I Wish I Were Far From the Madding Crowd

March 12, 2010

Children’s health links

Healthy Choices for the Unborn

An appeal to sign petition for Kid-Safe Chemical Act.  (EWG commentary on the bill – includes links to research, testimony, news releases, and news coverage)

Includes info on EWG’s recent study of umbilical cord blood.

  • Minority Cord Blood Report (2009) – EWG found 232 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of babies from racial and ethnic minority groups.

Among the chemicals (from the report’s Executive Summary):

    • BPA (bisphenol A)
    • Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), a fire retardant for circuit boards that interferes with thyroid function and may inhibit the production of T cells the body uses to fight disease, undermining immune defenses against bacteria, viruses and cancer. TBBPA can break down to BPA, and when incinerated it creates brominated dioxins, which are considered likely human carcinogens.
    • Galaxolide and Tonalide, polycyclic musks that are synthetic fragrances in cosmetics, laundry detergent and other scented products and that have been detected in numerous biomonitoring studies of pollution in people and in the aquatic environment.
    • Perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA, or C4), a member of the perfluorocarbon (PFC) chemical family used to make non-stick, grease-, stain- and water-resistant coatings for consumer products, including brands Teflon, Scotchgard and Goretex. The most studied PFCs, the Teflon chemical PFOA and the Scotchgard chemical PFOS, are linked to cancer, birth defects and infertility. PFCs are extremely persistent in the environment. There is almost no toxicological data for PFBA in the public domain.
    • Previously Undetected Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

Other links related to chemicals and children’s health:

A Wake Up Call For Parents – Includes link to video, “A Wake-Up Story for Parents” from Healthy Child, Healthy World.

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