“Unacceptable Levels” Film Review

“Unacceptable Levels” Film Review

unacceptablelevelsThis compelling and poignant documentary by Ed Brown is a must see by everyone in America. We are all consumers, which makes us all vulnerable to the over 80,000 chemicals that invade the products we use daily.

Ed Brown’s curiosity was peaked when his wife suffered a miscarriage during her first pregnancy. They tried again, and had a healthy baby, but were surprised when a third attempt brought on another miscarriage. They now have two healthy children. Ed felt compelled find out if any connection between what we put in our bodies might put them in danger.

At any given time most Americans have upwards of 200 chemicals in their bodies, according to “The Body Toxic” by Nina Baker. The truth is we are either misinformed, or not informed at all about the toxic chemicals we encounter 24 hours a day. Sadly our system has become so broken, there seems to be no solution our government can offer, unless we speak out and take action.

In 1944 the entire Dental profession stated that fluoride was detrimental to dental health. Yet in 1945 the government pushed through legislation that put fluoride into the municipal water systems in New York and Michigan. In the next fifty years it was increased into 60% of our water systems. Today it still exists in 75%. It was never approved by the FDA, but
if fluoride were a prescription, this practice would be tantamount to a doctor writing a prescription for one person and stating that it is safe for everyone else as well, no matter what the dose.

It is still in use today even as it is known to cause Alzheimer’s, hardening of the arteries, infertility, birth defects, diabetes, cancer, and lower I.Q. To those who say it cleanses the water, realize that one of the main ingredients is military nerve gas.

This was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the numerous chemicals we have been exposed to since that time. In the last fifty years chemical toxicity has increased 100%. In World War Two the chemicals in pesticides were used to kill people. When the war was over, the manufacturers said “why don’t we use it to kill bugs?”

Ed Browns film exposes the seamy side of the chemical revolution, and shows us how one person’s involvement can make a difference in our lives. Lets consider some of these numbers. In the last 35 years cancer has gone up 27%. In fact in 1981, the Reagan administration predicted 20% of Americans would be affected by some kind of cancer. By 2007 during the Bush years it had actually grown to 41%. Autism in children has gone from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 110. 98% of our food is processed with some kind of chemical. Food coloring alone is made from a coal product. After the year 2000, I in 3 children are prone to be type 2 diabetics. Toys are not safety tested. The personal care products industry brings in $250 billion each year, but is completely unregulated. In 1976 the Toxic Chemicals Control Act was passed. Yet since that time the EPA has regulated only ten chemicals….really? Only ten chemicals since 1976. In fact only nine chemicals used in personal care products were banned in this country, while in Europe over eleven hundred have been banned over the same period.

Sewage processing plants create what’s called toxic sludge, which is not fit to dump in the ocean, and landfills. Our solution is to rename it and spread it all over our farmland. This comes at a time when only 4% if our food in supermarkets is organic. Will Allen, author of “War on Bugs” says
“A lot of the pesticides are made from coal tar, just like a lot of pharmaceuticals, that’s all waste product in search of a dumping ground and the dumping ground is us”

Jeffery Hollender-Co-Founder of Seventh Generation goes on to say, “Some people should say business should be free to sell whatever they want to sell. The problem is that the companies that sell toxic chemicals don’t have to bear the cost of those adverse reactions. We as a society pay that cost.”

Some documentaries would be sanguine with just dumping all the negative facts on us and leave it it at that. Ed Brown however used his wife and two beautiful children to tell us this story, and in the end leave us with a positive message to consider. He hasn’t figured out the solution to our chemical dilemma, and we as individuals can’t do it alone either. But if we all speak up, get involved, and push the green chemical initiative, we can make a difference. So please tell your friends, family, and anyone you can to make an effort to see this film, and do your part.