Sloan BarneWould you believe me if I told you even your unborn child has toxins flowing through her blood? It’s scary, but true. More than 200 toxic chemicals were identified in the umbilical cord blood of unborn babies in a groundbreaking study by the Environmental Working Group.Most people, including children, have dozens of pesticides and other toxic compounds in their bodies, many of them linked to health threats. A source of many of these toxins? Common, every day, run of the mill consumer products. There’s no polite way of saying this: Your body is a landfill for a mind-boggling array of toxic chemicals. So is mine. So is your child’s. Experts call the total amount of chemicals and pollutants that are present in your body at any given time our “body burden.” I don’t know about you, but I didn’t even know there was such a thing — and in a sense, I wish I still didn’t. A few years ago, I persuaded experts at The Harvard School of Public Health, for the first time ever, to supervise a customized “Body Burden” test. The subject — me! The “Body Burden” test analyzed my blood for hundreds of chemicals and showed me that, like most of us, I had flame retardant, non-stick coating, plastics, etc. streaming through my blood, including many chemicals that have been banned for years. Did you know: • Of the 80,000 chemicals permitted in the U.S., the EPA required testing of only 500. • Every day, 42 billion pounds of chemicals are produced or imported — we don’t know the health risks of 75 percent of them. • Asthma rates doubled between 1980 and 1995, and people diagnosed with asthma in the U.S. has grown by 4.3 million between 2001 and 2009. We are participating in a giant chemistry experiment, and we are the test subjects.