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6 Reasons to Stop Antibiotic Overuse

March 19, 2014
80 percent of antibiotics used in this country are used for food animals. What is wrong with that picture? 1. The more we use them, the less effective they become. According to the Center for Food Safety and Save Antibiotics , drugs become less effective, and bacteria more resistant with overuse...
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6 Ways to Avoid Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

March 12, 2014
You've probably heard of BPA , the chemical that was in baby bottles, sippy cups, and water bottles. There's been lots of concern about this chemical as an endocrine disruptor-- it's ability to alter hormones, causing all sorts of health problems, such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, early...
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Social Justice, Comics and More in MomsRising Weekly Blog Roundup

March 7, 2014
Civil rights. The environment. The close of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. These are just a few of the topics that were addressed on the MomsRising blog this past week, and here are some of the posts that we love. Please share these posts on social media with friends and family, and join the...
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Pesticides: Bad for dads, too

March 7, 2014
We hear a lot about how pesticides can undermine children's health. From derailing developing brains to bumping up the risk of childhood cancer, even low levels of exposure can wreak some serious havoc. It turns out dads should be concerned about how pesticides are affecting them too. Science shows...
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Give brains a chance, say scientists

February 22, 2014
Scientists issued yet another wake up call last week, adding more chemicals to the list of those known to harm our children's brains. These neurotoxicants — including the common pesticide chlorpyrifos — are linked to falling IQs, increased risk of ADHD and other developmental disorders. Now here's...
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TAKE ACTION: Don’t drink the water from NC either

February 21, 2014
Recently, my friend and colleague Ruth told you about the impact of the Elk River chemical spill on her friends and family in West Virginia. 300,000 West Virginians lost their clean water , so they could not cook, bathe or simply have a drink for days. My heart went out to them. Today, like a bad...
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10 Reasons to Avoid Buying Bottled Water

February 21, 2014
Where do you get water for your family? This week we discussed the many problems of bottled water on our weekly Twitter chat, #EcoTipTue. And boy, where there a LOT. We had special guests from Corporate Accountability International and Food and Water Watch tweeting with us, as well as many of our...
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Pesticide Progress: 2014 Maryland General Assembly Bill Forges the Path

February 20, 2014
As you may remember, Smart on Pesticides Maryland has been trying very hard to advocate for pesticide reporting in Maryland and we’ve made some great progress. Recently, a state legislative workgroup determined that there are data gaps in pesticide use – particularly related to where, when and the...
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8 Ways to Raise a Toxin Free Baby

February 14, 2014
What's more important than keeping baby safe? Not much! Last week during our #EcoTipTue Tweet Chat we discussed how to have a toxin free baby with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families; Earth Mama Angel Baby, and many great participants. Here are some of the resources that were shared and discussed 1...
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The water will make you sick

February 5, 2014
/*-->*/ I’m from West Virginia, and the recent chemical spill breaks my heart, makes me very angry, and makes me scared for my friends and family. Imagine not being able to give your children a glass of water to drink. Imagine not being able to cook for them, or having to tell them that they can...
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