Monday, 9 November 2009

Homo Toxicus

Homo Toxicus

Distributed by Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; 800-543-FROG (3764)
Produced by Les Productions ISCA, Carole Poliquin and Isaac Isitan
Directed by Carole Poliquin
DVD, color, 88 min. and 52 min. versions
College - Adult
Health Sciences, Environmental Studies

Reviewed by Lori Widzinski, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

The amounts of chemicals that the Canadian governments allows in consumable goods is very small…but scientists have proven that even small amounts of certain chemicals, or the mixture of small amounts may build up and cause severe public health problems. Poliquin visits two different Canadian regions where environmental chemicals are changing the population. One, a tiny Nunavut village where the people have the world's highest concentrations of PCBs and mercury in their bodies. Here the children are experiencing a weakened immune system towards ear infections, causing a significantly high percentage of deteriorating eardrums and hearing loss.

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