This chemical may be causing your children to act out

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  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    There is a school of thought among environmental researchers which assumes every sociological or behavioral problem is caused by some environmental contaminant. This belief produces studies like this one, which proclaim a certain complex dilemma in society is caused by exposure to a chemical, and almost invariably the chemical is one produced and marketed by a big international corporation.

    Teenage pregnancy is a complex issue, with many causes. While it is possible high blood lead levels may contribute to the problem, the vast amount of research on the subject demonstrates family structure is the overwhelming contributing factor. Simply put, teenage girls who don't have a Dad in their lives are far more likely to get pregnant than teenage girls who do, regardless of their blood lead levels.

    Not surprisingly, this is not a popular view among leftists. It's far more comforting to blame teenage pregnancy on Dupont or Monsanto than on single motherhood.

  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    The paragraph about the amount of lead in teen's blood was inartfully written, and this, I think, has created the confusion.

    It should probably state that lower levels of lead in teen's blood at those ages correlates to a reduction in teen pregnancy. It is, of course, silly to believe that lead causes or prevents pregnancy, although it is not silly to postulate that lead in teen girl's blood can greatly affect her pregnancy.

    Having said that, it should be remembered that correlation is not causation. Having found the correlation, additional study should be done to identify the causation.

    Its a little like saying that 99.999 percent of people who die were breathing air just before they died, and claiming that air is harmful when breathed. Correlation, not causation.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Everyone knows that pregnancy is caused by washing clothes together, not lead. This article has no validity whatsoever. Check your facts.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:07 a.m.

    While "exposure [may] increase the likelihood of teen pregnancy," I can pretty much guarantee that it will take something a little less dense than lead to do it. After all this time, science has finally figured out what causes pregnancy. And it's not just "the water." Or the lead, either.