There is growing concern among pediatricians and others in the medical community about the amount of toxins to which children and pregnant women are exposed.
A statement released by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) warns about the dangers, particularly to children who are much more vulnerable to toxins. Due to the risk of mental and physical development damage posed by exposure to toxic chemicals, physicians are taking their concerns to Capitol Hill.
The physicians are lobbying to update the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was last revised in 1976 and has not been updated since. The physicians claim that the current law is woefully inadequate and allows toxic substances to enter the consumer market without adequate testing, leaving the government to verify if a substance is a danger to the public or not.
Over 80,000 chemicals are used in manufacturing products today but existing law has regulated only five classes of chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that businesses notify them of new chemicals but does not require them to verify toxicity levels. That leaves the government – and taxpayers – to fund the research.
Pediatricians believe that the rise in autism, early puberty, asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and allergies are just a few of the conditions that are increasing due to chemical exposure in children.