Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
News About Pollution In People
Later this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will cast the issue of pollution and health into sharp focus with the release of the fourth and most ambitious edition of the National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. 212 Chemicals in 8,000 Americans The CDC biomonitoring...
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
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
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...
FDA Under Pressure for BPA Food Safety Rules
As a key deadline approaches, scientists and environmental health advocates are ramping up pressure on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rein in food contamination from bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic component and synthetic estrogen  detected in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans tested. During...
Sacramento says: Let them eat BPA
Last week I realized (again) how hard it is for citizens to protect their children when corporate interests are at stake.  It’s a maddeningly familiar equation: Threat to children  + Overwhelming constituent support + Solid science + Well-financed industry opposition with fear tactics = =...
SIGG Zigs, Zags and Sags
Patagonia is PO’d, and in corporate America there’s no worse brand to get dissed by if you’re trying to sell in the green space. Patagonia is the gold standard for environmentally responsible business. And at the company’s insistence, it’s recycled gold. The Ventura, CA...
SIGG: It’s not easy not being green
SIGG Switzerland AG’s roster of stars who tote and tout its aluminum-and-synthetic water bottles reads like a A-list party at Cannes. Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Zac Effron , Lucy Liu, Tobey Maguire, Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba – and more. How long will the company hang...
SIGG Should Apologize, Offer Refunds
SIGG CEO Steve Wasik called earlier today to discuss EWG’s response to his recent announcement that SIGG water bottles did in fact contain the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their liners until August 2008. Wasik’s announcement has caused an uproar because the company led consumers and...
Groundhog Day at FDA
Remember the 1993 film Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s TV weatherman found himself trapped in a time warp in a turgid little town and despaired, “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” That locked-in-place feeling...
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