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Environmental Pollutants Biomonitor Analysis

The Environmental Pollutants Biomonitor quantifies exposure to select environmental toxins; aromatic solvents, paraben and phthalates.

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Chemicals in the report include metabolites of:

  • Xyelene

  • Toluene

  •  Benzene

  • Trimethybenzene

  • Styrene

  • Paraben

  •  Phthalate

Acute toxicological effects of aromatic compounds include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, tremor, loss of consciousness etc. Chronic exposure may affect multiple organ systems.

Aromatic solvents are used commercially in a variety of applications; including the manufacture of plastics, paints, varnishes, resins, synthetic fibers, rubbers, lubricants, dyes and detergents. Aromatic solvents are also used in the printing and leather industries, and can be found in many industrial cleaning agents. They are a natural part of gasoline, airplane fuel and cigarette smoke.

Parabens are a widely used family of preservatives found in many cosmetic, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Parabens have inherent estrogenic and other hormone related activity and have been detected in certain human breast cancer cell lines.

Phthalates are used in the manufacture of plastics to allow for flexibility and to soften resins. Phthalatescan be found in everything from makeup to detergents, and from shampoos to time-released pharmaceutical drugs. Phthalic acid esters are a well known endocrine disruptor as well as causing neurological and developmental disorders. It can interfere with tryptophan metabolism resulting in an increase in quinolinic acid, a pro-inflammatory and neurotoxic compound.

Phthalates have also been implicated in abnormal fetal development, especially in male fetuses.

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