More Than 287 Toxic Chemicals In Newborns
(POR) A landmark study was done in 2004. Researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) in the US analyzed the umbilical cord blood of 10 developing fetuses. They were tested for 413 toxic chemical pollutants. What was found? 287 chemicals in the cord blood of those 10 babies. What kinds of chemicals were discovered? See below for a list of the findings.
Since 2004, other cord blood studies have been done that revealed the same results. Because of this shocking information, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) now monitors and reports on human exposure to different types of chemicals. And finally, other independent studies of adults have proven the same – that adults are being polluted by more than 200 toxic chemicals as well!
Of the 287 chemicals found in the cord blood of the 10 babies, 200 (on average) were found in each child tested…
- 28 were identified as waste byproducts (from incinerators, smokestacks),
- 47 were consumer product ingredients (flame retardants, teflon, pesticides, etc.),
- 212 were industrial chemicals and pesticide breakdown products that had been banned 30-years before these blood samples were taken!
- 134 have been shown to cause cancer.
- 151 are associated with causing birth defects.
- 154 caused hormone disruption (more here in later posts).
- 186 associated with infertility.
- 130 were classified as immune system toxicants.
You can already see that there are “more health effects than the number of chemicals. Why is that? The answer is simple. Many of these chemicals have multiple toxic effects. A recent review concluded that when you look at all of these chemicals in combination, which we never do when we review their toxicity – we look at them one at a time – you have to come to a disturbing conclusion. The combined evidence suggests that neurodevelopmental disorders caused by industrial chemicals has created a silent pandemic in modern society.” Ken Cook, EWG President, 10-Americans, 2008.