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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Every month we send our e-listers (yes, that could be you) a Healthy Home Tip.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

When I was pregnant with my second child, I read Sandra Steingraber's book, Having Faith, a haunting account of the effects of toxic chemicals on babies in utero, written while she was pregnant herself.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

When I shop for furniture, I usually think of what NOT to get - no sprayed-on stain protection, no flame retardants, no unsustainable wood, and the list goes on.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

When it comes to protecting yourself from the sun, it's easy to go wrong. To help you go right, instead, we whipped up a list of the really bad actors because sometimes, knowing what's on the "avoid" list is a good way to land a safer product.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

"Everywhere I went, it was the same story: water trouble, health problems, hazardous explosive conditions - inside the house."

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pretty much all I knew about sunscreen growing up was that SPF was some measure of how much sunburn protection came out of the bottle. Hard to believe that (way back) in those days the great debate was "6 or 8," not 30 or 50 (or 100!). We even busted out the baby oil on occasion (oh, the teen years!).

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Methyl iodide: it's listed as a human carcinogen, is considered a neurotoxin and has been linked to late-term miscarriages. Now the state of California is poised to let farmers spray it on the state's strawberry fields - fields that provide over 85% of the US crop.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Some sunscreens prevent sunburn but not other types of skin damage. Make sure yours provides broad-spectrum protection and follow these other tips for better protection.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

CNN's chief medical correspondent for its Health, Medical & Wellness unit, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has put together an impressive 2-part investigative report on toxic chemicals in America. It airs this week, on June 2 & 3 @ 8 PM (EDT). He frames the series with a critical, timely question: Is enough being done to protect us from chemicals that could harm us?

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

On May 24th, we released our 4th annual Sunscreen Guide. While our basic message is pretty straight forward - cover up first, slop on some effective sunscreen next - the sunscreen choices are so plentiful as to confound even the most avid label readers (that's me).

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Friday, May 28, 2010

In this clip, he gives a TV star-worthy talk on visiting his daughter's school, where he spoke with kids about what they like to eat, what they should eat, and what's for lunch.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Every year the time comes to replenish the family sunscreen supply. And every year I wait until EWG's sunscreen guide is out so I can make the right choices without a lot of fuss. Good news then, that it's available in time for a trip to the beach this Memorial Day weekend.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Last month the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they have added more than 6,300 chemicals and 3,800 chemical facilities to their searchable database Envirofacts.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

13 minute report on pthalates by 60 Minutes reporter (video).

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The smell of lawn chemicals is as dependable a harbinger of spring as robins and lilacs. Not in big parts of Canada, where many municipalities and provinces have opted to abolish the cosmetic use of pesticides on the grounds that the links between pesticide exposure and childhood cancer are too troubling to ignore. So, how come we're still using them?

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Monday, May 17, 2010

People may know that organic produce is a better bet - for our heath and the environment, yet only about 2% of U.S. food sales are organic. Yes, a paltry 2 percent.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

 

Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned medical expert on natural health and wellness, tells why and how he uses the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists from EWG's Shoppers Guide to Pesticides. As he says, "We should all be taking action to minimize our exposure to pesticides, including residues of pesticides on foods we eat."

 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Millions of American consumers participate every day as unwitting human lab rats in one of the biggest experiments ever conducted (or, more appropriately, perpetrated) on the human race. For many, their entrance into the "lab" starts in their 'tweens and continues through high school and on into adulthood. Of course, I'm talking about those who wear perfumes, cologne or the ever-popular "body sprays."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Well-known author and psychologist Daniel Goleman suggests that if we consumers have more easily-accessible information about the products we buy, we'll be better prepared to make choices that consider ecological, social and health impacts. Perfect examples: EWG's Skin Deep database and our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

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