KT (katyism) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Ever since I moved to this town, I've noticed what seems to be an abnormally high number of local people with a certain type of physically obvious birth defect/congenital disorder. I've never seen so many in one place, it's downright common.

The question is: Without offending anyone, what steps should I take to find out whether the underlying cause for all their birth defects is common? I'm genuinely interested in this in a scholarly way. For example, some of my theories are that maybe their pregnant mothers lived in a part of town where there is an environmental factor affecting unborn fetuses.... maybe there was something in the water... maybe their mothers all had something else in common, something as simple as smoking cigarettes while pregnant...who knows? It's a kind of personal question to go up and ask a stranger, you know? And so many strangers to ask makes the task even more daunting. I want to be able to find out if this has already been documented by local health authorities, or what.

I do know that my town is home to several PCB disposal sites, but I already read up on that, and there are no physical birth defects recorded as side effects for people who live in the PCB neighborhood. Only mental disorders.

Hope that made sense...
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