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Chris

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would be interesting to see what would turn up in some of our bodies, GASP
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Kids filled with chemical soup, says study


Montrealer Viviane Maraghi has always considered herself pretty good when it comes to avoiding pollution.

She works with an environmental group and makes an effort to buy organic and biological food whenever possible. Her son Aladin Bonin, 10, has been raised on organic food ever since he was a baby.

So it came as even more of a shock for Maraghi to learn that not only did she and her son test positive for dozens of toxic chemicals in their blood but, in the case of several chemicals, Aladin's level was even higher than hers. In fact, Maraghi and her son's results were the highest among a half dozen families tested across in the country.

"I was staggered," said the Plateau Mont Royal resident.

The comments came after the group Environmental Defence released a new study Thursday revealing that children as young as 10 are showing signs of contamination by toxic chemicals. While some, like insecticides, are in the environment, others are found in such innocuous everyday items as non-stick pans, computers and mattresses or furniture treated with stain repellent chemicals.

Among the five families tested, on average parents tested positive for 32 of the 68 chemicals tested for while children showed an average of 23 chemicals.

While the levels in many cases were low, some of the chemicals found can cause reproductive disorders, harm the development of children or are suspected of causing cancer or neurological problems.

"In total, 38 carcinogens, 23 hormone disruptors, 12 respiratory toxins, 38 reproductive/developmental toxins and 19 neurotoxins were detected in the study volunteers," says the study.

Chemicals like DDT that have been banned in Canada for years tended to be higher in the parents, but were also found in children born after the products were removed from the shelves. As for the children, in many cases they tested higher than their parents for chemicals associated with stain repellents, flame retardants, heavy metals, organophosphates, insecticide metabolites and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, described the study as groundbreaking, saying it reveals for the first time the extent to which children are being affected by toxic pollutants.

"Pollution is now so bad in our country that the bodies of our children have higher levels of pollution than their parents."

The tests were conducted to underscore the group's call for the Canadian government to follow the lead of several other countries and ban some of the more dangerous chemicals that are contaminating Canadian kids. If George W. Bush's government can ban them, so can Canada, argued Smith. Otherwise, products containing the chemicals risk being dumped in Canada.

Smith said his group plans to ask Environment Minister Rona Ambrose and the environment critics from various parties to undergo testing as well to sensitize them to the problem.

Asked about the study during question period, Ambrose said the issue is one that she is taking seriously. Both she and Health Minister Tony Clement will undergo the testing, she said.

Maraghi, who tested positive for 36 chemicals while her son tested positive for 25, said neither has experienced any health problems that they believe could be linked to the contamination. However, that's not going to stop her from making significant changes in her household and from trying to determine where the chemicals contaminating their bodies have been coming from.

ethompson@thegazette.canwest.com

Montreal Gazette

© CanWest News Service 2006
 
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why not

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i read yesterday that they discovered that flame retardant materials seem to give rats ADD.
that might explain why every other kid is on ritalin.
 

AgentSanchez

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why not said:
i read yesterday that they discovered that flame retardant materials seem to give rats ADD.
that might explain why every other kid is on ritalin.

Or maybe it's because a lack of discipline is often mistaken for a mental illness.
 

Hi i'm God

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stupid quote from a stupid newspaper said:
If George W. Bush's government can ban them, so can Canada, argued Smith.
Thats retarded.

If George W. Bush's goverment can *insert w/e* so can canada?!
 
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Ditto Much

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Okay so at what levels are these chemicals dangerous and what levels are the kids at. If 10 year olds show %2 of dangerous levels this really isn't that much of a concern.

We are exposed to all kinds of stuff in our daily life, its part of living in the industrialized world and using an consuming industrial products. Stain removers are great! personally I like the materials in my carpets to be flame retardent.
 

blueshrike

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Ditto Much said:
Okay so at what levels are these chemicals dangerous and what levels are the kids at. If 10 year olds show %2 of dangerous levels this really isn't that much of a concern.

We are exposed to all kinds of stuff in our daily life, its part of living in the industrialized world and using an consuming industrial products. Stain removers are great! personally I like the materials in my carpets to be flame retardent.

The problem is that, for most of these chemicals, we simply don't have a good idea of what level is a safe level. Especially in children. Using animals to model the effects of chemicals on humans is imperfect because, ultimately, they are different than humans.

I mean at a gross level, we can infer that if a few milligrams of hydrogen cyanide is bad for a rat, then a proportionate amount would also kill a human.

However, animals are far less perfect at predicting long term or subtle effects due to lower or sustained doses.

The only way to know this is test this out in humans.

And from what I have been reading, a lot of these chemicals that we are finding in ourselves may not have a safe dose. Humans exhibit a spectrum of symptoms. All the way from death on down to barely detectible things like slower nerve conduction or smaller wangs.

But then I am not an expert. I just read a lot about this crap.
 
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