the risks from toxic chemicals in
Synthetic chemicals are everywhere in our homes and
environment. The risks of some are known -- others, nobody knows yet.
- 75,000 synthetic chemicals are registered with
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- 250 billion pounds of these chemicals are
produced every year.
- Only a fraction of these have been fully tested
for human health concerns -- according to the EPA.
- The National Toxicology Program found that 150
chemicals present in the home and frequently found in household cleaners
are associated with allergies, birth defects, cancer, and
psychological or neurological disorders.
These synthetic chemicals have been found in the
blood of children and adults--even in the cord blood of newborns!
- Analysis of cord blood of newborn babies at Mt
Sinai Hospital found more than 200 chemicals already in the blood stream
- A recent study on adults found a total of more
than 200 synthetic chemicals in their blood -- with an average of 67
different chemicals in each individual.
Serious illnesses are increasing among children and
- Women who work at home have a 54% greater death
rate from cancer, according to a 15 year study reported at the Toronto
Conference Researchers concluded that the increase resulted from increased
exposures to toxins in the home.
- 90% of poison exposures occur in the home.
- There has been a 26% increase in the rate of
- 1 in 13 school aged children today has asthma.
- The rate of asthma among children under 5 years of
age increased more than 160% between 1980 and 1994.
- The incidence of Attention Deficit Disorder, autism
and other developmental/behavioral issues has increased substantially and
the exact causes have not been determined.