The Minds of Girls: A New Path for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Successful Women
As an investigative journalist who has written extensively about environmental toxins, I was honored to help edit Dr. Gurian’s latest book, The Minds of Girls. Every parent can surely benefit from Dr. Gurian’s chapters about protecting children from the hazards of neurotoxins and excessive screen time/social media, two topics which are especially salient to our ailing modern society.
Dr. Gurian points out that while we must continue to combat harmful gender stereotypes and discrimination, we must also be willing to burst our media bubbles and examine other sources for the alarming increases in depression, anxiety, addiction, and developmental disorders among modern girls. Dr. Gurian demonstrates that one of the chief causes of these maladies are environmental neurotoxins which attack healthy gene expression and can even be passed along epigenetically for multiple generations.
Sadly, these environmental neurotoxins are ubiquitous in our modern environment. They usually originate from pesticides, plastics, heavy metals, and other under-regulated chemicals — often winding up in common foods, drinks, lotions, bottles, toys, etc. While it’s not easy, these chemicals can be avoided with vigilance, and Dr. Gurian provides many tips for helping keep your children as strong and vivacious as nature intended.
The Minds of Girls abounds with wisdom, scientific insight, and old-fashioned common sense. It will arm you with practical and philosophical tools to defend your children. I encourage you to join Dr. Gurian in this courageous conversation.
Some may protest my use of the word toxic, but what else should one call a chemical which has been proven to drastically weaken immune systems, alter an amphibian’s gender, mutate rats’ genes for generations, and which was banned by the European Union due to “ubiquitous and unpreventable water contamination?”
The toxic herbicide whose destructive capabilities I’ve just described is known as atrazine, and it is widely sprayed by our state’s timber industry.
We also shouldn’t hesitate calling glyphosate or 2,4-D toxic herbicides. Glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup) is known to pollute waterways, strip soils of vital nutrients, and is in the process of being banned by California and the EU. It was also declared “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization in 2015.
Then there’s 2,4-D, best known as half of the infamous Agent Orange defoliant used during the Vietnam War as part of our country’s herbicidal warfare program. 2,4-D is commonly sprayed in forestry and food production settings, and has been linked to endocrine disruption, thyroid disorders, birth defects and cancer.
Discussing the Link Between Elk Hoof Disease and Herbicides with John Kruse
A mysterious hoof disease is steadily exterminating elk herds throughout Washington and Oregon, and many thousands of hunters, conservationists, and concerned citizens continue to believe that forestry herbicides are causing this horrendous epidemic.
On November 4th, I will join John Kruse, host of Northwestern Outdoors Radio, to explain why the public’s persistent herbicide theory may prove correct after all. The show will air on 60+ stations throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
Many thanks to John Kruse for tracking this important issue. Your listeners are lucky to have such a strong outdoors advocate.
Editorial in The Chronicle, The Reflector and the Wahkiakum County Eagle
I wish my family was getting ready to go elk hunting. I wish we were shopping for supplies, setting up our camp along the Coweeman River, and maybe even doing some scouting on the weekends.
Instead, my dad, my uncle, my brother and the rest of our hunting party are boycotting our Department of Fish and Wildlife and Weyerhaeuser for the fourth consecutive year.
It all began when a pitifully unsuccessful black powder rifle season prompted my family to start attending meetings and asking tough questions about why there were so few healthy elk. What we learned about elk hoof disease was sad, but what we’ve learned about the collusion between certain government agencies and the timber and chemical industries has been truly disturbing.
Saving Our Sons: A New Path for Raising Healthy and Resilient Boys
Saving Our Sons is a timely and courageous book, and I am proud to have contributed my small share to the editorial process.
While some may bristle at Dr. Gurian’s assertion that boys in the U.S. and abroad are falling behind girls in many measures of health and well-being, numerous studies and statistics support this observation. In 2015, the World Health Organization published a major study of male health worldwide in which the study’s authors conclude that: “In most parts of the world, health outcomes among boys and men continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women. Yet this gender-based disparity in health has received little national, regional or global acknowledgement or attention from health policy-makers or health-care providers.”
Some of the statistics Dr. Gurian cites about American boys are truly shocking. Boys are twice as likely as girls to be labeled “emotionally disturbed” and twice as likely to be diagnosed with a behavioral or learning disorder. Boys are four times as likely as girls to be suspended or expelled from early childhood and K – 12 learning environments. In school, boys receive two-thirds of the Ds and Fs, and less than 40 percent of the As. While much has been made of the STEM gap, few are aware that boys are much farther behind girls in literary skills than girls are behind boys in math and science. Tragically, males between the ages of 15 and 24 are four times more likely to commit suicide than young women.