GROUP:


health & safety concerns:
chemicals found
on average indivi-
dual range
entire group
Brain and nervous system 33 33-33 33
Reproduction and fertility 32 32-32 32
Birth defects and developmental delays 2 2-2 2
Cancer 2 2-2 2
Immune system (including sensitization and allergies) 1 1-1 1
Behavioral effects 1 1-1 1
Kidney and renal system 1 1-1 1
Biochemical effects 1 1-1 1

Group members:

(1 People)

Adult B


Locations:



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Group:
Found 36-40 of 63 tested chemicals (1 participants)

The of the "" group contained 36-40 of 63 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, reproductive toxicity and fertility problems, and birth defects and developmental delays.

Summary of chemicals found in

chemical family level found in group health effects exposure routes
Lead100% moderate
Lead-based paint in older homes, household dust, vinyl products, tap water
Mercury100% moderate
Brain and nervous system Seafood, flu shots/vaccines, dental fillings
Methylmercury100% moderate
Dietary sources, particularly seafood
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)100% low
Birth defects and developmental delays, Cancer, Endocrine system Stain- and grease-proof coatings on food packaging, couches, carpets, pans
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)100% moderate
Reproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)

metals

3 of 3 found

Neurotoxic heavy metal linked to IQ deficits and behavioral problems. Found in dust from chipping lead paint in older homes, and in some tap water.

  • geometric mean: 1.24 ug/dL in whole blood (vs. 1.33 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 1 of 1 people in the group (vs. 7,896 of 8,373 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Adult B
0.222ug/dL in whole blood4.7


Mercury is used in dental fillings and to preserve vaccines; it is also a common pollutant in seafood. Mercury harms brain development and function.

  • geometric mean: 0.47 ug/L in whole blood (vs. 0.56 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 1 of 1 people in the group (vs. 7,584 of 8,373 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Adult B
7.0E-5ug/L in whole blood12


Forms from mercury, a pollutant from coal-fired power plants and other sources. Methylmercury accumulates in seafood and harms brain development and function.

  • geometric mean: 0.33 ug/L in whole blood (vs. 0.56 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 1 of 1 people in the group (vs. 7,584 of 8,373 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Adult B
0.0735ug/L in whole blood25.9


perfluorochemicals (pfcs)

6 of 13 found — see each chemical

Includes Teflon, Scotchgard, Stainmaster. Linked to cancer and birth defects.

  • geometric mean: 6.07 ng/mL in blood serum (vs. 22.7 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
  • found in 1 of 1 people in the group (vs. 3,684 of 3,959 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Adult B
2.63ng/mL in blood serum77.7


Total Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

27-31 of 46 found — see each chemical

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

  • geometric mean: 93.3 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 26.3 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
      [excludes PBDE-154/PBB-153]
  • found in 1 of 1 people in the group (vs. 2,037 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Adult B
1.11ng/g lipids in blood serum314


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

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.)