Like many parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics is alarmed at the incidences of toxins found in everyday products which affect our kids on a regular basis. As the nation’s largest pediatrician group, they are gearing up to significantly change the way our country regulates hazardous substances.
The AAP is said to be issuing a statement on Monday saying that the 1976 federal law which depends on chemical manufacturers to voice concerns about their products needs to be changed once and for all.
In stark contrast to the system that mandates the safety of pharmaceutical drugs or substances added to food, the Toxic Substance Control Act is much less restrictive and the AAP says it actually limits federal officials from ordering testing and/or banning industrial chemicals. They want testing done which will consider how the toxins may affect children and pregnant women before they are sold and adversely affect children:
“We share the frustration of a lot of people that these chemicals are being addressed with sort of a flavor-of-the-month approach,” said Dr. Jerome Paulson, a Washington, D.C., pediatrician and lead author of the academy’s statement. “The lack of strong federal oversight means there isn’t enough reliable information to give our patients good advice.”
Children’s bodies are far more susceptible to toxins that are found in everything from a innocent looking rubber duckie to a typical plastic bottle. The Chicago Tribune points out that slow efforts are being made to deem certain toxins unacceptable for sale:
“Enough questions have been raised about some hormone-disrupting chemicals that big retailers like Wal-Mart and Target have told suppliers they won’t carry products containing the substances.”
Is there any wonder why so many young children are reaching puberty at epic rates? I wrote about how I think greed is one culprit and I find it infuriating that large companies can not only get away with it, but also have so little regard for the well-being of children that they will go to these lengths to make a buck. And who knows if the rising rates of autism are a direct effect of these toxins?
I commend the American Academy of Pediatrics for taking a stand and I only hope we can reverse these needless practices and put the health of our children first and foremost, and certainly over the ability to make products cheaper at all costs.