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Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Survey Finds
Reuters ^ | July 14, 2005 | Maggie Fox,

Posted on 07/15/2005 2:06:25 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

WASHINGTON — Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released Thursday.

Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment.

The report by the Environmental Working Group is based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical cord blood taken by the American Red Cross. They found an average of 287 contaminants in the blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and the Teflon chemical PFOA.

"These 10 newborn babies ... were born polluted," said New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, who planned to publicize the findings at a news conference Thursday.

"If ever we had proof that our nation's pollution laws aren't working, it's reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb," Slaughter, a Democrat, said.

Cord blood reflects what the mother passes to the baby through the placenta.

"Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests," the report said.

Blood tests did not show how the chemicals got into the mothers' bodies.

MERCURY AND PESTICIDES

Among the chemicals found in the cord blood were methylmercury, produced by coal-fired power plants and certain industrial processes. People can breathe it in or eat it in seafood and it causes brain and nerve damage.

Also found were polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are produced by burning gasoline and garbage and which may cause cancer; flame-retardant chemicals called polybrominated dibenzodioxins and furans; and pesticides including DDT and chlordane.

The same group analyzed the breast milk of mothers across the United States in 2003 and found varying levels of chemicals, including flame retardants known as PBDEs. This latest analysis also found PBDEs in cord blood.

The Environmental Working Group report coincided with a Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday that said the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the powers it needs to fully regulate toxic chemicals.

The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, found that the EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act gives only "limited assurance" that new chemicals entering the market are safe and that the EPA only rarely assesses chemicals already on the market.

"Today, chemicals are being used to make baby bottles, food packaging and other products that have never been fully evaluated for their health effects on children -- and some of these chemicals are turning up in our blood," said New Jersey Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who plans to co-sponsor a bill to require more testing of toxic chemicals.

Pollutants and other chemicals are believed to cause a range of illnesses. But scientists agree the only way to really sort out the effects is to measure how much gets into people and then see what happens to their health.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: babies; chemicals; pollution; powerplants; prenataldevelopment; publichealth; science; terotogens
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I have a couple of comments on this one:

First - the sky is falling, the sky is falling

Second - "These 10 newborn babies ... were born polluted," It sounds like original sin.

Third - aside from the very first sentence and the fact that this is totally a superficial article, at least the reporting is fairly politically neutral.

Lastly - Although it would appear counter-intuitive given the massive use of chemicals to build our wealthy, healthy, prosperous society to this point, my inclination is to believe that somehow this was not a problem before George W. Bush was President.

1 posted on 07/15/2005 2:06:27 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Well, the left has another reason to support abortion-- Polluted fetal tissue....


3 posted on 07/15/2005 2:12:51 AM PDT by freebilly (Vast Right Wing Conservative Christian Heterosexual Conspirator....)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
"If ever we had proof that our nation's pollution laws aren't working, it's reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb," Slaughter, a Democrat, said.

Everything was different when President Clinton was in charge. First off, such studies never saw the light of day.

4 posted on 07/15/2005 2:13:53 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Democraps proposal to end the chemical transmision to an unborn baby = CUT THE CORD!
5 posted on 07/15/2005 2:18:31 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

But how much did they find????


6 posted on 07/15/2005 2:20:27 AM PDT by Dallas59 (" I have a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush" John Kerry -2004)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

It's all my fault.
I stopped using condoms.


7 posted on 07/15/2005 2:23:29 AM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

They can rip them out of the wombs at the say-so of the mother, so what's a few chemicals between friends.


8 posted on 07/15/2005 2:25:14 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

"Pollutants and other chemicals are believed to cause a range of illnesses."

Gee - ya think? I say we all head back to the dark continent from which all mankind is said to have originated and live a long healthy life of natural beauty and purity.


9 posted on 07/15/2005 2:27:37 AM PDT by geopyg ("It's not that liberals don't know much, it's just that what they know just ain't so." (~ R. Reagan))
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit


And people are living longer every year because......

Because they ignore these "make-work" nutcases -

Go back before we had all of these so-called killer chemicals - see how long and well people lived back then -

No gasoline - just walking across fresh horse manure in muddy streets - now there's something real natural you love to scrape off your boots and high button shoes -

Back when there was no penicillin - no anesthesia for operations - no indoor sanitary toilets - no safe running water - no food refridgeration - no quick and safe electric or gas stoves - no electric lights -

Ah - the good old days -

When most everyone died so young -


10 posted on 07/15/2005 2:31:07 AM PDT by devolve (-------------------------------------------------)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
I'm ashamed to admit it but even though it was from surrender-monkey France, I used to like to drink Perrier water.

Then they took the benzine out. Lost all of it's flavor...I couldn't swallow it.

Now I buy generic CO2 water, or get some cartridges and fire up my 60's bachelor pad retro spritzer bottles.

prisoner6

11 posted on 07/15/2005 2:35:59 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the left fall out!)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

"Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Survey Finds"

Heavens! Next thing you know, they'll be exposed to COMPOUNDS and SUBSTANCES!


12 posted on 07/15/2005 2:38:10 AM PDT by james500
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
There should be a law against the body using any chemicals at all. This should prevent all man made damage to the environment.
13 posted on 07/15/2005 2:39:25 AM PDT by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Babies? I thought they were "fetuses" until after birth. That Slaughter, a pro-baby-killing Democrat, should suddenly discover that they are babies is amazing. If a mother can kill her baby until it is totally out of her body (partial birth abortion), why in the world should we be worried about the possible and remote harm of polluted cord blood?
I wonder how these environazis explain that the life expectancy of those babies keeps going up and is almost at 80 years...unless your mother aborts you, of course.


14 posted on 07/15/2005 2:50:06 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Dallas59

And where did they find the subjects for the "test?"


15 posted on 07/15/2005 3:11:04 AM PDT by endthematrix ("an ominous vacancy" fills this space)
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To: james500
"Blood tests did not show how the chemicals got into the mothers' bodies."

Uh LIVING?

16 posted on 07/15/2005 3:12:56 AM PDT by endthematrix ("an ominous vacancy" fills this space)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
A biochemist friend warned me many years ago that our ability to detect chemical substances was improving by an order of magnitude every three years. The environmental movement has long since turned this increasingly sensitive testing into a weapon of war. The cheat is, they don't tell you that the amounts discovered are infinitesimal.

Conspicuously absent in the above "article" is any mention of the quantity of toxins found. If the amount of chemical is trivial, the danger from it is trivial.

17 posted on 07/15/2005 3:13:27 AM PDT by T'wit (The main difference between Ted Bundy and other bioethicists is, Bundy knew he was doing evil.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Louise Slaughter - Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)

source

18 posted on 07/15/2005 3:16:55 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (John 6: 51-58)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

I thought to the LIBS that an UNborn baby was just a blob of tissue? So why their big concern for the blob of tissue being polluted?


19 posted on 07/15/2005 3:22:11 AM PDT by GailA (Glory be to GOD and his only son Jesus.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

As always, "discoveries" likt this are going to cost us money. New and/or stronger regulations brought to us courtesy of the EPA will result in higher costs that will be passed along to the consumer. And, naturally, the more regulations we have, the more federal bureaucracy we will need to enforce them.


20 posted on 07/15/2005 3:22:20 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (It is Watergate yet? Is it Watergate yet?)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Don't forget the high concentration of dihydrogen monoxide, a potentially deadly chemical compound, in amniotic fluid.


21 posted on 07/15/2005 3:24:50 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: endthematrix

"Blood tests did not show how the chemicals got into the mothers' bodies."

The control group of women hermetically sealed in lucite and who were given neither food nor water showed markedly lower levels of these chemicals. A substantially shorter lifespan was also noted.


22 posted on 07/15/2005 3:25:09 AM PDT by james500
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To: Lazamataz

Apparently, you were wrong. We ARE all gonna die!!!


23 posted on 07/15/2005 3:25:19 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
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24 posted on 07/15/2005 3:33:48 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
You're right. "The sky is falling...we need another government program.

These liberals are in an endless search for new ways that the government can take away all of our cares , all of our worries and all of our rights and leave them in the hands of people like Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton.

25 posted on 07/15/2005 3:35:30 AM PDT by capt. norm (Two wrongs do not make a right. It usually takes me at least three..)
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To: Larry Lucido
Don't forget the high concentration of dihydrogen monoxide,

Hey, it killed the wicked witch.

26 posted on 07/15/2005 3:39:19 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Aw geez!

This guy Bush is at it again! When will he stop doing damage to the environment? Pretty soon they're going to find ANWR swamp moss in fetal blood!

It's all Bush's fault!


27 posted on 07/15/2005 3:42:31 AM PDT by aShepard
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This reads like one of those cheap tabloids. I think the title is a sure grabber. NOthing else in the article is.


28 posted on 07/15/2005 3:43:53 AM PDT by micho
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To: endthematrix
They chose them completely at random from the smoking section of Meth Users Anonymous.
29 posted on 07/15/2005 3:45:36 AM PDT by sportutegrl (People who say, "All I know is . . ." really mean, "All I want you to focus on is . . .")
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Would they be called "unborn babies" if the article topic was abortion?


30 posted on 07/15/2005 3:53:28 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Dallas59
But how much did they find????

My question also. Sounds like more scare tactics to me.

31 posted on 07/15/2005 3:58:40 AM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: Nightshift

ping


32 posted on 07/15/2005 4:00:22 AM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< OurFlorida.true.ws Impeach Judge Greer)
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To: T'wit

A biochemist friend warned me many years ago that our ability to detect chemical substances was improving by an order of magnitude every three years. The environmental movement has long since turned this increasingly sensitive testing into a weapon of war. The cheat is, they don't tell you that the amounts discovered are infinitesimal.

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Which is the reason they are finding these things. Before they were undetectable. The real question is what is the tolerance level and how long are they there?

When a mother smokes, takes drugs, or drinks there is a much greater concentration of problematic chemicals than those in the article.


33 posted on 07/15/2005 4:01:11 AM PDT by KeyWest
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To: iowamark
Would they be called "unborn babies" if the article topic was abortion?

This is Reuters, not the AP. Their agenda is much less pronounced. By European standards they are extremely neutral. Moreover, these are probably samples of babies that were brought to term. I think you and the others who are reading an abortion agenda into this story are off-base. This is an environmental story through and through.

34 posted on 07/15/2005 4:01:14 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Hello all, first I am not a left-wing nut-case.

Read Dr. Young's "The Ph Miracle".

The sky isn't falling, but the Beatles wrote, "You know that what you eat you are".

If we eat pollutants, which we do, it only makes sense that our inner ecosystem will be pollutated.
35 posted on 07/15/2005 4:33:20 AM PDT by stockpirate (We can fight the Muslim Army in Iraq! Or we can fight them outback! Check my homepage)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Alar---alar---alar

More alarmist bleating from a rigged experiment. Note that nowhere are the CONCENTRATIONS of the chemicals given. Given the extremely high sensitivity of today's analytical techniques, one can find any chemical or element that they wish in almost anything "environmental". The fact that these species are present at the part-per-trillion level and below is just sort of "ignored".

36 posted on 07/15/2005 5:20:21 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel)
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To: iowamark

I'm surprised the abortion proponents haven't said yet "see, we need more abortions!"

Interesting that they actually use the word babies regarding this issue. I'll bet NARAL and NOW start screaming in protest soon.


37 posted on 07/15/2005 5:22:05 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Seems to me this is out to stop cord blood stem cells from becoming the potential panacea of medical research they could be.

Hmmmmmm. Maybe the folks pushing this very small sample of data have an agenda, like fetal tissue stem cell research, or maybe nice, clean human cloning.

Cord blood has shown great promise, but they don't get to kill anything.

38 posted on 07/15/2005 5:25:23 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Stupid article. No measure of how much of what chemicals were found. Nor was a benchmark mentioned for comparison. These chemicals are probably in such infinitesimal amounts as to be considered less than neglidgable. We are what is and you are what you eat. Ashes to ashes and all that.


39 posted on 07/15/2005 5:30:34 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

"Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released Thursday."

What a piece of garbage. Every hack involved with this kind of journalism ought to be canned. Oops! I forgot that IS the standard and state of journalism today. My bad. I'll be quiet now.


40 posted on 07/15/2005 5:36:25 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (NEW and IMPROVED: Now with 100% more Tyrannical Tendencies and Dictator Envy!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

OTH Obstetricians are usually blamed for cerebral palsy - a disease whose root cause still remains elusive. Perhaps this finding is a link in the chain ...


41 posted on 07/15/2005 5:41:51 AM PDT by sono
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To: numberonepal

Stupid article. No measure of how much of what chemicals were found. Nor was a benchmark mentioned for comparison. These chemicals are probably in such infinitesimal amounts as to be considered less than neglidgable. We are what is and you are what you eat. Ashes to ashes and all that.

Speaking of ashes, I wonder how many of the mothers smoked.


42 posted on 07/15/2005 5:49:35 AM PDT by rwa265
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To: james500
Next thing you know, they'll be exposed to COMPOUNDS and SUBSTANCES!

LOL! Not to mention those dreaded, gasp, MOLECULES...

43 posted on 07/15/2005 5:50:48 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: sono

The elusive subject matter is soaked in hyperbole and chemical fears, this reader finds.


44 posted on 07/15/2005 5:52:15 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (NEW and IMPROVED: Now with 100% more Tyrannical Tendencies and Dictator Envy!)
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To: freebilly

Exactly.....pollution.......must be stopped.......must be GWB's fault.....move on.......


45 posted on 07/15/2005 6:52:37 AM PDT by newcthem (Everything I need to know about islam, I learned on 9/11 and 7/7.)
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To: facedown

I once read a story of a woman who actually pour the chemical dihydrogen monoxide all over her baby.


46 posted on 07/15/2005 6:55:58 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Those who do are more likely to do so than those that don't.)
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To: james500

!Heavens! Next thing you know, they'll be exposed to COMPOUNDS and SUBSTANCES!"

Oxygen dihydride, sodium chloride, deoxyribonucleic acid...it's a crisis!


47 posted on 07/15/2005 8:06:27 AM PDT by dsc
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
I have a question--what is the American Red Cross doing taking blood samples from umbilical cords?
48 posted on 07/15/2005 8:11:36 AM PDT by IN Farm Girl (Hoosier by birth, Boilermaker by the grace of God)
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To: james500

Don't forget the Eeeeevil Molecules and Elements!


49 posted on 07/15/2005 10:14:19 AM PDT by gogogodzilla (Raaargh! Raaargh! Crush, Stomp!)
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To: KeyWest
Which is the reason they are finding these things. Before they were undetectable. The real question is what is the tolerance level and how long are they there?

I think the real question is how the human race ever managed to make it to this time. What with eating red meat, spraying with DDT when we were young, parents smoking inside the house, good smelling fumes when filling the tank, no signs telling us that some chemicals are known to the state of California to cause cancer, and the big one, sun tans every summer. Egad I feel old.

50 posted on 07/15/2005 10:22:24 AM PDT by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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