By: Tammy Lovell
Excerpt: A crowdfunded biomonitoring study has been launched to help consumers learn which toxic chemicals are in their bodies.
The initiative is part of a national study by the scientific research organisation, Silent Spring Institute, to assess the US population's exposure to potentially harmful chemicals found in consumer items, such as personal care products, food packaging, and household cleaners. It aims to find out what types of chemicals people are exposed to, what their exposure levels are, and what the biggest sources of exposure are.
"Not only will participating in this study empower consumers to make healthier choices, the results will help us develop strategies for reducing people's exposures and inform policies that encourage manufacturers to adopt safer alternatives," said Ruthann Rudel, the institute's director of research and study lead investigator.
The study is being funded through the online crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. People who sign up to participate will receive a "Detox Me Action Kit". This includes a urine test that detects the presence of ten chemicals.