Little is known about the repeated, low-level exposure from the food we eat and the beverages we drink.
The list includes pesticides, industrial solvents and everyday products used in homes.
This is one of the first studies to look at the effect of green space on city dwellers’ mental health over a multiyear period of time.
“Giving people the opportunity to immerse themselves in a green environment may shift their time horizon from the here and now to the future,” said psychologist Mark van Vugt.
Hikers tested after backpacking scored better on a test designed to meaure creativity than others who took the test.
Studies have linked flame retardants to serious health concerns, including cancer, neurological and developmental problems and impaired fertility.
“From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise,” the report says, adding that “pesticides are one key driver of this sobering trend.”
Used primarily to soften plastics, phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. They have been linked, even at low levels, to a host of health problems.
Rep. Karen Clark said she has personally had conversations with ACC lobbyists on the issue of flame retardants.
The possible reason: Children raised in the country are exposed to a broader array of friendly microbes, which may protect their bodies against allergies, asthma and other inflammatory diseases.
A 2010 study found that girls — particularly white girls — were more likely to begin developing breasts at age 7 or 8 than they were in the 1990s.
“I was disappointed, but not terribly surprised given the foot-dragging by the FDA on this issue over the years,” said Dr. David Wallinga at the Minnesota-based IATP.
A team of scientists have issued a report that calls for “fundamental changes” in the testing and regulation of chemicals that mimic human hormones.
The chemicals discovered in the jewelry — some of it purchased in Minnesota — included lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine and chlorine.