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Meredith Strang Burgess, 57, of Cumberland is a former Republican state legislator and breast cancer survivor who has lost many close friends to cancer. Her body had seven out of nine phthalates, with her levels of DINP and DIDP than most Americans.
Anna Langstaff, 31, of Yarmouth is due to give birth to a baby boy (Henry) in April 2014. She is an early childhood educator who has observed a striking increase in asthma and allergies among her students. Our study found all nine phthalates with a level of DIDP that is higher than 90% of Americans.
Don Marean, 72, of Hollis is a Republican state representative and small business owner. Don’s level of the phthalate DEHP was four times higher than levels found in 95% of all Americans and he had the second highest cumulative exposure to phthalates in the group.
Zach Bouchard and Katie Mae Simpson, both 33, of Portland are married with two young children, Maple and Asher. Katie Mae’s body contained phthalate levels twice as high as Zach’s, with five phthalates at levels higher than 75% of all Americans and the fourth highest DEHP level in the group. Zach had all but one type of phthalate in his results. Katie Mae said: “I am a nursing mom. These results show that I have levels of chemicals in my body that no person should have, which is unacceptable.”
Elise Roux, 24, of Windham is a USM student who was diagnosed with melanoma at age nine, which her mother had at age 21. Elise’s body contained the second highest level of the phthalate DEP in the group, higher than 90% of all Americans.
Leah Koch, 37, of Portland is a consultant and stay-at-home-mom and is pregnant with her second child. Leah’s body had all phthalates tested, with a DBP level higher than 75% of Americans.
Paige Holmes, 34, of Lisbon has two young sons, Owen and Mason, and works as the development director of a theater. Paige had the highest overall level of phthalates in the group, due to her levels of DEP and DEHP, both higher than 90% of all Americans.
Helen Ayotte, 31, of Hallowell works for a natural gas company and has a two-year-old daughter. Helen’s level of DEHP was higher than 75% of all Americans, and her body contained eight out of nine phthalates tested.
Katie Rawls, 32, of Portland is pregnant with her first child, a girl. She travels internationally as a marketing manager of a material supplier company. Katie’s body contained six out of nine phthalates tested, with the group’s second highest level of DINP.
Bettie Kettell, 67, of Durham is a retired operating room nurse with two young grandchildren. She is a breast cancer survivor and has adult-onset asthma. We found every type of phthalate in Bettie’s body, but at much lower levels than when the Alliance tested Bettie in 2007 when she was still a nurse working around plastic medical equipment.
Geoff Gratwick, 70, of Bangor is a Democratic state senator and physician who had prostate cancer with no previous family history of the disease. Geoff’s body contained eight out of nine phthalate chemicals tested, including two different phthalates at levels higher than most Americans.
Don Berry, 61, of Sumner, Maine AFL-CIO and electrician. His mother died of cervical cancer and his brother died at age 37 of lung cancer, perhaps related to his job refinishing floors without safety protection. Don’s body had seven out of nine phthalates and low levels of phthalates overall compared with the group.
Emily Cain, 33, of Orono is a Democratic state senator with adult-onset asthma. Emily’s body had the group’s second highest level of DiBP and she had three phthalates at levels higher than 90% of all Americans.
Jessica Graham, 31, lives in Waterville with her 5 year-old son and 4 year-old daughter. She is worried for the future: as an educator she sees major increases in early puberty in girls and autism among school groups. Jessica has spoken at public hearings and press conferences to demand stronger protections from toxic chemicals, and makes many of her own products to reduce her family’s exposure. Jessica had the group’s second highest level of BBP in her body, and she was frustrated to learn that BBP is used in too many product categories to guess the source of exposure. She hopes this study inspires long overdue action.
Tracy Krueger, 31, of Bowdoinham is an environmental scientist and new mom. Tracy’s body contained all nine phthalates although at low levels relative to national data.
Heather Spalding, 49, of Palermo has a 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, and is the Deputy Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardiner’s Association (MOFGA). Heather had eight of the nine phthalates sampled for in her body.
Megan Rice, 38, of Belgrade is a mom of two young girls who volunteers constantly as an advocate for safer products. Megan’s body contained the second highest level of DEHP and three other phthalates at levels higher than 75% of all Americans.
Nancy Intrieri Cronin, 43, of Fayette is the Executive Director of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council with a four-year-old son. Nancy had the third highest level of DEHP in the group, and a total of eight of the nine phthalates tested.
Maria Jenness, 28, of Boothbay Harbor works at Maine Island Trail Association and has a 15-month-old son, Roy. Maria’s levels of DIBP and DIDP were both at levels higher than 95% of all Americans. Already a careful shopper, Maria worries that her high exposure is out of her control.
Alison Bates, 34, of South Portland is a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England who has two sons, ages four and seven months. Alison’s level of DBP was two times higher than 95% of all Americans and the highest in the group.
Hannah Pingree, 37, of North Haven formerly served as the Democratic Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. She has two young children, Elsie and Oscar. Hannah’s level of DIDP was 15 times higher than 95% of Americans, and her body had eight out of the nine phthalates tested.
Stephenie Jordan, 39, of Falmouth has a four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. Her body contained two different phthalates at levels higher than 95% of all Americans including the group’s highest level of BBP.
Amy Simpson, 32, of Portland is a social worker with a six-week-old son. Like her sister and fellow participant Katie Mae, she is very careful about products she buys. Amy’s body contained all nine phthalates tested and the lowest levels of phthalates of the group.
Gay Grant, 53, of Gardiner is a Democratic state representative with two adult children. Gay’s body contained eight out of nine phthalates tested with three higher than most Americans.
   
   
   


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