Monday, November 01, 2010

The body burden and your health:


Though the issue of chemicals, manmade chemicals, ending up in the human body, called the body burden, doesn’t get much press these days, it probably will in future days. 

Much is being heralded by groups and businesses to find the cure for cancers and other disease which profoundly affect our health.  But what I find curious is that the monies to find cures for many of our diseases are not focused on the most likely causes of the increases in cancer and disease—our environmental health. 

In this country, and not around Europe, the burden of proof that new products and chemicals produced by industry might be dangerous to the public must be proved by the public (and not the other way around). 

We as a society are strangely disinclined to investigate our environment to look for manmade toxins and discover if they are actually responsible for the increase in human diseases. 

Considering all the toxic stuff we have released into our land, air, and water for decades you’d think much of the monies spent on the cure for this disease or that would focus on environmental investigative reporting to rule this obvious cause out. 

But we usually don’t.  Even though, I think studies like the one below will become more common as the obvious link to many of our new rash in diseases increases and the power to thwart these studies diminishes.

Senate panel examining how chemicals in daily life affect kids' health - (CNN) -- Pregnant again after two miscarriages, Molly Gray was desperate for answers that could help prevent losing a third baby. When she heard about a small study to test the blood of pregnant women for chemicals, she signed up. The result was shocking: Gray's blood tested high for mercury, a heavy metal that can cause brain damage to a developing fetus. A Senate subcommittee Tuesday will examine how chemicals that Americans are exposed to in daily life might be harming the health of children, including those developing in the womb. - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News  (October 25, 2010)

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