Chemicals: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

This is a short but telling video about toxic chemicals in our environment and that we need to look with discerning eyes on reports about their efficacy, safety, or harm.

The healthy way to look at chemicals is through the lens of the precautionary principle which states that the chemical industry must prove the safety of a chemical before we experiment on ourselves or on our children.  Think of all the times in history when we assumed something was ok only to find later how dangerous this was for us.  Examples of this that come to mind include cigarettes, xrays (examining our bones at the shoe store when we were young), and DDT and other pesticides.  The latest issue is over BPA.   There have been over 50,000 chemicals created since World War II and most have never been tested for their true long term effects on us.

I firmly believe in the wonderful creative power of human beings.  If we were to work together I have no doubt that we could come up with safer ways to advance our society.  Yet we do not seem to be able to cooperate with each other.  More on that later.

Enjoy the video.

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