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Monday, July 18, 2005
This is an absolutely shameless example of the media copying a special interest group's press release without doing any investigation of their own:
It's amazing how much this Reuters story on MSNBC looks like this page from the EWG's website isn't it? I had to go here to even get a mention of what the actual concentrations in the blood were. What is of course conspicuously absent is any analysis of those concentrations compared with currently accepted safe numbers, or numbers known to actually cause health problems. The majority of the article, and the EWG website devoted to this study talks about the terrible places where these chemicals come from and how they can kill you (in high enough concentrations of course), then simply talk about how those chemicals have been "detected" in the umbilical cord blood. Talk about absolutely junk science.
This is environmental scare tactics at its worst, and MSNBC and Reuters ought to be ashamed for simply regurgitating it without doing any actual leg work on their own. Soaking in chemicals indeed... I would like to see the analysis of Rep. Slaughter's head to see if any common sense is detected.
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