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.
These results are particularly troubling since children, ages one to five, are in important stages of development and likely more sensitive to environmental chemicals, particularly those that affect their metabolism and hormones.
A panel of scientists assembled as members of the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) and charged with assessing the safety of using phthalates or six alternative chemicals in children’s toys and child care articles has completed their review and released a report.
Despite industry’s relentless campaign to overturn the ban on these extremely toxic chemicals, we are heartened that the science and concern for the protection of children’s health won out, at least at this step of the process.
95% of triclosan and the vast majority of triclocarban are flushed down the drain where triclosan then goes on to form other toxic by-products including dioxins. In fact it was the presence of dioxins in Minnesota’s lakes that resulted in the state taking action.
A new report out of Michigan sheds light on why investing in lead abatement makes financial sense. For many of us who support removing lead from homes and products, it’s a no brainer, right?! But when it comes to making the case to state and federal lawmakers, numbers speak louder than words.
Just this week, the National Research Council (NRC) signed off on the National Toxicology Program’s decision to list styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in its latest report on carcinogens.
Despite the First Lady’s Get Up and Move campaign, America’s weight problem persists. Perhaps the causes of obesity are more diverse than just genetics, lifestyle and diet. The three most known factors related to obesity are critically important, and an emerging fourth contributor – toxic chemicals– can be another important part of reducing and preventing obesity in the future.
We’ve been educating the public about the concerning health effects of BPA for a while now; just this week three new studies have raised further concerns about the safety of the chemical and its replacement BPS. Without federal laws determining which chemicals are safe, and sending a clear message to the marketplace that equally unsafe replacement chemicals and materials won’t be tolerated, this concept of the “toxic treadmill” will continue.
A new report from Europe today finds exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic and plastic products containing hormone disrupting chemicals (also called endocrine disrupting chemicals – EDCs) may be costing up to €31 billion ($42 billion) per year in the European Union (EU). The report is authored by the European Health and Environment Alliance
As this week is national men’s health week, we thought it’d be the perfect time to talk about the connections between toxic chemicals and our reproductive health.