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January 09, 2007


Tom Wolfer

Dear Mr. Petty,

Is there any research to show the impact of pollution, climate change etc. on the health of children. I am particularly interested in how the envioronment impacts the incidence of the following (or
other) children's mental health issues:

Anxiety Disorder
Conduct Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)
Eating Disorders Schizophrenia
Bi-polar Disorder(Manic-Depression)
Early Childhood Development

Tom Wolfer

Richard Petty

Dear Tom,

You have raised a great question that has been discussed many times in ecent years, particularly in light of the data associating urban birth with schizophrenia.

The only children's mental health issue that does seem to be associated with pollution is autism. (

There may very well be others but my read of the literature is that there is nothing certain.

A related question is the possible association between degradation of the food supply and mental illness. There a brief piece here:

Kind regards,


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