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"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...
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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...

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...
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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...

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...

Who's Really Ruining Christmas

December 23, 2009
A few days ago an outrageous column was printed in the Wall Street Journal —it accuses “chemical crusaders” of “ruining Christmas” because we want to put safer regulations on toys. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is expected to vote on lifting the enforcement stay on testing of phthalates on...

Dangers of Chemicals on Reproductive Health

December 22, 2009
Last week, I went to the Reproductive Health Technology Project , Association of Reproductive Health Professionals , and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families congressional briefing on the “Dangers of Chemicals on Reproductive Health.” I was astounded by what I learned at the briefing, and also...
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Shifting the Agenda: Replacing Problems with Solutions

December 22, 2009
The climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark is over. What happens, of course, will affect all of our families. But it will have profound effects for the poorest people around the globe, two-thirds of them are women and children. There is a world of difference in how environmental damage...
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I don't want your chemicals in my womb

December 15, 2009
When I read that there are 100s of toxic chemicals in human cord blood (including BPA ), I feel a little sick. And when I read that there are 100s of toxic chemicals in pregnant women's blood , I feel a little sicker. Especially since many of the chemicals identified in the cord blood samples cause...
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Choosing Safer Strawberries: Battle Heats Up Over New Cancer-Causing Pesticide

December 14, 2009
There’s nothing quite like a fresh, juicy strawberry. What many people don’t know is that some of the nastiest pesticides are used in strawberry fields, and the powers-that-be in California are considering a pesticide that's such a "good" carcinogen it's often used in cancer experiments in the lab.
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