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{Nature_and_Environment.99.8}: {bshmr} Fri, 04 Dec 2009 12:31:45 CST (26 lines)

New Study Finds a Cocktail of Contaminants in Newborns by Lloyd
Alter, Toronto  on 12. 4.09; FOOD & HEALTH [quote]There have been lots
of studies by agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control that
have looked at what is in our blood, but the Environmental Working
Group has just completed an interesting (and disturbing) new one. They
looked at minority populations, which often are exposed to higher
levels of environmental pollution, and they got their samples from
umbilical cords, so that it represents what is in the blood at birth-
this stuff all came from mom. And it is quite a cocktail, including
lead, perchlorates from rocket fuel, mercury, stain repellents and
teflon. It is also the first time that Bisphenol A has been detected
in newborns.

We won't even start about the issue of endocrine disruptors like
Bisphenol A on babies, or the American Chemistry Council's position
that the "mere presence of a chemical" does not prove harm; the
science on lead and mercury is accepted by all, and the lead levels in
some of the babies are higher that those shown to cause "cognitive
function in newborns." The EWG notes:

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Source:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/12/new-study-finds-bpa-in-newborns.php

FYI, report uses geometric mean: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Average

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