Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Green and Frugal: Toxic America Report on CNN

CNN will be running a feature next week entitled Toxic America. To give you some background, the show is hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and will run over two nights (June 2 and 3) with the first night, dubbed Toxic Towns USA, focusing on CNN's year-long investigation into the residents of Mossville, Louisiana, who for decades have claimed that toxic chemicals in the air have been making them sick. The second night, Toxic Childhood, delves into effects of unseen chemicals on ALL of us, particularly how much of these toxins are being passed onto the babies of pregnant women. Here's a few of the show's findings - crazy stuff:

* Exposure to car and truck exhaust in the womb has been shown to result in lower IQ at age five.

* Babies enter the world with more than 200 dangerous chemicals in their blood, including flame retardants, dioxins, substances in non-stick coatings like Teflon and hormone-like compounds found in plastic.

* Out of the 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States, the EPA has only tested about 200 and only banned five.

CNN is also calling on viewers to submit their own video or photo reports of toxic conditions in their own area. I'd love your help in getting the word out. Check it out here:

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