Scientists have implicated a long list of chemical pollutants as possible causes behind the rising incidence of a wide range of public health problems. Important diseases and disorders thought to be environmentally triggered include autism, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, Alzheimer ’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and cancer (Schug et al. 2011).
Chemicals of most concern are those that have very low solubilities in water but are highly soluble in fat, such as:
- heavy metals, including mercury, lead, cadmium, antimony and aluminum found in, dental amalgams, batteries, aluminum cookware, plastics, pigments and paints
- benzo(a)pyrene found in, coal tar, automobile exhaust fumes, tobacco and wood smoke, charbroiled food, and burnt toast
- 2-methylnaphthalene found in, rubber adhesives, caulking compounds, synthetic resins, and wall coverings
- bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate used, as a plasticizer for manufacturing cosmetics, toys, and tools
- fluoride widely used, in toothpastes and fluoridation of drinking water
- polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) used, as flame retardants in building materials, electronics, furnishings, motor vehicles, plastics, polyurethane foams, and textiles
- pharmaceuticals, steroids, and hormones consumed by humans and given to animals
Although there’s a lot of evidence environmental pollutants are creating public health problems, actions taken by the U.S. EPA and other federal agencies have not produced as many solutions necessary to address the problem.
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