Toxic chemicals come to life in clever web series 'The Toxies'

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: The Toxies, toxic chemicals, web series

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(NaturalNews) A California-based coalition of environmental and public health groups has released the fourth season of its acclaimed web series, The Toxies, a seven-part media presentation that brings to life some of the most deadly chemicals in our environment and food supply for the purpose of educating the public about them. As announced by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), The Toxies premiered recently in Los Angeles and is now available for free online viewing via YouTube.

The satirical web series follows a fearless investigative journalist who actively pursues toxic chemicals and pollutants, all of which are represented by actual human beings. Each of the portrayed characters is profiled for his or her respective health effects and tracked down for an interview. By utilizing powerful visuals and real human actors, the series effectively brings to light the dangers of common chemicals like bisphenol-A (BPA), chloropicrin, flame retardants, fracking chemicals, lead, mercury and yellow soap.

"The Toxies educates the public on the hazards of specific chemicals and demonstrates how we can pull together as neighborhoods, workers, businesses and consumers to eliminate them from our lives," explains the show's website. "While the Toxies characters may seem glamorous, these toxic chemicals are dangerous, ubiquitous, and have nefarious careers. The more we know about them, the more we can adopt programs that push them into immediate retirement and inspire green innovation to protect our health and environment for future generations."

'The Toxies' draws attention to some of the thousands of untested chemicals currently in widespread use

A joint project of Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles (PSR-LA), The Toxies aims to raise awareness about our broken chemical regulatory system, which has allowed thousands of untested chemicals to enter the consumer market. It also draws attention to the fact that the chemical industry has deep pockets when it comes to lobbying for its own interests.

"Taking a page from the tobacco industry's playbook, the chemical industry attempts to cast doubt on the legitimate, peer-reviewed research that indicts toxic chemicals, and then pressures the government so that no effective action is taken," adds the website for the series. "It's up to the public to fight back, and sharing the news about these toxic chemicals through projects like The Toxies can really help. 'Innocent until proven guilty' is okay in the criminal justice system, but not okay when it comes to chemicals that can really harm us."

In order to even make it into an episode of The Toxies, a chemical has to exhibit extremely toxic traits, like an ability to cause cancer, for instance, or to interfere with the endocrine system, which is responsible for producing and regulating hormone levels. Additionally, the chemicals featured in The Toxies tend to be ubiquitous, meaning they are everywhere.

"The chemicals featured in The Toxies are by no means an exhaustive list, but they're a place to start," explain the show's creators. "Once more people recognize the harm they cause, we can take the right steps to eliminate them and fix the system that let them get to work in the first place!"

You can watch all seven episodes of this season of The Toxies by visiting:

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