"More children are presenting with... difficulties spread across multiple cognitive, sensorimotor, social, and emotional domains. And the scale of this is enormous: 17% of children in the United States have some kind of attentional or learning problem.
"I think we are dealing with the impact of the disintegration of family and community bonds and a profound environmental insult on our very neurological wiring.
"It's clearly ominous for any individual and for society as a whole to have our brain's capacity to process experience first impaired by toxins and then overwhelmed by sensory and informational input.
"Is there a genetically conserved human 'nature' that retains genuine impulses or are we witnessing a threshold disintegration of that human 'nature'?"
Dr. Martha Herbert
New Forms of Violence Threaten America
Much has changed since America was founded more than two centuries ago. The United States has since become the predominate national power on Earth, and today the American scene is full of many wonders. There is, however, something wrong with this picture.
Although today's younger generations are among history's most fortunate, nonetheless they are under attack, as we all are. A subtle yet deadly invasion is taking place at the cellular level: one that targets our neurological, hormone, and immune systems. One that has penetrated our last lines of defense: the blood-brain-barrier and the placenta.
"Another legacy of the chemical industry: the invasion of the inner environment of all animals on Earth, including humans.
"The endocrine system also controls reproduction and thus assured the integrity and survival of species since life first evolved on Earth until humankind unwittingly produced synthetic chemicals that invade the security of the womb and create dissonance rather than harmony.
"Peace begins in the womb. The newborn reflects this truth. Order is transferred from cell to tissue, to organs, to organisms, to families, communities, and nations. Unfortunately, when development is violated in the womb by man-made chemicals, the newborn is compromised. For animals in the wild, their survival is threatened. They can disappear without our ever knowing why. For humans, such exposure can lead to reduced intelligence, discontent, failure, and the inability to socially integrate. Man-made chemicals deprive societies of responsible leaders and thinkers. The social and economic impacts are incalculable. Widespread loss of security in the womb can lead to loss of stability at the national and international level."
Ms. Colborn is coauthor of Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Story. Her book documents how endocrine-disrupting chemicals are the perpetrators of a devastating, multigenerational violence to human and animal life.
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