Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Expose on Flame Retardant Chemicals



hat tip: Propublica

Common Toxic Chemicals Found in Human Bodies Include:
PVCs, BPA, Lead, Perflorinated compounds (PFCs), Triclosan, Mercury, Organochlorine pesticides, Deca BDE (flame retardant)

Good Background Articles on Bio-Accumulation of Chemicals in Our Bodies

Scientists Warn of Low-Dose Risks of Chemical ExposureBy Elizabeth Grossman, Yale Environment 360 26 March 12 http://edrv.endojournals.org/content/early/2012/03/14/er.2011-1050.full.pdf+html
 
Toxic AmericaTracking the hazardous chemicals that seep stealthily into our bodies by  Alexandra Rome. San Francisco Gate. Sunday, March 28, 2004.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/03/28/ING2J5QG7R1.DTL&ao=all#ixzz1rULEGJzP

[excerpt] "I have measurable levels of 86 out of the 210 chemicals, including 27 different compounds from the chemical groups PCB and dioxin, both considered among the most toxic environmental contaminants. (The manufacture of PCBs was banned in the United States in 1976 because of concern over their effects on human health. They are still in use in some electrical equipment. Dioxins are byproducts of the manufacture and burning of products that contain chlorine.)

To put this number into context: There are more than 75,000 chemicals licensed for commercial use; more than 2,000 new synthetic chemicals are registered every year; the Environmental Protection Agency has tallied close to 10,000 chemical ingredients in cosmetics, food and consumer products. The 210 we were tested for are just a few of the industrial chemicals in our world. We can surmise that the actual number of manufactured chemicals in our bodies is far greater than our results show. Very few of these chemicals were in our environment, or our bodies, just 75 years ago.

In 1998, U.S. industries reported manufacturing 6.5 trillion pounds of 9, 000 different chemicals, and in 2000, major American companies -- not even counting the smaller ones -- dumped 7.1 billion pounds of 650 different industrial chemicals into our air and water…" [end excerpt]

Majia here: It is interesting that few of the researchers and studies examining bio-accumulation of chemicals also address bio-accumulation of radionuclides.

Here is a US Government model of how radionuclides bio-accumulate in human bodies
US Government Model for Radionuclides Exposure Pathways Analyses http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/PHA.asp?docid=78&pg=2
 


1 comment:

  1. "It is interesting that few of the researchers and studies examining bio-accumulation of chemicals also address bio-accumulation of radionuclides."

    I guess it is part of our whole faith-based economy. If you can't see it, it's not there. On the nightly news in Anchorage last night, the state decreed that it wasn't going to test our salmon because "it is not a hazard, unlike Mercury."

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