99 Percent of Pregnant Women in U.S. Test Positive for Multiple Chemicals -- Including Banned Ones
February 05, 2011
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Virtually all pregnant women in the U.S. carry multiple chemicals in their bodies. This chemical load includes some banned since the 1970's, as well as others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products.
A new study marks the first time that the number of chemicals to which pregnant women are exposed has been counted.
Researchers analyzed data for more than 160 chemicals and detected polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), phenols, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate in 99 to 100 percent of pregnant women.
Science Daily reports:
"Among the chemicals found in the study group were PBDEs, compounds used as flame retardants now banned in many states including California, and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), an organochlorine pesticide banned in the United States in 1972."