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We're in contact with uncontrolled chemicals

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Who needs regulations?

We're in contact with uncontrolled chemicals

By SANDY BAUERS | The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Ken Cook spoke passionately about 10 Americans who were found to have more than 200 synthetic chemicals in their blood.

The list included flame retardants, lead, stain removers, and pesticides the federal government had banned three decades ago.

"Their chemical exposures did not come from the air they breathed, the water they drank, or the food they ate," said Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a national advocacy group.

How did he know?

The 10 Americans were newborns. "Babies are coming into this world pre-polluted with toxic chemicals," he said.



Bill Moyers talked about this phenomenon, chemical body burden.

Thank Goodness for McClatchy, whose reporters picked up on it. But, that's about it from the nation's free press.

How about your media sources? Anyone wanna insult an advertiser?

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Response to Octafish (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:09 PM

1. K&R. Missed this story. Not covered on my regular news. I didn't realize it was this bad.

I figured by the time we were adults we'd have a ton of chemicals in our blood, but as newborns? I guess I shouldn't be surprised because they get their Moms' blood.

But I am surprised that 200 industrial chemicals is that common.

I'll have to review the Bill Moyers show. I remember being surprised how many industrial chemicals were found in his blood.

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Response to Overseas (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:48 PM

2. The chemical industries are sensitive to even a little exposure.

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. A wide range of substances, both natural and man-made, are thought to cause endocrine disruption, including pharmaceuticals, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT and other pesticides, and plasticizers such as bisphenol A. Endocrine disruptors may be found in many everyday products– including plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides. The NIEHS supports studies to determine whether exposure to endocrine disruptors may result in human health effects including lowered fertility and an increased incidence of endometriosis and some cancers. Research shows that endocrine disruptors may pose the greatest risk during prenatal and early postnatal development when organ and neural systems are forming.

SOURCE: National Institute of Environmental Health Science

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Response to Octafish (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:56 PM

5. Very true. I wanted to watch that old Bill Moyers show talking about his own blood test

but I only found the newer one from 2008.

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Response to Octafish (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:50 PM

3. Oh what the hell...


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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:10 PM

6. The chemicals are the corporations' way of helping us become fertilizer sooner.

And human beings make great waste receptacles, saving the EPA valuable tax dollars that otherwise would be spent cleaning up Superfund sites, instead of bailing out wealthy corporations and their top executives.

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Response to Octafish (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:53 PM

4. I'm sure Rach and Ed are working on this story right now...


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Response to Whisp (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:16 PM

7. The fact that they care about their advertisers shouldn't be held against them...

...by the National Association of Manufacturers and their representatives in Washington.

Have you read about Alex Carey?

To help spread light, Maria Galardin's TUC (Time of Useful Consciousness) Radio:

Alex Carey: Corporations and Propaganda
The Attack on Democracy

The 20th century, said Carey, is marked by three historic developments: the growth of democracy via the expansion of the franchise, the growth of corporations, and the growth of propaganda to protect corporations from democracy. Carey wrote that the people of the US have been subjected to an unparalleled, expensive, 3/4 century long propaganda effort designed to expand corporate rights by undermining democracy and destroying the unions. And, in his manuscript, unpublished during his life time, he described that history, going back to World War I and ending with the Reagan era. Carey covers the little known role of the US Chamber of Commerce in the McCarthy witch hunts of post WWII and shows how the continued campaign against "Big Government" plays an important role in bringing Reagan to power.

John Pilger called Carey "a second Orwell", Noam Chomsky dedicated his book, Manufacturing Consent, to him. And even though TUC Radio runs our documentary based on Carey's manuscript at least every two years and draws a huge response each time, Alex Carey is still unknown.

Given today's spotlight on corporations that may change. It is not only the Occupy movement that inspired me to present this program again at this time. By an amazing historic coincidence Bill Moyers and Charlie Cray of Greenpeace have just added the missing chapter to Carey's analysis. Carey's manuscript ends in 1988 when he committed suicide. Moyers and Cray begin with 1971 and bring the corporate propaganda project up to date.

This is a fairly complex production with many voices, historic sound clips, and source material. The program has been used by writers and students of history and propaganda. Alex Carey: Taking the Risk out of Democracy, Corporate Propaganda VS Freedom and Liberty with a foreword by Noam Chomsky was published by the University of Illinois Press in 1995.

SOURCE: http://tucradio.org/new.html

If you find a moment, here's the first part (scroll down at the link for the second part) on Carey.


Helps explain how we got here and what we need to do to move forward, starting with putting the "Public" into Airwaves again.

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