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Only One Chance: How Environmental Pollution Impairs Brain Development -- and How to Protect the Brains of the Next Generation (Environmental Ethics ... ETHICS AND SCIENCE POLICY SERIES) Hardcover – May 7, 2013

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  • Series: ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS AND SCIENCE POLICY SERIES
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199985383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199985388
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Only One Chance shaves off layer after layer of ignorance, naivete, and corruption as it exposes the hidden dangers from industrial chemicals. Grandjean's book reads like a thriller and gives us a unique chance to decide that the next generation's brains must be protected against toxic brain drainers."--Devra Lee Davis, author of The Secret History of the War on Cancer and National Book Award finalist


"This is an exceptionally interesting book. Grandjean presents and interprets extensive research on the impact of common chemicals present in the environment on human neurodevelopment using an original and holistic point of view and introducing the concept of 'chemical brain drain'. This is an innovative approach underlining the cumulated and long term impact on the brain of different chemical exposures. Grandjean argues that brain drain hampers the very capacity of human society to progress if its most precious resource, the brain, is not adequately protected. The accuracy of the review, the analysis of the interaction between brain development and society, the approaches to dealing with uncertainties and action, make this book fundamental reading for medical and public health professionals, students, and policy makers. I am convinced it will set a new standard for public health action and research for the coming years."--Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the EU


"This book is a huge gift to humankind from an eminent scientist. Grandjean tells the truth about how we have been ruining the brain power of each new generation and asks if there are still enough intelligent people in the world today to reverse the problem. I cannot rid myself of the idea that too many brains have been drained and society is beyond the point of no return. We must learn from the follies and scandals that Grandjean reveals and stop the chemical brain drain before it is too late."--Theo Colborn, President, TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange)


"[Only One Chance] is factual, rationally developed, and nuanced, without pulling punches. It argues for a social conscience, adequate premarket research, communication, and regulation. Chemical damage to the developing brain is not destiny. Grandjean explains why and how society must intervene to prevent exposures now and in the years ahead. Highly recommended."--CHOICE


About the Author


Philippe Grandjean is Professor and Chair of Environmental Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted his career to studying how environmental chemicals affect children and their brain development. His studies on mercury triggered an international response that led to a United Nations agreement to control mercury pollution. He has studied children in the U.S. and Denmark, in the Faroe Islands, and countries in South America and Asia, and he has published more than 500 scientific papers on his findings.

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Without a doubt, this book is the contemporary of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" with clearly defined implications for the future health of our own species, that have been ignored or dismissed for far too long. Dr. Phillippe Grandjean writes, with a lifetime of research and study behind him, what we've all suspected for some time, that even small traces of industrial toxins in the environment are depriving future generations, at a time when their growing brains are most vulnerable in the womb or as young children, of their "Only One Chance" to develop a healthy, fully functioning brain. It is a must read for all parents, parents-to-be and all concerned with the health of the global community.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By laura westra on June 23, 2013
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Only One Chance is perhaps the most important book of the last fifty years.Dr. Philippe Grandjean pinpoints the causes behind the multiplying health problems faced by the world today. Starting from neurodevelopmental disorders --birth defects of the brain--attention deficit disorders and autism, the relentless attacks of thousands of untested chemicals on the developing preborn continue unrestrained and unpunished After the child is born, the toxic exposures may produce grave effects and dysfunctions far into adulthood and even old age.

Following upon the WHO/UNEP 2012 Report on the effects of endocrine disruptors and other developmental toxicants, this book may finally bridge the present disconnect between attacks on the preborn through industrial toxic exposures, and the impotence of the present legal regimes. When case after case of environmental harms is dismissed,despite the diseases and stunted development of children, because "it does not raise to the level in international crime", thus leaving vulnerable populations from the Canadian "cancer alley"(Sarnia,Ontario) to the Indigenous peoples of Ecuador and Columbia, Grandjean's scientific "tour de force" may finally be brought in as evidence of the ongoing crimes being perpetrated.

Only One Chance refers to the only time when the human brain is developing, thus when it can be harmed, in the early stages of fetal development. Only One Chance can also refer to the only time when the child (and the future adult) can be protected, despite the present immunity enjoyed by most chemical corporations, and the complicity of governmental institutions.

I hope that the thorough, solid science supporting Grandjean's conclusions, may bring about the radical changes needed to protect the most fundamental of human rights, the right to live and develop normally, both in our body and our brain.
This is a book that everyone should read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guruofwisdom on June 26, 2013
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This book by Philippe Grandjean tackles an important medical and societal issue, the potential deleterious effects of toxic chemicals on the developing brain. While the subject matter-developmental neurotoxicity- may be difficult to the non-initiated, Grandjean presents his arguments in a simple and engaging style. A large part of the book focuses on chemicals well known to damage the developing brain (e.g. lead, methylmercury, alcohol), but the real challenge, as Grandjean stresses, is that of identifying, studying and curtail exposure to hundreds of other chemicals (a long list is presented in an appendix) which have the potential to do so. In recent years it would appear that developmental disorders (autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, learning disabilities, etc.) are on the rise, and the possible contribution of environmental chemicals to this "epidemics" needs to be determined. Damage to the developing brain is often irreversible, as there is only one chance (hence the book title) to develop one's brain. With passion yet scientific rigor, Grandjean pleads for attention and resources to deal with this important issue, in a book that may become the "Silent Spring" of developmental neurotoxicology. The book is a pleasant and quick read, and is recommended for all concerned that children would be allowed to develop to their highest intellectual potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy F Holt on June 18, 2014
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Only One Chance by Philippe Grandjean, MD, PhD is a book that should be read by every health care provider in the world! Every parent or prospective parent should also read this book to try to protect the IQ and health of their children. The author has spent decades studying brain development and the title of the book "Only One Chance" is exactly what happens to a brain of a child before birth and after. Any damage done to the brain before birth cannot be reversed and often the consequences are devastating for the family when one in 6 children today will be born with some form of neurological developmental dysfunction such as ADHD, Autism, neurocognitive disorders, retardation, or mental illness. This is profound and very disturbing information that must become public at all medical schools, schools of public health, nursing schools, schools of social work and even teacher educational programs. Dr. Grandjean has identified 214 chemicals known to interfere with proper brain development and these chemicals are allowed to be used without warnings and restraint. No parent is informed to keep their children away from this chemical or that chemical nor is a pregnant woman told that from weeks 3 thru 9 of her pregnancy, exposure to any of the endocrine disrupting chemicals that are ubiquitous and surround us can cause the fetus brain to not develop or grow to reach maximum abilities. The number of children with neurodevelopmental problems has grown from 6 million to 9.4 million. Conversely, the number of "gifted" children has dropped from 6 million down to 2.4 million. It is WAKE UP TIME!
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