How air pollution could be harming your brain

According to one expert, “The risk of air pollution on the brain is a much broader risk factor than we’ve given it credit for.”

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“We’re not just trying to prevent brain disease, we’re trying to protect optimal brain development to support the highest possible functioning level and quality of life in the interest of the next generation and society.” –Philippe Grandjean

“If we let everything run on the free market and intervene when people develop signs and symptoms, we’ve missed the window of opportunity. If we took this science seriously, we could dramatically reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals.” –Bruce Lanphear

“We wait until the impairments are so obvious — but this is all structural, and it can be changed.” –Irva Hertz-Picciotto

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