Saturday, October 30, 2010

Toxins Present In Newborns Reach New Heights, While IQs Drop

In one study, the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies had an average of 232 toxic chemicals already present at birth. The greater the concentration of toxic chemicals in the blood, unfortunately, the greater the drop in IQ scores.

Today, a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate, the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxins, and Environmental Health, met in New Jersey to hear about recent studies showing that today's infants are being born into a more toxic world than ever before. The fact that so many toxic chemicals already exist in infants' blood when they are born, doesn't mean that things are going to get better for them.

As Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, who testified today at the hearing, put it: "Babies in this country are born 'pre-polluted.'"

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