"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
ARE WE MAKING OUR CHILDREN SICK?
Kids And Chemicals, A Special Report
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"Now" with Bill Moyers tracks the scientific search for answers about how environmental toxins affect America's children.
It is a medical mystery marked "urgent." Across America growing numbers of children are suffering from asthma, childhood cancers like leukemia, as well as learning and behavioral disabilities. Scientists are searching for clues to the causes of these illnesses, and a growing body of research suggests that everyday environmental toxins-what kids eat, drink, and breathe-may put them at risk. Equipped with new technology and more sophisticated analysis, these scientists are asking compelling questions about the health risks to children growing up exposed to an ever-increasing number of untested chemicals in our environment.
Kids and Chemicals, a special edition of NOW with Bill Moyers to be broadcast on PBS, Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m. (ET), features medical investigators and health officials engaged in the latest research on links between childhood illness and environmental contamination. The program looks at families around the country who are coping with the consequences to their children of potentially toxic exposures.
"The disturbing increases in childhood illness in America cannot be ignored," says Bill Moyers. "How does the exposure affect children's health?" The new research is studying how chemicals enter the human body, and posing questions that they could never ask before; Do chemicals affect children, babies and unborn fetuses more than adults? What factors increase toxicity, and how can we protect children from harm?"
There are unknown answers to many question. Moyers also reports on a proposed new project called "The National Children's Study," which will track 100,000 children from the womb to age 18 if it receives full funding from Congress. This long-term study may provide the definitive answers necessary for new regulations and laws protecting children from exposure to toxins. "Without conclusive science," Moyers says, "it is a constant fight to protect children's health."
Find out more about how scientists are studying environmental toxins and join the ongoing discussion about the critical issues covered in NOW online at www.PBS.org/now
If you missed the program in May and you'd like a private screening, please contact ACE at the address below.
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