GROUP:

Moms


health & safety concerns:
chemicals found
on average indivi-
dual range
entire group
Brain and nervous system 8 7-10 11
Reproduction and fertility 8 7-10 11

Group members:

(20 People)

Anonymous Mom #17
Bronwyn
Mary Brune
Tess
Anonymous Mom #13
Laura Spark
Anonymous Mom #11
Susanne Fleek
Christi
Erika Schreder
Laurie Yung
Hillary Dickman
Jennifer Scheinz
Teri Olle
Greta Hardin
Katrina Alcorn
Susan Comfort
Tracy Herndon
Maija West
Liz


Locations:

Washington, DC
Oakland, CA
Lake Forest Park, WA
San Francisco, CA
Helena, MT
Colorado Springs, CO
Missoula, MT
Seattle, WA
Minneapolis, MN
Anchorage, AK
Boston, MA
Portland, OR
Alameda, CA
Riverside, CA
Taos, NM
Clinton, CT



picture of group

Group: Moms
Found 11 of 20 tested chemicals (20 participants)

The blood of the "Moms" group contained 11 of 20 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, reproductive toxicity and fertility problems,

Summary of chemicals found in Moms

chemical family level found in group health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)75% moderate
25% low
Reproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Detailed report by chemical (return to summary)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

11 of 20 found

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Fire retardants in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulate in human tissues. May harm brain development.

1.11ng/g lipids in blood serum314


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

0.11ng/g lipids in blood serum1.95


Brominated fire retardants currently used in plastics and fabric. The major use is in electronic devices; the minor use is as a backcoating on industrial fabrics. Are directly toxic to mammals and breakdown to more dangerous forms in the environment.

A fire retardant used in TVs, monitors and electronics. Growing evidence that chemical breaks down in the environment to more persistent and toxic forms.

0ng/g lipids in blood serum270


Brominated flame retardants used in plastics. Break down into more toxic and persistent forms in the environment. Withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

0.0122ng/g lipids in blood serum4.31


Brominated fire retardants used in foam and plastics. Break down into more toxic and persistent forms in the environment. Withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

  • geometric mean: 0.269 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 0.0313 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in 1 of 20 people in the group (vs. 51 of 116 in all EWG/Commonweal studies)
  • found in: Anonymous Mom #13
0.0262ng/g lipids in blood serum0.59


0.238ng/g lipids in blood serum76.9


0.45ng/g lipids in blood serum15.4


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

0.00528ng/g lipids in blood serum32.6


  • geometric mean: 0.163 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 0.839 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 2 of 20 people in the group (vs. 512 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Greta Hardin, Maija West
0.000971ng/g lipids in blood serum2.27


In PBDE chemical family - fire retardant in furniture foam, computers, televisions; may harm brain development and hormone systems.

0.0786ng/g lipids in blood serum31.2


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

In PBDE chemical family - fire retardant in furniture foam, computers, televisions; may harm brain development and hormone systems.

0.33ng/g lipids in blood serum143


Brominated fire retardants used in polyurethan foam and plastics. These PBDEs are neurotoxic and persist in people and the environment. They were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 2005.

0.0385ng/g lipids in blood serum6.17


References/Notes

[1] CDC (2005). National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/. (Methylmercury results have been compared to total mercury in CDC biomonitoring.)