May has been a dispiriting month for psychiatry and a sad and worrying time for our patients. Three of the leading mental health organizations have squabbled among themselves -- promoting silly and competing 'paradigm shifts' while ignoring the unmet needs of our patients.
A recent report, co-produced by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, suggests a ban of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be needed to protect the health of future generations.
For decades many scientists have believed that "the dose makes the poison" -- a chemical may be harmless in small amounts but devastating in higher amounts. But this latest research demonstrates that endocrine-disrupting chemicals act differently than other substances.