More Than Genes: What Science Can Tell Us about Toxic Chemicals, Development, and the Risk to Our Children

We are all shaped by our genetic inheritance and by the environment we live in Indeed, the argument about which of these two forces, nature or nurture, predominates has been raging for decades But what about our very first environment the prenatal world where we exist for nine months between conception and birth and where we are vulnerable than at any other point iWe are all shaped by our genetic inheritance and by the environment we live in Indeed, the argument about which of these two forces, nature or nurture, predominates has been raging for decades But what about our very first environment the prenatal world where we exist for nine months between conception and birth and where we are vulnerable than at any other point in our lives In More Than Genes, Dan Agin marshals new scientific evidence to argue that the fetal environment can be just as crucial as genetic hard wiring or even later environment in determining our intelligence and behavior Stress during pregnancy, for example, puts women at far greater risk of bearing children prone to anxiety disorders Nutritional deprivation during early fetal development may elevate the risk of late onset schizophrenia And exposure to a whole host of environmental toxins methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs , dioxins, pesticides, ionizing radiation, and most especially lead as well as maternal use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or cocaine can have impacts ranging from mild cognitive impairment to ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders Agin argues as well that differences in IQ among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups are far attributable to higher levels of stress and chemical toxicity in inner cities which seep into the prenatal environment and compromise the health of the fetus than to genetic inheritance The good news is that the prenatal environment is malleable, and Agin suggests that if we can abandon the naive idea of immaculate gestation, we can begin to protect fetal development properly Cogently argued, thoroughly researched, and accessibly written, More Than Genes challenges many long held assumptions and represents a huge step forward in our understanding of the origins of human intelligence and behavior.
More Than Genes What Science Can Tell Us about Toxic Chemicals Development and the Risk to Our Children We are all shaped by our genetic inheritance and by the environment we live in Indeed the argument about which of these two forces nature or nurture predominates has been raging for decades But wha

  • Title: More Than Genes: What Science Can Tell Us about Toxic Chemicals, Development, and the Risk to Our Children
  • Author: Dan Agin
  • ISBN: 9780195381504
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “More Than Genes: What Science Can Tell Us about Toxic Chemicals, Development, and the Risk to Our Children”

    1. Examination of the many, and increasingly common, environmental factors that influence fetal development and gene expression. It questions some of the conclusions drawn from twin studies, population studies, and IQ tests that don't take these factors into account. A PhD in Biological Psychology who teaches molecular genetics and cell biology, the author is able to explain the material very clearly. His thesis is that we need to realize the extreme vulnerability of the developing child and theref [...]

    2. Very timely information for those of us who live in any semblance of modern society. The author takes a cold, hard look at recent studies regarding what happens to children exposed to any number of common toxins in the womb. Scientific, yes. Hard to read sometimes with all the numbers and figures, but well worth it, just to be informed. There are a lot of things we can do to protect ourselves and our children if we only have the knowledge!

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