We live in an increasingly unhealthy world, and even if we carefully control the products and food that we bring into our houses, environmental pollution that we can’t see can affect all of us, including expecting mothers and the health of their unborn children.
A new feature from CNN aims to expose us to the nature of these dangers that we can’t see.
The investigative feature is called Toxic America, and is hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The show premieres tonight, June 2nd, at 8 pm ET, with the first installment, Toxic Towns, exposing CNN’s year-long investigation into the impact on environmental toxins on the health of the residents of Mossville, LA. For decades, the people there have claimed that chemicals in the air have been making them sick, and that the government has done nothing to protect them.
Surrounded by 14 chemical plants which release tons of cancer causing chemicals into the air, Mossville’s population also has to deal with toxic chemicals seeping into the ground from these plants. The U.S. EPA has since begun testing to determine whether Mossville will qualify as a Superfund site, which could provide funding for cleanup and possible relocation of the residents.
The second part of the feature is called Toxic Childhood, and it looks at the health effects of unseen chemicals on all of us, including how much of these toxins are being passed onto the babies of pregnant women. This installment, shown tomorrow, June 3rd, will also feature Jeanne Haegele, who has been living plastic-free for 2 1/2 years.
According to CNN, a few of the show’s findings are:
- Exposure to car and truck exhaust in the womb has been shown to result in lower IQ at age five.
- Babies enter the world with more than 200 dangerous chemicals in their blood (!), including flame retardants, dioxins, substances in non-stick coatings like Teflon and hormone-like compounds found in plastic.
- Out of the 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States, the EPA has only tested about 200 and only banned five.
So tune in tonight and tomorrow to learn more about the potential toxic pollution affecting our lives and our children.