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Laurie Valeriano

profile of Laurie Valeriano-participant in the Pollution in People study

Participant Profile

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Place of residence:   Seattle, Washington  
Birthplace:   Long Island, New York
Lived in Washington since:  1994
Occupation:   environmental health advocate
Age:   36
Known specific exposures to toxics:  none
Special diet:   none
Estimated proportion of diet organic:  80%
Home pesticide use:   no

Laurie Valeriano's Chemical Profile

  • 27 chemicals detected
  • no pesticides detected
  • lowest levels of PFCs, "Teflon chemicals", in our study
  • no detectable exposure to DEP, a phthalate used in PVC (vinyl)

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 soilcancer 

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

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 how Laurie avoids pesticides in the report chapter "Choice is Clear on Pesticides"

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