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Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Shar [274.1913] on July 14, 2005 at 07:37:30:

WASHINGTON (July 14) - Unborn babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released on Thursday.

Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment.

The report by the Environmental Working Group is based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical cord blood taken by the American Red Cross. They found an average of 287 contaminants in the blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and the Teflon chemical PFOA.

"These 10 newborn babies ... were born polluted," said New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, who planned to publicize the findings at a news conference on Thursday.

"If ever we had proof that our nation's pollution laws aren't working, it's reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb," Slaughter, a Democrat, said.

Cord blood reflects what the mother passes to the baby through the placenta.

"Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests," the report said.

Blood tests did not show how the chemicals got into the mothers' bodies.

Among the chemicals found in the cord blood were methylmercury, produced by coal-fired power plants and certain industrial processes. People can breathe it in or eat it in seafood and it causes brain and nerve damage.

Also found were polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are produced by burning gasoline and garbage and which may cause cancer; flame-retardant chemicals called polybrominated dibenzodioxins and furans; and pesticides including DDT and chlordane.

The same group analyzed the breast milk of mothers across the United States in 2003 and found varying levels of chemicals, including flame retardants known as PBDEs. This latest analysis also found PBDEs in cord blood.

The Environmental Working Group report coincided with a Government Accountability Office report issued on Wednesday that said the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the powers it needs to fully regulate toxic chemicals.

The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, found that the EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act gives only "limited assurance" that new chemicals entering the market are safe and that the EPA only rarely assesses chemicals already on the market.

"Today, chemicals are being used to make baby bottles, food packaging and other products that have never been fully evaluated for their health effects on children -- and some of these chemicals are turning up in our blood," said New Jersey Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who plans to co-sponsor a bill to require more testing of toxic chemicals.

Pollutants and other chemicals are believed to cause a range of illnesses. But scientists agree the only way to really sort out the effects is to measure how much gets into people and then see what happens to their health.


07/13/05 22:52 ET




Re: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds! LINK

Posted by Sapphire [422.1366] on July 14, 2005 at 13:46:45:

In Reply to: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by Shar [274.1913] on July 14, 2005 at 07:37:30:

Thanks, Shr...No wonder so many kids with autism, etc.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/chemicals_dc;_ylt=ArW9I.sDPLlEmJbsLcSeyPEDW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl



SCARY

Posted by Michele [6.829] on July 14, 2005 at 18:28:39:

In Reply to: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by Shar [274.1913] on July 14, 2005 at 07:37:30:

That is so damn scary.



Re: SCARY

Posted by Shar [274.1913] on July 14, 2005 at 19:16:01:

In Reply to: SCARY posted by Michele [6.829] on July 14, 2005 at 18:28:39:

Hi Michele,

I know, I even hesitated in posting this at all. YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds! LINK

Posted by Shar [274.1913] on July 14, 2005 at 19:16:49:

In Reply to: Re: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds! LINK posted by Sapphire [422.1366] on July 14, 2005 at 13:46:45:


Thanks for posting this link....This is SO frightening.

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Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds!!!!!!! Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on July 15, 2005 at 07:02:02:

In Reply to: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by Shar [274.1913] on July 14, 2005 at 07:37:30:

Thanks, Shar.

As I have been saying on this website, for many years: "We have fouled our nest and, even if we came to our senses immediately we will continue tp pay an increasing price for our foolishness for at least 100 years."

The current administration is doing everything they can to continue to increase our polluting and glutinous addictions.

Walt

Walt

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Re: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds! LINK

Posted by Ron [2014.1989] on July 18, 2005 at 22:10:00:

In Reply to: Re: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds! LINK posted by Sapphire [422.1366] on July 14, 2005 at 13:46:45:

Hi Sapphire,

In spite of that article, Western humans are living twice as long as they used to only 100 years ago.

Maybe the list of chemicals comes from the habit that many women have... smoking.

Were the samples taken from the umbilical cords of babies of smoking mothers? Will we ever know if there was a similar study done in a third world country for comparison?

Ron

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Re: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, ( Relax or there will be mass panic!!)

Posted by Ron [2014.1989] on July 18, 2005 at 22:28:34:

In Reply to: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Study Finds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by Shar [274.1913] on July 14, 2005 at 07:37:30:

Hi Shar,

I think the lawyers are in on this one... They may be trying to set the stage so that children can sue their mothers for heath problems later in life.
There are volatile chemicals in almost all manufactured
goods.. carpet, flooring, plywood, particle board, plastics,
dishware, canned goods, milk bags, DVD players, video tape,
stoves, car interiors (especially when parked in the hot sun)... the list goes on.

The doctors would be more than glad to share the libility with the mother instead of being blamed for any birth defects.
Cerebral Palsy is a big one that is often attributed to the doctor.

Now that the cigarette ban is well underway, the asbestos scare is a dead issue, there is a need to have a new
villian to persecute.
I didn't notice any mention in that article of a direct connection between actual illness and these chemicals.
Just a bit of stirring the pot and then standing back to see what floats to the surface? Identifying a problem may be a noble contribution, but not having a waiting solution is
deplorable.
Just watch Bush take the blame for this because he didn't sign on to the Kyoto Accord.

I wonder if men will be suing their wives for the problems that the babies are born with.

Personally, I will file the matter in my memory banks until
I see a few more supporting studies that show actual harm.




Re: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, ( Relax or there will be mass panic!!)

Posted by Jan S. [3524.19] on July 20, 2005 at 14:24:36:

In Reply to: Re: Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, ( Relax or there will be mass panic!!) posted by Ron [2014.1989] on July 18, 2005 at 22:28:34:

Identifying a problem may be a noble contribution, but not having a waiting solution is deplorable.

Those who DO have a waiting solution are labeled "EnviroNazis"

Focusing regulatory efforts on limiting harm only AFTER the exposure (as is currently done), means living with trial lawyers.

There are solutions; each has its own cost.

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