Study Reveals Rich And Poor People Have Different Chemicals In Them

chemicalsRich people’s bodies are filled with mercury, poor people’s with lead and plastics, Gizmodo reports:

New research from the University of Exeter looks at the association of 18 different chemicals in the body and socioeconomic status. Long story short, everybody’s bodies are full of poison. Rich people poison just comes from fancier sources.

People from higher socioeconomic status showed higher levels of mercury, arsenic and benzophenone-3. Researchers think that the first two come from higher consumption of shellfish and seafood, whereas the benzophenone-3 likely comes from sunscreen.

The chemical profiles of people from lower socioeconomic status are completely different. Their bodies are full of lead, cadmium and different types of plastics. These chemicals could come from cigarette smoke but likely come from poor diet. The research is bolstered by an earlier study from Boston University that found higher levels of Bisphenol-A in poor people’s bodies, perhaps from consuming more canned food than the rich.

19 Comments on "Study Reveals Rich And Poor People Have Different Chemicals In Them"

  1. Hocketeer | Aug 4, 2013 at 9:48 am |

    “Okaaaaa-san, there’s dolphin in my bento!”

  2. Then there’s cortisols. In very unequal societies (like the U.S.), the wealthy are less healthy than they are in more equal societies (like Sweden and Japan). It seems that the more inequality around you, the more you stand to lose if your fortunes turn.

  3. Thus begins speciation.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Aug 4, 2013 at 11:58 am |

    Cadmium is among the most toxic of the heavy metals. It is a common metal found in cigarette smoke, tap water, coffee, some processed and refined foods

    Modern hybrid and genetically modified foods such as wheat and soy products, in particular, are already low in zinc, chromium and selenium today. This allows the absorption and uptake of more cadmium by thousands of enzymes.

    Cadmium may be used in other aspects of food processing, such as plating on equipment or inks, dyes and lubricants used on and around food processing equipment.

    • In that article Dr. L. Wilson also notes that cadmium is found in high doses in shellfish, which makes Gizmodo’s assertion that high mercury levels in the rich is due to oysters inconsistent…if the rich were really eating so many oysters, they should also have high levels of cadmium, no? It also says that large ocean fish also have a lot of cadmium, so no swordfish or tuna sashimi, either.

      Out of curiosity, from poking around on the rest of this site…do you personally follow his advice?

      • BuzzCoastin | Aug 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm |

        I rarely follow anyone’s advice, even my own
        but I do like to probe things with datum

        diet alone should account for this
        the wealthy always eat
        a diet & utilizes utensils different from the masses
        in the case of Rome the rich used expensive lead utensils

        the proof of the pudding is in the eating

  5. Anarchy Pony | Aug 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm |

    How long til some poisons are considered high end and in vogue?

    • Cigars.

      • Anarchy Pony | Aug 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm |


      • Jin The Ninja | Aug 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

        cannot see the appeal whatsoever.

        • atlanticus | Aug 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm |

          Me neither. And not just ’cause I’m a chick. There was a point when I really wanted to be a cigar-smoking chick. (Before Battlestar Galactica, I’ll have you know!)

          Not happening. Even dipping it in brandy or whatever…tastes like it smells. @_@

          (Now I don’t smoke anything–it’s awesome. I forgot I used to breathe differently.)

        • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 5, 2013 at 2:26 am |

          More for me.

  6. Nimrod97 | Aug 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

    I would think it would be the rich people filled with plastics 😉 ZING!

  7. atlanticus | Aug 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm |

    Did they test any hippies? I want to know the chemical makeup of rich hippies vs. poor hippies.

  8. Cortacespedes | Aug 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm |

    So remember, whilst eating the rich; limit yourself to two servings per week.

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