Flame retardants now seen as health risk (San Francisco Chronicle, 2/3/13) Flame retardant chemicals aren’t only in your furniture. They’re in foam insulation and they may be leaching from your walls. California finally moves to revise its decades-old flammability standard to reduce the use of flame retardants. Secondhand smoke significant source of lead exposure for […]
Most doctors don’t warn pregnant patients about environmental risks (Environmental Health News, 10/10/12) “A new nationwide survey of 2,600 obstetricians and gynecologists found that most do not warn their pregnant patients about chemicals in food, consumer products or the environment that could endanger their fetuses. More than half said they don’t warn about mercury, and […]
BPA From Cans Messes With Your Ovaries (Mother Jones, 9/27/12) New evidence that BPA can disrupt women’s reproductive systems, causing chromosome damage, miscarriages, and birth defects. New triggers found for weight gain (Chicago Tribune, 9/30/12) A burgeoning area of research suggests that air pollution, sleep deprivation, and other factors might lead humans to gain weight. […]
… Until recently, Darling Fergus and Sweet William have been content to play with wash cloths and unbreakable cups. Then Fergus discovered he could drink from the spout. Now all he wants to do is stand under the flow, lapping and sputtering….
Last week, Environmental Health News reported that canned albacore tuna purchased by U.S. schools contains more mercury than what government officials have reported. A child who eats two medium servings of albacore tuna per week could be exposed to as much as six times the dose that federal guidelines consider safe. Children should avoid eating […]
What’s that stuff in my bra? (Grist, 9/17/12) Invoking the precautionary principle when it comes to foam rubber bras: “Why cloak ourselves in maybe-yucky polyurethane all day when we could reduce our reliance on petroleum and chemicals by investing in a nice, simple, organic-cotton number?” In the wake of studies showing high levels of arsenic […]
Please sign here to join MomsRising in demanding that the FDA ban BPA from infant formula packaging. More than 200 scientific studies link BPA exposure to breast cancer, prostate cancer, birth defects, diabetes, obesity, and other health issues. Infants are at particular risk because their brains and organs are still developing. BPA leaches from packaging […]
Early puberty? Girls exposed to household chemical menstruate earlier, CDC study finds. (Environmental Health News, 8/31/2012) Federal scientists found that girls exposed to high levels of dichlorobenzene, a solvent used in some mothballs and solid blocks of toilet bowl deodorizers and air fresheners, had their first period seven months earlier than girls with lower exposures. […]