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Are There Hidden E. coli Bacteria in Your Valentine's Day Dinner?

February 11, 2010
Imagine the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner…you and your sweetheart surrounded by hearts, flowers, music and romance at the fanciest restaurant in the city. You’re eating a decadent beef dinner, complete with dessert and wine. It’s the perfect night with the one you love—until you realize you might be paying with your health as well as your money. Many people have heard of E. coli 0157:H7, and know that it is a very harmful bacteria coming from cattle fecal contamination and that it should be tested for and kept out of food. What they don’t know is that the Centers for Disease Control and...

What I told my state senate about BPA

February 8, 2010
It wasn't that long ago that my frustration over bad public policies was mostly heard by my husband (patient soul) and the 4 walls of my kitchen. Then I started blogging about it , any my audience expanded (and I felt better!). It never really crossed my mind back then that I'd wind up testifying in my state legislature. But testify I did. And while my main reason in writing today is to share my testimony, I'm also thrilled to report that a passionate mom with next to no political experience (that's me) can get in there and make a difference. The more mothers who let our state and federal...
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When it comes to chemicals, "safe until proven harmful" isn't good enough for my baby and me

February 5, 2010
Originally Posted on the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Blog When I first considered testifying before today's Senate hearings on public exposures to toxic chemicals , I wasn’t sure if I could handle the drastic disruption to my life. It meant taking several days off work and flying from Seattle to Washington, D.C. with my very active seven-month-old boy. Now that I’ve testified, however, I know for sure that it was worth all the effort. The policy debate surrounding toxic chemicals is highly technical. It’s easy to get lost in the abstract details. I was there as an individual, not an...

Memo to Congress: Toxic chemicals wreak havoc on developing minds

February 5, 2010
The Mind, Disrupted project found toxins in the bodies of those with learning and developmental disabilities. Senators got an ear-full this week from advocates calling for laws to protect children from dangerous chemicals.
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Children Need Bedtime Stories, Parents Need a Wake-Up Story: Are You Awake?

February 4, 2010
A must-see video for anyone who cares about the health and development of children.

Plenty of talk, not enough action

February 4, 2010
There has been a lot of food safety news and food safety talk recently, but very little meaningful action has taken place to protect consumers. Awareness of food safety is important and we appreciate it, but if no action takes place then its value is lost. Recently, we wrote about the anniversary of the PCA peanut products outbreak that happened one year ago. Today, we received notice that 120 of the 700 victims who were sickened are receiving a settlement from PCA's insurance company. While nothing will ever take away the suffering these victims went through, this is still good news for them...

Speak Up About Designing Out Toxins

January 29, 2010
It's virtually impossible to stay on top of current events and not see how toxic chemicals are impacting the health of our environment and our bodies. For me, it’s all overwhelming and difficult to digest at times. And I can’t stop thinking about how the toxic chemicals that are hidden in the products I use everyday are impacting my life’s goals. I’ve wanted a large family for as long as I have wanted to defend environmental and social justice and this month I read about three studies that are particularly unsettling for me as a future mother. (1) Scientists Link Flame Retardants and Reduced...
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Finally -- More Direction at the USDA

January 28, 2010
S.T.O.P.—Safe Tables Our Priority extends our congratulations to Dr. Elisabeth Hagen on her nomination for the position of Undersecretary for Food Safety. Dr. Hagen has hands on experience working for the United State’s Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in addition to being board-certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. She has also been in various management positions that include risk assessments and applied epidemiology activities that include foodborne illness investigations. I am confident that these qualifications and her...

"The Health Case for Reforming TSCA," New Report from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

January 28, 2010
In Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things , a new book by Environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, there’s a scene where Smith, caught in the middle of a chaotic two-kid-household bedtime routine, is stopped in his tracks by the discovery of flame retardants in his sons’ new pajamas. It was a familiar scene with heavy implications, one that made me think of a similarly fraught pajama story from my own childhood: I was eight years old, standing with my arms spread out, as my mom tailored one of my dad’s old flannel shirts into a nightgown. My new checkered...
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This Month’s Flavor for Toxic Jewelry: It's Cadmi-yummy!

January 27, 2010
So it turns out that cadmium (atomic number forty-eight, for those of you scoring at home) is more than a long-forgotten square on the periodic table. It’s also a toxic heavy metal found in our children’s jewelry. Earlier this month, the Associated Press (AP) revealed that it recently found high levels of cadmium in children’s jewelry bought from major retailers. In a few cases, the cadmium levels were shockingly high, with some kids’ pieces made from more than 80% of the toxic metal. Since the news broke, media crews and concerned parents have been flooding into our office and burning up our...