Last month I wrote two pieces on the article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Deadly Immunity. (They can be found here and here.) Newsweek has a piece called Toxic Waste, that is equally as disturbing as Deadly Immunity.
New research reveals that children–and even newborns–have dangerous chemicals in their blood.
Doctors once thought that the placenta would shield a fetus from harmful chemicals and pollutants. But new research shows that may not be the case. A study published this month by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an advocacy group based in Washington DC, found traces of 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of 10 infants. They included mercury, pesticides and the chemicals used in stain-resistant coating and fire-retardant foam. The findings prompted concerns since children’s smaller brains, developing organs and more porous brains put them more at risk from such toxins than adults. “A child’s brain is very vulnerable and developing very rapidly in utero and during the first two years of life,” says Jane Houlihan, co-author of the study. MORE
The press release from the Environmental Working Group and their full report can be found here.
Find out more about Environmental Working Group’s accomplishments here.