Study links industrial pollution to hundreds of diseases (February 08, 2005)
Boston, MA -- Medical researchers from the University of California and the Boston Medical Center recently released...
Boston, MA — Medical researchers from the University of California and the Boston Medical Center recently released findings linking common chemical pollutants to at least 200 different human diseases.
The study shows strong correlations between various common pollutants and a wide range of diseases, including asthma, testicular atrophy, cerebral palsy, kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, dermatitis bronchitis, hyperactivity, deafness, sperm damage and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In addition, pollutants were linked to 37 different types of cancers.
According to study co-author Ted Schletter of the Boston Medical Center, pollution usually acts as a trigger on a person’s genetic predisposition to developing a particular disease.
The study points to blood tests conducted throughout the U.S. and Europe, which show that the vast majority of residents of industrialized nations are carrying several of these pollutants, including mercury, dioxin, and PCBs, in their bloodstreams. Therefore, the study concludes that exposure is virtually unavoidable.
The study’s findings have prompted health and environmental advocates in the U.S. to call on manufacturers to release the potential risks associated with use of their products.
The European Commission is trying to introduce a new directive requiring industry to provide safety information on the 30,000 most common chemicals.
To read the complete study, visit: http://ogsr.ucsd.edu/research.