Levels of flame retardant chemical pollutants (PBDE) in the tissues of women from around the world are compared.
Measuring urine levels of industrial toxins is more useful than measuring food levels, since it indicates how much of the pollutants are actually absorbed into the body. So in one sense it tells you what kind of levels are circulating in your body; at the same time it’s telling you how much your body is successfully getting rid. Ideally we’d like to measure levels in human tissues. Like how much is actually lodged in one’s breast tissue for example. Well, people get breast surgery all the time, why not test surgical samples of removed tissue. Women get fibroids removed, we can test those, fresh autopsy samples—and hey, what about liposuction?
How did the levels of polybromated diphenylethers, fire retardant chemicals in the breast tissue of California women compare to various tissue samples taken from women around the world? Where do these flags fit? Which of these bars represents the levels found in Belgian women, Brazilian women, Californian Czech, French, Hong Kong, Japanese, New Yorkers, Singaporean, or Spanish women.
Do we wish they could all be California? No
Look at that spread—two orders of magnitude. The breast tissue of California women had nearly 10 times more than women in any other country, and compared to the lowest levels—autopsy samples of Japanese women—a hundred times higher levels found in New Yorker liposuction.
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I covered PBDE's previously in Flame Retardant Chemical Contamination and The Problem with Organic Salmon. How contaminated are Americans in general? See CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure, the first in this video series on our dietary exposure to industrial pollutants. There are better ways to lower the levels in our bodies than liposuction—in Monday's video-of-the-day I'll explore the Food Sources of Flame Retardant Chemicals. In the meanwhile please feel free to check out any of the other 1,000+ covered topics.
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