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Feeling BLAH About Walgreens

Posted April 2nd, 2014 by

When I think of my drugstore, I think, “HEALTH!” and “WELLNESS!” After all, that’s where I go to pick up bandages for boo-boos, cold medicine for the sniffles, and medications for reducing fevers and relieving pain. That’s where my pharmacist gives me the antibiotics that stop simple infections from turning into life-threatening, raging monsters. But [...]

Posted Under: H: Environmental Health

Don’t let the NRA choose our Surgeon General

Posted March 18th, 2014 by

I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard about the Surgeon General controversy on the news. Emboldened by its influence on Capitol Hill, the NRA is now flexing its muscles and actively working to derail Dr. Vivek Murthy’s confirmation just because, like many other doctors, he has referred to gun violence as a threat to [...]

Why Virginia Is Finally Waking Up to Gun Safety

Posted January 27th, 2014 by

Legislating for gun safety has long been an uphill battle in Virginia, where even many Democratic lawmakers are allied with the gun lobby. In such an environment, the seemingly most outrageous proposals stand a real chance of becoming law. In 2009, for instance, the Virginia General Assembly voted to allow people to skip hands-on gun [...]

Posted Under: Anti-Gun Violence

Is the Polar Vortex Another Glimpse of Our Future?

Posted January 9th, 2014 by

Already in these first days of 2014, my spirits are dampened by the vision of a frightening climate future coming at us at warp speed. Like in a science fiction story, Arctic winds have been swooping in from the far north, grabbing regions as far south as the bayous of Louisiana in an icicle grip, [...]

Are you a worried mom or dad? EPA is listening

Posted November 5th, 2013 by

Why are you worried about clean air and/or climate change? What questions and suggestions do you have?     Me? I worry about the toxins and greenhouse gasses in the air that provoke breathing problems and also contribute to climate change. I worry because my daughter, Cole, was severely asthmatic from age one through seven, [...]

Moms Who Roar Get Heard – Time to Roar for Clean Air

Posted October 24th, 2013 by

Because moms and family members across the country united our voices and signed on to’s petitions and letters calling on our government to defend clean air and fight climate change…. We were LOUD, and we were HEARD. Here’s how we know: Before the business of government was so rudely interrupted by the government shutdown, [...]

The Toxics Train That Could

Posted October 22nd, 2013 by

One of my all-time favorite children’s stories is The Little Engine That Could. As the little engine slowly and with great effort pulls himself up that steep mountain, he tells himself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Then, after trying really hard… and pushing himself… and not giving up… [...]

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Target can hit a bullseye with a safe cosmetics policy

Posted September 14th, 2013 by

This time of year, Target becomes like my second home. Dropping by to pick up school supplies, clothes and fall sports equipment in addition to my regular shopping, I’m in and out of my local store so often, they should personalize a parking spot for me. Target is my go-to retailer, because I love their [...]

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TSCA Reform: Too toxic to be left alone

Posted August 5th, 2013 by

When a toddler falls after taking his first step, mom picks him up so he can try again. When a child struggles with learning how to read, mom works with her every day until she gets it. Perseverance is one of the fundamental lessons moms teach their kids. Well, it’s time for moms to remind [...]

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Cows Against Gun Violence

Posted June 19th, 2013 by

Apologies to heifers everywhere, but cows, well, they smell bad. So did the April 17th U.S. Senate vote that failed to advance common sense gun policy reform. Clearly some Senators were more concerned about special interests than they were about the fact that more than 90% of the American people support background checks for gun [...]

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