’10 Americans’ – the Link Between Toxic Substances and ASD
Presented by Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook at the Fall 2012 Autism Research Institute Conference
In “10 Americans,” Ken reveals the shocking number of toxic chemicals EWG’s research team found in the umbilical cord blood of 10 American babies born in 2004. This landmark study affirms the negative impact that environmental pollution can have on human health, especially relating to autoimmune diseases and autism.
Ken Cook is president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a research and advocacy organization that uses the power of information to improve human health and the environment. EWG is a major force in national policy debates over toxic chemicals, pesticides, air and water pollution, and the ecological impacts of modern agriculture. The organization is leading efforts to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, which would revolutionize how we protect children from health problems caused by a wide array of toxic contaminants. Cook earned a B.A. in history, B.S. in agriculture, and M.S. in soil science from the University of Missouri- Columbia. He is married to Deb Callahan and lives in northern California with their young son, Callahan.