Toxins, Gut Microbiome and Kids: New Study Scratches Surface of Possible Big Link

Researchers have completed the most comprehensive study to date on how a class of persistent toxins called semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) are associated with the gut microbiome in human children.

More Pesticides Detected in Honey

You may recall that scientific testing has previously detected glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in RoundUp weedkiller, in honey.  Now, new testing methods have revealed yet another commonly used insecticide present in honey: Pyrethroids.  Neurotoxic pyrethroids are one of two main groups of pesticides that contribute to colony collapse disorder in bees.

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.

Neurotoxic Flea Treatment for Pets Contaminating Water

Scientists have recently discovered that pesticides commonly used as flea treatments for pets are contaminating rivers. The new research reveals widespread contamination, with two neurotoxic pesticides found in concentrations that far exceed accepted safe limits.  More specifically, researchers have found widespread contamination of rivers with two neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in veterinary flea products: fipronil and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid.