Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(11):1095-1102. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.76.Hallmayer J, Cleveland S, Torres A, et al. “Genetic Heritability and Shared Environmental Factors Among Twin Pairs With Autism,” Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(11):1095-1102. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.76.

C. Lu, K.M. Warchol and R.A. Callahan. “In situ replication of honey bee colony collapse disorder,” Bulletin of Insectology, Vol. 65, June 2012.  ( Source list continues below)

On a recent front page of The Salt Lake Tribune, a frightening, oversized headline read, “Highest rate in the nation, 1 in 32 Utah boys has autism.” Less well publicized, another national story ran the same day: “New pesticides linked to bee population collapse.” If you eat food and hope to do so a few years from now, this should be equally frightening. A common denominator may underlie both stories.

A recent Stanford University study, examining 192 pairs of twins, where one twin was autistic and one was not, found that genetics account for 38 percent of the risk of autism and environmental factors account for 62 percent. (more…)

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