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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, will run over two nights (June 2 and 3) with the first night, dubbed

Toxic Towns USA, focusing on CNN's year-long investigation into the residents of Mossville, Louisiana, who for decades have claimed that toxic chemicals in the air have been making them sick. 

The second night, Toxic Childhood, delves into effects of unseen chemicals on ALL of us, particularly how much of these toxins are being passed onto the babies of pregnant women.  Here's a few of the show's findings:

  • Exposure to car and truck exhaust in the womb has been shown to result in lower IQ at age five.
  • Babies enter the world with more than 200 dangerous chemicals in their blood (!), including flame retardants, dioxins, substances in non-stick coatings like Teflon and hormone-like compounds found in plastic.
  • Out of the 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States, the EPA has only tested about 200 and only banned five.

We here at Green Living are interested to see the results of the investigation and see what solutions may be offered from Dr. Sanjay Gupta.