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Dr. Patricia Dawson

profile of Dr. Patricia Dawson-participant in the Pollution in People study

Participant Profile

Patricia Dawson-lg


                                     
Place of residence:   Seattle, Washington  
Birthplace:   Kingston, Jamaica
Lived in Washington since:  1979
Occupation:   breast cancer surgeon
Age:   56
Known specific exposures to toxics:  DDT spray truck as a child
Special diet:    vegetarian (does eat fish)
Estimated proportion of diet organic:  33%
Home pesticide use:   none

Patricia Dawson's Chemical Profile

  • 38 chemicals detected
  • PBDE levels approach those that cause reporductive problems in laboratory animals
  • exposure to DDT greater than 90% of the U.S. population on average

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

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PFCs

("Teflon chemicals")


coated food packaging such as french fry boxes; stain-protection treatments on carpeting and clothingcancer, 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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read more about Patricia's levels of toxic flame retardants in the report chapter "Burning Problem"

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