Carol, just because a group has an impressive sounding name doesn't mean squat. The American Council on Science and Health is an industry shill getting their funding from those industries that seek to shield themselves from the damage they cause. Who am I going to trust Carol? A group that get's it's funding from corporations to protect them or the EPA who is funded by us for the express purpose of protecting the populace from dangerous substances being introduced into the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat?FACTS VERSUS FEARS:
A REVIEW OF THE GREATEST UNFOUNDEDHEALTH SCARES OF RECENT TIMES
Prepared for the American Council on Science and Health
First published May 1997
Revised September 1997
Revised June 1998
Revised September 2004
1.The “Cranberry Scare” of 1959.
4.DES in Beef, 1972.
6.Red Dye Number 2, 1976.
8.Hair Dyes, 1977.
10.Love Canal, 1978.
11.Three Mile Island, 1979.
12.Asbestos in Hair Dryers, 1979.
14.Coffee and Pancreatic Cancer, 1981.
15.Times Beach, 1982.
18.Electric Blankets, 1989.
19.Video Display Terminals, 1989.
20.Benzene in Perrier, 1990.
21.Amalgam Dental Fillings, 1990.
22.Asbestos in Schools, 1993.
23.Cellular Phones, 1993.
24.Perchloroethylene in a Harlem School, 1997.
25.Vaccines and Autism, 1998.
26.Acrylamide, 2002:“The GreatPotato Chip Scare”.
27.PCBs in Farmed Salmon, 2003-4.
One of the reasons behind these scares:
"Ignorance of the basic principle of toxicology,'the dose makes the poison,' as consumers fretover the presence of even a single molecule of asubstance that is not hazardous to humans unlessit is consumed in large amounts."
...like less than 1 nanogram per milliliter...
They're not above creating their own scares either. Board member Betsy McCaughey in 2009 weighed in with the "death panel" baloney in opposition the health care reform.
To their credit they're no longer defending the tobacco industry because the evidence is just too strong to deny that its products are dangerous to health.
ACSH has been headed by Elizabeth Whelan since its inception. Whelan makes no bones about her political leanings, describing herself as a lifelong conservative who is "more libertarian than Republican."
Libertarian as in industry can do whatever increases the bottom line and the the damage it does to the rest of us be damned.
By the way Carol that less than 1 nanogram per milliliter you keep harping on is a chemical marker. The actual carcinogens occur in cigarette smoke at a much higher level.
You were a teacher?