Jennifer and I started FACT this year to help educate families and individuals on the dangers and prevalence of toxic chemicals in our everyday products and lead in our environmental. It is not just environmentalists who are ringing the alarm about toxic chemicals harming us and our children. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the World Health Organization and the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have issued a warning that exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy and lactation is dangerous and babies are being born polluted with toxic substances. The rise in birth defects is real and alarming.
The Endocrine Society has opined that evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemicals to a myriad of maladies including birth defects, infertility, cancer, diabetes and obesity, to name a few. The Endocrine Society is concerned that unborn children are at significant risk of illness, injury and complication from exposure to toxic chemicals in utero. Endocrine blocking chemicals are all around us but simple measures taken at home like making your own surface cleaner (its cheap and easy!) can greatly reduce exposure to toxic chemicals.
Of the roughly 80,000 chemicals on the market today, only a small handful have been tested for safety. This is no surprise. The chemical lobby spent the equivalent of $121,000 per member of Congress in 2014. Testing chemicals prior to their use on humans should be common sense. Until there is an effective regulatory system for chemicals used in everyday products, FACT will continue to provide information about how to reduce chemical exposure and where harmful chemicals are found.
The articles below document warnings from major medical organizations about the prevalence and dangers of toxic chemicals in our environment. They are an important read for anyone who has children, is pregnant, or cares about our safety generally.
Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products, Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, November 28, 2015
How Chemicals Affect Us, Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, May 2, 2012