Our Chemical World

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Our Chemical World 

To give you an idea of the number of new chemicals being introduced into our world today look at the exponential growth in just 1 year.  In 2009 alone over 10 million new chemicals were registered with the Chemical Abstracts Service, bringing the total number of registered chemicals to 50 million*.  Liver toxicity has been documented for approximately 1/3 of 677 chemicals in the NIOSH Pocket Guide.  However, what is more concerning is the fact that basic toxicity data is unavailable for nearly 75% of high production volume (HPV, 1 million pounds/year) chemicals as late as 1997**.

*American Chemical Society

**Toxic Ignorance 1997, Environmental Defense Fund.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

 

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