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Born Polluted

President Obama's Blue Ribbon Cancer Panel has recently released a 200 page report about the chemicals that Americans are subjected to. It is quite disturbing.

In particular, the report warns about exposures to chemicals during pregnancy, when risk of damage seems to be greatest. Noting that 300 contaminants have been detected in umbilical cord blood of newborn babies, the study warns that: “to a disturbing extent, babies are born ‘pre-polluted.’ ”

“Only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States have been tested for safety,” the report says. It adds: “Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated.”

What do you guys think? Maybe we should test chemicals before we produce them, seems like common sense right? (here is the link to the article and the Panel's site) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/opinion/06kristof.html?scp=1&sq=new%20... http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/pcp.htm