Perchlorate. Volatile organic compounds. Arsenic. Bisphenol A. Atrazine. Fire retardants. Pesticides. Insecticides. Heavy metals. It sounds like the list of chemicals it is, but what you probably didn't expect is that chances are good that you have one or more of these bouncing around in your body.
The CDC has just released its 2009 National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, which tests the blood and/or urine of U.S. volunteers to determine levels and types of exposure to environmental chemicals, defined as "[a] chemical compound or chemical element present in air, water, food, soil, dust, or other environmental media, such as consumer products." The report reveals 212 environmental chemical contaminants in thousands of volunteers, tested from 1999-2004; 75 of those chemicals have been measured in for the first time.
Some of the chemicals that were found in the vast majority of volunteers include fire retardants, Bisphenol A, and one of the chemicals used to create non-stick coatings in cookware. Not all the news is disheartening, though, as the report also showed that levels in children, ages 1-5, have decreased.
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(Thanks to the Environmental Working Group for the heads up about this report. EWG does their own toxicity testing, research & reporting.)
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