The study was based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical cord blood taken by the American Red Cross.
Of the 287 chemicals detected in umbilical cord blood, it is known that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to this report.
“If ever we had proof that our nation’s pollution laws aren’t working, it’s reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb.”
Carpet Dust Linked to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
New study in the Journal Epidemiology has found a link between chemicals found in carpet dust and increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL- a type of cancer) .
The toxic chemical is PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
How the Study was Conducted
Carpet dust samples were collected from the homes of 603 NHL patients and 443 controls. The subjects had owned most of their carpets for at least 5 years.
According to Dr. Joanne S. Colt, of the National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland, the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was 50 percent higher if any of the PCB compounds were found in the carpet.
Where do these chemicals come from? From the many household chemicals, powders, sprays etc. used for cleaning. If you want to deodorize your carpet, use baking soda instead of those toxic commercial powders.