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Allyson Schrier

profile of Allyson Schrier-participant in the Pollution in People study

Participant Profile

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Place of residence:   Fall City, Washington  
Birthplace:   New Rochelle, New York
Lived in Washington since:  1991
Occupation:   children's book author, mom
Age:   46
Known specific exposures to toxics:  former residence near plastics and other factories; exposure to foam carpet padding during renovation
Special diet:   none
Estimated proportion of diet organic:  90%
Home pesticide use:   no

Allyson Schrier's Chemical Profile

  • 30 chemicals detected
  • level of metabolite of DBP, a phthalate used in personal care products, greater than 90% of 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 

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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