Hope for a Public Health Revolution

Now that Flint is commanding the country’s attention, columnist Nicholas Kristof hopes the lead-poisoning disaster could galvanize a public health revolution.

“Lead, mercury, PCBs, flame retardants and pesticides cause prenatal brain damage to tens of thousands of children in this country every year,” says pediatrician Philip Landrigan, the dean for global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

But in the US, lobbyists for chemical companies have managed to block serious oversight, Kristof writes. “The challenge is that the casualties aren’t obvious, as they are with cholera, but stealthy and long term. These are silent epidemics, so they don’t generate as much public alarm as they should,” he explains.

The New York Times (Op-Ed)

Thanks for the tip, Jimmie Lou DeBakey!

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