Our Chemical Lives

Our Chemical Lives

2015, Health  -   17 Comments
Ratings: 7.80/10 from 125 users.

The chemical industry began to accelerate following World War II. Today, chemicals are so omnipresent in our lives that many times we are unaware of our daily interactions with them. Their presence is often insidious, and lax regulatory guidelines allow companies to utilize them without restriction, disclosure, or consequence. The potential dangers of many of these chemicals remain unknown, and may only come to light at the expense of future generations through illness, disease or other health-related deficiencies.

The illuminating documentary Our Chemical Lives exposes these dangers, and calls for more aggressive attention from both regulatory agencies and an otherwise unsuspecting public. "The regulatory system that's been set up assumes that these chemical products are safe until proven otherwise," says Dr. Bruce Lanphear, a professor on the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. "So, in the end what we're doing, each time we release another chemical onto the market which hasn't been sufficiently tested, is we’re doing this massive experiment on our children."

As the film demonstrates, the harmful side effects of chemical exposure begin in the womb and pass directly from the mother to her fetus. Some of these chemicals have been shown to alter the endocrine system, and to cause permanent damage to many of the body's most vital structures and functions. An onslaught of troubling maladies may ensue. Hormonal imbalances can inspire the onset of puberty by the age of nine, areas of the brain responsible for impulse control and learning capacity may be compromised, and the risks of developing certain cancers could increase significantly.

How prevalent are these hazardous chemicals? They can be found in countless products we use and ingest on a daily basis, from the flame retardants that are employed in the construction of our electronics to the plastic storage containers which degrade and expel their contents into our foods and drinks.

In addition to presenting a clear case against these dangers and chastising the industries which continue to ignore them, Our Chemical Lives also provides valuable insights into how consumers can take the initiative to protect themselves and their loved ones.

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17 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Milou

    What is the chemical She sums up in things like carpet?

  2. Shane

    Your all well most just accepting want you see to be real when truth is its just another term for water.It started years ago and gained traction but not true.If take time to research will find truth.Lesson don't believe everything you see,hear or may read.

  3. THCjunky

    We are being poisoned, mankind is destroying itself and the planet they live on.

  4. Phred Blunt

    Dihydrogen monoxide? I presume you are joking in these comments. DM is water H20.

    1. Fabien L

      lol yep, it was all in jest :)

  5. ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

    nice format TDF

    Good doc

  6. a_no_n

    Today, chemicals are so omnipresent in our lives that many times we are unaware of our daily interactions with them.

    like the dreaded dihydrogen monoxide

    1. Fabien L

      Dihydrogen monoxide is extremely dangerous, you have 100% chances of dying if you breath in too much! It should be handled with extreme care.

    2. a_no_n

      lol, that's a really good point, i hadn't thought of it like that.

    3. Pascalore

      If you add ice to a glass of water and it melts, does it make it taste watery?

    4. zee788

      Good riddance.

    5. Fabien L

      I am afraid that will be impossible. They found it in the piping of all cities and private wells. That chemical is pretty much everywhere.

    6. over the edge

      Not to mention it is the major ingredient in contrails.

    7. Fabien L

      yeah, that stuff falls from the sky all the time, penetrating the soil miles deep.

    8. zinou81

      Sure, if you drink several liters of water at once, it can go really bad, because the kidneys can not handle it,

    9. Fabien L

      I went with the drowning death hypothesis hence the 100% chances of death :D It's rarely a good idea to breath in water lol

    10. a_no_n

      it's also pretty instantaneous too.