Reducing “High-Priority” Toxic Exposures

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Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals on a daily basis is virtually unavoidable. The majority of the 85,000 chemicals registered for production under the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) were grandfathered in with little or no health and safety testing.1 Medical conditions linked to toxic chemicals include obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cancers, and multisystem complaints such as fibromyalgia, sick building syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities.2

I have identified ten high-priority categories of toxic chemicals based on their prevalence, persistence, and known detrimental effects on human and environmental health:

  1. heavy metals: (Pb, Hg, As, Cd, Al)Toxic Bunch
  2. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  3. plastics (phthalates)
  4. phenols, particularly bisphenol A (BPA)
  5. organochloride pesticides (OCs)
  6. organophosphate pesticides (OPs)
  7. polychlorinated dibenzo-dioxins (dioxins)
  8. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  9. polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
  10. polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs)

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