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Althoughwe often expect our various government agencies to protect us, neither theEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) nor the Consumer Product Safety Commissionrequires extensive testing of chemicals.
Thegovernment seems to feel that chemicals are basically innocent until provenguilty. And while that might work well for the criminal court system; it doesnot work for our bodies or our planet.
Actually,the government does not know if the chemicals used in everyday cleaning productsare safe because:
1.Our government does not test them
2.Our government does not require manufacturers to test them.
Accordingto the EPA, of the nearly 3000 top-selling chemical in the United States, only 7percent have complete basic toxicity information.
Infact, even if the EPA wanted to test all of them, they do not have the resourcesto do so. The agency receives about 2,000 applications for approval each year.Since the average approval time is three weeks, what do you think about thetesting procedure?
Ifthey are not adequately tested, how can they be safe?
Notin our wildest dreams.
Wealready have chemical soups in our bodies. We know that.
Whatno one can see clearly is when and how, or even if, they will cause acute orchronic illness.
Whycan’t we say with certainty what a product will do to us? Several reasons:
1.No products have been tested on humans for long-term results. Most have not evenbeen tested for short-term results.
2.Each of us reacts differently to different items. Maybe Don reacts lethally tobee stings while Mary, like most people, experiences a bit of pain, then justitches for a day or so.
3.Each of us reacts differently to different levels of exposure.
4.Chemicals are tested one at a time, then used in multiples, often even in thesame product.
5.Although some chemical testing has been done on animals, we need to keepreminding ourselves that tests on animals are not necessarily accurate forhumans. Animal tests can never be relied upon to tell us what the same test onhumans would do.
6.We cannot conduct double-blind studies on humans for these different products.We have to rely on epidemiological studies: as opposed to double-blind studies.Epidemiological studies are those studies that research the incidence,distribution, and control of disease in a population.
Noone locked two groups of people in a room and had one group smoke themselves todeath from tobacco. Yet it is accepted fact in most circles that smoking willeventually give you emphysema and lung cancer–if something else does not killyou first. We accept that fact from epidemiological studies.
Unfortunately,epidemiological studies are subject to interpretation and, thus, give thechemical industries an opportunity to confuse us and put out disinformation,just as the tobacco industry did.
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