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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 puberty and learning disabilities. Back in 2008, consumers learned about the problems of BPA and demanded that companies remove it from products for children. Most did, and in 2012 the FDA banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. Flash forward to 2014, and we have many BPA free plastics for sale and...
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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 discussion in the comment section. #Radio Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." These words from Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" helped frame this week's program -- standing up against injustice. MomsRising was...
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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 that exposure to these chemicals can pose a serious threat to dad-hood itself. Sperm counts are down The news for would-be dads is not good. Worldwide, sperm counts are down and infertility rates are up. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals points to concerning trends in male...
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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 the really extraordinary part of the story: the researchers conclude that it's time to "accelerate the translation of science into prevention." In other words, we need to do something about this problem. Now. The article, published in The Lancet , reviews the latest studies on neurodevelopmental...
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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 joke, it’s my turn to tell the same story, this time affecting my own state of North Carolina and our neighbor, Virginia. A couple of weeks ago, Duke Energy, the nation’s largest provider of electricity, reported that a large storm pipe under one of its closed power plants had ruptured , releasing an...
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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 weekly participants. Here's a few things we learned and shared during the chat. 1. Bottled water is NO safer then tap water-- in fact, it is LESS regulated. Bottled water can be sourced from virtually anywhere . And much of the time it is simply tap water that has been packaged in plastic and sold...
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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 amount of specific pesticides being used – and suggested that legislation be enacted to help collect that information. As a result of the workgroup’s diligence, there is now a bill on the table in both the House (HB621) and Senate (SB 700) in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly. HB 621 / SB 700 would...
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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. Avoid antibacterial soap made with triclosan ), which has been linked to fertility problems and learning disabilities, according to our friends at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. Other concerns about these soaps is that they can lead to antibiotic resistance and lower immune system functioning...
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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't bathe or brush their teeth because the water will make them sick. Imagine being pregnant and told that the water could be harmful to your pregnancy. It's terrifying. That’s what happened to tens of thousands of moms in West Virginia, including many of my friends, because 10,000 US gallons of 4-...
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4 Lessons From the West Virginia Chemical Spill (and #EcoTipTue)

February 3, 2014
300,000 people without access to water? Tanks that stored chemicals without regulation just upstream from a water treatment facility? Chemicals pouring into the Elk River, with confusing advisories and virtually no safety information on the specific effects of the chemicals? We ask ourselves how this happened-- and the answers are very clear. By not acting to protect one of our most important natural resources: fresh, clean water. We are disturbed by the photos shared online of discolored water and worry about the health impacts on families. We can't let this happen again, anywhere. We must...
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