The American Academy of Pediatrics this week issued a ““Policy Statement — Chemical-Management Policy: Prioritizing Children’s Health.” If this is what pediatrics is becoming, maybe Christian Scientists have a point.
The statement calls for new legislation to protect children from the “tens of thousands of chemicals that are in commerce.”
The statement, however, cites no evidence that any child or pregnant woman has ever been harmed by legal use of chemicals — and that’s because, despite many efforts to find such harm, none exists. There is no evidence that children are more, or especially vulnerable to chemicals.
Also disturbing about the statement is its reliance on studies from the extremist Environmental Working Group.
The statement urges pediatricians to become advocates for new chemical policies. If your pediatrician wastes your time with this drivel, find a new one who’s too busy with patients with real health conditions to pay attention to the AAP’s junk science-based propaganda.