Legally Poisoned

Americans are exposed to hundreds, possibly even thousands, of toxic substances every day. These chemicals can affect your brain, immune system, reproductive organs and hormones. However, no public health law requires product testing of most chemical compounds before they enter the marketplace.

Professor Carl Cranor argues that this must change in his new book, "Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants". Cranor says that every industrial chemical and pesticide produced today is capable of entering your body, and the Centers for Disease Control have identified more than 200 toxicants in the bodies of average Americans.

Eurekalert reports:

"With the exception of pharmaceuticals and pesticides, the U.S. legal system permits most substances to come in without testing for toxicity, without knowing whether they cause cancer, birth defects, developmental effects, or reproductive effects. Only about 2 percent of 62,000 substances in commerce before 1979 have been reviewed at all for their toxicity by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ... Of the approximately 50,000 substances introduced since 1979, about 85 percent were allowed to market with no data concerning health effects."

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