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The Rising Tide of Chemical Cocktails

Environmental Chemicals in Water Samples

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  • New environmental research shows waterways are widely contaminated with antibiotics, pesticides, caffeine, acetaminophen, and other pharmaceuticals
  • There are about 84,000 chemicals registered for commercial use and of those 2,400 are high-production volume chemicals (meaning more than 1 million pounds are produced per year); the vast majority have yet to be tested for safety
  • Many environmental chemicals cause disturbances to hormonal, reproductive and immune systems, and have been linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, asthma, reproductive problems, and more
  • The American Chemistry Council, which represents chemical giants like Dow, DuPont, BASF Corp., and 3M, is lobbying for federal regulations that would preempt states from being able to tighten up chemical regulations
  • The American Chemistry Council has spent nearly $6 million on lobbying in the first half of 2014 alone

By Dr. Mercola

In 1962, American biologist Rachel Carson wrote the groundbreaking book Silent Spring, in which she warned of the devastating environmental impacts of DDT. It was among the first times the chemical industry had been openly criticized and brought the impacts of environmental pollution to the forefront of society.


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