CHEMICALS OF CONCERN
Pesticides have not been studied for their long-term effects
on human health (http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tips-
Pesticides work on the nervous system of the insect,
Women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial
pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of
having a child with autism (http://www.webmd.com/baby/
Children of farmworker parents who are exposed to chronic
low doses of pesticides before they are born and in the first years of life have a higher risk for neurodevelopmental
problems like autism than children who are not exposed to
1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum
A recent study found an association between exposure to
certain pesticides and a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine
system. Endocrine disruptions are particularly dangerous to
developing and young babies and children whose organs
are still forming. (http://www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/problem/
Several phthalate compounds have caused reduced
fertility in male test animals. (US Center for Disease Control’s
2005 National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental
Chemicals (also www.chemicalbodyburden.org)
Some studies link phthalates to liver cancer.
PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyl) were banned in 1979 but
linger on in hundreds of commercial applications that remain
in our homes. (http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/
PCBs do not readily break down and remain for long periods
of time, cycling between air, water and soil.
- National Cancer Institute found residues of 34 toxic chemicals in household carpet dust, including pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and PCBs. (https://thorne.com/practitioners/ resources/articles/we-are-all-toxic)
- Another study found carpet dust pesticide levels 10 to 100 times higher than in nearby soil samples.
- Unbagging a dry-cleaned garment releases toxic chemicals like PERC or TCE, both considered possible human carcinogens. (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/drycleaning/)
- Body Burden: scientists estimate that everyone alive today carries at least 700 contaminants. (www.chemicalbodyburden.org) (http://www.ewg.org/research/body-burden-pollution- newborns)
- Environmental Working Group detected 287 chemicals in the cord blood of newborns.
- Of these, 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
- Environmental exposure may contribute to major diseases and health concerns that especially affect men, including heart disease, prostate cancer and infertility. (http://www.ewg. org/release/ewg-issues-guide-men-s-environmental-health#. U9XGaQTG36E.email)
- In about 40 percent of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole or a contributing cause.
- Several studies link deficiencies to a variety of environmental factors, including exposures to lead, as well as chemicals in personal care products and pesticides.
- Just one tree offsets over 910 pounds of CO2 over the course of its lifetime. (http://www.americanforests.org/a-carbon- conundrum/)
- Exposure to Roundup has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Parkinson’s as well as immune system, thyroid and reproductive problems. (http://www.ewg.org/release/ citing-health-risks-doctors-and-scientists-urge-congress-reject- potent-herbicide-mix#.U9XEzZbiRcw.email)
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