Consuming Toxic Chemicals Our love affair with chemicals is getting complicated. We eat them, breathe them, slather them on our skin. And when we get sick, we take more of them. A metanalysis in the Journal of Hazardous Materials has reviewed 143,000 peer-reviewed papers to track the patterns of emergence and decline of toxic chemicals.
I remember well the dissonance I experienced when irrefutable data about the toxicity of BPA had accumulated at the same time that the FDA made repeated bold claims about its safety. BPA, a synthetic estrogen used as a plasticizer since the 1940s has been linked to cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infertility, and numerous adverse birth outcomes. Now