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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.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

By Jane Houlihan, EWG Senior V-P for Research

Four of every 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and two of every 10 will die of it.

But there are some things you can do to reduce the risk. First, talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes that are known to make a difference - stopping smoking, reducing drinking, losing weight, exercising and eating right.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Do big corporations care about what large blocks of their shareholders have to say about company practices? I don't know. I've never worked for one.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

You may have kicked the bottled water habit, but has your state government?

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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Environmental Working Group's campaign for Kid-Safe Chemicals shifted into high gear exactly a week before the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (poetic justice), when Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Safe Chemicals Act (SCA) to reform our current ineffective toxic chemicals law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

When I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1979, at the age 20, I drafted a list of goals. The first thing I would do, once I was sprung from the hospital, would be to pay a visit to Claire's Boutique in the mall. There I would get my ears pierced. Next, I would hit the university library. There I would answer the question, Why me?

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This month Maryland became the 5th state to ban the use of the plastics chemical, bisphenol A (BPA) in children's products, including baby bottles and sippy cups.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The good news is that there's a lot of information available these days about how to reduce your exposures to toxic chemicals at home. The bad news, of course, is exactly that: there's a lot of information available these days about how to reduce your exposures to toxic chemicals at home.

Monday, April 26, 2010

When school purchasing agent Dawn Everson came across a program called CLASS - "Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools" - she recognized a great opportunity for the Manteca Unified School District.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The program's description for Ms. Heinz's morning talk was "Opening Address." While that leaves plenty of room for interpretation, I don't think any of the 2,000+ listeners of the Women's Health and the Environment Conference expected to hear an intimate, candid first-hand account of the experiences Ms. Heinz has had leading up to and following her fall 2009 diagnosis with breast cancer. 

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Luckily, she's been helping families convert that chaos (hungry kids, tired parents, no dinner!) into a more organized, pleasant, and healthy mealtime. When we stare blankly at the fridge, hoping for a miracle, Goldfarb delivers with her online meal planning service, the Six O'Clock Scramble. The Scramble's mission is music to my ears: to help busy parents make healthy meals in a hurry by helping them plan ahead for a week of meals. What's not to love?

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Since 1996 Teresa Heinz has been pioneering the way women approach common (and not so common) health concerns with her annual conference "Women's Health & the Environment."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My public health ethics class began with the intense, young professor asking a simple question: What do you value the most?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Last weekend Dr. Gupta's short interview with EWG Founder & President, Ken Cook, aired on CNN's Sanjay Gupta MD show.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Lots of Calories The Double Down was a hit with customers when KFC took its newest offering for a test drive last year at several of its locations in Rhode Island and Nebraska. But some media reports said the sandwich delivered more than1,200 calories. "Not true," insists the venerable chicken joint. The Original Recipe sandwich comes laden with only 540 calories with 32 grams of fat, while the grilled version comes in even lower at 460 calories and 23 grams of fat.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chanda Chevannes has made an important documentary film about Sandra Steingraber's work, based largely on her first book, Living Downstream. The trailer below will give you a sense of Steingraber's belief that our focus should not be downstream, where we see only symptoms, but rather upstream, where we can see causes. And prevent them.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I've been perusing Alexandra Zissu's new book, The Conscious Kitchen, lately. It's a current, thoroughly-researched, user-friendly reference for buying and cooking food that's good for you and the environment.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thousands of innocent people die while governments do nothing to prevent it. In Darfur it's called genocide. In the case of asbestos-related deaths in the United States, it's just a statistic.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Josh Fox, director and star of the award-winning new documentary film Gasland, goes on PBS's Now to highlight the threat that natural gas extraction brings to human health and the environment. Fox was inspired to tell this timely story when natural gas drilling came knocking on his door in the Catskills/Poconos region of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Thankfully, one can interpret spring cleaning in many ways. Some weed overgrown gardens, others dust every square inch of the house. I like to clear out my pantry and cook a mix matched feast with what I find. It's productive but doesn't involve intensive cleaning -- win, win. 

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