Health Professionals Outline Link Between Chemicals and Poor Health

Reproductive health professionals describe increasingly evident link between toxic chemicals and health issues

A new report published by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) outlines how increased exposure to toxic chemicals is threatening human reproduction and health. Exposure to toxics such as air pollutants, pesticides and plastics have been linked to miscarriage, stillbirths, increases in cancer, attention problems and hyperactivity.

In the U.S. alone, 30,000 pounds of chemical per person are manufactured or imported each year, the vast majority of which have not been tested. FIGO represents health professionals from 125 countries, and the report urges physicians to advocate for stronger toxic chemical policies while also making environmental health a part of routine health care.

Key Points:

  • Seven million people die each year because of exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution.
  • The cost of childhood diseases related to environmental toxins and pollutants in air, food, water, soil and in homes and neighborhoods was calculated to be $76.6 billion in 2008 in the United States.
  • International trade agreements, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) lack much-needed protections against toxic chemicals.

You can read a news story on the report here, and access the full report here.