Our chemical-saturated environment is poisoning us

Everywhere you turn in modern society, you’re surrounded by chemicals.

You can’t escape them. They’re in the air we breathe because we dump chemicals on our precious lawns and incinerate our chemical-laden garbage. They’re in our food and drink because farmers spray chemicals on our food as it grows, and we line our cans and bottles with chemicals. They’re also in our water, thanks to the dumping of unused chemicals and medicines that leach into our water supply.

Gulf of Mexico sea life has been assaulted — and will for years continue being assaulted by — both BP’s initial release of massive quantities of petrochemicals and its subsequent release of massive quantities of toxic chemicals it hoped would hide the petrochemicals from TV cameras. And human health is at risk from this double-barreled chemical attack.

We’ve now uncovered a new threat: cash register receipts. CBS News reports:

Extraordinarily high levels of BPA were found on two-fifths of the paper receipts tested recently by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.

In some cases, the amount of BPA on a given receipt was 1,000 times the levels found in a can of food.

Receipts were collected from ATM’s, grocery stores, fast food restaurants, gas stations and the like. “Wipe tests” showed that the coating of BPA of paper receipts would likely stick to the skin of anyone who handled them.

The chemical can be absorbed into the skin and transferred to the digestive tract by touching the mouth.

Animal tests have linked BPA exposure to a range of health problems, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, and early puberty.

Posted by James on Wednesday, July 28, 2010