CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure

CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure
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The latest national survey on the levels of chemical pollutants (such as heavy metals, toxic solvents, endocrine-disrupters, flame-retardant chemicals, PCBs), and pesticides (such as DDT) in the bodies of pregnant and non-pregnant Americans.

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Every few years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measures the levels of chemical pollutants in the bodies of thousands of Americans from across the country. What did the latest report tell us about our toxic burden? Or, more importantly, that of pregnant women in the United States?

Published last summer in the journal of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, here is the list of chemicals they measured (on the left). And, on the right is the percentage of women (both pregnant and non-pregnant) with detectable levels of these pollutants in their bodies. Look at those numbers! Most women in this country are contaminated with heavy metals, a number of toxic solvents, endocrine disrupters, fire-retardant chemicals, PCBs, and pesticides, like DDT. And, that’s just the first page.

Continuing on the next page—more pesticides, plastics chemicals, industrial toxins circulating through their bloodstreams. Look at these numbers; in many cases 99% or 100% of the hundreds of women tested were found with these chemicals in their bodies—and, potentially, passing them on to the next generation.

On average, pregnant women harbored about 35 different chemicals. Each of these bars represents one woman. That’s how many chemicals they found in each of their bodies.

Bottom line, they “found widespread exposure to pregnant women in the United States to multiple chemical [compounds and their metabolites], including both banned and contemporary contaminants.” Americans are walking chemical cocktails.

So let us explore what consequences they may have, and how to minimize our exposure to them.

That will be the topic of this next series of videos on NutritionFacts.org

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

Every few years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measures the levels of chemical pollutants in the bodies of thousands of Americans from across the country. What did the latest report tell us about our toxic burden? Or, more importantly, that of pregnant women in the United States?

Published last summer in the journal of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, here is the list of chemicals they measured (on the left). And, on the right is the percentage of women (both pregnant and non-pregnant) with detectable levels of these pollutants in their bodies. Look at those numbers! Most women in this country are contaminated with heavy metals, a number of toxic solvents, endocrine disrupters, fire-retardant chemicals, PCBs, and pesticides, like DDT. And, that’s just the first page.

Continuing on the next page—more pesticides, plastics chemicals, industrial toxins circulating through their bloodstreams. Look at these numbers; in many cases 99% or 100% of the hundreds of women tested were found with these chemicals in their bodies—and, potentially, passing them on to the next generation.

On average, pregnant women harbored about 35 different chemicals. Each of these bars represents one woman. That’s how many chemicals they found in each of their bodies.

Bottom line, they “found widespread exposure to pregnant women in the United States to multiple chemical [compounds and their metabolites], including both banned and contemporary contaminants.” Americans are walking chemical cocktails.

So let us explore what consequences they may have, and how to minimize our exposure to them.

That will be the topic of this next series of videos on NutritionFacts.org

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Doctor's Note

This is the first of a long series of videos on the role of diet in both accumulating and eliminating industrial pollutants that build up in the food chain. In this video, and also in President’s Cancer Panel Report on Environmental Risk, I set the stage. And then, we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty, in terms of what we may want to avoid to decrease our toxic burden. I’ve done dozens of other videos on persistent organic pollutants, including Fish Oil in Troubled WatersFood Sources of PCB Chemical PollutantsDioxins in the Food Supply; and Industrial Pollutants in Vegans

For further context, check out my associated blog posts: How Chemically Contaminated Are We?Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue; and Protecting Our Babies From Pollutants.

If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.

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  1. This is the first of a long series of videos on the role of diet in both accumulating and eliminating industrial pollutants that build up in the food chain. Today and tomorrow’s video-of-the-day President’s Cancer Panel Report on Environmental Risk set the stage and then we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty in terms of what we may want to avoid to decrease our toxic burden. I’ve done 20 previous videos on persistent organic pollutants including Fish Oil in Troubled Waters, Food Sources of PCB Chemical Pollutants, Dioxins in the Food Supply, and Industrial Pollutants in Vegans. I also cover a thousand other topics.

    If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.

  2. That’s quite frightening especially since my finacee just got pregnant. I’m hoping the follow up videos will tell me how by eating vegan and organically that a good bit of this can be avoided.

  3. Glad that you have returned to this important topic…but, it is also important to know how the concentration of these detected chemicals compares with that needed to cause damage to the body.  Detecting this wide range of chemicals may only mean that we have developed more sensitive detectors.

    By the way, last I checked, the link for the first source cited (Woodruff et al.) is broken. Thanks in advance for fixing this.

  4. Fantastic information that is disturbing and inspiring at the same time.  With the masses asleep and unable to grasp this “Voice in the wilderness” how can we get this out to the human race in a way that will change our direction? 

  5. What a shame that most of the personal and household products we use contain harmful and toxic chemicals. Most people are completely unaware.

  6. Doc, nice cliff hanger. I shared this….and my FB friends are all going to be mad since they have no solution. Not yet anyway…not until they subscribe and keep watching! Heck yes. <3 nutritionfacts.org. TY TY

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