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Infertility. Early puberty. Decreased sperm counts. Breast and prostate cancers. These are just a few of the reproductive health problems that are increasing in the United States today. More and more evidence implicates that some of these increases are linked to our constant exposure to toxic chemicals, from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the everyday products we bring into our homes. But what exactly is the connection?
Scientists on the cutting edge of research have found that chemicals such as phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), perfluorinated compounds, and cadmium are linked to the increase in reproductive health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we all have some levels of these chemicals in our bodies. No matter how hard we try to avoid them, potentially harmful exposures will remain unless we change federal policy to require safer chemical production.
- Read the Toxic Chemicals and Reproductive Health Factsheet.
- Read Tracey Woodruff's testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works "Current Science on Public Exposure to Toxic Chemicals" (PDF) (February 4, 2010).
- Read Tracey Woodruff's Response to Senators Inhofe and Vitter's questions (PDF) following Tracey Woodruff's Testimony on February 4, 2010.
This is a great resource! For more info on this important topic, please visit: http://www.healthandenvironment.org/initiatives/fertilityPosted by: kain russ | Dec 13, 2012 2:34:16 PM
I am convinced there's a connection. in 1970, all my friends were worried about becoming pregnant from one sexual encounter. Forty years later it took my daughter and her husband three years to conceive. A new study in France revealed sperm count and sperm quality was down 30% It is outrageous that our government does not take action. The Safe Chemicals Act will soon go before Congress. Have you contacted your legislators yet to request that they fast-track this important bill?Posted by: Alexandra | Dec 13, 2012 12:21:39 PM
I am very passionate about this subject. I have recently written a PR about this subject and would like any info you have on the subject of Mattresses..fire retardants and off gassing. I am recently pregnant..so this is very important to me, and I work for a eco-friendly company that would like to not have to put fire retardants and poisonous foams in our products.marilyn | Jun 22, 2011 12:24:18 PM