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Why Are BPA and Other Chemicals in the Womb?

Why Are BPA and Other Chemicals in the Womb?
As a physician, I’m careful to ask my patients for a complete list of their medications  before prescribing another pharmaceutical because drugs that may not have any important side effects when taken individually can cause significant toxicity when mixed in the body. As a scientist specializing in...

Therapists Focus on Toxics and Kids

Therapists Focus on Toxics and Kids
Here’s one measure of how much the issue of toxic contaminants’ effects on health and development — especially in children – has gained traction: A continuing education program aimed mostly at psychotherapists is devoting a day-long course to the subject this weekend in Boston. It’s...

BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food — and Worse

BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food — and Worse
When people ask whether modern synthetics are damaging their health and endangering future generations, Topic A is nearly always bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, an integral component of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and one of the highest volume industrial chemicals in existence. Now...

Trick or treat? How about lead instead.

Trick or treat? How about lead instead.
Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) have found lead, a potent neurotoxin, in 100 percent of 10 popular children’s face paints. The amounts were low – but, as CSC points out, there’s no safe level of lead exposure, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

Chemical Trade Group Releases ‘Principles for Modernizing’ Toxic Chemical Law

Chemical Trade Group Releases ‘Principles for Modernizing’ Toxic Chemical Law
The American Chemistry Council released a set of 10 principles today for modernizing the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.  EWG staff met with ACC President Cal Dooley and colleagues for a preview yesterday, and we congratulated them for stepping up to the challenge of mending a law that, in our view,...

Columbia: Air Pollutants Lower NYC Kids’ IQs

Columbia: Air Pollutants Lower NYC Kids’ IQs
A landmark study by Columbia University’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) has found that New York City children exposed in the womb to urban air pollutants score significantly lower on intelligence tests than children of mothers who breathed cleaner air during their pregnancies. The...

Eco-chic? Or cheap chic?

Eco-chic?  Or cheap chic?
Channel Cameron Diaz, Vogue’s “Queen of Green?” Scour Martha Stewart for money-saving wedding tips? Tough call, and now you don’t have to make it. Not, at least, when you’re picking up a bottle of water for the drink-holder of your Prius/Mini/Trek Madone. Environmental...

Measuring Pollution In People

Measuring Pollution In People
The mass spectrometers needed to measure traces of chemicals and their byproducts in human samples of blood and urine are big beige machines that, to the untrained eye, look like something you might find at your neighborhood photocopy store. Commanded by researchers and technicians in clean suits seated...

Death by a Thousand Snapshots

Death by a Thousand Snapshots
Nothing scares the chemical industry like the facts.  That’s why big chemical companies are so afraid of biomonitoring. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, biomonitoring is the testing of blood, urine, breast milk, hair or other tissue for the presence of industrial chemicals and pollutants. What...

Pollution in 5 Extraordinary Women

Pollution in 5 Extraordinary Women
A May 2009 report by EWG documented pollution in 5 extraordinary women who for decades have fought against pollution, environmental racism and injustice in their communities. From New Orleans, Green Bay, Corpus Christi and Oakland, these women have been deeply been engaged in environmental justice battles...
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