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Our body contains many complex systems -- nervous, hormone, immune, and reproductive. All of our cells function by way of a complex message system that works with incredible sensitivity. Even trace amounts of toxic pollution can cause this system to fail and make normal cells function abnormally. The result can lead to disease and death.
We know that many industrial chemicals used in everyday products are harmful to us. Over the decades, different ones have been exposed as more toxic than we once realized: lead, mercury, asbestos, DDT, PCBs, pesticides, tobacco, flame-retardants, solvents, perchlorate, dry-cleaning chemicals, agent orange, and the list goes on and on.... Still, tens of thousand of chemicals come onto
the market every year, and most are not tested for toxicity.
One of the chemical classes of major concern today is “hormone disrupting chemicals.” Trace amounts of these chemicals can disrupt normal brain and nervous system functions, harm our reproductive systems, cause behavioral and development problems in children, and cause fatal disease. This “chemical body burden” and early exposure can create a “pre-condition” for disease at any time in life, even many years after exposure. A mother’s “body burden” affects the development of the fetus and content of breast milk; a young person’s exposure to toxic chemicals may delay her healthy development; an older person’s exposure may trigger disease leading to early death.
|Affects women and girls ||Affects everyone||Affects men and boys|
|• Breast cancer |
• Chemicals in breast milk
• Lowered fertility
|• Early onset of puberty |
• Thyroid disease
• Faulty immune system
|• Prostate cancer |
• Autism, hyperactivity
• “Phthalate Syndrome”
deformity of the urinary-
• Lowered sperm count;
development and growth. New research has brought about these shifts in thinking:
Old: The dose makes the poison: more chemicals = more disease.
New: Low-level ‘background’ exposures can impair health as much as high doses; there is NO ‘safe’ exposure
level for many chemicals.
Old: Scientists and regulators considered the impacts of one chemical at a time.
New: We know that chemical combinations and stresses such as poverty, racism, continual exposure, and compromised immune systems combine to cause “cumulative effects”.
Old: Focus on adults as the category of highest risk.
New: Children are at higher risk due rapid growth and development.
Industry, agriculture, and the military regularly violate the law and our human rights by polluting our air, water and food – and they rarely receive more than a slap on the wrist for their criminal actions. They lobby government for lower standards and exemptions, and promote free trade agreements that erode drinking water standards and environmental protections.
They have no right to do this, and we have the right – and the responsibility – to stop them.
to pollute the bodies of natural persons.
We, the People, cannot wait for state and federal government
to fix the system and protect our water and our health.
City to act with “precaution” to prevent harms to the environment and protect public health even when full
scientific evidence about cause and effect is lacking.
To learn more: www.sfenvironment.com/aboutus/innovative/pp/
● Pass a “Chemical Trespass Ordinance” like the people of Liberty Township in Pennsylvania did. This prohibits “chemical trespass” within Liberty Township and establishes strict liability and burden of proof standards for chemical trespass. It also subordinates chemical corporations to the authority of the people of the township.
To learn more: www.celdf.org (on left under New Ordinances -- scroll down to ordinance title)
Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment, Sandra Steingraber, 1997
Our Stolen Future, Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumandski and John Peterson Myers, 1997. Also www.ourstolenfuture.org
Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner, 2002
The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America, Allan M. Brandt, 2007.
Alliance for Democracy, Defending Water for Life Campaign www.thealliancefordemocdracy.org
Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHE) www.chej.org Join the BE SAFE Campaign and consult the Precautionary
Policy Clearinghouse at www.besafenet.com that includes precautionary-based laws, policies, local ordinances and industry
agreements on a range of issues.
Environmental Research Foundation, home of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News and Rachel’s Precaution Reporter
www.rachel.org. News, tools and resources for justice and sustainable prosperity for all.
People’s Health Movement http://phmovement.org
Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN) for Precautionary Principle materials www.sehn.org/precaution.html and
consult their Toxicant and Disease Database http://database.healthandenvironment.org/