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- Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 18:20:22 -0400
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Title: "CDC results are in: We're full of
We didn't hear much about this report in Michigan, but across the
country, the release of the CDC's body burden report, which tests
toxic chemicals in a representative sample of Americans, was very big
news. As you might expect, we are all loaded with hazardous
CDC results are in: We're full of contaminants
Study offers tool to assess threat of synthetic chemicals
By Douglas Fischer, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its third
assessment of the nation's chemical body burden Thursday, and as
expected it shows we're all contaminated with a stew of pesticides,
solvents, plastics and metals that we pick up daily from our material
The release, called a "watershed event" by various public
health officials and scientists, offers regulators and researchers
alike a powerful tool to assess the threat posed by environmental
contaminants and to guide public health decisions in the future.
"If you compare this to space exploration, we're now putting
together the Hubble telescope," said Thomas Burke, chairman of
the National Academy of Science's Committee on Human Biomonitoring for
"We're on the threshold of great progress."
The Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2005
Dozens of Chemicals Found in Most Americans' Bodies
The concentration is especially high in children, a national
study says. But experts aren't sure what the health effects are.
By Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
In the largest study of chemical exposure ever conducted on human
beings, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported
Thursday that most American children and adults were carrying in their
bodies dozens of pesticides and toxic compounds used in consumer
products, many of them linked to potential health threats.
The report documented bigger doses in children than in adults of
many chemicals, including some pyrethroids, which are in virtually
every household pesticide, and phthalates, which are found in nail
polish and other beauty products as well as in soft plastics.
The CDC's director, Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, called the national
exposure report - the third in an assessment that is released
biennially - a breakthrough that would help public health officials
home in on the most important compounds to which Americans are
The latest installment, which looked for 148 toxic compounds in
the urine and blood of about 2,400 people age 6 and older in 2000 and
2001, is "the largest and most comprehensive report of its kind
ever released anywhere by anyone," Gerberding said. Findings were
broken down by age group and race.
At Thursday's news conference, CDC officials emphasized the good
news: Steep declines were found in children's exposure to lead and
secondhand cigarette smoke.
Lead levels in children have dropped significantly over several
years, which Gerberding called an "astonishing public health
achievement" attributable largely to its removal from gasoline
About 1.6% of young children tested from 1999 to 2002 had
elevated levels of lead, which could lower their intelligence and
damage their brains, compared with 88.2% in the late 1970s and 4.4% in
the early 1990s.
But the discovery of more than 100 other substances in humans,
particularly children, distressed environmental health experts.
The new data in the 475-page report reveal how "we have
fouled our own nest," Paulson said. "We contaminated the
environment sufficiently that there are measurable amounts of
potentially toxic substances in people - kids and adults."