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Environmental Illnesses Cost 76.6 Billion Dollars Annually in Children Alone





MCS America

Lourdes Salvador's Column

...Co-founder of MCS America discusses the latest Multiple Chemical Sensitivity issues.









Lourdes Salvador is the founder of MCS America, a science writer, and a social advocate for the greater awareness of environmental contamination, human toxicology, and propagation of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) as a disorder of organic biological origin induced by toxic environmental insults.

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Monday, May 30th, 2011:


Environmental Illnesses Cost $76.6 Billion Annually in Children AloneEnvironmental Illnesses Cost $76.6 Billion Annually in Children Alone

by Lourdes Salvador



A study published in Health Affairs has determined that poor childhood health caused by environmental factors costs the United States $76.6 billion per year. Air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals found in air, food, water, soil, and homes were cited as the primary contributing environmental factors.


This is a dramatic increase over prior years and represents 3.5% of children´s health care costs. The study was lead by Leonardo Trasande of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


Trasande´s focus was on environmentally-linked lead poisoning, childhood cancer, asthma, intellectual disability, autism, and attention deficit disorder. What he determined was that environmentally linked:


Lead poisoning costs $50.9 billion per year


Autism costs $7.9 billion per year


Intellectual disability costs $5.4 billion per year


Exposure to mercury (methyl mercury) costs $5.1 billion per year


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder costs $5.0 billion per year


Asthma cost $2.2 billion per year


Childhood cancer costs $95.0 million per year


"The thing about the health effects from environmental factors is that they are preventable," says Lourdes Salvador of MCS America, "Replacing toxic chemicals and products with safe ones tightly regulated by an independent regulatory agency would completely eliminate these illnesses and prevent so much pain and suffering."




For more articles on this topic, see: MCSA News.


Copyrighted 2011 Lourdes Salvador & MCS America



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