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September 18, 2013

This Senator Doesn’t Want Us to Talk About Unacceptable Levels. ~ Dana Gornall

We are becoming more aware of the chemicals in our food and water.

News about GMO’s, polluted waters, and the use of pesticides on our fruits and vegetables have been receiving the limelight and for good reason. Just the words “cancer cluster” are enough to strike fear into anyone.

For some, a cancer cluster may have popped up in your community, which can send many reeling and in search for answers. Are there chemicals in our drinking water? Is most of our food genetically modified? What are the repercussions of consuming these chemicals regularly?

The documentary Unacceptable Levels aims to explore these questions. Film maker Ed Brown is a father on a quest to examine and expose the effects of these chemicals that are ingested by most of us, and our children, daily. His main objective is to prevent disease before it strikes.

Taken from the website promoting this film:

Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Even our unborn children are affected. Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interacting with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that is changing.

Recently, this film has been under fire from the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for “featuring emotional and scare tactics” to promote their ideas.

In a letter issued by Senator David Vitter to Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Sciences, questioning her participation in a panel discussion preceding the screening of this film.

“The film’s promotional site reads, ‘Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Even our unborn children are affected.’

However, NTP claims that out of the more than 80,000 registered chemicals in the United States, ‘relatively few chemicals are thought to pose a significant risk to human health.’

Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control states that the presence of an environmental chemical in human body fluids does not by itself mean that the chemical causes disease. For these reasons, I believe it is a conflict of interest for you to participate in an activist event such as the “Unacceptable Levels” tour.”

You can see the full letter here.

For screenings and more information about this documentary, please see the film’s website.

 

 

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Ed: Bryonie Wise

 

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