Chapter 25Enviromental &Occuptional Health Everyday I see research linking chemicals that pollute our environment with adverse effects on women’s reproductive health, from infertility to birth (impairments) to early puberty in girls…I am convinced that countries that do not protect the Earth will not protect their women, and countries that do not protect their women will never protect the Earth. The time has come for the U.S. to enact policies that do both. -Alison Ojanen-Goldsmith
Environmental & Occuptional Health Environment: where we live, work and play Occuptional: where we work and how we work
Work Environment Chemicals Water Pesticides Air & SoilOther toxic chemicals food Our Families
Chemical and ToxinsUnregulated chemicals in America are nearly 80,000 on the market they are in the; Food we eat Water we drink Products we apply to our skin causing potential carcinogens
Unborn children more vulnerable to toxins Immune system affected Metabolism damage Can not metabolize to inactivate dangerous contaminatesIllness in children increases Leukemia Brain cancer
Breast Milk Contamination Less likely but still a possibility Formula feed more likely to develop Ear infections Asthma Diabetes Lower respiratory infections SIDS
Types of Hazzards Lead----Neurotoxin, affecting nerve cells found in the environment Children and women most susceptible Lead paint affects more than 1 million children in the United States Mercury-----nervous and endocrine system Dental fillings Make-up Tanning beds Pesticides--- 1.2 Billion pesticides in the U.S. 5 Billion world wide causing developmental problems, delayed neuro problems, premature births and cancer
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals EDC is fat soluble, it is present in the air , water and synthetic household personal products. Naming a few: Pesticides BPA (Bisphenol A) Flame retardants Some cosmetics Cleaning products Women being more vulnerable due to body fat
Dixons Cause of cancer and reproductive disorders This is a process that burns chlorine and is the most common chemical effecting Americans. Exposure occurs in foods practically in fish, meat and dairy
BPA - Bisphenol A 7 billion pounds produced in the USA yearly this product contaminates our food and water supplies. Found in can goods, toys and plastic containers we use for our children. 93% of our children are exposed to BPA
PCBS – Polychlorinated Biphenyls #1 most toxic and hazard in modern manufacturing Stays in our bodies & environment for decades Health problems include Breast cancer Low birth weight Hormonal changes Miss carriages Possible early puberty
PCB’s “hot spot” New York’s Hudson River Lake Erie and Lake Ontario The largest super fund site runs through New York City. The major cause is General Electric releasing thousands of pounds of PCB into the Hudson River, running a course of two hundred miles. More info can be goggled you will be surprised at what you read Washington Square in Worcester, Ma. had three large trailers of PCB removed when the reconstruction of the square was done several years ago.
Take Control How do we change the way we live and work Research products both in the work place and the home Be more cautious of hazards that will harm you, co-workers and family and try to change them Make maintenance in your home and work regularly Use Personal Protective Equipment when possible Work: create committees to educate, and help co- workers
Be a Careful consumer READ what you purchase, find out about what they put in your products and food. Investigate the environment you live in, question the people or companies that have paid for the studies on products you are concerned with. These studies should be put into terms you the consumer understands. Work with others form coalitions with other organizations and groups. Learn all you can for your life and the future of your families.
Question ???? How to avoid BPA: what do you need to look for and do to not expose yourself or loved ones to BPA. How do you want to protect yourself in every aspect of your life think of your environment around you let us know what you find.