links to related resources about pollution in people, including other body burden studies and useful fact sheets
Related Resources and Information
|Useful resources on this web site|
|Profiles of study participants
Information about the toxic chemicals we tested, including health effects and how we're exposed
Information about safer food choices
Information about safer consumer product choices, including electronics, personal care products, furniture, baby's products, and kitchenware
|About body burden studies|
Body burden testing is a type of research that measures "pollution in people" by analyzing blood, urine, hair, or breast milk sample to identify the toxic chemicals we carry as a result of our exposure to environmental toxicants. The accumulation of these chemicals is known as our "body burden".
What are body burden results used for?
|Links to other body burden studies|
|PBDEs and PCBs in Breast Milk of Northwest Mothers
originally released in Sept. 2004, updated August 2005
by Sightline Institute (formerly Northwest Environment Watch), a Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition member
|Toxic Nation on Parliament Hill: A Report on the Pollution in Four Canadian Politicians 2007
|Polluted Children, Toxic Nation - a report on pollution in Canadian families
Children and parents from five families were tested for 68 chemicals, such as pesticides, PCBs, stain repellants, flame retardants, mercury and lead. In some cases, the children in the study had higher levels of certain chemicals than their parents.
|Toxic Nation: A Report on Pollution in Canadians
|Taking It All In: Documenting Chemical Pollution in Californians Through Biomonitoring
|Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
|The Human Toxome Project: Mapping the Pollution in People
Human Toxome Project (HTP) is working to define the human toxome—the full scope of industrial pollution in humanity. This website compiles the extensive body burden studies conducted by Environmental Working Group.
Environmental Working Group & Commonweal
|Body Burden: The Pollution in People
Six studies since 2000, including a May 2006 study testing mothers and daughters.
Environmental Working Group
|A Body's Burden: Our Chemical Legacy
ongoing Oakland Tribune series which began in 2005 with testing of an Oakland family for toxic chemicals
|Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns
a July 2005 report investingating industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in umbilical cord blood
Environmental Working Group
|Chemical Body Burden
An overview of chemical body burden, links to case studies and reports, and other resources.
|Body Burden Community Monitoring Handbook
International POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Elimination Network web site, provides an international perspective on the problem of toxic chemicals exposure
|Information about pollution and environmental quality in Washington State|
|Our Health and the Environment in Washington State
Database bringing together available data and resources about environmental health, including health costs linked to environmental factors, created in 2006 by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Washington (CHE-WA)
|Toxics Release Inventory (EPA)
Database of industrial pollution releases, searchable by zipcode.
|Fact sheets from the Washington Toxics Coalition
30 titles on topics including pest control (such as weeds, insects, and slugs), cleaning products, and building materials.
|Safer Products Project
Information on companies phasing out toxic chemicals, toxic chemicals in house dust, and resources for taking action.
|Environmental Working Group
Studies on environmental health topics including arsenic-treated wood, toxic flame retardants (PBDEs), perfluorinated compounds, cosmetics, and toxic chemicals in food.
|The Green Guide
Consumer guide to less-toxic and environmentally sound products.
|Household Products Database (National Institutes of Health)
Searchable database of ingredients and potential hazards of everyday products.
|Environmental Home Center
Retailer in Seattle offering less-toxic products for home construction and maintenance.
|PVC: The Poison Plastic
Resources about PVC and PVC-free products from the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice
|State of Washington programs to reduce toxic pollution
|Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBT) Program
Dept. of Ecology's web site on its PBT strategy
|Department of Ecology PBDE web site
Information about toxic flame retardants and the PBDE Chemical Action Plan created in Jan. 2006
|Washington's Mercury Chemical Action Plan
Dept. of Ecology's web site on the CAP created in Feb. 2003