posted on Nov, 26 2004 @ 07:46 AM
High concentration of this flame retardant can cause liver and thyroid damage. This substance PBDE or polybromidinated diphenyl is starting to be
found all over the world. It is not clear how the chemicals are getting into the lake.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Concentrations of a flame retardant banned by many European countries have been found in Lake Michigan and are increasing, adding
to concerns over previous findings that the chemicals were showing up in supermarket foods and women's breast milk.
Fish and other animals absorb chemicals and pollutants through the environment, storing them in fat that people then eat. Studies in rats and mice
suggest high levels can cause liver and thyroid damage, NOAA said.
All these chemicals get into the food chain and are ingested by humans, I suspect that only a fraction of these are being studied, who knows what
other chemicals are being spread to us in this way.