Chemicals in the World Today – The Horrific Impacts on Human Health and the Environment
Chemicals in the world today are increasing exponentially with each passing year. Their true impacts on the environment and human health are vastly unknown because there is little transparency from our governments, too few studies, and not enough testing done. There is no way to tell how much longer we can continue to pollute without dire consequences – which we’ve already seen. How much worse will it get?
The truth is we just don’t know enough! Are we quickly reaching a tipping point, (if that’s not already happened) from which there is no return? Huge corporations (BIG CORPA) have a parasitic relationship with the earth. The more humans abuse the gifts from our Mother, the deeper in trouble we get! However, as long as there is $$$ to be made and demand for the products that are harming us, manufacturers will keep supplying them!
Between 1930 and 2000 global production of man-made chemicals increased from 1 million to 400 million tons. While few would deny that some chemicals do have advantages to our society, (as in the prevention of medical issues or eliminating pests that cause havoc), many other chemicals in the world are not necessary - and are damaging humans, wildlife, and resources such as land, water, and air.
The growing body of scientific research on harmful chemical contamination is downright horrifying. Wherever scientist’s or environmentalist’s look - the Arctic - industrialized areas - marine systems - the tropics – they are finding the relative impacts of toxins in our environment.
Harmful Properties of Chemicals in the World
There is particular concern for 3 different types of chemicals in the world today. They are:
very persistent and very bioaccumulative chemicals which break down slowly or not at all, and accumulate in the bodies of wildlife and people
endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) which interfere with the hormone systems of animals and people
chemicals which cause cancer, reproductive problems, or damage DNA
Widespread Contamination of Chemicals in the World
Man-made chemicals are in use in everything around us – from cosmetics to pesticides to baby bottles and computers. Humans depend on them! During their manufacture and use, chemicals are released into the environment. They travel vast distances via waterways, the air, and food – and are consumed by wildlife and humans through ingestion or through the pores in the skin. Up to 300 man-made chemicals have been found in humans.
Of those, 27 have been found in human blood, even though that amount can vary from person to person. It all depends upon exposure. Alarmingly, children are more contaminated than their parents or grandparents, because mothers pass along these toxins via the womb. Researchers found dangerous levels of chemicals in every one of the 14 basic foodstuffs they tested from grocery shelves and in the air of every home they visited.
These findings inspired 200 prominent scientists from five different continents to issue a joint warning – that exposure to chemicals in the world skewed the development of critical organs in the fetus – thus increasing their chances of developing diabetes, cancer, ADD, thyroid damage, diminished fertility, and other medical conditions later on in life.
The Standing Committee of European Doctors – which brings together the continent’s top physicians’ bodies, including the BMA – has added: "Chemical pollution represents a serious threat to children, and to Man’s survival." And the usually cautious US President’s Cancer Panel has reported that synthetic chemicals can cause "grievous harm" and that the number of cancers for which they are responsible had been "grossly underestimated".
In yet another warning, researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and the University of Southern Denmark predicted a "silent pandemic" of brain conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Alzheimers, and ADD - identifying 202 substances known to poison the brain as "the tip of a very large iceberg".
Perhaps the most alarming concern are the endocrine-disrupters (also called gender-benders) which interfere with human hormones. These effects have had feminizing effects on wildlife. For example, half the male fish in Britain’s lowland rivers have been found to be developing eggs in their testes. Human sperm counts in more than 20 countries show on average – that sperm counts have fallen from 150 to 60 million per milliliter of sperm fluid in just five decades and is expected it to flatten out at less than 10 million. It is clear that many more men in the US, Europe and UK are "shooting blanks" now than ever before, which is most often irreversible.
Furthermore, women’s eggs and subsequent embryos are declining in quality, no matter how much better science and technology have gotten over the last decade.
All this is only a small piece of the puzzle. There are over 100,000 chemicals in the world today in use but we only have good information on how safe or harmful 15 percent of them are. The proportion that is sufficiently regulated is even smaller. It has become a massively neglected environmental and public health concern.
The change in the chemistry of our bodies is something that cannot be overlooked, as it continues to wreak havoc and intensify. God help us all!
Man-made Chemicals Vs Naturally-Occurring Chemicals in the World
Chemicals in the world are everywhere. You cannot avoid them, whether they are man-made or naturally occurring. Problems – in humans and the environment - occur when the concentration of the chemical becomes too high. All chemical substances have a point where they are considered safe and a point where they are considered dangerous.
Let’s consider the chemical glyphosate – found in Monsanto's Roundup. Industry and regulator experts claim that humans are only exposed to safe levels of glyphosate that do not cause toxic effects. (Safety levels have been determined by toxicity tests on lab rats, whose physiology is similar to humans.)But what if a person is exposed to the chemical over and over again, such as in the everyday consumption of GMO foods. What are the long term effects to a toxin that’s collected and stored IN the tissues and organs of a human body? What are the long term implications for farm animals, wildlife, and the soil?
A growing body of evidence (including summaries by the World Health Organization) indicates that these so-called tests are inadequate to determine toxic effects of glyphosate residues and that consumption of these residues may be a risk to health.
The Case Against Big Oil
There are thousands of existing gas and oil pipelines in the US alone. Does that make sense to consumers – when most of it’s being shipped overseas? What about us? Why do we need to import oil if we’ve already got it? And what about the effects of pipe ruptures - and the nasty chemicals they contain - that contaminate the soil, water and air?
Pipeline incidents since 1986 have resulted in around 8000 spills, explosions and other incidents, over 500 deaths, over 2000 injuries and have resulted in around $7 billion in property damage. The oil industry has contributed billions towards the campaigns of almost every sitting member of Congress and to all presidents since before the 1986 counter (below) began. We have ready alternatives to oil and gas ~ specifically Thorium fission molten salt reactors, solar reflector power plants and fields of wind turbines, and have the potential for creating a distributed energy grid using roof mounted solar voltaic panels and mini helix wind turbines. Until we get the money out of politics, it’s not likely this entrenched corruption will change things for the better... https://movetoamend.org + https://represent.us + http://www.wolf-pac.com
In the case of oil spills, all physical objects on earth such as oil don't "go away" or get "burned up". When the oil burns the carbon molecules are converted to carbon dioxide. Sulfur and other chemicals in the crude oil are converted into sulfur dioxide and other gaseous pollutants. They travel through the atmosphere where they cause harm to life forms both plants and animals - including humans. Oil that spills on the ground soaks in. If it is truly cleaned up, then all the soil would have to be removed and the oil separated from the soil particles. This process would leave the ground that was exposed to the oil stripped down to the subsoil or deeper. Life on this area of land would not return for hundreds or even thousands of years. This is how long it takes nature to make soil from subsoil (clay, etc.) or bedrock. The more likely scenario for a "clean up" would be to scrape the polluted soil and incinerate it at another location. Once again cycling the crude oil molecules along with the natural carbon content of the soil, into the atmosphere. Remember, all matter is neither created nor destroyed. It just keeps cycling through the environment.
This earth is all we have folks. Since we depend on Her resources to live our daily lives, it is imperative that we do better! If humans keep allowing corporations to tempt fate, we are all doomed. We are trading short term petty rewards for long term rock-solid benefits. We continually consume more than we need to live comfortably.
The amount of waste is vast and seems uncontrollable. Water is life and it’s becoming more and more toxic. The air is polluted with toxic chemtrails, which are damaging the health of many. Right now geoengineering is changing climate. For example, scientists are shooting saline into the stratosphere to create more clouds and rain to ward off global warming. But do we know the long term effects? No.
But they’re doing it anyway.
We have to do something fast to help clean up all the chemicals in the world that are harming US and our planet. We can live without some of these chemicals! And we'd probably be a lot better off without most of them!
We have invented a mountain
of superfluous needs
Shopping for new
discarding the old...
That’s a waste of our lives!
When I buy something
When you buy something
You’re not paying money for it
You’re paying with the hours of life
You had to spend earning that money
The difference is
That life is one thing money can’t buy
Life only gets shorter
And it is pitiful to waste one’s life
And freedom that way.