Children polluted with chemicals: report
Flame retardants, mercury and lead were just some of the toxic chemicals found in the bodies of children and their parents in a cross-Canada study of pollution in people.
The report by Environmental Defence, entitled Polluted Children, Toxic Nation: A Report on Pollution in Canadian Families, tested the blood and urine of 13 people from communities across Canada.
Seven children and six adults from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick were checked for 68 different toxins.
The lab tests found a total of 46 of the 68 chemicals in the volunteers, including toxins that can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, disrupt the hormone system and cause developmental delays.
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BODY BURDEN: The Pollution In People
This website reports results from the most comprehensive studies ever conducted on multiple chemical contaminants in humans. Since 2000 the Environmental Working Group has spearheaded six studies finding 455 industrial pollutants, pesticides and other chemicals in blood, urine, and breast milk in 72 people altogether, from newborns and grandparents to mothers and teens. We've found that pollution of the human body begins before birth, in complex combinations of chemicals never tested for safety.