Ultra-Processed Foods Linked with Cognitive Decline: Study

The results of a new scientific study have revealed that eating ultra-processed foods for more than 20% of your daily calorie intake every day could lead to cognitive decline–including the ability to process information and make decisions.  In the U.S., on average, 58% of daily calories come from ultra-processed foods.

Brain Shrinkage, Memory Problems, Depression Linked to Air Pollution Chemicals

Two separate scientific studies have revealed some sobering news about the link between air pollution chemicals and serious brain harm.  In the first study, higher exposures to air pollution chemicals were associated with increased depressive symptoms and subsequent memory decline. In the second study, people who had higher levels of air pollution exposure had more brain shrinkage–the kind of shrinkage commonly seen in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Pesticide Chlorpyrifos, a Neurotoxin, to be Banned in CA

In a bold decision the state of California has moved to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos because of scientific research linking it to harm to babies’ brains. Scientific studies have shown that the pesticide is a neurotoxin that harmed brain development in fetuses and affected reading ability, IQ and led to hyperactivity in children.