Until recently, consumers haven’t questioned long-term health effects of our massive untested chemical exposure, but that is changing. Globally, disease rates are on the rise. Childhood chronic illnesses are increasing at alarming rates. Theories about the causes abound, yet the issues are complex and often skewed by political maneuvering or corporate interests.
Fortunately we have filmmakers working to bring these issues to the forefront and reach large audiences. Some films like Toxic Hotseat are available for millions of HBO subscribers. But many important films like Toxic Baby and MisLead are still trying to find a way to reach a larger viewing audience. Unacceptable Levels is yet another important film examining the unseen threat of toxic chemicals in our daily lives. Through the eyes of filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. Anchored in Brown’s own poignant experiences, the film follows his quest to uncover the impact of toxins on his family’s health.
To create this debut documentary, Brown traveled extensively to interview top minds in the fields of science, industry, government, law and environmental advocacy. Compiling their testimonies into a provocative narrative, he chronicles the history of industrial chemicals—from the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the shocking prevalence of unregulated chemicals in everyday lives. The film seeks to impart greater understanding about the compounding effects chemicals on our health; engage questioning around potential human and environmental risks; and ultimately inspire people to take action.
Guided by a father’s personal journey, “Unacceptable Levels” explores the different facets of common chemical exposure and opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so we can make informed decisions now and in the future.
Currently the film is only available for select viewings on its international tour or On Demand for $14.95. But I am giving away a copy of this fascinating film on DVD for you to share with your family and friends.