We are very fortunate in the USA to have the EPA. In our
modern world we have had
the benefit of factories and industrialization so our country can manufacture
durable goods, textiles electronics, and produce items we need for modern
living. The EPA has banned the use of many unhealthy substances as scientific
data shows they are unhealthy. this is the reason lead is no longer in paint,
asbestos is no longer built into homes, and mercury derivatives are not
usually in latex paint.
Unfortunately more and new chemical poisons are being invented
as byproducts of our technological and mechanical era. The EPA does curb air
pollution, so that is good. But they are kinda one step behind as new toxic
chemicals are being spewed out without regulation. If you think we're generally safe from chemical poisoning,
take a look at recent historic incidents of chemical poisoning in the USA.
The first two were widely publicized in Hollywood movies. Plus there are
accidental incidents where people are seriously harmed.
Brokovich - Barstow, California area water contamination
Harvest - Wisconsin - PBB poisoned cattle feed incident
Here's another one, not so famous:
Dunsmuir, CA - a train wreck poisoned the river; see fishsniffer
This is also an interesting MCS page: multiplechemicalsensitivity.org
Did you know your skillet may put your health at risk? Avoid
all non-stick cookware if you have unexplained aches and pains as these
items outgas PFOA, a known toxic inhalant. The convenience is great of
non-stick cookware but the outgassing from the coating is poisonous. DuPont
has been stopped by the EPA from producing Teflon due to PFOA
contamination issues as the health risks are a concern, as well as
environmental pollution which has harmed humans and wildlife.
More info on toxicology issues atsdr.cdc.gov
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