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Deb Abrahamson

profile of Deb Abrahamson-participant in the Pollution in People study

Participant Profile

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Place of residence:   Wellpinit, Washington  
Birthplace:   Nespelem, Washington
Lived in Washington since:  1955
Occupation:   coordinator, Society for Sovereignty, Health, Air, Water, and Land
Age:   51
Known specific exposures to toxics:  lives near landfill burning and mines
Special diet:   none
Estimated proportion of diet organic:  5%
Home pesticide use:  no

Deb Abrahamson's Chemical Profile

  • 39 chemicals detected
  • organophosphate pesticide exposure greater than 90% of U.S. population on average
  • second highest levels of PFOS, formerly used in stain protectors, in our study

Chemical
Class      

Found in

Potential Health Effects

Found in Participant

Phthalates

(plasticizers and fragrance carriers)
PVC (vinyl) flooring, toys, shower curtains, personal care products, nail polish                 

harm to reproductive system development


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Toxic Flame Retardants

(PBDEs)
televisions, mattresses, furniture
learning deficits, hormone disruption
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Lead


PVC (vinyl), drinking water, paint and dust in older homes, hobby products
learning deficits

Mercury

coal plant emissions, fluorescent light bulbs, certain fish
learning deficits
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Arsenic

treated wood, pesticides, contaminated soil cancer 

PFCs

("Teflon chemicals")



coated food packaging such as french fry boxes; stain-protection treatments on carpeting and clothing
cancer, organ damage, reproductive effects
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Pesticides




weed and pest sprays for farming, garden, and homes


cancer, nervous system harm, developmental effects, potential acute effects
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DDT

(pesticide) and

PCBs

(industrial coolant)
banned but persistent toxics present in many food sources, especially animal and fish fats


nervous system harm




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