about this participant:

Meredith Buhalis, a non-profit research from Ann Arbor, MI, participated in the 2003 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk." She gave breast milk for the study on June 13, 2003 at age 33, when her baby, Zoe, was 92 days old.

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Location:

Ann Arbor, MI

Participant's groups:

Women of Childbearing Age, Female, Adult

Study:

EWG Study #2, flame retardants in breast milk

Sample Date:

June 13, 2003



health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Brain and nervous system24
Reproduction and fertility24



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Participant: Meredith Buhalis
Found 21-24 of 44 tested chemicals

Meredith Buhalis's breast milk contained 21-24 of 44 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 Meredith Buhalis

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)moderateReproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

21-24 of 44 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 35.2 ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk
  • Moderate vs 20 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (45th %ile)
9.51ppb (lipid weight) in breast milk1080


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Chemicals not found in Meredith Buhalis

20 chemicals

PBDE-8, PBDE-7, PBDE-10, PBDE-77, PBDE-35, PBDE-12, PBDE-13, PBDE-1, PBDE-2, PBDE-32, PBDE-30, PBDE-11, PBDE-206, PBDE-208, PBDE-181, PBDE-190, PBDE-105, PBDE-119, PBDE-116, PBDE-3

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.)

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