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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 Wednesday. The column is obviously meant to spread doubt, despite the scores of scientific studies and biomonitoring reports that show that phthalates have been linked to serious health problems and hormone disruption. These chemicals are ubiquitous in the bodies of most Americans, including...

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 frightened. Who knew that infertility is becoming an increasingly common problem for the 30-and-under set? At my age, the biggest reproductive health worry for my friends and I is finding ways not to get pregnant; I never thought I should already be worrying that I won’t be able to get pregnant when I want...
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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 affects these women and their families, from breast cancer to turning women who rely on the land into environmental refugees. Once the pundits unpack, it will be time to make our New Year’s Resolutions. Climate change discussions will likely fade away as the trendy media turns to stories on losing the...
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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 irreversible changes in the brains, reproductive systems and other vital organs of fetal and newborn test animals. Among the worst actors: ** Bisphenol A , a hormone-disrupting plastic chemical now under federal scrutiny for a possible ban in baby bottles, infant formula cans and other food...
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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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What Health Reform Won't Heal: The Effect of Toxic Chemicals on Sex & Reproduction

December 10, 2009
So I feel today, as I do many days, that I’m doing a balancing act. I want and need to fight for what may become a major setback for women’s health and rights for my generation. I want to expand access to health care and eliminate the double standard that treats a woman differently than a man when it comes to insurance coverage. In the same moment, I also want to address what we now know harms women and men’s reproductive health: toxic chemicals.

Taking Toxins Off the Guest List

December 8, 2009
It's the holiday season, and no one loves the holidays like our old friends, toxins. Yes, toxins love a party, and their social calendars are full. They have plans to pop up in your meals, hide out in your gifts, even lurk in your makeup bag! And unlike some guests, toxins never show up empty-handed: they come armed with a wide variety of risks and illnesses, including dermatitis, asthma, and an increased risk for cancer. Tired of toxins crashing your party? We're tired of it too! That's why we've put together a Healthy Holiday Guide to help you take toxins out of your gifts, parties,...
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Zhu Zhu Pets, and much much more.

December 7, 2009
The hottest news across my Facebook and in-box this morning was the GoodGuide findings of dangerous metals and the chemical antimony in the season's most popular holiday toy, zhu zhu pets . The manufacturer is standing by their product. Stay tuned! (UPDATE: CPSC found the product is safe ). But moms, has this other important link also been all over your Facebook? If not, it should have been. This weekend, in another great piece in the NY Times , woman-friendly columnist Nicholas Kristoff asks: What if breast cancer in the United States has less to do with insurance or mammograms and more to...

The Death of BPA?

November 23, 2009
At MomsRising, we've been working for years to keep kids safe from toxic Bisphenol-A (BPA) in food containers and bottles. We've generated tens of thousands of letters to Congress and state legislatures, and sent pages of petition signatures to manufacturers. We've made progress -- but we still have a ways to go! The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing BPA, and they are scheduled to release their recommendations next week. The more of us working together right now to finally rid food containers of toxic BPA, the better. That's why we're partnering with CREDO Action on this last-minute...

Where the mop hits the classroom floor

November 21, 2009
My usual approach to grassroots activism is to focus on making laws better: paid family leave, toxics, breastfeeding, you get the picture. Pretty much the usual issues that rightfully rile up today’s moms in the U.S. (that Moms Rising has thankfully plunked in the center of the proverbial “kitchen table”). But this time, I’m redirecting my efforts to where the rubber hits the road. Or, more to the point, where the mop hits the classroom floor . Baking soda, vinegar and plain soap are my cleaning supplies at home - plus a little elbow grease (ok, sometimes a lot if it’s been awhile). I don't...
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