From Dr. Mercola:
By Dr. Mercola
More than 80,000 synthetic chemicals surround you every day. Synthetic chemicals are in your air, food, water, and in most of the products you use — many going straight into your body or your child’s body, even before birth.
Your cells interact with about 200 industrial chemicals every day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t grasp what this relentless exposure could mean for your health, but that’s changing.
Global disease rates are on the rise. Most children today will develop a chronic illness of some kind, whereas that was not the case a few decades ago.
Theories about causation abound, yet the issues are complex and often muddied by the maneuvering of political and corporate interests. Many are confused about what to believe.
“Unacceptable Levels”1 is a documentary about the chemicals in your body, how they got here, and what you can do about it. The filmmaker travelled extensively to interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law.
The film examines the aftermath of the 1940s chemical revolution through the eyes of filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children.
This film opens up the conversation about these toxic burdens so you can make informed decisions for yourself and your family, and challenge the industry, the government, and each of us to take action toward changing the system.
Casualties of the Chemical Revolution
The chemical revolution was a direct result of World War II, with innovations stemming from the war effort. Industry was booming, and Americans began to demand that technology focus on making home life easier and more convenient.
When the war ended, scientists were snapped up by private industry. Petroleum products were at the core of most post-war research, as it was cheap and abundant, and the plastic industry simply exploded.
We had no idea that the chemicals in petroleum-based products could make their way inside our bodies, much less how this could affect us. The problem today is, you’re not exposed to just one chemical — you live in a sea of chemicals regardless of how careful you are.
There’s convincing evidence showing that prenatal exposure to certain industrial chemicals may lead to abnormal fetal development, diminished intelligence, behavior problems, infertility, abnormal sexual maturation, metabolic dysfunction, and cancer.
Even though many of these environmental chemical levels are low, they add up, and it’s the cumulative effect over time you must pay attention to. Tiny amounts can have disastrous effects, acting like drugs but in ways you can’t control.
For example, the birth control pill works at parts per billion, and many of these synthetic chemicals are equally potent. There are also “combination effects” to consider. Some interpret the lack of proof of harm as evidence of safety — but this is a dangerous mistake.
Mixing Chemicals May Turn ‘Safe’ Chemicals into Carcinogens
One recent assessment2 by the National Food Institute at the Technical…