August 21: When Industry Hides the Facts about Toxins

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations, August 21, 2018 at 6:30 PM Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont MA

Philippe Grandjean, D.M.Sc, M.D., Professor and Chair of Environmental Medicine, University of Southern Denmark; Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health, Harvard P. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Editor (with David Ozonoff, Boston University School of Public Health) of Environmental Health journal. More background: Wikipedia entry

PFASs are industrial chemicals used in many products, including fire-fighting foam, sprays, teflon, many consumer products. These chemicals are highly toxic to humans, animals, and the environment. PFAS are associated with pregnancy and birth problems, sperm deficiencies, immunity deficiencies, asthma, and other disorders. Recently, the discovery of high levels of PFAS in public drinking water has increased public alarm about these chemicals.

Scientists who have studied the impact of PFAS for years have just learned that the producers of these chemicals (3M, Dupont) were fully aware of the toxicity decades ago –but did not release the data.

Dr. Grandjean is an international leader in the research on PFAS. In this program, he discusses the health impact of PFAS toxins and the issue of industrial concealment of critical data.

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