Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Physicians' Group Says Americans Are Bearing a Toxic Burden. (EH Update)

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Physicians' Group Says Americans Are Bearing a Toxic Burden. (EH Update)

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A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents levels of more than 100 toxic chemicals found in the bodies of Americans. In response, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has issued Bearing the Burden: Health Implications of Environmental Pollutants in Our Bodies as a companion report designed to help readers interpret CDC's findings. PSR's report shows that many of the chemicals measured by CDC can have serious health effects, even at low levels of exposure.

The American public is exposed to a variety of chemicals, many of which have been linked to cancer, learning disabilities, or other chronic conditions like Parkinson's disease. PSR's CEO and executive director, Robert K. Musil, Ph.D., M.P.H., said, "It's time for our government to do more to crack down on these toxic pollutants in our air, water, and food."

The following revelations in the CDC report are among the most startling:

* Children have twice the levels of chlorpyrifos (Dursban) and other commonly used organophosphate insecticides that adults do.

* Mexican-Americans have three times the levels of the pesticide DDT as do whites and blacks. …

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