What a toxic world we live in! (see excepts from these publications)
Race is on to tame mercury poisoning by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune : July 1, 2012
MANGANIKA LAKE, MINN.
Len Anderson grew up eating the fish he caught in the St. Louis River, and he raised his kids to do the same. Now he's teaching his grandchildren to portage canoes in the cold dark of an early morning and wrestle big fish they catch of their own. "It's part of our birthright," said Anderson, who lives in Fond du Lac. But for the most part, his grandkids can't eat those big fish. They're contaminated with mercury, a toxic air pollutant that falls from the sky, then builds in ever higher concentrations as it moves up the food chain, from microbes to insects to fish -- to people. A recent federal study found that one in 10 infants born on Minnesota's North Shore has potentially unhealthy levels of mercury in their blood.
IS IT SAFE TO EAT FISH FROM THE HUDSON RIVER?
Unfortunately, most Hudson River fish are not yet safe to eat, primarily because of contamination by the group of toxic chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs. General Electric discharged an estimated 1.3 million pounds of PCBs from two capacitor-manufacturing facilities in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls starting in 1947 and until 1977, when PCBs were banned.
PCBs are found concentrated in the sediment at the bottom of the river where they bio-accumulate up the food chain from the smallest bacteria and algae, to insect larvae and tiny fish, to larger fish and fish-eating birds and animals, including heron and eagles, mink and otter.
Fish large enough for humans to enjoy eating contain high concentrations of PCBs because these fat-soluble chemicals are stored in fatty tissue, and increase throughout the animal’s lifetime.
PCBs are known to cause neurological damage, including decreased intelligence, endocrine disruption, and reproductive disorders – and are human carcinogens. The New York State Department of Health has issued an eat-no-fish advisory for women of childbearing age and children under 15 for the entire Hudson River.
Adult males are advised to limit their consumption of most Hudson River fish to one fish meal per month, or in the case of crabs, one meal per week.
HEAVY METAL – IT ISN’T MUSIC… , July 1, 2012 by Kathryn Borg
There has been much discussion on heavy metals in our diet, lifestyle and even our body.
Cadmium is a heavy metal produced as a by-product of mining and refining zinc, lead and copper ore and makes its way into our water, air, cosmetics and food supplies
Studies from the Dominican University of California have shown over prolonged periods of time that heavy metals cause breast cancer cells to become increasingly more aggressive and malignant. This latest evidence boosts earlier evidence showing that cadmium plays a significant role in the development of breast cancer.
Inhaling cigarette smoke and passive smoking are a primary source of cadmium but another chronic source of exposure is cosmetics. Many major brands of cosmetics contain a cocktail of toxic heavy metals, including cadmium, according to recent laboratory analyses.
A recent international report on branded cosmetics by the Ontario-based environmental organisation Environmental Defence examined 49 popular make-up products and discovered the presence of cadmium in a little over half of the products tested.
These products included foundations, powders, concealers, bronzers, eyeliners, eye shadows, lip glosses and lipsticks. Seven of the eight heavy metals tested for were found in virtually all of the49 products.
These results are worrying considering the volume of make-up used by the average woman in today’s lifestyle. Women apply around 12-20 make-up products per day contain, 150 to-300 unique ingredients.
What this adds up to is that one in 13 women are being exposed to substances that are confirmed, or probably, carcinogens. The 2004 report by a US-based Environmental Toxin Foundation found that “at least” 146 cosmetic ingredients include impurities, such as cadmium, which are linked to cancer.
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