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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...

Could BPA and Breast Milk be the Mercury-Fish Catch22 for the Next Generation?

January 20, 2010
Last week the New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration is now willing to look into the health hazards of Bisphenol-A (BPA). Given that BPA is present in the lining of infant formula cans, the article tells us the FDA recommends that nursing mothers continue breastfeeding for twelve months. But there's a catch. The same New York Times article failed to mention that BPA has also been found in breast milk itself. Researchers believe that BPA arrives in breast milk via the countless food and beverage containers we adults use every day that also contain BPA . The effects of...
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Secret Chemicals in Household Products: Another Reason for TSCA Reform

January 7, 2010
What’s in your paint, detergent, art supplies, furniture, and textiles? You probably don’t know, since there’s typically no ingredients list on the label. But, even if you wanted to know – you don’t necessarily have the right to know. Even more disturbing, the government agency in charge of regulating the chemicals in these products doesn’t always have the right to know. According to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), “The public has no access to any information about approximately 17,000 of the more than 83,000 chemicals on the master inventory compiled by the...

BPA Study Needs You!

January 6, 2010
Our colleagues at Breast Cancer Fund sent us this notice about an opportunity to volunteer in a study about the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). Check it out! *** Researchers at Vassar College, the Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute are collaborating on a study to determine whether or not eating only fresh (non-processed) foods will decrease the level of the endocrine disrupting chemicals Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates in our bodies. We are seeking families with two children between the ages of 3-11 and two adult parents (of any gender), who all live in one residence, to participate...