Anderson Cooper of CNN adresses toxins in a section of “Planet in Peril”, a four hour documentary. To introduce the topic, Cooper recognizes we are all products of our environment, what we eat, drink and breath, shows up inside of us.
Doctors don’t like what they’re finding in adults and are even more alarmed seeing what’s in the children.
Cooper shares facts with us about the 287 Cancer causing chemicals that are in the average person’s body.
Not long ago scientists thought that the umbilical cord placenta shielded the blood – and the developing baby -from most chemicals and pollutants in the environment. But now we know that at this critical time of the babies development the umbilical cord caries not only the building blocks of life but also a steady stream of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides that cross the placenta as readily as residues from cigarettes and alcohol.
We can discover what chemicals are inside the average American with a Body Burden Test, as Cooper took part in. 120cc of blood (almost a pint) was taken from him for scientists looked for traces of 250 industrial chemicals in his body, Cooper received the test results in two months.
Public health experts are only beginning to understand what harm low level chemical exposure can cause. Dr. Leo Tassande worries most about the kids, are currently in an epidemic of chronic disease with American children; rates of asthma, childhood cancers, birth defects, developmental disabilities, are all on the rise and they are increasingly being attributed to new chemicals that we’re all exposed to on a daily basis. I consider it an epidemic.”
The Holland family was tested about 3 years ago, their son Rowan was 18 months old. At that time he was the youngest child to be tested for chemical exposure. His sister, Michela was just 5 years old. When the results came in, they were shocked! The children’s exposure was 2, 3, and 4 times higher than their parents.
Cooper was tested for 246 synthetic chemicals and he tested positive for more than 100, including DDT a chemical that dates back to the 1970s. DDT is in his body now, and it’s figured he probably got it from a trip to Africa where some countries still use it to kill mosquitoes.
Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are organic chemicals produced from oil and are the most commonly used plasticizers in the world. They are a family of chemical substances that have been in use for about 50 years, primarily to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) soft and flexible.
Phthalates, plasticizers, are used in water bottles, personal care products; shampoo, make up (MBP), and medical devices. Although the various kinds of phthalates in use today have some structural similarity, each one is different in the way it performs.
PCBs used in electrical insulators in refrigerators and microwaves banned in the late ’70s. At that time, there was a major dump of PCBs into the Hudson River in New York. The PCBs were eaten by fish which were then eaten by people. The traces of the PCBs in blood can be seen in the blood of those who lived in New York at the time.
PBDEs a class of flame retardants used in foam cushions to rugs to mattresses to casings of electronics they were nearly 7 times the levels of his mom and dad he had 2-3 times the level of flame retardant in his body that has been found to cause thyroid dysfunction in lab rats.
PBDEs are neurotoxins which throw off normal brain functioning in lab animals. Could they be doing the same for children and adults?
No testing was done. The Environmental Protection Agency which is responsible for chemical regulation doesn’t require manufactures to test for the effects of new chemicals on human health before getting approved. The approval process can take as little as 90 days compared to the years it can take pharmaceutical companies to get approval for new drugs.
When Jack Jerad, president of the National Chemical Council was asked if phthalates could cause infertility, he answered, “Just because we find chemicals in the body doesn’t mean it causes disease.”
Some scientists disagree. Research shows that DNA is damaged when exposed to high level of phthalates.
Anderson Cooper said, “This looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen.”
What we know, is just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Tassande said, “That is enough to actively and proactively intercede and prevent chemical exposure.”
Are the chemicals running through our bloodstreams dangerous? No one seems to know~ Is that good enough?
What do you think?
Are you wondering why so many people are getting sick? Is this a topic that you’ve even thought about?