Body burden refers to the total amount of toxic chemicals that are present in the human body at a given point in time. Humans are exposed to chemicals through the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and through skin absorption.
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP’S), also known as, Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT’s) are chemicals that:
• persist in the environment.
• build up into body fat and accumulate in higher levels as it migrates up the food chain. (biomagnification)
• travel efficiently in the atmosphere and global waters.
• be linked to serious hormonal, reproduction, neurological and immune disorders.
Dioxins are considered persistent organic pollutants, they are potent chemicals that are known to cause cancer and damage to the brain and central nervous system. They are by-products of manufacture involving chlorine. From the time of conception to puberty and beyond, children are exposed to thousands of such chemicals through the use of household cleaning products, pesticides, plastics, personal care products, and industrial products.
Despite the United States having the most technologically advanced maternity and prenatal health care systems on the planet, adverse birth outcomes are on the rise. Premature delivery, fetal growth retardation, low birth weight, and a variety of congenital abnormalties have increased in the last forty years. The causes are not clearly understood though it is becoming increasingly obvious that chemicals in the environment play a crucial role in the health and well being of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses. *Physicians for Social Responsibility website
The Human Toxome Project
The collaboration of the Environmental Working Group (Washington D.C.) and Commonweal (Bolinas, CA) have worked together to define the human toxome- the full scope of industrial pollution in humanity.
Information About Fragrances
Ninety-five percent of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum, that you breathe and absorb through your skin. Fragrance chemicals are in fabric softeners, laundry detergents, perfumes, personal care products and many other products that contribute to health problems and environmental damage.*Environmental Health Coalition of Western Massachusetts