INFORMATIVE QUOTES



“There is a strong connection between chemicals in our environment and many of today’s common health problems, including asthma, learning and developmental disabilities, cancer, infertility, and obesity.
(David Carpenter, MD, Director of the Institute for Environment and Health at SUNY Albany School of Public Health)


“Chemicals that we once thought were only problems in factories or to workers are getting into all of our bloodstreams... Some of those chemicals, at very low levels, can cause problems with developing children.
(Peter Orris, chief of environmental and occupational medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, Chicago Tribune, May 11, 2012)


“Approximately 27 trillion pounds of chemicals were produced or imported into the United States per year in the early part of this decade, which is the equivalent of... nearly 250 pounds per person... These chemicals are found throughout the tissues and body fluids of children.”
(Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Policy Statement Chemical-Management Policy: Prioritizing Children’s Health.” COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. Pediatrics published online Apr 25, 2011. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-0523. www.pediatrics.org)


We have come to understand that chemicals in the environment can cause a wide range of developmental disabilities in children. In the words of pediatrician Herbert L. Needleman, ’We are conducting a vast toxicologic experiment in our society, in which our children and our children’s children are the experimental subjects.”

(“The Developing Brain and the Environment: An Introduction.” Bernard Weiss MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Philip J. Landrigan MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Environmental Health Perspectives. Volume 108 Supplement 3. June 2000. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2000/suppl-3/intro.phpl)


“... EPA has determined that infants up to age two are, on average, ten times more vulnerable to carcinogenic chemicals than adults, and for some cancer causing agents are up to 65 times more vulnerable... children accumulate up to 50 percent of their lifetime cancer risk by their second birthday... many chemicals linked to mutagenic activity are commonly used in consumer products and can contribute to children’s exposure to carcinogens.”

(Children's Health Policy Review: “EPA Cancer Policy Revisions Highlight Risks to Children.” 3 Mar. 2003. Environmental Working Group. www.ewg.org/issues/risk_assessment/20030303/index.php)


“Today, children are exposed to thousands of substances in the environment, most of which have never been tested for toxicity to children... The implications of this massive experiment in exposure are unknown. Environmental toxicants are suspected to be correlated with many disorders that, until recently, have been assumed to be genetic in origin... attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, and autism are among the disorders that may be linked to environmental toxicants.”

(Center for Children's Health and the Environment at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. www.childenvironment.org/factsheets/environmental_pediatrics.htm)


In October 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency highlighted the concerns regarding children being exposed to toxic chemicals. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has gone on record stating that “A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than a child from any other generation in our history... Our kids are getting steady infusions of industrial chemicals before we even give them solid food.


“Today, millions of America’s children face a historically unprecedented rise in chronic disease and illness such as cancer, autism, asthma, birth defects, and learning disabilities. Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to contaminants in our environment and chemicals in everyday products as causing and contributing to many of these diseases.”
(Healthy Child Heatlhy World, www.healthychild.org)