|home health skin care pure experiences book a test resources cleaning products waterfacts news|
Toxic soup may be choking our kids, study finds
Ottawa -- Like baby belugas, Canadian children are exposed daily to a toxic soup of chemicals in their water, air and food, and that exposure may explain the dramatic rise in childhood cancers, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome and behavioural problems, according to a new report. This chronic, low-level exposure to pesticides, smog, food additives and other chemicals could also create a host of public-health problems for coming generations, including limiting the ability of prospective parents to conceive, the Canadian Institute of Child Health warns in a study that it is releasing today in Ottawa. "A lot of this is conjecture, but we can't necessarily wait until we have concrete evidence to act because we're talking about a whole generation of children at risk," said Dr. Graham Chance, chairman of the advisory group that oversaw publication of The Health of Canada's Children. The 325-page document is billed as the most comprehensive examination to date of the health of the country's children.
Dr. Chance said the reason informed speculation is required in the area of environmental health is because so little information is available, especially pertaining to children, and he called for a major government investment in research. "We are exposed to this soup of chemicals, but we don't know the cumulative, long-term effects on our children's health," he said. "There are major gaps in our knowledge, and we can't afford to allow that situation to persist." What is known, however, is troubling. According to the report, there has been a 25-per-cent increase in the rate of childhood cancers in the past 25 years. Certain types of cancers have risen dramatically, including acute lymphocytic leukemia, tumours of the central nervous system and bone tumours. All of them are believed to be influenced, at least in part, by exposure to environmental contaminants. Similarly, there has been a fourfold increase in childhood asthma during the past two decades. Asthma is now the leading cause of hospital admission in Canada, and the most frequent trigger for an attack is air pollution. Air quality, both outdoor and indoor, is the leading contributor to the rise in asthma and allergies, according to the institute. It cites exposure to biological and chemical contaminants as key factors for the development and aggravation of childhood asthma.
The authors of The Health of Canada's Children speculate that there may be a link between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (and other learning disabilities) and exposure to environmental contaminants. Substances such as lead, PCBs and methylmercury compromise brain development in children exposed in utero or in early life, according to the report, adding that "most substances to which children are exposed regularly, such as food additives and pesticides, have not been evaluated for their potential to affect brain development." Another area of concern for child health is pesticides. Their use has risen steadily for two decades and there are now more than 7,000 products sold in Canada. In its report, the Ottawa-based advocacy organization notes that pesticides enter the environment through runoff from fields into waterways, that it can be airborne and that it can contaminate food and drinking water.
For a variety of reasons, children are particularly vulnerable to contaminants, the researchers write. Children under the age of five eat three to four times more food per kilogram of body weight than adults and they eat foods that are more susceptible to contamination, including breast milk, fruits and vegetables. They spend time playing on grass and eating dirt as well. Children also drink relatively more water than adults; for example, a six-month-old drinks seven times as much water per kilogram of body weight as an adult. There are many potential sources of water contamination including lead leached from older plumbing fixtures, byproducts of chlorine disinfection, and discharge from industrial and agricultural sources. One of the most overlooked areas of environmental concern, according to the study, is indoor air. Canadian children spend more than 90 per cent of their time indoors, in the home, school, hockey arenas and shopping malls. Research has shown that concentrations of pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. Sources of pollutants include building materials such as insulation and particleboard, upholstery and furnishing, appliances such as gas stoves and kerosene heaters, cleaning agents and second-hand smoke.
While standards exist for many environmental contaminants, they are designed to protect 155-pound (70-kilogram) adults, not 15-pound (seven-kilogram) children, and their cumulative impact is largely unknown, the report notes. In a comment piece published in The Health of Canada's Children, Dr. Trevor Hancock, chairman of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, said the public must take the impact of environmental contamination on children more seriously. He said that it is illogical that people who would not dream of abusing a child think nothing of passing on to their children and grandchildren an environment that has been abused. "The environment is perhaps the ultimate determinant of our health and the health of our children. Yet over the course of the past century we have radically altered the environment in which children develop -- starting in the womb, their first environment," he writes. "Today's children are born with a body burden of synthetic, persistent organic pollutants -- the consequences of which will not be known for another 50 years or so," Dr. Hancock writes.
Note: The Globe and Mail website is located at: http://www.globeandmail.com/.
The Canadian Institute of Child Health is located at: http://www.cich.ca/.
For a related story on environmental child abuse, click here.
Made in Canada
© 2006 Aqua Care Ltd All Rights Reserved.
we test all sorts of water, we analyze water, aquacare water filtration, we test: well water filtration, water filtration, water filtration system, water filtration systems, water filtration process, uv water filtration, water filtration carbon, ge water filtration, sand water filtration, drinking water filtration, water plant filtration, tank water filtration, membrane water filtration, water purification filtration, water bottle filter, water filtration ro,, shower water filtration, iron water filtration, water filtration industrial, water filtration membrane, water filtration treatment, water filtration faucet, water filtration pur, water filtration commercial, water filtration chlorine, ceramic water filtration, water filtration sediment, portable water filtration, water filtration filter, residential water filtration, water filtration bottle, water filtration unit, water filter, water filters, water purification, refrigerator water filter, whole house water filter, reverse osmosis water filter, ge water filter, whole house water filters, under sink water filter, shower water filter, water filter replacement, water filter faucet, water cooler filter, water filter fluoride, water dispenser filter, industrial water filtration, reverse osmosis water filtration, whole house water filtration, water filtration plants, reverse osmosis, water filtration system, pur water filtration, water filtration plant, water distillation, house water filtration, water filtration vacuum, katadyn water filtration, water filtering, culligan water filtration, water filtration membranes, water filtration osmosis, water filtration filters, cuno water filtration, domestic water filtration, aquasana water filtration, environmental water filtration, water filtration reverse osmosis, aquarium water filtration, codeine cold water extraction, water filtration whole house, cold water extraction hydrocodone, water filtration pump, reverse osmosis water, pure water filtration, pur water filter, pur water filters, water purification systems, water purification system, water filter systems, water filter system, refrigerator water filters, house water filter, water filter cartridge, water filter cartridges, purification of water, ge water filters, water purification tablets, house water filters, culligan water filters, samsung water filter, pure water filter, drinking water filter, reverse osmosis water filters, culligan water filter, pure water filters, best water filter, water filter review, ceramic water filter, water purification plant, everpure water filters, replacement water filters, water filter reviews, kitchenaid water filter, inline water filter, maytag water filter, britta water filter, fridge water filter, ge smart water filter, everpure water filter, carbon water filter, in line water filter, uv water filter, drinking water filters, water purification process, fridge water filters, portable water filter, smart water filter, undersink water filter, water filter 4396508, samsung water filters, ceramic water filters, charcoal water filter, aquasana water filter, water filter comparison, sink water filter, omni water filters, well water filter, water purification methods, shower water filters, omni water filter, frigidaire water filter, refridgerator water filter, best water filters, berkey water filter, charcoal water filters, ro water filter, nsa water filters, water filter jug, ge refrigerator water filter, amana water filter, carbon water filters, britta water filters, countertop water filter, katadyn water filter, water filter vacuum, puriclean water filter, wellness water filter, water filter pitcher, mwf water filter, under sink water filters, nsa water filter, cuno water filters, reverse osmosis water purification, uv water purification, sunbeam water filter, water filters uk, pur water filtration system, kitchen aid water filter, aquasana water filters, well water filters, maytag water filters, drinking water purification, refridgerator water filters, fridge water filters, whole house water filtration systems, whole house water filtration system, inline water filters, uv water filters, in line water filters, water filter kettle, cuno water filter, portable water filters, industrial water filters, water purification plants, gwf water filter, portable water purification, domestic water filters, mr coffee water filter, water purification equipment, cuisinart water filter, how to make a water filter, water purification companies, whole house water purification, sink water filters, water filters alberta, water filters red deer, water filters central alberta, puresource2 water filter, water filter parts, water filter chiller, braun water filter, grey water filter, make a water filter, salt water filter, claris water filter, alkaline water filter, water filter replacements, msr water filter, franke water filter, how to filter water, premier water filter, industrial water filter, kitchenaid water filters, ponoka water filters, innisfail water filters, sylvan lake water filters, bentley alberta water filters, markerville alberta, bowden alberta, olds alberta, dickson alberta, spruce view alberta, pine lake alberta, penhold alberta, stauffer alberta, joffre alberta, benalto alberta, eckvill alberta, condor alberta, leslieville alberta, alhambra alberta, gull lake alberta, blackfalds alberta, joffre alberta, clive alberta, lacombe alberta, morningside alberta, crestomere alberta, rimby alberta, central alberta, from red deer alberta, red deer river alberta, gasoline alley alberta, collicut center red deer alberta, red deer chamber of commerce alberta, have a nice day alberta we love you all! We are the best in the west, and we tell our friends "the competition" to don't sling mud because you will only loose ground... :) A recent study in Alberta found out that smart people write the fine print, and very smart people read it. Cheers to your Pure Water, the riddle is at the bottom of the contact page.... :)