When will the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) make a persistent organic pollutants (POPs) health hazard advisory available on the internet? It would be so easy. CDCP is free to use the Cancer Action NY advisory found below.
Persistent Organic Pollutants Health Hazard Advisory
In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) published, “Persistent Organic Pollutants: Impact on Child Health”. This public health policy guidance document calls for a worldwide effort to minimize the exposures that children receive to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The landmark WHO report can be accessed by simply Googling: WHO,POPs Impact on Child Health.
POPs are contaminants of all animal fats. This contamination has occurred throughout the world due to the release into the environment of man-made substances that are fat soluble and highly resistant to degradation by natural processes. POPs include: dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), brominated flame retardants, Mirex, Toxaphene, hexachlorocyclohexane, hexachlorobenzene, chlordane, DDT, endrin and dieldrin. In the case of brominated flame retardants, house dust and car dust are believed to constitute major sources of exposure.
“Children are more sensitive than adults to almost all dangerous substances, and that particularly is true for persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Prenatal and early life exposure to POPs results in reduced cognitive function, suppressed immune system function and altered development of the reproductive system as well as increased risk of development of other diseases, such as cancer, later in life.”-David O. Carpenter, MD
POPs are toxic, man-made substances that accumulate to ever increasing levels in the bodies of organisms, which consume significant quantities of animal fats. Scientific knowledge supports the conclusion that POPs exposure resultant from animal fat consumption at current levels of food supply contamination imposes far more than an acceptable quantity of disease risk upon the average consumer. POPs exposure has been associated with increased risk of developing a wide spectrum of diseases and disorders, including: type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). POPs exposure has been found to impair the functioning of the immune system and the reproductive system. POPs exposure reduces cognitive function.
Minimizing POPs exposure is an important disease risk reduction strategy. You can minimize your POPs exposure by consuming little or no animal fat and regularly cleaning so as to remove dust from the house and car.