Two small-scale studies along the lines of the Human Toxome Project, which were conducted by Environmental Defence, have found widespread pollution in Canadians.
The National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals provides an ongoing assessment of the U.S. population's exposure to environmental chemicals. The Third Report presents first-time exposure information for the U.S. population for 38 of the 148 chemicals included in the Report. The Report also includes the data from the Second Report; that is, data for 1999-2000.
Numerous other, more targeted studies have found pollutants in the populations studied. Analysis of breast milk in mothers in a wide variety of countries, for example, has found contaminants.
The book Our Stolen Future brought world-wide attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption and the fact that common contaminants can interfere with the natural signals controlling development of the fetus. The Our Stolen Future website tracks ongoing research.
A number of community based organizations campaign for greater awareness of chemical body burden and its possible impact on human health including reproductive systems.
Birnbaum and Fenton review a wide array of experimental evidence from animals showing that exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds in early development can cause cancer and/or increase sensitivity to cancer-causing agents later in life.
Lessons from the Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs): Precautionary Principle, Primary Prevention, and the Value of Community-Based Body-Burden Monitoring Using Breast Milk. (Commentary)
Jan 01, 2003; Levels of chemicals in humans (body burdens) are useful indicators of environmental quality and of community health. Chemical...
Understanding Differences in the Body Burden-Age Relationships of Bioaccumulating Contaminants Based on Population Cross Sections versus Individuals
Apr 01, 2012; BACKGROUND: Body burdens of persistent bioaccumulative contaminants estimated from the cross-sectional biomonitoring of human...