Wake up, America

Two organizations this week released materials calling for us to wake up and take action. We need to start putting children first.

A Wake-Up Story from Healthy Child Healthy World on Vimeo.

Healthy Child Healthy World calls itself a "nonprofit inspiring parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals."

Per their web site:

Healthy Child Healthy World includes: scientists creating solutions, physicians advancing the cause, activists spreading awareness, and parents implementing change to protect children's health. A diverse array of perspectives, backgrounds, and expertise makes for well-rounded and effective advice. Children are our most precious resource and creating a world where they can flourish is the best way to secure a healthy and bright future for us all.

This video is truly a call to action.

Also, just released today, a new report, "Mind, Disrupted," profiles the body-burdens of neurotoxic and endocrine-disrupting products in 12 leaders and advocates in the learning disabilities community. Spearheaded by the Collaborative for Health and the Environment, this provocative study demonstrates the pervasive nature of chemicals in our society and calls us to act now to protect future generations.

The findings?

In 2009, 12 leaders and self-advocates from the learning and developmental disabilities community volunteered to have their bodies tested for 89 chemicals known or suspected of being neurodevelopmental toxicants or endocrine disruptors, including bisphenol A, lead, mercury, organochlorine pesticides, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), perchlorate, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), and triclosan.

A total of 61 chemicals (out of 89 tested) were found in the twelve participants. Each participant was found to harbor at least 26, and as many as 38, of the tested chemicals in their bodies. Sixteen chemicals were detected in every participant.

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