There are currently more than 85,000 chemicals produced and used in the United States. Many of these chemicals are ingredients in the products we and our families use in our daily lives. But only a few, other than medications and some pesticides, have been thoroughly tested and assessed for safety (Harvard News/Sustainability. The Devil You Know. September 16, 2015).
Every woman, man, and child around the world now carries a mix of synthetic chemicals and heavy metals in their bodies, referred
to as our chemical body burden.
Scientific evidence increasingly indicates a relationship between human health and exposure to common contaminants.
Once in our bodies, toxic chemicals can harm our health and the health of future generations. Exposure to contaminants has been linked to disruption of the hormone system, an underlying cause of harm to other body systems. Reproductive health problems such as infertility and miscarriage have been linked to exposure to man-made chemicals. Toxic exposures have also been linked to malfunctions of the nervous system, increased cancer risk, altered brain development and behavior, and numerous other health harms.
- Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep database
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
- Women’s Voices for the Earth
- Silent Spring Institute
- Project TENDR: What You Can Do
- USCF Toxics Matter: Resources
- Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry