Interesting Documentaries from the Nature of Things

It’s important to be informed especially on topics that may affect our kids.  Here’s a couple of interesting documentaries from the CBC’s Nature of Things with David Suzuki: 

Programmed to Be Fat

Controversial new science is raising suspicion that chemicals in the environment may be programming us to be fat. And it starts before we’re even born.  That’s the subject of a new Dreamfilm documentary called Programmed to be Fat?.

Now, scientists are going beyond animal research to human population studies, testing the theory that fetal exposure to man-made chemicals is a key reason for our global obesity epidemic.

 

Autism Enigma

A fresh perspective on autism research with the developing “Bacterial Theory” of autism. The fastest-growing developmental disorder in the industrialized world, autism has increased an astounding 600 per cent over the last 20 years. Science cannot say why. Some say it’s triggered by environmental factors and point to another intriguing statistic: 70 per cent of kids with autism also have severe gastrointestinal symptoms. Could autism actually begin in the gut? The Autism Enigma looks at the progress of an international group of scientists who are studying the gut’s amazingly diverse and powerful microbial ecosystem for clues to the baffling disorder.

Source: CBC

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