Why Are There So Many Chemicals In My Body & How Did They Get There?

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Ever wonder about chemicals in your day-to-day life? I have.

What’s in the air I breathe? The water I drink? The food I eat? Even the things I put on my skin?

Filmmaker Ed BrownEd Brown wondered these same things after his wife suffered two miscarriages (they now have two beautiful children).

But instead of just wondering, he traveled around the country with his video camera to interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy and law and learned there are unacceptable levels of chemicals in so many things. Including our bodies.

Approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interact with our cells every single day.

His documentary dissects the ways chemicals saturate our homes and environment amid a backdrop of a glaring lack of regulation. It chronicles the results of the post-WWII chemical boom and details common avenues of exposure, from food to fluoride to toxic sludge.

Here’s the trailer for his award-winning debut film, Unacceptable Levels—about the chemicals in our bodies and how they got there.

Some unacceptable facts gleaned from the film:

  • Autism now affects one in 50 children.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death (after accidents) in children younger than 15 years in the United States.
  • In the last twenty years, the rates of asthma, allergies and ADHD are on the rise:
    • 400% increase in allergies
    • 300% increase in asthma
    • 400% increase in ADHD
  • $1.7 Trillion of the GDP is spent on treating disease every year.

Ed is touring the country this summer, with a bicoastal premiere June 12 at the ArcLight Hollywood in California and at the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut. He’ll be joined in Hollywood by Mariel Hemingway, Gary Hirschberg and other passionate environmentalists to inspire others to take action.

The L.A. World Premiere is invite only. But, the first 50 to show without an invitation will get in free!

Tickets for the Connecticut premiere can be purchased here.

Premiere screenings in several other key cities: Austin (August 3 rd), Boulder (July 16th), Chicago (July 24th), San Francisco (July 10th- 11th) and Washington DC (June 20th).

To find a screening in your area, visit UnacceptableLevels.com. New screenings will be added, so be sure to check back often.

Connect with Unacceptable Levels on Facebook www.facebook.com/UnacceptableLevels and twitter @UnacceptableLev.Chemicals

Help spread the word about this exceptional film for a chance to win an Unacceptable Levels gift basket!

Basket includes an Unacceptable Levels DVD plus an array of non-profit vetted products.

Just follow these steps (Deadline: June 8th):

  1. Follow Unacceptable Levels on Facebook and share their facebook page and this blog post with your friends at least once.
  2. Follow Unacceptable Levels on twitter and tweet this blog post. Be sure to add the hashtag #UnacceptableLevels or #ULFilm
  3. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling us you shared on facebook and twitter. Please include a link to your tweet and facebook posts!

More about the film.

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Debut filmmaker Ed Brown and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law.

Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Even our unborn children are affected. Babies are being born “pre-polluted.”

Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interacting with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that is changing.

To explore different facets of common chemical exposure, Unacceptable Levels, was made in consultation with experts in multiple fields—including Ralph Nadar and Dr. Alan Green—and is guided by a father on a personal journey as he attempts to bring these issues to light for everyone. Its primary goal? To determine whether we can prevent disease before it strikes us.

This award-winning documentary film brings together 47 non-profit organizations and 91 companies to support the overwhelming need for chemical reform in the United States. Unacceptable Levels opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so that we can make informed decisions now and in the future. The film poses challenges to our companies, our government, and our society to do something about a nearly-unseen threat with the inspired knowledge that small changes can generate a massive impact.

“You don’t have to take on the world to change it. Just pick one thing in your life. Water, food, regulations – it doesn’t matter. Just pick something. Become curious about it and start asking questions. Find the answers just like I did.

And know that of all the people out there, you finally found someone that can truly make a difference. That person is – and always has been – you.”
~ Ed Brown

What others are saying about the film…

“Unacceptable Levels is a hugely important film… Sadly, most Americans are misinformed or not informed at all about how many toxic chemicals we are being exposed to 24 hours a day. These toxins are making us sick and quite simply our lives are being threatened. We need to stand up and speak out. We must demand a healthy environment for ourselves and for our children. Unacceptable Levels poignantly reveals how chemicals have invaded our lives.”

Mariel Hemingway
Actress, Author, Healthy Living Advocate

“This movie makes it impossible to hide behind the numbers. It not only changes the way that you look at the world, but the way that we look at ourselves.”

Randy Hayes
Founder, Rainforest Action Network

“Unacceptable Levels is Powerful. It tells the story of toxic chemicals in just about every aspect of our lives, and the egregious lack of regulation. Our ability to protect our families is at stake.”

Joan Blades
Co-founder of MomsRising.org and MoveOn.org

“This movie lives the Healthy Child motto: No one can do everything, everyone can do something. Ed Brown has done something by creating an amazing, powerful experience that moves all of us to realize how important it is to know how our system works and what we can do to fix it.”

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Former Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child, Healthy World

“This film is a huge eye-opener! Once a parent sees this, they thankfully won’t ever approach their child’s health & future the same way ever again!”

Jessica Capshaw Gavigan
Environmental Advocate and Actress

“With this remarkably important film, Ed Brown captures the seamy side of the chemical revolution and forces us to confront the need to make the future safer than the past.”

Dr. Devra Lee Davis, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Founder and President of the Environmental Health Trust,  author of “Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation”

Please join me in spreading the word about this important film!

About the author / 

Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn (the founder of this blog) lives in Chicagoland with her son, husband and two cats. She loves sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate, NYR, reading and writing, Her very survival depends on comedy. In her spare time, she avoids household duties (especially folding laundry) and tries to write. Some call her a treehugger, others say she's a social media addict. You'll most likely find her on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr, @myEARTH360 and @IC4ME) and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking.

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9 Comments

  1. cobbavon@gmail.com'
    mamabean76 June 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    I shared and like on Facebook. I can’t wait to see the film.

    • lynn@myearth360.com'
      Lynn Hasselberger June 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

      Thanks, Mamabean!!

  2. lynhicks@twitter.example.com'
    Lyn Hicks (@lynhicks) June 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful to put out there! So many just don’t understand the value of all the things even just upon our skin. That is why I wrote my book, The Lotus Project, Alluring Well being and Beauty through Green Living. Just a matter of our health! http://www.lotusprojectbook.com

  3. Rob_Gort@twitter.example.com'
    Rob Gort (@Rob_Gort) June 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    There’s never enough attention to this problem. You should see Silent Snow as well as well as Plastic Planet. I shared it on facebook and twitter, see

  4. mjdonacruz@yahoo.com'
    Joy Doña-Cruz June 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Shared on fb – personal & NYRO page.

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