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The High Cost of Toxins

Disturbing as it is, a recent Huff-Post article made some very important points:
"BPA is just one of a growing list of chemicals suspected in America's rising rates of disease. More than 80,000 chemicals are currently in commerce, yet only a small number of those have been fully tested for health effects." 
"Most Americans believe the government is protecting them, that chemicals are tested before they go into lipstick or food packaging. But the truth is completely the opposite: They come onto the market with little or no scrutiny," said Dr. Philip Landrigan, chairman of the department of preventative medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York., referring to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976." 
"Prevention is far more cost-effective than treatment," wrote Gary Cohen, president of the nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, noting that only 4 cents of every dollar spent on health care in the U.S. goes toward curbing disease." 
"Dr. Landrigan applied a similar argument to toxic chemical regulation. It's more cost-effective to recognize the hazards of lead paint or flame retardants before rather than after they go on the market," he said." 
"Bisphenol S, now widely used in "BPA-free" products, further illustrates potential problems with the government's innocent-until-proven-guilty regulatory strategy. BPS is chemically similar to BPA and, since its appearance on the market, has been documented to have the same if not more hazardous properties as its cousin compound."

Read the full article:
BPA Among Toxic Chemicals Driving Up Health Care Costs, Experts Say

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