Environmental Disease in US Children Costs $76.6 billion in 2008
In 2002 researchers documented the yearly cost of environmentally caused diseases of United States children to be $54.9 billion. Researchers publishing in the peer reviewed journal, Health Affiliate, May, 2011, point out the failure of federal policy to prevent the widespread assault of toxic chemicals on US citizens.
As a result, new research has been widened to specifically identify the costs of for the following health conditions impacted by environmental toxins:
- Lead poisoning
- Prenatal methyl-mercury exposure
- Childhood cancer
- Intellectual disability
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
This list of conditions, associated with toxic environmental injuries, resulted in health care costs totalling $76.6 billion during the year 2008.
For limiting exposure, and health care cost increases, researchers recommend:
- Pre market testing of new chemicals
- Toxicity testing on chemicals already in use
- Reduce lead-based paint hazards
- Limit mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants
Source: Health Affiliate (Millwood). 2011 May PMID:21543421
The March of Dimes organization describes how pregnant woman can inhale chemicals, ingest them in food or drink, or, in some cases, absorb them through the skin.
- Common Environmental Toxins and Pregnancy
- Detoxifying The Body and strengthing the immune system
- World Health Organization research implicates environmental chemicals in 80 to 90% of all cancers.
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Common Environmental Toxins and Pregnancy by the March of Dimes
Detoxifying The Body and strengthing the immune system.