breast cancer, breast milk: eg, PBDEs' neurologic effects - kids as sponge
[We cannot solve the various epidemics until we, as a society and as
individuals, acquire lifeways that are less toxic. Business interests
that dominate "regulatory" agencies and enforce the distribution of
toxins are a cancer within the biosphere. -Teresa]
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Scientific evidence indicates that multiple and chronic exposures are
contributing to the epidemic of breast cancer affecting US women today.
Contaminants implicated include common chemicals often occurring in the
household, as well as medical products, appliances, cars and rainware.
State of the evidence 2004: what is the connection between the
environment and breast cancer?
Published by Breast Cancer Fund <http://www.breastcancerfund.org>,
Breast Cancer Action <http://www.bcaction.org/>. [related story]
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An analysis of breastmilk samples donated by 40 Pacific Northwest
mothers--10 each from Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British
Columbia--revealed high levels of the flame retardants in every sample
tested. Studies on laboratory animals have shown that this class of
flame retardants--PBDEs-- can impair memory and learning, alter
behavior, delay sexual development, and disturb thyroid hormone levels.
Flame retardants in the bodies of Pacific Northwest residents [PDF].
Published by Northwest Environment Watch
<http://www.northwestwatch.org>. [related stories]
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Children face higher risks from pesticides than adults and need greater
protection against these chemicals, particularly in developing
countries. It has been reported that an estimated one million to five
million cases of pesticide poisonings occur every year, resulting in
several thousands of fatalities, including children.
Child pesticide poisoning: information for advocacy and action.
Published by Food and Agriculture Organization <http://www.fao.org>.
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Children as young as nine years old are not only contaminated with a
cocktail of hazardous man-made chemicals but can have higher
concentrations of certain newer chemicals than older generations.
Of the 104 chemicals analysed, 80 were detected - children were found to
have 75 chemicals in their blood, 75 were found in parents and 56 in
Contaminated: the next generation.
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Decades of bad farming practices in the heartland have caused sediment,
fertilizer, and pesticides to be carried by rainfall runoff from farm
fields into creeks and rivers that feed the big Mississippi River.
Downstream in the Gulf of Mexico the Mississippi River brings the
nutrients from the Midwest to a 6,000- to 8,000-square-mile "Dead Zone"
just off the coast.
Farm Policy, Pollution, and the Mississippi River.