Friday, April 23, 2010

The 10 Americans

Most of us are aware of Environmental Pollution and efforts are slowly being made to address this issue. Industrial air pollution has improved, our lakes and rivers are cleaner, we recycle, we carpool, and we generally make an effort to be more "green".

Despite all of this, we are still exposed to thousands of harmful chemicals each day. Pollution has changed over the years and has now become invisible. It time to look at Human Pollution - the toxic burden that exists in each of us. We need to continue efforts to clean our environment and start to focus on the steps we can take to rid ourselves of these pollutants.
A small study was completed some years ago by the Environmental Working Group, an American non-profit organization that advocates for the protection of public health and the environment. The study involved 10 Americans and their toxic exposure. The embedded video describes this study and its implications.This is both a fascinating and scary video providing perspective on the seriousness of environmental toxins. I highly recommend watching The Ten Americans.

The take away message from this video is that we all have measurable levels of harmful chemicals in our body. While we need to support the initiatives of the Environmental Working Group and our Canadian Environmental Defense Group in their lobbying efforts for policy change, there are important lifestyle changes that we must make to decrease our own toxic exposure.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this Janice!! The EWG is doing great work in trying to relate environmental health to our own health. 10 Americans is such a powerful and scary story in making this connection. Watching this video has certainly given me more encouragement to do the best I can on my year long Heavy Metal and Enviro Toxin Detox.