The Chemical Unknown: Americans Exposed to Thousands of Untested Chemicals

graphs chemicals

Only a tiny fraction of the compounds around us have been tested for safety.

Under current U.S. law, chemicals are, as Sanjay Gupta said, “innocent until proven guilty.”

“And the only way they are proven guilty is by health effects turning up in people who have been exposed, often years later. That makes us all guinea pigs,” Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, said at the Oct. 26 field hearing of the U.S. Senate subcommittee on environmental health held in Newark, NJ.