Compound Toxicants and their Acronyms
biphenyls (PCBs) – Fish and marine mammals concentrate
PCBs in their bodies and eating them causes brain, liver and
skin disorders, cancers and reproductive disorders in humans.
Dioxin/furans cause cancer, immunotoxicity and reproductive disorders in
humans even at low levels of toxicity. They are endocrine disrupters
that damage the liver, cause miscarriages, birth deformities
and weakening of the immune system. They concentrate in breast
tissue affecting nursing infants. EPA says they are 300,000
times more carcinogenic than DDT.
Glycol ethers are toxic to the human reproductive system.
Pentachlorphenol (PCP) occurs in petroleum used in wood treatment and causes
cancer and reproductive difficulties.
was absorbed by lettuce, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, spinach
and beets until 34 years ago when it was banned in 1972 as
a carcinogen. Chlordane can accumulate in the human body, can
lead to digestive and nervous system disorders and can cause
Lead tetra ethyl (TTL)
used to be an additive to gasoline to increase power and stop
engine knock. TTL causes heart disease, brain and nerve damage,
learning disabilities and behavioral problems. TTL was banned
in the USA a number of years ago, but it was as long ago as
1887 when U.S. Medical authorities diagnosed childhood lead
poisoning due to lead based paint.
brain, lung and kidney damage and death in humans. Mercury's
organic form is methyl mercury and gets into humans by eating
fish and shellfish. Young children and pregnant women are most
at risk fromautism and Alzheimer's. Health officials in 40 states
restrict eating of fish caught in lakes. Mercury is so toxic
that it is banned from household items such as thermometers.
It impacts the brain and nervous system and children are particularly
vulnerable to cerebral palsy and mental retardation. Mercury
builds up in fish which are then consumed by humans and it
accumulates in the body. Mercury is contained within the ore
body in heavy metal mining and is released in large quantities
from gold mining operations. Massive amounts of mercury are
released into the air by coal fired power plants. Mercury readily
moves between air, water and land. Mercury air emissions wash
into streams, lakes and ponds, contaminating fish and waterfowl.
and Dichlorethene (DCE)
are used by dry cleaners and damage kidneys and immune systems.
Trichloroethene (TCE) is a toxic compound that weakens the immune system.
Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) damages immune systems. It is seeping
up from the ground around the Lockwood refinery.
Asbestos causes lung cancer.
Disrupters – Dioxin/Furans
Endocrine glands produce hormones that have effects on the development
of the human body, including the brain, reproductive organs,
personality, nervous system, immune system and ability to meet
stress. Toxic substances have the ability to disrupt the normal
production of endocrine gland hormones, resulting in: dwarfism
and gigantism in children, diabetes, lack of or abnormal sex
development, inflammation of the stomach lining, lack of brain
development, liver and skin disorders, resorption of calcium
from skeletal bones, lung and kidney damage, cancer, changes
in the human embryo as it develops in the womb, resulting in
birth defects; nerve damage, learning disabilities and behavioral