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Thursday, September 13, 2007

childmortalitydecline.jpgPBDE uptake patterns appear to be changing. In a study of families in Spain, the presence of specific chemicals mirrored that usually seen in electronics employees.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

malefemalesignsMore girls than boys are being born in certain Inuit villages in the Arctic, and scientists say man-made chemicals are to blame. Women were tested for the level of PCBs (pervasive hormone mimicking chemicals) in their bodies, and the results showed that women with extremely high levels of the chemicals were more likely to give birth to girls.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

nofastfood.jpgIn South L.A., fast food is king. It's cheap and abundant, with 20 eateries inside of a quarter-mile stretch, and other options are few and far between. The area's residents live off the stuff, and as a result they're about 10% more obese than other L.A. residents. With movements across the country to "legislate health" by banning trans fats and making school lunches healthier, the South L.A.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

greentea.jpgA little light reading to get you through your Wednesday.

In response to a reader comment, Marc at Ethicurean boils the Food and Farm Bill down to a handful of easy to understand talking points. Now calling your senator will be a piece of cake! (Cake made with organic ingredients, of course.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

firefightermask.jpgIn the minutes following the attacks on the World Trade Center, the paramedics, firefighters and others who risked their lives to save others weren’t thinking about the chemical content of the dust they were inhaling with every breath. Six years later, many of them are battling illnesses because of that dust, and the media is starting to pay attention.

Monday, September 10, 2007

asthmainhalor.jpgAsthma goes back to school. In LA, 63,000 students battle breathing problems caused by air pollution and moldy buildings. Can they carry their inhalers at school? Nobody seems sure.

Monday, September 10, 2007

bodyburdenfactory.jpgYou don’t need me to tell you that poor folks are more likely to find themselves dealing with illnesses induced by environmental toxins (although clearly if you give me half a chance I will). Most toxic chemicals – the kind that spill out of industrial factories and result from mining operations, for example – discriminate against the poor, whose homes (for a variety of reasons) are often nearby to such operations.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

So EWG designed a little gadget, ages ago, that allows users to find out who's getting farm subsidies (and how much, and where). We call it the Farm Subsidy Database (creative, I know). The database uses google maps to show where people receiving subsidies live. The funny thing is, there are lots of people who receive subsidies living in all of the most populated cities in the country -- like, for example, Manhattan. Guess I must've missed those Central Park cornfields.

Friday, September 7, 2007

greenpeacestopdioxin.jpgI wonder what health insurance costs are like in Mossville, Louisiana?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

soda.jpgA UK study published today in the Lancet reveals that certain food additives, including sodium benzoate and some colorings, likely play a role in the increasingly frequent diagnosis of ADHD in children. Researchers gave drink mixtures of additives to nearly three hundred children and, sure enough, they got rowdy. The chemicals affected some children more strongly than others, but effects were noted across the board, in the general population as well as in children with diagnosed ADHD.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

girlatfountain.jpgThirsty students at Clough Elementary in Mendon, MA were treated to something refreshing when they returned to school last week: Water in the building's bubblers no longer contains rocket fuel.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

When few in America really understand what's at stake in the farm bill, and junk food is trying to run away with the subsidies again, what's a wholesome apple to do?

Friday, August 31, 2007

Official_roberts_CJ.jpgChief Justice John Roberts doesn't believe sunscreens need to be regulated. Apparently he has all the protection he needs -- we hear those robes offer excellent skin cancer prevention.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

peanutbutterjelly.jpgI went through a phase, around second grade, when all I would take for lunch was peanut butter and jelly (creamy, and mint jelly, please. The green kind. Yes, I did get made fun of). My little sister is seven years younger than me, and by the time she was in second grade she and her classmates weren't allowed to bring PB&J for lunch because there were other students with severe peanut allergies.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

emptyplayground.gifIt's tricky to write about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent rebuilding of New Orleans. Today's headlines are full of contradictions.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Question:I recently read a report in which EWG recommended using carbon filtration to filter tap water for drinking. The report pointed out that carbon filtering is less expensive than reverse osmosis filtration, but it didn't mention that carbon filtration does not remove artificially added fluoride from the water. I know that EWG is concerned with the health effects of fluoride, especially for children and pregnant women. Was this an oversight?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

conventionalpigfarm.jpgResearchers at the University of Illinois have concluded that antibiotic resistance created by the nearly ubiquitous use of antibiotics on large-scale hog farms is being transferred between organisms like it's a "relay race." Resistant bacteria end up in groundwater, which makes up 97 percent

Monday, August 27, 2007

obese.jpgRecent reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that currently over 17% of kids in the USA are overweight, and the number has tripled over the past 20 years. Childhood obesity is a serious issue with numerous consequences that continue over a lifespan.

There are numerous things that can lead to obesity. According to the American Obesity Association:

Monday, August 27, 2007

nonstick.jpgThat babies are being born with man-made chemicals in their bloodstreams isn't news in these parts, but the results of two studies released this month indicate direct physical effects from prenatal exposure.