The chemical revolution of the past 50 years has altered nearly
every aspect of our lives. Many of the products we rely upon every
day from plastic bags to computers would not exist
without synthetic chemicals. Most of us believe the chemicals in
consumer products have been tested and approved by some government
agency. In fact, until they are proven harmful, most chemicals are
Of the more than 75,000 chemicals registered with the Environmental
Protection Agency, only a fraction have gone through complete
testing to find out whether they might cause problems for human
health. Many that are produced in enormous quantities have never
been tested at all. Usually, it takes dramatic episodes of workplace
injuries or wildlife poisonings, combined with rigorous scientific
proof of harm and public outcry, before the government will act
to restrict or ban any chemical. And that is no accident. The
current regulatory system allows synthetic chemicals into our
lives unless one is proven beyond doubt to be dangerous.
Today, while scientific research worldwide is finding that every
one of us carries traces of synthetic chemicals in our bodies,
scientists know very little about the risks of these low level
exposures. We do know some chemicals are highly toxic. Some are
carcinogenic. Others interfere with the reproductive system. Many
others likely present no health threat at all.
The problem is that for most chemicals, we simply do not know
how safe or dangerous they may be. And they are
everywhere around us in the air, soil, and water; in our
homes; and in our bodies. Not a single child today is born free
of synthetic chemicals.
When scientists tested Bill Moyers blood, they identified
traces of 84 chemicals. Find out which health problems can
be associated with exposure to the chemicals they detected.
Industrial chemicals are now in every ecosystem on the planet
sometimes turning up thousands of miles from their
original sources. Follow the journey of one molecule of PCB
as it makes its way to the top of the food chain.
A growing body of evidence is raising concerns that exposure
to toxic chemicals may harm children and developing babies
far more than adults. Learn why the young could be at extra
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