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Wouldn't we have learned with DDT that using chemicals in our environment without absolute guaranteeing no toxcity, is a real bad idea. Not only did DDT cause issues with living things, such as putting the Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon on the endangered list, it can stay intact for 15 or more years. 

DDT was the first organic pesticide. It was banned starting in 1970 with Sweden and Norway. Tests done in the US in 2002 showed that 50% of the human samples tested still contained traces of DDT, over 30 years after it was no longer used in the continental US

DDT is an organochlorine. Some organochlorines have been shown to have weak estrogenic activity; that is, they are chemically similar enough to estrogen to trigger hormonal responses in contaminated animals. This hormonal-mimicking activity has been observed when DDT is used in laboratory studies involving mice and rats as test subjects, but available epidemiological evidence does not indicate that these effects have occurred in humans as a result of DDT exposure. 

However, DDT as well as many other chemicals accumulate in living tissues. As they accumulate and interact with other chemicals who knows what the long term affects will be?

I mention DDT here only to show the introduction of chemicals to our world continues practically unregulated for all intense and purposes. It is up to us to prove a chemical is an issue to get it removed from distribution not the chemical companies to prove it is safe.

Some Key Points:

bulletBisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in many plastics, is a known estrogen mimicker, and can cause hormone-disrupting effects, toxicity, neurotoxicity, low sperm counts and even cancer. Some of these effects occur in concentrations as low as two parts per billion, and yet various studies have shown that plastic bottles or canned foods can often expose consumers to far higher concentrations (sometimes hundreds of times higher). This product is used in baby bottles among other places... (click here for more information from NewsTarget.com)
bullet1/3 of the food tested in the UK contains pesticides - The Pesticide Residues Committee said that 1.7 percent of 3,787 food items tested in the U.K. exceeded the legal limits for pesticide content, and 30.2 percent contained traces within the legal limits. (Click here for more information.)
bulletDibutyl phthalate (DBP), a chemical used to keep nail polish from chipping, has been connected to cancer in lab animals as well as long-term fertility issues in newborn boys -- leaving the cosmetics industry in a heavy debate over whether to continue use of the ingredient (Click here for more information.)
bulletA chemical called 1,4 dichlorobenzene (1,4 DCB) -- common in air fresheners -- may harm lung function. "Even a small reduction in lung function may indicate some harm to the lungs" said a recent study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services. (Click here for more information.)
bulletPeople who have been exposed to pesticides run a 70 percent higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease than people who aren't exposed to pesticides. The study -- comprised of roughly 143,000 men and women was published in the July issue of Annals of Neurology. (Click here for more information.)
bulletIndustrial chemicals are causing a "silent pandemic" of brain disorders in one out of every six children according to a new Harvard study published in The Lancet.. (Click here for more information.)
bulletSan Francisco will begin enforcing a ban on the sale, distribution and manufacture of baby products that contain any level of the toxic chemical bisphenol A or certain levels of phthalates. Both chemicals -- which are used to harden or soften plastic products -- can leach out of the plastic in baby toys and products every time an infant puts it in its mouth, causing possibly severe health problems. (Click here for more information.)
bulletDEA -- a chemical used as a wetting or thickening agent in shampoos, soaps, hairsprays and sunscreens -- seems to block absorption of the nutrient choline, which is essential to brain development. While pregnant, women require extra choline so that they may pass it on to the fetus. (Click here for more information.)
bulletorganophosphates are used extensively in agriculture to keep pests off fruit and vegetable crops, and have been the target of environmentalist campaigns saying they are hazardous to children's health. Environmental advocates say the chemicals have been linked to neurological and fertility problems, as well as cancer. (Click here for more information.)
bulletCould your home or office be making you sick? Asthma, multiple chemical sensitivity, allergies, cancer and many more illnesses can be traced to unsafe building conditions. (Click here for more information.)
bulletYour medicine cabinet is one of the most dangerous areas of your house, and not for the reasons you may think. Lurking just behind your bathroom mirror, where all of your favorite beauty products are housed, is a virtual toxic nightmare. The growing list of synthetic ingredients manufacturers add to their products is turning the most innocent-looking shampoos and moisturizers into cocktails of toxins that could cause cancer or reproductive damage over years of sustained use. Modern cosmetics contain a host of dangerous ingredients, which would be more at home in a test tube than in our bodies. (Click here for more information.)
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And this list can go on and on and on and on and on......... 

 

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