about this participant:

Nicholas, from New York, participated in the 2007 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #8, chemicals in mother and 2 children." He gave blood and urine for the study at age 1.


New York

Participant's groups:

Toddler, Male, Anonymous Family #2


EWG Study #8, chemicals in mother and 2 children

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Immune system (including sensitization and allergies)4
Respiratory system3
Endocrine system2
Chronic effects, general2
Birth defects and developmental delays2
Gastrointestinal (including liver)1
Hematologic (blood) system1

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Participant: Nicholas
Found 10 of 22 tested chemicals

Nicholas's blood and urine contained 10 of 22 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to immune system toxicity, respiratory system toxicity, and endocrine system toxicity.

Summary of chemicals found in Nicholas

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
PhthalatesmoderateEndocrine system Cosmetics, paint, soft plastic, food packaging, and other consumer products
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)moderateBirth defects and developmental delays, Cancer, Endocrine system Stain- and grease-proof coatings on food packaging, couches, carpets, pans

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)


6 of 7 found — see each chemical

In cosmetics, paint, and plastics. Linked to sperm damage and birth defects of male reproductive system.

  • cumulative level found: 174 ug/g creatinine in urine
  • Low vs 72 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (21st %ile)
  • Moderate vs 8,020 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (28th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
102ug/g creatinine in urine10800

Total Phthalates

perfluorochemicals (pfcs)

4 of 13 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 21.7 ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 55 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (39th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 3,959 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (32nd %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
2.63ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum77.7

Total Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

Chemicals not found in Nicholas

12 chemicals

Bisphenol A, PFUnA (Perfluoroundecanoic acid), PFPeA (Perfluoro-n-pentanoic acid), PFOSA (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid), PFHpA (Perfluoroheptanoic acid), PFDoA (Perfluorododecanoic acid), PFDA (Perfluorodecanoic acid), PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate), PFBA (Perfluorobutyric acid), Mono-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, Triclosan


[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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