There have been lots of studies by agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control that have looked at what is in our blood, but the Environmental Working Group has just completed an interesting (and disturbing) new one. They looked at minority populations, which often are exposed to higher levels of environmental pollution, and they got their samples from umbilical cords, so that it represents what is in the blood at birth- this stuff all came from mom. And it is quite a cocktail, including lead, perchlorates from rocket fuel, mercury, stain repellents and teflon. It is also the first time that Bisphenol A has been detected in newborns.
Dentists near Charleston, W.Va., say pollutants in drinking water have damaged residents’ teeth.
Jennifer Hall-Massey knows not to drink the tap water in her home near Charleston, W.Va. In fact, her entire family tries to avoid any contact with the water. Her youngest son has scabs on his arms, legs and chest where the bathwater — polluted with lead, nickel and other heavy metals — caused painful rashes. Many of his brother’s teeth were capped to replace enamel that was eaten away.