Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition member Moms Rising posted an excellent blog today from Claire Moshenberg. Claire praises our new report, and provides a vivid illustration of the toxic dilemmas confronting today’s families.
The Health Case for Reforming Toxic Substances Control Act” received quite a bit of media attention on Thursday. Groups ranging from Non-Toxic Kids to iStockanalyst.com took an interest, probably because our analysis provides a roadmap for improving individual health and reducing our nation’s health care costs.
It took me a ridiculously long time to train myself to not ask my sons, “How was school?” when they got into the car or walked into the door in the late afternoon. They both seemed to be born knowing that the only correct answer to that question was, “Okay” or an occasional, “Meh.”
One day I decided that I wanted to have my dream hair: long, full, and healthy. I did some research and joined an online community of women interested in growing longer and healthier hair. Naturally, much of the discussion on these forums is about the various products and concoctions that have worked or not worked on each person’s “hair journey.”
A few years ago, I noticed that my beautiful, vivacious seven-year-old daughter had breasts. Wasn’t this a little young? She was into Harry Potter, rainbow sherbet and puppies — not bras and pads.
Coalition for Chemical Safety throws first member under the bus
This past Monday night, I lay in bed trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep, plagued with anxiety. It wasn’t, alas, pre-holiday stress or fear that my holiday party would be a bust, although those kinds of personal tensions aren’t dissimilar to what I was feeling.
The first story I heard on the news Monday evening was about the stir caused by safety testing one of this season’s “it” toys – a certain kind of stuffed hamster. A consumer advocacy group had found the toy contained levels of an element called antimony that exceed government standards but then conceded that its testing method did not match that of government testers. To assure the public of the toy’s safety, the manufacturer has now released its testing report.
Congress must hear the calls for strong, meaningful reform coming from all sectors – businesses looking to shore up consumer confidence in their products, mothers concerned about chemicals leaching from their baby’s bottles, and workers looking for a safe working environment.
Below is an important essay from Gary Cohen, founder of Health Care Without Harm and a key member of our coalition. The 25th anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India is a mournful occasion, and an excellent reminder of how far we still have to go before we can truly say we have learned our lesson.