Autism is a complex developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life. It affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It is a spectrum disorder, so it affects individuals in a variety of ways. You may see a person with autism who is unable to speak, intellectually disabled, rocking […]
Listen to the June 7, 2011 teleconference: Autism and Toxic Chemical Exposure: What is the Relationship? http://saferchemicals.org/sc/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/audio/autism_teleconference_7june11.mp3 Almost 1% of 8-year-old children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a 10-fold increase over just a 15-year period. About 30% of this dramatic rise in autism cannot be explained by changes in the age of diagnosis and […]
Originally published by Environmental Defense Fund, January 19, 2011. by Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., Health Scientist. My colleague Richard Denison at EDF ended his last blog post asking, "The new study [Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women in the US: NHANES 2003-2004] leaves me with one question: How many more such wake-up calls do we need before […]
You wouldn’t knowingly eat spoiled food or jump into a river that was clearly polluted. It’s easy to avoid something harmful if you can see it with your own eyes. But what about the things you can’t see, like the toxic chemicals lurking in everyday products?
Originally published on August 11, 2010 in GreenBiz.com Barry Cik is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, and founder of Naturepedic, an organic mattress company based in Cleveland, Ohio. Chemical Regulations and the Modern Mattress: The Stuff of Nightmares I’ve spent the last 30 years as an environmental […]
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Our campaign created a bit of a ‘flap’ in Baltimore today by bringing an unexpected guest to the chemical industry’s annual GlobalChem conference. Our giant rubber duck and its non-feathered friends attracted reporters and focused public attention on the fact that there are stark differences between how health advocates define TSCA reform, and how the […]
I had the highest mercury of all the pregnant women tested. I was shocked that my levels were as high as they were. Turns out these chemicals are ubiquitous in the environment. As clean as I tried to be, it was not enough to protect my baby boy.
On November 17, the Washington Toxics Coalition released a groundbreaking study on toxics in pregnant women’s bodies. The project tested nine pregnant women from Washington, Oregon and California for levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies, and thus being exposed to their fetuses.