hether you ascribe to conspiracy theories or plain cause and effect, there is no doubt the chemical cocktail we breathe, ingest, and absorb each day is dumbing down America.
CNN reports Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, told a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health that of the 84,000 chemicals on the market today, only about one percent has been studied for safety and that our children are "guinea pigs in an uncontrolled experiment." He has introduced legislation to require chemical manufacturers to prove product safety before products are marketed to the public.
The Environmental Working Group has conducted studies—body burden testing—since the early 2000s. They measure toxic chemicals in the blood of adults, children, and newborns. Testing for 550 chemicals, they have found 486 in their test subjects. Notable chemicals of concern include:
- Lead, mercury, methymercury
- PFCs - "teflon" chemical
- PCBs – banned in the US in 76, still found in cord blood
- Musks from fragrances
- Perchlorate (rocket fuel)
Cord blood studies show an average of 232 chemicals in the blood of