Tuesday, January 15, 2013

10 Americans Found with more than 200 Synthetic Chemicals in their Blood

     Why is it news?  The 10 Americans were newborns. Babies are coming into this world pre-polluted with toxic chemicals. The list included flame retardants, lead, stain removers, and pesticides the federal government had banned three decades ago.  And you don't have to live near a Superfund site to see these results.
     More than 80,000 chemicals are in use today, and most have not been independently tested for safety, regulatory officials say.
     Yet we come in contact with many every day - most notably, the bisphenol A in can linings and hard plastics, the flame retardants in couches, the nonstick coatings on cookware, the phthalates in personal care products, and the nonylphenols in detergents, shampoos, and paints.
     Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a national advocacy group, testified to these facts before a Senate subcommittee.
     Read the article here; also read more here.

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