Is It In Us?
With recent headlines about toxic chemicals in everything from cars and computers to lipstick and toys, 5 New Yorkers and 30 other Americans - including a commercial fisherman from Alaska, a 9/11 first responder from New York, a U.S. naval veteran from Illinois, a Massachusetts minister, a Connecticut State Senator, a Michigan seventh grader, and a stay-at-home mom in Minnesota - volunteered to find the answer to one simple question: If toxic pollution is in products, is it in us?
The simple answer: yes. The project found toxic chemicals in every person tested. You can see the full results at www.IsItInUs.org.
Each participant was tested for contamination by twenty toxic chemicals from three chemical families: phthalates (THA-lates), bisphenol A, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).
- All 35 participants had at least 7 of the 20 chemicals in their bodies.
- All 33 participants who contributed urine samples had phthalates in their bodies.
- All 33 participants who contributed urine samples had bisphenol A in their urine.
- All 35 participants had six types of PBDEs in their bodies, and all but one had decaBDE.