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Wave of new disabilities swamps school budgets.

[You need a subscription to Wall Street Journal to read this, but here’s the Environmental Health News synopsis:]

Students diagnosed with chronic health impairments that sap their energy and hurt school attendance, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity, are one of the fastest-growing groups of special-education students. Their numbers have more than doubled since 2004. Only the autism category has grown faster.

Does that sound like the simple result of inheriting a few “bad” genes? It’s certainly not the result of people living longer — they’re children. The steep rise in dozens of illnesses and impairments like the above points directly at changes to our environment, and the plethora of chemicals that we are now exposed to.

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