The Chemical Life….
The Center for Disease Control has been studying Body Burden for over a decade. Here is a summary of their latest report.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has guides to reducing your exposure to various chemicals. Here is one of their “smarter living” pages. This is similar to the WebMD Health ehome page, which guides you through procedures for improving the health of your home. Do not read these unless you are prepared to go through everything and get rid of a lot of things in your home. The idea that endocrine disruptors are pervasive and serious threats to health is now widely accepted in popular accounts; a National Institutes of Health has just started a study on “endocrine disrupting agents” that will take some years to finish. Here is an overview page, listing many things NIH is doing on the topic.
Perceptions of risk might be a function of our socio-economic status, including sex, as suggested in this study from a decade ago.
It is possible to overreact to dangerous things in our environment, or to label as dangerous things that are not. The movement to shun vaccines is a good example. The arguments against vaccines appear to be written by physicians, backed by competent sources. Frontline did a program on the vaccine controversy. Excerpts from interviews on the illustrate the range of arguments one finds about the issue.