I think it is important to know the CDC is concerned about ‘Interpreting the Data.’ Published by the Centers for Disease Control Thursday July 21, I read about it yesterday in the Saginaw News. It wasn't published online but what could be better than the actual CDC Press Release.
I did a lot of reading yesterday. One thing I learned... we will be hearing a lot more about 'body burden' and 'biomonitoring.' You will not yet find these words in the dictionary. What do these words mean? In simple terms, biomonitoring is the ability to measure natural and synthetic chemicals in the human body in minute quantities by methods formerly not available because the technology is so new. The term body burden refers to the variety of substances found in the human body due to the new technology, some of which was previously non-detectable with the old technology. But don't take my word for it; read Biomonitoring and Body Burden in Perspective - By Jeff Stier, Esq, published July 21, 2005.
Here is a list of reliable information about the CDC Press Release, body burden and biomonitoring:
American Council on Science and Health (ACSH):
- Buy a book for $5.00 and learn all about it, or download it as a .pdf file and read it for free. Biomonitoring: Measuring Levels of Chemicals in People – and What the Results Mean - Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2005
- What is biomonitoring? - also a .pdf file
American Chemistry Council (ACC ):
...and if you have the time and inclination you can read the whole 475 pages - Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals at the CDC website.
Now I will spend the weekend in the great outdoors... right here in my own backyard along the Tittabawassee River floodplain. Even though Mr. Chester has proclaimed my backyard one of the few that is definitely dioxin-laden (being labeled Priority 1 and all), he hasn't been around to prove it with his little dioxin-measuring crew! Until then I remain healthy & kicking... Shirley.