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

Group members:

(20 People)

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


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 reproductive toxicity and fertility problems, brain and nervous system toxicity,

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

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

11 of 20 found — see each chemical

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)


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