http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/31/chemical.dangers/index.html?hpt=Mid This article on CNN has sparked me to start a discussion about how we are exposed to chemicals (some dangerous) every day. The article lists 5 major chemicals that we are exposed to regularly, that are reported to have possible harmful effects. This is the list of the 5: Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Formaldehyde, and Polybrominated Diethyl Ethers (PBDE). I was reading through some of the comments on the article, and saw many people saying we need to stop using all of the products that contain these chemicals, and avoid them at all costs. The question is though, do we really need to? Is it even an option that we can do as a socieity? I personally am bais in this because of my acedemic background. Nevertheless, I feel like people are overreacting to this. The fact of the matter is everything on the planet is exposed to harmful things on a regular basis, and most things are not "proven" to be harmful at the levels found in daily exposure. Centuries ago, people were exposed to differnet chemicals, and they were more or less ok from it. I think there is an over reaction, and that it isn't even a finacial or socicatial option to phase out the products we use that contain these low level chemicals. Discuss.