Damage caused by harmful chemicals that are common in our homes and environment can have lifelong consequences
Many of these harmful chemicals are present in the bodies of all pregnant women. Scientists have tested blood, breast milk and urine from hundreds of young women, and umbilical cord blood from many newborns.
Results point to the unsettling truth that drives HBBF’s work: toxic chemicals circulate in the body of every woman tested, pollute every baby before birth, and cause lasting harm.
In a first-ever, unprecedented consensus statement published on July 1, 2016 in the peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, leading experts in the field agree that scientific evidence is now strong enough to support a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food, air, and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Neurodevelopmental disorders include intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficits, hyperactivity and learning disabilities.