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Reducing Chemical Exposure Could Save Americans Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Healthcare Costs

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  • Chemical exposures have become a serious public health threat, costing the U.S. more than $340 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity
  • Impaired brain development, lower IQs, infertility, birth defects, obesity, diabetes and endometriosis are just a sampling of the many health problems linked to exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
  • In the European Union (EU) — where regulations are more stringent and exposure is less severe than in the U.S. — medical expenses associated with EDC exposure are estimated at $177.5 billion (€163 billion) annually

By Dr. Mercola

Recent studies agree: Chemical exposures have become a serious public health threat. While chemicals such as plasticizers make life more convenient, they're a major contributor to ill health, costing the U.S. more than $340 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity.


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