National Geographic : 2007 Feb
LETTERS Is there no hope? Between endangered land, chemical poi sons in our bodies, deformed children, and grisly human sacrifice, it was hard to decide which was the most distress ing article in your issue. Thank fully you included a wonderful article on the way Paris has incorporated green spaces into its busy urban life. It's not that I don't commend you for your brave and honest approach to these horrific problems. I just feel we need to augment them with some positive stories of action being taken to correct these disastrous situations. DAVID MICHAEL MASSEE Waterford Works, New Jersey Pollution Within Thanks a million for the fantas tic article. I suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity, a serious and devastating condition that is ignored or misunderstood by mainstream medicine in the U.S . I have no doubt that as more people exceed the limit of chemical exposures the body can detoxify, this illness and other chronic conditions will increase in incidence. Doctors must look beyond the germ theory of disease and realize that synthetic chemicals sicken and kill too. PAULA MATHESON Spokane, Washington After you strike the fear of God into the heart of this mother of two, you leave me wondering what alternatives you can sug gest to plastic baby bottles and toys, as well as the other appar ently harmful yet unavoidable dangers lurking in my home. I would appreciate a subse quent article that informs your readers about ways to minimize their exposure to potentially toxic substances. VICTORIA KONAR Houston, Texas Many readers asked how to avoid harmful chemicals. We included basic information in the chart on pages 134-5 . For more details about sources of exposure, go to the U.S . Environmental Protection Agency's website at epa.gov. Advocacy organizations such as the Environmental Working Group also profile chemicals and the products containing them. Some compounds, how ever, pervade the environment and can't be avoided.