More than 30 years of health studies have led to a growing consensus that chemicals are playing a role in the incidence and prevalence of many diseases and disorders in the United States.
A new study released today in Environmental Health Perspectives documents that Americans’ exposure to a class of toxic chemicals, called phthalates, has dropped in part due to a 2008 law passed by Congress.
You ready to hang decorations, host parties, and exchange gifts? You may want to wait before you deck your halls with beaded garland. Our friends at Healthy Stuff in Ann Arbor recently conducted tests on beads commonly used as Christmas garland and Mardi Gras beads. “We estimate that a single year’s inventory of Mardi Gras beads may contain up to 900,000 pounds of hazardous flame retardants and 10,000 pounds of lead,” said Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center’s principle researcher.
You know those sweet moments when your children, or in my case nieces, are curled up reading a book? Or even better when they read out loud to you with their sweet little voices? It’s moments like those that I continue to fight to protect children’s health from toxic chemicals. Our partners at the Center […]
The promise of prevention and the hope for healing By The Science and Environmental Health Network PDF available at www.sehn.org and www.healthandenvironment.org The Ecology of Breast Cancer: the promise of prevention and the hope for healing makes the case that breast cancer is a disease arising from diverse societal conditions. Although well-recognized risk factors and […]
Kristin Winchell’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 51. After aggressive treatment and a double mastectomy she was healthy for eight years. She only lived eight months after her second diagnosis of Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. “My mom always thought that the products on store shelves and the foods she ate were free of toxic chemicals.”
Each year, corporations pack the shelves with pink ribbon products, surrounding us with “breast cancer awareness” messages. These products help to raise billions of dollars in the name of breast cancer, and yet more than 40,000 women in the U.S. still die of the disease every year.
USA Today just did an excellent piece talking about concerns with the toxic chemical bisphenol-A, found in everyday consumer products like canned food and plastics. Please take a moment to watch and share this video!
When TSCA was passed into law 37 years ago, it’s intent was to regulate toxic substances, but the bill was so fundamentally flawed, that EPA has little to no power to protect public health from toxic threats, like asbestos.
When pregnant, I was lucky enough to receive excellent prenatal care. Still, I was bombarded – and frankly, sometimes overwhelmed – with messages about what to do and what to avoid during pregnancy. And despite doing my best to comply with the prevailing guidance, my son was probably born – like most babies in the United States – with 200+ chemicals in his body.
No matter how careful a woman is, there is no way to avoid all BPA exposure. And you know what? It shouldn’t be our job! No one, especially a pregnant woman, should have to be a toxicologist to go to the grocery store.