The environment in which your great-great-grandmother lived, breathed, ate and drank might be responsible for health problems endured by you, your children, even your children’s children.
This is the disconcerting conclusion of a preliminary study, which experts say could help shift our understanding of disease — reproductive disorders, in particular — as well as how we perceive the consequences of everyday choices such as drinking out of a plastic water bottle.
“People can be cavalier with their own health,” said Bruce Blumberg, a biologist at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study. “But it’s not just ourselves that are at risk. We’re condemning our descendants to have increased risks, too.”