“Care to know how much pollution one man finds under his skin?” asks Wired in Toxic Man Talk. “Ya gotta love these hands-on human interest stories. In Beyond the Beyond.”
The pointer is to Technology Review’s Toxic Man? article. A small excerpt:
Turns out there were 165 pollutants detectable in my blood and urine. Most of the levels are about average, with some exceptions. I had higher than average levels of DDE, a metabolite of DDT, undoubtedly because I grew up in the Midwest when DDT was still legal to spray as a pesticide. I also had unusually high levels of bromide flame retardants known as PBDEs–used in almost anything that can burn, from clothing and furniture to electronics. I had 10 times the normal level of PBDEs. The reason why is a mystery that the experts could not account for, although they had some theories, which are discussed below.
National Geographic, which ran author David Ewing Duncan’s original article, Chemicals Within Us, offers a wealth of resources about body burdens.