Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group, shares shocking information about how babies are born pre-polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies. One of the most eye-opening presentations that you'll see about the health effects of environmental pollution.
In the EWG study, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants (out of 413 tested) in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by the Red Cross after the cord was cut, contained pesticides, personal care product ingredients, and toxins from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.
Of the 287 total detected in the umbilical cord blood, scientists have shown that 134 of these cause cancer, 158 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, 186 cause infertility and 151 cause birth defects or abnormal development. Shockingly 212 of those industrial chemicals and pesticides that were found were banned over 30 years ago. And of course the dangers of exposure to this complex synergistic mix of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins has never been studied.
From November 2009 - but definately worth a re-watch. To continue watching long version - www.youtube.com or www.ewg.org/10-americans
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