If Chemicals Behave Like Drugs, Why Aren’t They Regulated Like Drugs?

 Good question!

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer TEDxBrussels 1

It’s a question I have asked many, many times, especially when dealing with fragrance chemicals and scent marketing.

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer wasn’t referring specifically to fragrance chemicals when she asked that question, but one set of the chemicals that she discusses in the following TEDX talk are often found in fragrances, laundry, and personal care products (but are never on the labels), and they have been implicated in many different adverse health effects, including the deformities of the penis that she elaborates on in this new video:

 The Most Polluted Generation | Penelope Jagessar Chaffer | TEDxBrussels


“Human newborns are one of the most polluted species on the planet”

~ Penelope Jagessar Chaffer

 What are we going to do about it?

Learn, share what you learn with others, and demand change!

The “Toxic Baby” website: http://www.toxicbaby.com/
(warning-lots of moving bells and whistles which may not be appropriate for people with brain and or visual processing issues)

The other video she mentioned can be seen here:

Video: Everyday Chemicals and Other Toxins Affect Brain Development

More news about pollutants affecting our brains:

Nano air pollutants strike a blow to the brain
Scientists track super-small pollutants that are inhaled into the brain


“Nanoparticles also damage blood vessels. These ultra-small molecules impair the ability to smell. They can even mess with learning and memory. Brains exposed to nanoparticles develop abnormal features similar to those found in people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. And that has scientists worried. New data have begun showing how nanoparticles can pollute our brains. Especially alarming, some can make a beeline directly through the nose and into our thought centers.”

P.S. I don’t for a minute think that the FDA does an adequate job regulating drugs either. Drugs which are by and large made of chemicals. Phthalates, for instance, in addition to being in food packaging, toys, and many fragrances and fragranced products (including everyday personal care, laundry and cleaning products) are also used in drugs, supplements, and medical supplies.


Corporations currently have too much power over all regulatory agencies these days, and that’s a problem for all of us. They get to pollute us and profit from doing so.

We are all paying the price.

Let’s do something for future generations.

Polluters have to be made responsible for cleaning up their mess, for the adverse health effects of the pollution they are leaving in us, and the pollution in the environment which becomes us. They also have to be prevented from polluting us in the first place.

We do not give our consent to be polluted!

5 responses to “If Chemicals Behave Like Drugs, Why Aren’t They Regulated Like Drugs?

  1. Toxic trespassing! Fragrance bottles and associated products need warning labels!

  2. I cant watch toxic baby due to visual impairment . Is there someone who can explain what it says please? Thankyou

    • I wasn’t able to explore the website myself, because of my own visual and brain issues. I need things to be simple, to stay put, and to not move around or flash.

      In the video I posted she describes some of the problems with chemicals, how they are affecting our bodies, and not in good ways, yet they are not regulated for health effects (very few have actually been tested, and not in combinations). I don’t remember all the details.

      Is there a way you can just listen to the TED talk for the gist of things?

  3. Pingback: 11 Reasons To Stop Using Fragrances and Implement Fragrance-free Policies | Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution

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