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Vitamin B an unlikely weapon in the war against pollution, new study suggests
- CNN, 3/14/17 - "The experiment was then repeated, with
each volunteer taking a B vitamin supplement daily -- made up of 2.5 mg of folic
acid, 50 mg of vitamin B6, and 1 mg of vitamin B12 ... The researchers found
that four weeks of B vitamin supplements reduced the damage of PM2.5 exposure by
Dietary Supplementation with Olive
Oil or Fish Oil and Vascular Effects of Concentrated Ambient Particulate Matter
Exposure in Human Volunteers - Environ Health Perspect;
DOI:10.1289/ehp.1408988 - "Exposure to ambient
particulate matter (PM) induces endothelial dysfunction, a risk factor for
cardiovascular disease. Olive oil (OO) and fish oil (FO) supplements have
beneficial effects on endothelial function ... particulate matter (PM). ...
Forty-two participants (58 ± 1 years of age) received either 3 g/day of OO
or FO, or no supplements (naive) for 4 weeks prior to undergoing 2-hr
exposures to filtered air and concentrated ambient particulate matter ...
Short-term exposure to CAP induced vascular endothelial dysfunction. OO
supplementation attenuated CAP-induced reduction of FMD and changes in blood
markers associated with vasoconstriction and fibrinolysis, suggesting that
OO supplementation may be an efficacious intervention to protect against
vascular effects of exposure to PM" - [Nutra
Coenzyme Q10 helps veterans battle gulf war illness symptoms - Science
Daily, 11/3/14 - "Roughly one-third of the 700,000
United States troops who fought in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War have
subsequently developed a distinct set of chronic health problems, dubbed
Gulf War illness ... a high quality brand of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) -- a
compound commonly sold as a dietary supplement -- provides health benefits
to persons suffering from Gulf War illness symptoms ... Evidence instead
links Gulf War illness to chemical exposures ... These chemicals can damage
mitochondria, which generate the energy our cells need to do their jobs ...
80 percent of those who received 100mg of CoQ10 had improvement in physical
function. The degree of improvement correlated to the degree in which CoQ10
levels in the blood increased ... Gulf War illness symptoms like headaches,
fatigue with exertion, irritability, recall problems and muscle pain also
improved" - See
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MitoQ at Amazon.com.
Induction of Human Breast Cell Carcinogenesis by Triclocarban and
Intervention by Curcumin - Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2013 Aug 10 -
"More than 85% of breast cancers are sporadic and
attributable to long-term exposure to environmental carcinogens and
co-carcinogens. To identify co-carcinogens with abilities to induce cellular
pre-malignancy, we studied the activity of triclocarban (TCC), an
antimicrobial agent commonly used in household and personal care products.
Here, we demonstrated, for the first time, that chronic exposure to TCC at
physiologically-achievable nanomolar concentrations resulted in progressive
carcinogenesis of human breast cells from non-cancerous to pre-malignant ...
Using TCC-induced transient and constitutive endpoints as targets will
likely help identify non-cytotoxic preventive agents, such as curcumin,
effective in suppressing TCC-induced cellular pre-malignancy" - See
curcumin products at Amazon.com.
Arecoline N-Oxide: Its Mutagenicity and Possible Role as Ultimate Carcinogen
in Areca Oral Carcinogenesis - J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Mar 3 -
"The areca nut is the most widely consumed
psychoactive substance in Taiwan, India, and Southeast Asia. It is
considered to be an environmental risk factor for the development of oral
submucous fibrosis and cancer. Arecoline, the major alkaloid of areca nut,
has been known to cause cytotoxicity and genotoxicity in various systems.
However, the active compound accounting for arecoline-induced damage in
normal human oral cells is still uncharacterized. The present study was
undertaken to identify the active metabolite of arecoline that might induce
damage in human oral tissues and cause mutagenicity in Salmonella
typhimurium tester strains TA 100 and TA 98. It is interesting to find that
the major metabolite of arecoline, arecoline N-oxide, is moderately
mutagenic to these Salmonella tester strains. This mutagenicity was potently
inhibited by sulfhydryl compounds, namely, glutathione, N-acetylcysteine,
and cysteine, whereas methionine is inactive in this inhibition. The
mutagenicity of arecoline N-oxide was strongly inhibited by the N-oxide
reducing agent titanium trichloride. The possible role of arecoline N-oxide
in the induction of oral carcinogenesis by areca nut chewing is discussed"
filters reduce cardiovascular health risks associated with air pollution,
study finds - Science Daily, 1/12/11 - "portable
HEPA filters reduced the average concentrations of fine particulates inside
homes by 60% and woodsmoke by 75%, and their use was associated with
improved endothelial function (a 9.4% increase in reactive hyperemia index)
and decreased inflammation (a 32.6% decrease in C-reactive protein)"
Antioxidants Can Reduce The Toxic Effects Of Lead, Study Suggests -
WebMD, 10/31/08 - "administering natural
antioxidants can reduce the effects of lead poisoning in animals during the
gestation and lactation periods"
Levels Of Toxic Metals Found In Herbal Medicine Products Sold Online -
Science Daily, 8/27/08 - "Overall, 20.7 percent of
Ayurvedic medicines contained detectable lead, mercury and/or arsenic. U.S.
and Indian manufactured products were equally likely to contain toxic
metals. Rasa shastra compared with non-rasa shastra medicines were more than
twice as likely to contain metals and had higher concentrations of lead and
mercury. Among products containing metals, 95 percent were sold by U.S. Web
sites and 75 percent claimed Good Manufacturing Practices or testing for
heavy metals. All metal-containing products exceeded one or more standards
for acceptable daily intake of toxic metals"
Oil Prevents Potentially Deadly Heart Rate Variability - Science Daily,
12/15/05 - "In this randomized controlled trial,
fish oil supplementation prevented the reduction in heart rate variability
associated with the same-day exposure to indoor particulate matter" -
See Mega Twin EPA at Amazon.com.
Air Cleaner Dust-up - WashingtonPost.com, 10/4/05 -
"Our air-cleaning tests show that the Ionic Breeze
with OzoneGuard does a poor job of removing smoke, dust and pollen particles
from the air when new and after 500 hours of continuous use"
- Best Way to Clear the Air?
- Dr. Weil, 11/6/03 -
"The health benefits of these negative ion machines
are debatable because some may produce ozone as they operate ... Ozone is
beneficial in the upper atmosphere where it protects the Earth from the
damaging effects of ultraviolet light, but you don’t want it in your living
room or sleeping area"
- Sunscreen: Dangerous
Chemicals? - Dr. Weil, 7/17/03
- Is There Poison in
Potatoes? - Dr. Weil, 5/15/03
Michael Janson, M.D.: Newsletters - Dr. Janson, 6/02 -
"Dietary supplements are critical to the treatment
of metal overload. They not only promote excretion, but they decrease the
damaging effects. Extra
selenium and sulfur (in the form of methylsulfonyl methane, or
MSM, 2 to 6 gms), may be essential in addition to food sources.
Alpha lipoic acid (200 to 1000 mg) is both a sulfur source and an
excellent antioxidant for the brain, protecting against degenerative brain
disorders ... Vitamin C (2 to 6 gms) is not
only an antioxidant, but it is also a metal chelator, binding with metals
and removing them from the system and decreasing free-radical damage.
calcium in food or supplements help to block toxic metal accumulation"
In The Health News - Dr. Janson, 4/02 -
"To reduce the consequences of pollution, and
arterial spasms, take antioxidants and arterial relaxants, such as vitamins
C and E, magnesium, ginkgo biloba, and arginine, and exercise regularly"
Detoxification for the Body & Mind - Nutrition Science News, 2/00
News & Research:
Problems from Common Chemicals Cost $340 Billion Per Year: Study - Time,
10/17/16 - "Diseases related to household chemicals cost
$217 billion, or 1.28% of GDP, in Europe, compared to $340 billion, or 2.33% of
GDP, in the U.S. These chemicals have been linked to obesity, intellectual
disabilities, endometriosis, autism and heart disease"
5 Things Wrong
With Your Deodorant - Time, 7/5/16 - "You wouldn’t
swallow a spoonful of toxic cosmetic ingredients. But in some ways, smearing
them under your arms in the form of deodorant or antiperspirant may be worse ...
When you eat something, it’s broken down by your liver and digestive system ...
But when you put something on your skin, there are times when it can enter your
bloodstream without being metabolized"
Study: Up to 90 percent of cancers not ‘bad luck,’ but due to lifestyle choices,
environment - Washington Post, 12/17/15 - "Led by a
team at Stony Brook, the research used four approaches, including stem cell
experiments, computer modeling and molecular "fingerprinting" of cancers, to
conclude that 70 to 90 percent of your lifetime cancer risk could be due to
WHO adds one of world’s most popular weedkillers to list linked to cancer -
The Washington Post, 6/23/15 - "The addition of 2,4-D to
the WHO group's cancer list is especially significant because it is so
widespread in our environment today. The chemical, made by Dow AgroSciences and
contained in products such as Ortho Weed B Gone Max and Bayer Advanced Lawn Weed
& Crabgrass Killer, has been found on golf courses, in parks and other grassy
areas and in waters used by recreational swimmers and treated for aquatic weeds.
Low-level residue has also been documented in crops and drinking water"
Women Put an Average of 168 Chemicals on Their Bodies Each Day, Consumer Group
Says - ABC News - ABC News, 4/27/15 - "From shampoo to lotion, the use of
personal care products is widespread, however, there are very few protections in
place to ensure their safety ... women use an average of 12 products a day,
containing 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products, but still put 85
chemicals on their bodies. Teens on average use 17 personal care products a day,
according to the group, which tested 20 teens' blood and urine seven years ago
to find out which chemicals from these products were ending up in their bodies.
They said they found 16 hormone-altering chemicals, including parabens and
phthalates" - See chemical free shampoos at Amazon.com, chemical free cosmetics at Amazon.com, chemical free makeup at Amazon.com, chemical free soap at Amazon.com,
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and chemical free detergent at Amazon.com.
Chemical Phthalates in Food Packaging Linked With Lower IQ in Kids - NBC
News.com, 12/10/14 - "While the study doesn't show for sure that the phthalates
damaged the kids' brains during development, the researchers say they did
everything they could to filter out other possible effects and they still found
the link between some — but not all — of the phthalates and IQ ... Phthalates
(pronounced "THAL-ates") are a group of chemical compounds used to keep other
products flexible. They make plastics bendier and are used almost everywhere,
from plastic toys and bottles to vinyl flooring and dryer sheets ... The
children of moms with the highest levels of those two chemicals scored on
average four points lower on the IQ test than kids whose mothers had the lowest
levels" - Note: I never did understand the point of dryer sheets.
It's hard to get around many chemicals but do people really need those dryer
sheets? Plus they make your clothes spell like cheap perfume. Personally I don't even use the dryer, I use three dryer racks.
'dirty' side of soap: Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in personal hygiene
products, causes liver fibrosis and cancer in mice - Science Daily, 11/17/14
- "Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in
soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items ... triclosan
disrupted liver integrity and compromised liver function in mouse models. Mice
exposed to triclosan for six months (roughly equivalent to 18 human years) were
more susceptible to chemical-induced liver tumors. Their tumors were also larger
and more frequent than in mice not exposed to triclosan ... Triclosan is perhaps
the most ubiquitous consumer antibacterial. Studies have found traces in 97
percent of breast milk samples from lactating women and in the urine of nearly
75 percent of people tested. Triclosan is also common in the environment: It is
one of the seven most frequently detected compounds in streams across the United
in the environment might make you older than your years - Science Daily,
5/28/14 - "Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry
while others can barely get around? ... Part of the explanation, say researchers
writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Molecular Medicine on May 28, is
differences from one person to the next in exposure to harmful substances in the
environment, chemicals such as benzene, cigarette smoke, and even stress"
may never fully recover from exposure to paint, glue, degreasers - Science
Daily, 5/12/14 - "The study involved 2,143 retirees from the French national
utility company. Researchers assessed the workers' lifetime exposure to
chlorinated solvents, petroleum solvents, and benzene, including the timing of
last exposure and lifetime dosage ... people with high, recent exposure to
solvents were at greatest risk for memory and thinking deficits. For example,
those with high, recent exposure to chlorinated solvents were 65 percent more
likely to have impaired scores on tests of memory and visual attention and task
switching than those who were not exposed to solvents ... The people with high
exposure within the last 12 to 30 years showed impairment in almost all areas of
memory and thinking, including those not usually associated with solvent
exposure ... But what was really striking was that we also saw some cognitive
problems in those who had been highly exposed much longer ago, up to 50 years
before testing" - See paint masks at Amazon.com.
Improving air quality in NYC would boost children's future earnings by
increasing IQ - Science Daily, 5/8/14 - "polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), a family of chemicals created by burning fossil
fuels ... Gains in IQ related to the hypothetical 25% reduction in PAH
translated to increased lifetime earnings of $215 million ... The researchers
previously reported that children born to nonsmoking mothers exposed to higher
levels of airborne PAH during pregnancy had IQs three points lower at age 5 than
children whose mothers had lower PAH exposures. The IQ reduction was modest but
in the range of that seen with low-level lead ... IQ affects academic
performance and earnings" - Note: Sometimes it just seems like
priorities are out of sync. On the one hand you've got marijuana showing
an eight point decrease in IQ and the media seems to be supporting it and that's
nearly three times what pollution causes and it's difficult to get rid of cars,
heating, manufacturing, etc. If a three point decline in IQ results in
$215 million decrease in lifetime earnings, then an eight point decrease in IQ
would interpolate to a $573 million decrease in lifetime earnings assuming it
tests, the antimicrobial ingredient triclosan spurs growth of breast cancer
cells - Science Daily, 4/23/14 -
"hormonal imbalances seem to play a role in the development of breast cancer ...
endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which are compounds that act like
hormones ... two EDCs -- triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient in many
products, including soaps, cosmetics and cutting boards; and octylphenol, which
is in some paints, pesticides and plastics -- have accumulated in the
environment. Additionally, triclosan is reportedly in the urine of an estimated
75 percent of Americans ... both agents interfered with genes involved with
breast cancer cell growth, resulting in more cancer cells. Mice that were
exposed to the two compounds had larger and denser breast cancer tumors than the
answer to the perennial question: Is it safe to pee in the pool? - Science
Daily, 3/26/14 - "as people swim, splash, play -- and
pee -- in the pool, chlorine mixes with sweat and urine and makes other
substances. Two of these compounds, including trichloramine (NCl3) and cyanogen
chloride (CNCl), are ubiquitous in swimming pools. The first one is associated
with lung problems, and the second one can also affect the lungs, as well as the
heart and central nervous system"
Antibacterial agent boosts toothpaste effectiveness - Science Daily, 1/10/14
- "We are very confident that adding triclosan and
copolymer to a fluoride toothpaste will lead to additional benefits, in terms of
less plaque, inflammation, bleeding, and tooth decay" - Note:
You've got to be kidding me about putting triclosan in toothpaste. I don't
even trust it in soap. See:
Is hand sanitizer toxic? - CNN, 11/16/13 - "the
main concern with hand sanitizers is triclosan, which is the main
antibacterial ingredient in nonalcoholic hand sanitizers ...
Triclosan-containing products don't provide any disease protection beyond
what you get from washing with soap and water ... Research has shown that
triclosan can disrupt the endocrine system, amplifying testosterone. In
animal studies, it reduced muscle strength. It may also harm the immune
system ... When you expose bacteria to triclosan, it can elicit antibiotic
resistance ... The main concern with triclosan, however, is that it doesn't
protect against viruses or fungi ... Colds are caused by viruses, not
bacteria ... Hand sanitizers that are 60% alcohol are good at killing
bacterial pathogens ... They can also kill some viruses, but not all of them
-- such as the noroviruses that can cause cruise-ship outbreaks"
Chemical widely used in antibacterial hand soaps may impair muscle function
- Science Daily, 8/13/12 - "Triclosan is found in
virtually everyone's home and is pervasive in the environment ... Triclosan is
commonly found in antibacterial personal-care products such as hand soaps as
well as deodorants, mouthwashes, toothpaste, bedding, clothes, carpets, toys and
trash bags ... Anesthetized mice had up to a 25-percent reduction in heart
function measures within 20 minutes of exposure to the chemical ... We were
surprised by the large degree to which muscle activity was impaired in very
different organisms and in both cardiac and skeletal muscle"
lips? Troubling levels of toxic metals found in cosmetics - Science Daily,
5/2/13 - "Using acceptable daily intakes derived from
this study, average use of some lipsticks and lip glosses would result in
excessive exposure to chromium, a carcinogen linked to stomach tumors. High use
of these makeup products could result in potential overexposure to aluminum,
cadmium and manganese as well. Over time, exposure to high concentrations of
manganese has been linked to toxicity in the nervous system"
Proximity to coal-tar-sealed pavement raises risk of cancer, study finds -
Science Daily, 3/28/13 - "The increased cancer risk
associated with coal-tar-sealed asphalt (CSA) likely affects a large number of
people in the U.S. Our results indicate that the presence of coal-tar-based
pavement sealants is associated with significant increases in estimated excess
lifetime cancer risk for nearby residents ... Exposure to these compounds in
settled house dust is a particularly important source of risk for children
younger than six years of age, as they are expected to ingest this material at
Hidden dangers in fragrances - Fox News Video, 1/15/13 - It's a five
minute video on the hidden dangers of fragrances in things like laundry soap.
It's something that's been one of my pet peeves for a long time. I just bought
some Costco dishwater soap and not only does it make the kitchen smell bad for
the next 24 hours but it gives me a headache yet Costco thinks they are doing
you a favor with that cheap smell.
flame retardants in house dust at unsafe levels - Science Daily, 11/28/12 -
"Forty-four flame retardant chemicals were detected and
36 were found in at least 50% of the samples, sometimes at levels of health
concern. The flame retardants found in house dust are in furniture, textiles,
electronics, and other products and include hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and
chemicals with unknown safety profiles ... This study complements a separate
study, also being published in Environmental Science & Technology on Nov. 28,
that found many potentially problematic flame retardants in couches ... When one
toxic flame retardant is phased out, it's being replaced by another chemical we
either know is dangerous or suspect may be"
Potentially toxic flame retardants found in many US couches - Science Daily,
11/28/12 - "Tris was phased out from use in baby pajamas
back in 1977 because of its health risks, but it still showed up in 41 percent
of the couch foam samples we tested ... analyzed 102 polyurethane foam samples
from couches purchased for home use in the United States between 1985 and 2010
... In addition to finding Tris, the tests revealed that 17 percent of the foam
samples contained the flame-retardant pentaBDE, which is banned in 172 countries
and 12 U.S. states and was voluntarily phased out by U.S manufacturers in 2005
... PentaBDEs are long-lasting chemicals that over time migrate into the
environment and accumulate in living organisms. Studies show they can disrupt
endocrine activity and affect thyroid regulation and brain development. Early
exposure to them has been linked to low birth weight, lowered IQ and impaired
motor and behavioral development in children"
jobs linked to increased breast cancer risk - Science Daily, 11/19/12 -
"across all sectors, women in jobs with potentially high
exposures to carcinogens and endocrine disrupters had an elevated breast cancer
risk. Sectors with increased risk included agriculture, bar/gambling, automotive
plastics manufacturing, food canning and metal-working. Importantly,
premenopausal breast cancer risk was highest in the automotive plastics and food
Common Chemicals Affecting Your Fertility? - WebMD, 11/14/12 -
"These chemicals, called persistent organochlorine
pollutants, may persist in the environment for decades. Some, such as persistent
lipophilic organochlorine pollutants, accumulate in fatty tissues in animals,
while perfluorochemicals or PFCs are used in clothing, furniture, adhesives,
food packaging, nonstick cooking surfaces, and electrical wire insulation ...
The new study shows that men and women with high levels of these chemicals in
their blood took longer to conceive than couples with lower levels"
association between cardiovascular disease, chemical exposure, study suggests
- Science Daily, 9/3/12 - "PFOA (widely used in the
manufacture of products such as lubricants, polishes, paper and textile
coatings, and food packaging) is detectable in the blood of more than 98 percent
of the U.S.population ... Compared with the reference level of PFOA in quartile
1, the multivariable odds ratio among participants in quartile 4 was 2.01 for
CVD and 1.78 for PAD" - [Abstract]
- They left out a few:
Household chemical linked to heart disease - CNN.com, 9/3/12 -
"such as some food packaging, carpets, paint, and
Chemical widely used in antibacterial hand soaps may impair muscle function
- Science Daily, 8/13/12 - "Triclosan is found in
virtually everyone's home and is pervasive in the environment ... Triclosan is
commonly found in antibacterial personal-care products such as hand soaps as
well as deodorants, mouthwashes, toothpaste, bedding, clothes, carpets, toys and
trash bags ... Anesthetized mice had up to a 25-percent reduction in heart
function measures within 20 minutes of exposure to the chemical ... We were
surprised by the large degree to which muscle activity was impaired in very
different organisms and in both cardiac and skeletal muscle"
Chemicals in personal care products -- phthalates -- may increase risk of
diabetes in women - Science Daily, 7/13/12 -
"Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that are commonly found in
personal care products such as moisturizers, nail polishes, soaps, hair sprays
and perfumes. They are also used in adhesives, electronics, toys and a variety
of other products ... women with higher levels of phthalates in their urine were
more likely to have diabetes. Specifically: Women who had the highest levels of
the chemicals mono-benzyl phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate had almost twice
the risk of diabetes compared to women with the lowest levels of those chemicals
... Women with higher than median levels of the chemical mono-(3-carboxypropyl)
phthalate had approximately a 60 percent increased risk of diabetes ... Women
with moderately high levels of the chemicals mono-n-butyl phthalate and
di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate had approximately a 70 percent increased risk of
pollution linked to chronic heart disease - Science Daily, 6/5/12 -
"Compared to patients who lived in areas with the lowest
recorded levels of pollution, those in the most polluted environment were 43
percent more likely to have a second heart attack or suffer congestive heart
failure and 46 percent more likely to suffer a stroke. The study also found that
patients exposed to air pollution were 35 percent more likely to die in the
almost 20 year period following their first heart attack than those who were
exposed to lower levels of pollution"
Flame Retardant Found in Some Common Foods - WebMD. 5/31/12 -
"The levels we found are lower than what the government
agencies currently think are dangerous ... But those levels were determined one
chemical at a time ... Fifteen of the 36 samples, or 42%, had detectable levels
Phthalates in PVC floors taken up by the body in infants - Science Daily,
5/23/12 - "Phthalates are a group of chemical compounds
that occur in construction materials and a great number of common consumer goods
such as toys, cleaning solvents, packaging, etc. Phthalates are suspected of
disrupting hormones and may be related to several chronic diseases in children,
like asthma and allergies, as shown in earlier studies. Flooring materials using
softened PVC contain phthalates and have previously been shown to be a
significant source of phthalates in indoor dust ... The levels of certain
phthalates (MBzP, a BBzP metabolite) proved to be higher in the urine of babies
that had PVC materials on their bedroom floor. The levels of another phthalate
metabolite related to DEHP were lower in two-month-old children if they were
exclusively breastfed, with no supplements ... Earlier studies from the current
group have shown that PVC flooring can be tied to the occurrence of phthalates
in indoor dust, and that exposure for BBzP in indoor dust could be associated
with allergic conditions in children"
U.S. Lowers Cutoff for Lead Poisoning in Young Kids - US News and World
Report, 5/16/12 - "The new standard announced Wednesday
means that hundreds of thousands more youngsters could be diagnosed with high
levels of lead" - Note: It's just one more example of why I worry about
the guidelines of anything the government comes up with such as minimum
requirements for nutrition.
Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Harm Kids' Brains - WebMD, 4/30/12 -
"Compared to children with low prenatal exposure, those
with high exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos had abnormalities in the cortex
(the outer area of the brain) ... The cortex helps govern intelligence,
personality, muscle movement, and other tasks ... In 2001, the U.S. EPA banned
the residential use of chlorpyrifos. It still allows it on crops. It can also be
sprayed in public places such as golf courses ... Since the pesticide was
registered by the EPA in 1965, its use has become common in more than 50 crops,
according to Dow. Among them are citrus fruits, apples, soybeans, sweet corn,
and peanuts ... Wash produce well before eating, she says. Buying organic
produce is a good idea"
levels of phthalates can lead to greater risk for type-2 diabetes - Science
Daily, 4/12/12 - "There is a connection between
phthalates found in cosmetics and plastics and the risk of developing diabetes
among seniors. Even at a modest increase in circulating phthalate levels, the
risk of diabetes is doubled ... Most people come into daily contact with
phthalates as they are used a softening agents in plastics and as carriers of
perfumes in cosmetics and self-care products"
of environmental toxicants reach down through generations - Science Daily,
3/2/12 - "variety of environmental toxicants can have
negative effects on not just an exposed animal but the next three generations of
its offspring ... While Skinner's earlier research has shown similar effects
from a pesticide and fungicide, this is the first to show a greater variety of
toxicants -- including jet fuel, dioxin, plastics and the pesticides DEET and
permethrin -- promoting epigenetic disease across generations"
food sweetener may be a hidden source of dietary arsenic - Science Daily,
2/16/12 - "Of the 17 toddler milk formulas tested, only
two had listed organic brown rice syrup as the primary ingredient. These two
formulas, one dairy-based and one soy-based, were extremely high in arsenic,
more than 20 times greater than the other formulas. The amount of inorganic
arsenic, the most toxic form, averaged 8.6 ppb for the dairy based formula and
21.4 ppb for the soy formula"
Glass half empty: Is your tap water safe? - MSNBC, 2/15/12 -
"Barium, chromium, copper, lead, nitrate, and other
chemicals, as well as E. coli (E. coli!?), have been detected over the past year
... Antibiotics, hormones, a cancer drug, a chemical found in gasoline,
antiseizure medication...research shows that hundreds of unregulated
contaminants may be flowing from my tap ... a reverse-osmosis system filters out
many EPA-regulated contaminants; and an ultraviolet filter kills bacteria and
other microorganisms" - See
water distillers at Amazon.com.
Lipsticks, Perfumes May Be Hazardous to Health - ABC News, 2/14/12 -
"400 lipsticks on the market tested positive for lead,
according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition that advocates for
safer cosmetics and hygiene products ... Maybelline Color Sensation by L’Oreal
USA was the worst-offending lipstick of the group tested ... There are no FDA
standards in regulating the amount of chemicals in products ... Seventy-five
percent of the time, fragrances contain phthalates, a known-carcinogen that
causes reproductive issues in the body"
link between potentially toxic PFCs in office air and in office workers' blood
- Science Daily, 1/18/12 - "the indoor air in offices is
an important source of worker exposure to potentially toxic substances released
by carpeting, furniture, paint and other items ... PFCs, used in water-repellent
coatings on carpet and furniture, may have adverse effects on human health. The
substances are widespread in the environment and in humans around the world.
Scientists know that potential sources of exposure include food, water, indoor
air, indoor dust and direct contact with PFC-containing objects ... They found
concentrations of a PFC called fluorotelomer alcohol (FTOH) in office air that
were 3-5 times higher than those reported in previous studies of household air"
Are Fears That Deodorant Causes Breast Cancer Unfounded? - WebMD, 1/11/12 -
"It has to do with certain underarm products that
contain preservatives called parabens. These chemicals can act like the hormone
estrogen in the body ... Parabens such as methylparaben, ethylparaben,
propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben, and isobutylparaben are also
found in makeup, moisturizers, and hair care and shaving products ... The new
study included 40 women with breast cancer who chose to have a mastectomy.
Researchers looked at four samples of breast tissue from each woman ... Fully
99% of the tissue samples had evidence of at least one paraben, and 60% showed
evidence of five ... The study suggests that if there is a relationship between
parabens and breast cancer, it may be a complex one"
The Mercury Myth: How Much Mercury Do CFLs Actually Contain? - Txchnologist,
10/5/11 - "CFLs do contain mercury, but in quantities so
small that breaking one exposes you, in most cases, to less mercury than eating
shown between environmental toxicants and atherosclerosis - Science Daily,
10/11/11 - "Environmental toxicants such as dioxins,
PCBs, and pesticides can pose a risk for cardiovascular disease ... The current
study measured the circulating levels of the above group of compounds in about
1,000 Swedes living in Uppsala ... The findings show a clear connection between
increasing levels of environmental toxicants and atherosclerosis"
cyclists are at increased risk from lung injury from inhaled soot, study finds
- Science Daily, 9/25/11 - "cyclists inhale more black
carbon than pedestrians, which may cause damage to the lungs ... The combustion
of fossil fuels results in the generation of large numbers of inhalable
particles of soot (black carbon). There is increasing evidence that inhalation
of black carbon particles is associated with a wide range of health effects --
including heart attacks and reduced lung function ... in this small sample,
cyclists have 2.3-times more black carbon in their lungs when compared with
laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents - Science
Daily, 8/24/11 - "air vented from machines using the
top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheet contains
hazardous chemicals, including two that are classified as carcinogens ... This
is an interesting source of pollution because emissions from dryer vents are
essentially unregulated and unmonitored ... Analysis of the captured gases found
more than 25 volatile organic compounds, including seven hazardous air
pollutants, coming out of the vents. Of those, two chemicals -- acetaldehyde and
benzene -- are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens,
for which the agency has established no safe exposure level" - Note: All
scented products have been one of my pet peeves. It’s been shown that they enter
the bloodstream. I keep thinking of an old CNN segment where they tested a CNN
reporter and found numerous chemicals in his blood. Why go out of your way to
add to that plus have that cheap smell. I don’t get it. As far as fabric
softeners, I’d like to see a placebo test because I doubt if anyone could tell a
difference. I see it as a gimmick.
levels of potentially toxic flame retardants in California pregnant women -
Science Daily, 8/10/11 - "the flame retardant chemicals,
known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), have been widely used in
furniture foam, plastics, carpets, consumer electronics, wire insulation, and
other products since the 1970s. Although California banned manufacture and
import of certain PBDEs in 2004, human exposure continues from old products,
house dust, food, and other sources. Studies suggest that PBDE exposure during
pregnancy may disrupt thyroid function, with adverse effects on normal
development of the fetus's brain that persist throughout life, and also have
adverse effects on the mother ... In their study of 25 second-trimester pregnant
women in California, the researchers found the highest-ever levels of certain
PBDEs among pregnant women worldwide. The high exposure most likely was the
unintended consequence of California's furniture flammability standards, which
manufacturers have met since 1975 by adding PBDE's to foam in upholstered
measurements of harmful haloacetic acids in urine of swimmers and pool workers
- Science Daily, 7/27/11 - "elevated levels of HAAs in
municipal drinking water supplies may be linked to birth defects and a higher
incidence of some cancers ... Gallego and Cardador measured HAA levels in the
urine of 49 volunteers who swam in or worked around an indoor and outdoor pool.
"The results showed that HAAs appeared 20-30 minutes after exposure and were
eliminated [from the body] within three hours," they note. Over 90 percent of
the exposures probably occurred as a result of swallowing pool water. Far fewer
HAAs were inhaled or taken in through the skin. Children were more likely than
adults to have a high concentration of HAAs after swimming and swimmers
accumulated HAAs almost four times as fast as people working around the pool"
Cancer-causing mineral found in U.S. road gravel: Erionite in roads may increase
risk of mesothelioma - Science Daily, 7/25/11
metal: Titanium implant safety under scrutiny - Science Daily, 7/25/11 -
"Titanium implants are routinely used for bone fractures
as well as dental work. It has recently been shown that titanium-based implants
both corrode and degrade, generating metallic debris. There is some concern over
the increased concentrations of circulating metal-degradation products derived
from these implants, and their potential harmful biological effects over a
period of time, including hepatic injury and renal lesions"
vapor released from broken compact fluorescent light bulbs can exceed safe
exposure levels for humans, study finds - Science Daily, 7/6/11 -
"Once broken, a compact fluorescent light bulb
continuously releases mercury vapor into the air for weeks to months, and the
total amount can exceed safe human exposure levels in a poorly ventilated room"
Hair dye use
and risk of bladder cancer in the new england bladder cancer study - Int J
Cancer. 2011 Jun 15 - "Women who used permanent dyes and
had a college degree, a marker of socioeconomic status, had an increased risk of
bladder cancer (OR=3.3, 95% CI: 1.2, 8.9). Among these women, we found an
increased risk of bladder cancer among exclusive users of permanent hair dyes
who had NAT2 slow acetylation phenotype (OR=7.3, 95% CI: 1.6, 32.6) compared to
never users of dye with NAT2 rapid/intermediate acetylation phenotype. While we
found no relation between hair dye use and bladder cancer risk in women overall,
we detected evidence of associations and gene-environment interaction with
permanent hair dye use; however, this was limited to educated women" -
Note: France wants to ban Actos because of two studies showing a 22% and 40%
increase in bladder cancer yet hair dye can cause a 330% to 730% increase in
bladder cancer. Maybe they should change their priorities but then again
banning hair die would probably cause riots.
Apples Top 12 Foods With Most Pesticide - WebMD, 6/13/11 -
"worst overall pesticide scores: 1.Apples 2.Celery
3.Strawberries 4.Peaches 5.Spinach 6.Nectarines (imported) 7.Grapes (imported)
8.Sweet bell peppers 9.Potatoes 10.Blueberries (domestic) 11.Lettuce
substances added to U.S. Report on Carcinogens, including formaldehyde, may
increase cancer risk - Science Daily, 6/10/11 - "formaldehyde
are at increased risk for certain types of rare cancers, including
nasopharyngeal (the nasopharnyx is the upper part of the throat behind the
nose), sinonasal, as well as a specific cancer of the white blood cells known as
myeloid leukemia. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling
chemical that is widely used to make resins for household items, such as
composite wood products, paper product coatings, plastics, synthetic fibers, and
textile finishes. Formaldehyde is also commonly used as a preservative in
medical laboratories, mortuaries, and some consumer products, including some
hair straightening products ... The largest use of general purpose glass wool is
for home and building insulation, which appears to be less durable and less
biopersistent, and thus less likely to cause cancer in humans ... Styrene is a
synthetic chemical used worldwide in the manufacture of products such as rubber,
plastic, insulation, fiberglass, pipes, automobile parts, food containers, and
carpet backing. People may be exposed to styrene by breathing indoor air that
has styrene vapors from building materials, tobacco smoke, and other products.
The greatest exposure to styrene in the general population is through cigarette
risk of Parkinson's disease for people exposed to pesticides near workplace:
Pesticide ziram implicated as possible cause for disease - Science Daily,
5/26/11 - "a follow-up study adds two new twists. Once
again the researchers returned to California's fertile Central Valley, and for
the first time have implicated a third pesticide, ziram, in the pathology of
Parkinson's disease. Second, instead of looking just at whether people lived
near fields that were sprayed, they looked at where people worked, including
teachers, firefighters and clerks who worked near, but not in, the fields ...
They found that the combined exposure to ziram, maneb and paraquat near any
workplace increased the risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) threefold, while
combined exposure to ziram and paraquat alone was associated with an 80 percent
increase in risk"
and childhood cancer - Science Daily, 5/25/11 - "A
significant positive association between the risk of childhood leukemia and
levels of chlorine-containing chemicals in the atmosphere has been found by
researchers in Portugal ... potential emissions from paper-related industry,
forest fires, pesticides manufacturing, heavy chemical industry and fossil fuel
power stations may lead to higher levels of chlorine-containing carcinogens in
the air ... lichens have been used as accurate biomarkers of pollution levels
since the 1970s. Lichens are excellent biomonitors because they depend largely
on atmospheric depositions for their nutrient supply, thus showing elemental
compositions which reflect the gaseous, dissolved and/or particulate elements in
the atmosphere, the team explains"
pesticide exposure tied to lower IQ in children, study finds - Science
Daily, 4/21/11 - "every tenfold increase in measures of
organophosphates detected during a mother's pregnancy corresponded to a 5.5
point drop in overall IQ scores in the 7-year-olds. Children in the study with
the highest levels of prenatal pesticide exposure scored seven points lower on a
standardized measure of intelligence compared with children who had the lowest
levels of exposure"
makers: Coffee in capsules contains more furan than the rest - Science
Daily, 4/13/11 - "Coffee made in espresso makers, above
all that made from capsules, contains more furan -- a toxic, carcinogenic
compound -- than that made in traditional drip coffee makers, although the
levels are still within safe health limits ... The reason for these higher
levels is due to the fact that hermetically-sealed capsules prevent furan, which
is highly volatile, from being released, while the coffee makers used to brew
this coffee use hot water at higher pressures"
pollution significantly damages mouse brain - Science Daily, 4/7/11 -
"after short-term exposure to vehicle pollution, mice
showed significant brain damage -- including signs associated with memory loss
and Alzheimer's disease ... The mind-numbing toxin is not an exhaust gas, but a
mix of tiny particles from burning of fossil fuel and weathering of car parts
and pavement ... The freeway particles measured between a few dozen to 200
nanometers -- roughly one-thousandth the width ... You can't see them, but they
are inhaled and have an effect on brain neurons that raises the possibility of
long-term brain health consequences of freeway air ... Even an all-electric car
culture would not solve the problem on its own ... It would certainly sharply
decrease the local concentration of nanoparticles, but then at present
electrical generation still depends upon other combustion processes -- coal --
that in a larger environment contribute nanoparticles anyway"
to chemicals in environment associated with onset of early menopause -
Science Daily, 3/23/11 - "In this study of 25,957 women
aged 18 to 65 years, researchers ascertained menopausal status of participants
and then measured their serum concentration levels of PFCs and estradiol. They
found that there was an association between PFC exposure, decreased estradiol
and early menopause in women over age 42. There was also an inverse association
between PFC levels and estradiol in women of child bearing age but this
association was not statistically significant"
quality and counts worsening in Finland - Science Daily, 3/3/11 -
"A new study published in the International Journal of
Andrology reveals that semen quality has significantly deteriorated during the
last ten years in Finland, a country that previously was a region with high
sperm counts. At the same time, the incidence of testis cancer in the Finnish
population showed a remarkable increase, following the worrying trends observed
in several countries in Europe and the Americas ... The underlying cause for
these simultaneously occurring adverse trends remains unknown. However, the
rapid change strongly points to environmental reasons. Endocrine disrupting
compounds acting during development have been hypothesized to be a cause"
pesticides -- rotenone and paraquat -- linked to Parkinson's disease, study
suggests - Science Daily, 2/14/11 - "People who used
either pesticide developed Parkinson's disease approximately 2.5 times more
often than non-users"
insecticide used in homes associated with delayed mental development of young
children - Science Daily, 2/10/11 - "When the EPA
phased out the widespread residential use of chlorpyrifos and other
organophosphorus (OP) insecticides in 2000-2001 because of risks to child
neurodevelopment, these compounds were largely replaced with pyrethroid
insecticides ... scientists of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental
Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found a
significant association between piperonyl butoxide (PBO), a common additive in
pyrethroid formulations, measured in personal air collected during the third
trimester of pregnancy, and delayed mental development at 36 months ... While
the results demonstrate that a significant prenatal exposure to permethrin in
personal air and/or plasma was not associated with performance scores for the
Bayley Mental Developmental Index or the Psychomotor Developmental Index at 36
months, children who were more highly exposed to PBO in personal air samples
(≥4.34 ng/m3) scored 3.9 points lower on the Mental Developmental Index than
those with lower exposures ... This drop in IQ points is similar to that
observed in response to lead exposure"
pregnant women in US test positive for multiple chemicals including banned ones,
study suggests - Science Daily, 1/14/11
Study finds toxic chemicals in pregnant womens' bodies - USATODAY.com,
1/13/11 - "These chemicals include certain pesticides,
flame retardants, PFCs used in non-stick cookware, phthalates (in many
fragrances and plastics), pollution from car exhaust, perchlorate (in rocket
fuel) and PCBs, toxic industrial chemicals banned in 1979 that persist in the
environment ... BPA — an estrogen-like ingredient in plastic found in 96% of
pregnant women — affects the development of the brain, prostate and behavior in
children exposed both before and after birth. Lead and mercury are known to
cause brain damage ... some of these chemicals may act together to cause more
damage than they would alone"
studded winter tires may damage public health, as well as pavement - Science
Daily, 1/5/11 - "studded tires grind away at the road
surface, generating the kind of dust particles believed to contribute to heart
and respiratory disease when inhaled into the lungs ... In the new research, the
scientists pinpointed specific changes in proteins in cells related to the road
dust exposure. Dust exposure resulted in significant increases in three proteins
associated with increased inflammation and decreased levels of seven proteins,
including some involved in fighting inflammation and maintaining normal
Dangerous chemicals in food wrappers likely migrating to humans - Science
Daily, 11/8/10 - "PAPs are applied as greaseproofing
agents to paper food contact packaging such as fast food wrappers and microwave
popcorn bags ... We found the concentrations of PFOA from PAP metabolism to be
significant and concluded that the metabolism of PAPs could be a major source of
human exposure to PFOA, as well as other PFCAs ... In this study we clearly
demonstrate that the current use of PAPs in food contact applications does
result in human exposure to PFCAs, including PFOA. We cannot tell whether PAPs
are the sole source of human PFOA exposure or even the most important, but we
can say unequivocally that PAPs are a source and the evidence from this study
suggests this could be significant"
Lead Levels Rise in New York City Homes - NYTimes.com, 11/4/10 -
"New York City health and environmental officials on
Thursday advised residents to run their tap water for at least 30 seconds before
drinking or cooking with it after testing showed a rise in the percentage of
homes with elevated levels of lead ... about 14 percent — exceeded allowable
pollution linked to breast cancer, study suggests - Science Daily, 10/6/10 -
"We found a link between post-menopausal breast cancer
and exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is a 'marker' for traffic-related
air pollution ... Across Montreal, levels of NO2 varied between 5 ppb to over 30
ppb. We found that risk increased by about 25 per cent with every increase of
NO2 of five parts per billion. Another way of saying this is that women living
in the areas with the highest levels of pollution were almost twice as likely to
develop breast cancer as those living in the least polluted areas" -
Chemicals in indoor swimming pools may increase cancer risk - Science Daily,
9/13/10 - "Swimming in indoor chlorinated pools may
induce genotoxicity (DNA damage that may lead to cancer) as well as respiratory
effects, but the positive health effects of swimming can be maintained by
reducing pool levels of the chemicals behind these potential health risks"
used chemicals linked to ADHD in children - Science Daily, 7/20/10 -
"PFCs are highly stable compounds used in industrial and
commercial products like stain-resistance coatings, food packaging, and
fire-fighting foams. In a 2003-2004 survey, NHANES examined 2,094 blood samples
taken from the U.S. population and found more than 98 percent of the sample had
detectable serum levels of PFCs, according to the study. Once absorbed into the
body, it can take years for some types of PFCs to be partially eliminated ...
children with this outcome tend to have higher levels of PFCs in their blood."
Because the PFC measurements were collected at the same time as the parental
report of ADHD diagnosis, Hoffman said it is unknown whether children with ADHD
engage in behavior leading to increased PFC exposure or if higher serum PFC
levels in children result in ADHD"
cleaning products cause breast cancer? - Science Daily, 7/20/10 -
"Women who reported the highest combined cleaning
product use had a doubled risk of breast cancer compared to those with the
lowest reported use. Use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew
control were associated with increased risk. To our knowledge, this is the first
published report on cleaning product use and risk of breast cancer"
at significantly increased risk of bladder cancer, study finds - Science
Daily, 7/19/10 - "Painters are at significantly
increased risk of developing bladder cancer ... plasterers, glaziers, wallpaper
hangers, artists and decorators were classified as "painters" in some studies"
Early-life exposure to BPA may affect testis function in adulthood - Science
Daily, 6/21/10 - "Exposure to environmental levels of
the industrial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, in the womb and early life may
cause long-lasting harm to testicular function"
with polycystic ovary syndrome have higher BPA blood levels, study finds -
Science Daily, 6/21/10 - "Excessive secretion of
androgens -- masculinization-promoting hormones -- occurs in PCOS. The syndrome
raises the risk of infertility, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease ...
Blood levels of BPA, compared with those of controls, were nearly 60 percent
higher in lean women with PCOS and more than 30 percent higher in obese women
with the syndrome ... Additionally, as the BPA blood level increased, so did the
concentrations of the male sex hormone testosterone and androstenedione, a
steroid hormone that converts to testosterone"
of food contain controversial BPA - MSNBC, 6/9/10 -
"BPA, or bisphenol A, is ubiquitous. Simply put, just about anything you eat
that comes out of a can — from Campbell's Chicken Soup and SpaghettiOs to Diet
Coke and BumbleBee Tuna — contains the same exact chemical ... The exposure to
BPA from canned food "is far more extensive" than from plastic bottles, said
Shanna Swan, a professor and researcher at the University of Rochester in New
York. "It's particularly concerning when it's lining infant formula cans.""
Increasing BPA levels in urine associated with worsening male sexual function,
study finds - Science Daily, 5/26/10 - "Increasing
urine BPA level is associated with decreased sexual desire, more difficulty
having an erection, lower ejaculation strength and lower level of overall
satisfaction with sex life" - See
stainless steel water bottles at Amazon.com.
Bisphenol A and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals pose cancer risk, study
suggests - Science Daily, 5/25/10 -
"endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) .. ample evidence already supports
changing public health and environmental policies to protect the public from
exposure to EDCs ... The strength and breadth of existing research on the
negative effects of EDCs, including bisphenol A, warrants immediate action to
reduce EDC exposure, particularly among the developing fetus and women of
Canned Food May Expose People to BPA - WebMD, 5/18/10 -
"A study conducted by a coalition of consumer and food
safety groups found detectable levels of BPA in 46 of 50 grocery store cans
tested. The results suggest BPA routinely leaches from can linings into food ...
The highest BPA level detected was 1,140 parts per billion, found in a can of
Del Monte French Style Green Beans"
Does Perfume Have Hidden Health Risks? - WebMD, 5/12/10 -
"The fragrance mixture itself can be comprised of
dozens, even hundreds, of individual chemicals, and those don't have to be
listed on the label"
Environmental Cancer Risk 'Grossly Underestimated'? - WebMD, 5/6/10 -
"The Panel urges you most strongly to use the power of
your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and
air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation's
productivity, and devastate American lives ... The presidential panel says this
greatly underestimates the problem because it does not fully account for
synergistic interactions between environmental contaminants, an increasing
number and amount of pollutants, and the fact that all avoidable causes of
cancer are not known ... Remove shoes before entering the house ... Filter home
tap or well water. Prefer filtered water to commercially bottled water ... Store
and carry water in stainless steel, glass, or BPA- and phthalate-free containers
Lung Cancer Risk in Painters: A Meta-Analysis - Medscape, 4/21/10 -
"Although there was not enough information in the
studies provided to assess the association of lung cancer with specific chemical
agents encountered in painting, the robustness of the estimates in the subgroup
analyses (by sex, region, study design, and controlling for smoking and other
occupational exposures) and the stronger associations seen in specific subgroups
(by duration of exposure) support the conclusion that occupational exposures in
painters are causally associated with the risk of lung cancer. Because several
million people are employed as painters worldwide and because lung cancer is the
most common cancer in painters, even a modest increase in the relative risk is
Reviewing Antibacterial Chemical Widely Used in Soaps and Body Washes -
Medscape, 4.12.10 - "In animal studies, triclosan has
been found to interfere with hormones crucial for normal brain development and
function and reproductive system development and function"
The Perils of Plastic - Environmental Toxins - Time Magazine, 4/1/10 -
"The levels observed are considered well below the
federal safety threshold of 50 micrograms per kg of body weight per day. But
that recommendation was made 22 years ago, and in the time since, scientists
have learned more about the effects of even a bit of BPA. In 1998, Patricia
Hunt, a geneticist at Washington State University, found that female mice dosed
with BPA had serious reproductive problems, including defective eggs. More
recently, she published a study showing that the offspring of mice exposed to
BPA while pregnant can end up with corrupted eggs, a situation that leads to
trouble for their offspring ... As a synthetic estrogen, BPA can mimic hormones,
those powerful chemicals, like testosterone and adrenaline, that run the body.
Tiny amounts of hormones produce immense biological and behavioral changes"
Stainless Steel Water Bottles at Amazon.com.
EPA: Bisphenol A Is a 'Chemical Concern' - WebMD, 3/31/10 -
"Some experts are concerned that exposure to BPA and
its weak estrogen-like effects during critical periods of human development may
be associated with a wide range of health problems, including behavioral
effects, reproductive problems, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes" -See
Stainless Steel Water Bottles at Amazon.com.
Diesel exhaust associated with lethargy in offspring - Science Daily,
3/23/10 - "The researchers speculate that certain
components, such as ultrafine particles, in the diesel exhaust may be
translocated into the offspring of mice, disturbing the normal timetable of
development in offspring and leading to the behavioral and physiological
abnormalities seen in this study. Alternatively, or additionally, diesel
exhaust exposure may affect the mother's behavior toward the pups after
birth, which could also cause lethargy and altered brain chemistry"
BPA leached from 'safe' plastics may damage health of female offspring -
Science Daily, 2/25/10 - "Here's more evidence that
"safe" plastics are not as safe as once presumed: New research published
online in The FASEB Journal suggests that exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA)
during pregnancy leads to epigenetic changes that may cause permanent
reproduction problems for female offspring. BPA, a common component of
plastics used to contain food, is a type of estrogen that is ubiquitous in
BPA Not Linked With Ill Effects in 2 Studies - WebMD, 2/19/10
Dry Cleaning Chemical 'Likely' Causes Cancer - WebMD, 2/9/10 -
"PERC is a chemical known as perchloroethylene or
tetrachloroethylene. It's the solvent used by about 85% of U.S. dry cleaners
... In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggested that PERC
be classified as a "likely human carcinogen." Moreover, the EPA found that
PERC's most dangerous noncancer toxicity is brain and nervous system damage
-- and set safe exposure levels well below levels that cause such damage"
FDA on BPA: 'Some Concern,' No Ban - WebMD, 1/15/10
BPA May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk - WebMD, 1/12/10 -
"Nearly everyone in the U.S. carries the plastics
chemical BPA in their bodies ... high BPA levels were linked to a higher
risk of heart disease, diabetes, and elevated liver enzymes"
goo tracked from parking lots into homes - MSNBC, 1/11/10 -
"Chemicals in a cancer-causing substance used to
seal pavement, parking lots and driveways across the U.S. are showing up at
alarming levels in dust in homes, prompting concerns about the potential
health effects of long-term exposure" - Note: Another good reason to
be a no shoes house.
Small amounts of lead may damage children's kidneys - Science Daily,
Common plastics chemicals -- phthalates -- linked to ADHD symptoms -
Science Daily, 11/19/09 - "Researchers found a
significant positive association between phthalate exposure and ADHD,
meaning that the higher the concentration of phthalate metabolites in the
urine, the worse the ADHD symptoms and/or test scores"
Phthalate exposure linked to less-masculine play by boys - Science
Study: High Bisphenol A ( BPA) Linked to Sex Problems in Men - Science
Daily, 11/11/09 - "Compared to the unexposed factory
workers in the study, BPA-exposed workers were four times more likely to
report erectile dysfunction, low sexual desire, and less than optimal
satisfaction with their sex lives. They were seven times more likely to
report problems with ejaculation ... BPA has been used for more than three
decades to make plastic bottles and other products shatter resistant and
clear. It is also used in the lining of many canned foods and a wide range
of other commercial goods"
On-the-job Pesticide Exposure Associated With Parkinson's Disease -
Science Daily, 9/14/09 - "Among the patients with
Parkinson's disease, 44 (8.5 percent) reported pesticide exposure compared
with 27 (5.3 percent) of controls, such that occupational pesticide exposure
was associated with an increased risk of the disease"
Daily Bathroom Showers May Deliver Face Full Of Pathogens, Says Study -
Science Daily, 9/14/09 - "increases in pulmonary
infections in the United States in recent decades from so-called
"non-tuberculosis" mycobacteria species like M. avium may be linked to
people taking more showers and fewer baths ... Water spurting from
showerheads can distribute pathogen-filled droplets that suspend themselves
in the air and can easily be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs ...
Symptoms of pulmonary disease caused by M. avium can include tiredness, a
persistent, dry cough, shortness of breath, weakness and "generally feeling
bad," ... mmune-compromised people like pregnant women, the elderly and
those who are fighting off other diseases are more prone to experience such
symptoms ... plastic showerheads appear to "load up" with more
pathogen-enriched biofilms, metal showerheads may be a good alternative"
Homes Pollute: Linked To 50 Percent More Water Pollution Than Previously
Believed - Science Daily, 8/19/09 - "scientists
are reporting some unsettling news about homes in the residential areas of
California. The typical house there — and probably elsewhere in the country
— is an alarming and probably underestimated source of water pollution ...
current models may underestimate the amount of pollution contributed by
homes by up to 50 percent ... Pollutants detected in outdoor runoff included
ant-control pesticide products"
Popular Insect Repellent Deet Is Neurotoxic - Science Daily, 8/4/09 -
"The active ingredient in many insect repellents,
deet, has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system"
Parkinson's Disease Associated With Pesticide Exposure In French Farm
Workers - Science Daily, 6/5/09 - "PD patients
had been exposed to pesticides through their work more frequently and for a
greater number of years/hours than those without PD. Among the three main
classes of pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides), researchers
found the largest difference for insecticides: men who had used insecticides
had a two-fold increase in the risk of PD"
Chemical Used To Make Plastics, Found To Leach From Polycarbonate Drinking
Bottles Into Humans - Science Daily, 5/21/09 -
"The study is the first to show that drinking from polycarbonate bottles
increased the level of urinary BPA, and thus suggests that drinking
containers made with BPA release the chemical into the liquid that people
drink in sufficient amounts to increase the level of BPA excreted in human
Pesticide Exposure Found To Increase Risk Of Parkinson's Disease -
Science Daily, 4/22/09 - "In a new epidemiological
study of Central Valley residents who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's
disease, researchers found that years of exposure to the combination of
these two pesticides increased the risk of Parkinson's by 75 percent.
Further, for people 60 years old or younger diagnosed with Parkinson's,
earlier exposure had increased their risk for the disease by as much as
four- to six-fold"
Air Pollution Dangerous, but Deadly? - WebMD, 3/11/09 -
"the risk of dying from respiratory problems is more
than 30% greater in metropolitan areas with the highest ozone concentrations
than areas where ozone levels were the lowest ... ozone at ground level is
produced when exhaust from cars, power plants, and other sources reacts
chemically in sunlight ... ground-level ozone can irritate breathing,
decrease lung function, inflame airways, and worsen lung conditions such as
asthma and emphysema"
Bisphenol A May Linger in Body - WebMD, 1/28/09 -
"Now there's evidence that BPA might be in our water as well as in our food,
and that it lingers in our fat tissues ... people with higher urinary BPA
levels have more medical disorders. Another intriguing study from 2008
showed that BPA -- at normal levels of exposure -- disrupts a hormone
involved in insulin sensitivity and diabetes. And a 2007 study showed that
obese people are much more likely to suffer insulin resistance if they have
high fat levels of organic pollutants ... Imagine if what we think is caused
by obesity is actually caused by persistent organics in the fat of obese
people ... If they don't have the organics, they don't have the diabetes.
That would be huge"
Mercury in Some High Fructose Corn Syrup? - WebMD, 1/27/09 -
"we found detectable mercury in 17 of 55 samples, or
Life Expectancy Up, Thanks to Cleaner Air - WebMD, 1/21/09 -
"Americans were living 2.72 years longer, on
average, at the end of a two-decade study period. Up to five months of that
was because of reduced air pollution"
Declining Male Fertility Linked To Water Pollution - Science Daily,
1/18/09 - "The study
identified a new group of chemicals that act as ‘anti-androgens’. This means
that they inhibit the function of the male hormone, testosterone, reducing
male fertility. Some of these are contained in medicines, including cancer
treatments, pharmaceutical treatments, and pesticides used in agriculture.
The research suggests that when they get into the water system, these
chemicals may play a pivotal role in causing feminising effects in male
fish" - See
water distillers at Amazon.com.
Hotel, Restaurant And Carpentry Trades Are Among Professions Posing Highest
Risks For Cancer Of The Esophagus - Science Daily, 12/17/08 -
"For the squamous cell variety, a significant
increase in risk was detected among those who worked in the hotel and
restaurant trade, mining (stone cutters) and wood-working workshops. With
the adenocarcinoma type, the risk rose among those working as carpenters or
animal handlers ...The study revealed a significant risk of squamous cell
cancer resulting from exposure to ionising radiation, and for adenocarcinoma
from serious exposure to volatile sulphur and lead compounds. Exposure to
other substances such as asbestos could also triple the overall risk of
oesophageal cancer, depending upon the level of exposure"
Mould Toxins More Prevalent And Hazardous Than Thought - Science Daily,
12/9/08 - "toxins produced by mould are more potent
than was previously thought. It has now been shown, for instance, that mould
toxins (mycotoxins) not only directly kill cells but can also affect immune
cells in a way that increases the risk of allergies. Even incredibly tiny
amounts of these toxins can do this, as little as a few picograms (a
picogram is one millionth of a millionth of a gram)"
Hazardous Levels Of Metal Ions Found In Many Commercial Table Wines, Study
Suggests - Science Daily, 10/29/08 - "An
analysis of reported levels of metals in wines from sixteen different
countries found that only those from Argentina, Brazil and Italy did not
pose a potential health risk owing to metals"
Toxic Environmental Chemical DBT Affects The Immune System - Science
Higher Urinary Levels Of Commonly Used Plastic Compound, BPA, Linked To
Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes - Science Daily, 9/16/08 -
"Higher levels of urinary Bisphenol A (BPA), a
chemical compound commonly used in plastic packaging for food and beverages,
is associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme
abnormalities ... Widespread and continuous exposure to BPA, primarily
through food but also through drinking water, dental sealants, dermal
exposure, and inhalation of household dusts, is evident from the presence of
detectable levels of BPA in more than 90 percent of the U.S. population ...
participants in the highest BPA concentration quartile had nearly three
times the odds of cardiovascular disease compared with those in the lowest
quartile. Similarly, those in the highest BPA concentration quartile had 2.4
times the odds of diabetes compared with those in the lowest quartile ...
higher BPA concentrations were associated with clinically abnormal
concentrations for three liver enzymes"
Rice bran contains high arsenic levels, study - Nutra USA, 8/26/08 -
"rice bran and rice bran solubles contain inorganic
arsenic levels of around 1mg/kg dry weight, which is around 10-20 times the
concentration found in bulk grain ... The tests were conducted on four bran
solubles, one defatted bran, one riceo-ex and three bran products ... Out of
the bran solubles, testing found the highest inorganic arsenic level of
0.86mg/kg in a sample from Holistic Enterprises, Santa Ana, USA. A sample
from NutraCea, USA was found to contain 0.82mg/kg. A sample from Pure Planet
Products, Long Beach, CA, USA, contained 0.71mg/kg and one from Integris,
RiSO Triene, USA, contained 0.61mg/kg ... The rice bran products tested were
from: General Dietary, UK & Eire; The Barry Farm, Ohio, USA; and Tsuno Rice
Fine Chemicals Co, Japan. They contained levels of 0.48, 0.64 and 1.65mg/kg
respectively ... The defatted bran and the riceo-ex products were again
sourced from Japan’s Tsuno Rice, and contained 1.16 and 1.88mg/kg
respectively" - That doesn't help me out much. I've been getting the
Tinkyada brown rice noodles at Henry's.
incense linked to respiratory cancers - MSNBC, 8/25/08 -
"Constant users were 80 percent more likely to
Moisturizers Up Skin Cancer in Mice - WebMD, 8/14/08 -
"Five days a week, for 17 weeks, the researchers
rubbed moisturizer into the animals' skin. The result: ... Dermabase
increased the total number of tumors by 69% ... Dermovan increased the total
number of tumors by 95% ... Eucerin increased the total number of tumors by
24% ... Vanicream increased the total number of tumors by 58%"
Air Pollution May Hurt the Heart - WebMD, 8/13/08 -
"Air pollution -- even at levels deemed "acceptable"
by the Environmental Protection Agency -- leads to short- and long-term
injury to the heart and blood vessels, increases rates of heart
disease-related hospitalizations, and can even cause death"
Fragrances May Emit Potential Toxins - WebMD, 7/25/08
Long-term Pesticide Exposure May Increase Risk Of Diabetes - Science
Daily, 6/4/08 - "Licensed pesticide applicators who
used chlorinated pesticides on more than 100 days in their lifetime were at
greater risk of diabetes, according to researchers from the National
Institutes of Health (NIH). The associations between specific pesticides and
incident diabetes ranged from a 20 percent to a 200 percent increase in
Low Levels Of Air Pollution May Pose Stroke Risk - Science Daily,
5/29/08 - "Although the magnitude of elevated risk
of stroke/TIA due to PM2.5 exposure was relatively small, the vast majority
of the public is exposed to ambient air pollution at the levels observed in
this community or greater every day, suggesting a potentially large public
health impact" - SUVs!!!
Painters And Decorators Exposed To Fertility Damaging Chemicals, Study Shows
- Science Daily, 5/23/08 - "Men working as painters
and decorators who are exposed to glycol ethers are more likely to have poor
Baby Shampoo Awash in Chemicals? - WebMD, 2/4/08 -
"the strong association between use of the baby
products and higher phthalate levels suggests that the products may be an
important source of exposure ... We don't know the long-term health effects
of (phthalate) exposure, but if parents are concerned they need to decrease
their exposure to these products" - I worry about stuff like that so
much that I use vodka instead of deodorant on my arm pits after showering to
kill the bacteria. It might sound weird but it seems to work. I can get a
full day out of a shirt instead of half a day. There was a segment on CNN
where they tested one of the anchormen and found a huge about of chemicals
in his blood. They claimed it was probably from the studio makeup. He even
joked that it might be grounds for a lawsuit against CNN. - Ben
Carbon Monoxide May Cause Long-lasting Heart Damage - Science Daily,
Other Ills to Mercury, Too - New York Times, 1/23/08 -
"evaluated more than 100 patients who had vague,
unexplained symptoms. Of them, 89 percent had mercury in their blood that
exceeded the level considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection
Agency ... The symptoms included memory lapses, hair loss, fatigue,
sleeplessness, tremors, headaches, muscle and joint pain, trouble thinking,
gastrointestinal disturbances and an inability to do complex tasks"
Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi - New York Times, 1/23/08 -
"Sushi from 5 of the 20 places had mercury levels so
high that the Food and Drug Administration could take legal action to remove
the fish from the market"
Wood Floor Finishes Are A Likely Source Of PCB Exposure - Science Daily,
Acrylamide In Food May Increase The Risk Of Breast Cancer - Science
Daily, 1/11/08 - "Acrylamide is a chemical formed
when frying, roasting, grilling or baking carbohydrate-rich foods at
temperatures above 120°C. Acrylamide is thus found in a number of foods,
such as bread, crisps, French fries and coffee. Tobacco smoking also
generates substantial amounts of acrylamide ... The risk of breast cancer
doubles with a tenfold increase in the acrylamide-haemoglobin level. A
tenfold increase in the acrylamide-haemoglobin level corresponds more or
less to the difference measured between the women with the lowest and
Low Doses of Arsenic -- At Levels Found In Drinking Water -- Can Be Harmful
- Science Daily, 11/13/07 - "low doses of arsenic
disrupt the activity of a hormone critical in development. The finding is
further evidence that arsenic at low doses (at levels found in U.S. drinking
water in some areas) can be harmful"
reverse osmosis systems at Amazon.com.
Pollution Linked To Early Death - Science Daily, 7/31/07 -
"The risk of an early death from respiratory disease
rose by almost 4% for every 10 ug/m3 increase in black smoke, and by 13% for
every 10 parts per billion increase in sulphur dioxide during 1982-98 ... n
1994-8, the comparable figures were more than 19% and almost 22%,
printers 'are health risk' - BBC News, 7/31/07 -
"Almost one-third were found to emit ultra-tiny particles of toner-like
material, so small that they can infiltrate the lungs and cause a range of
health problems from respiratory irritation to more chronic illnesses"
Pollution Linked To Clogged Arteries - Science Daily, 7/26/07 -
"the diesel particles and oxidized fats had worked
in tandem to activate the genes that promote cellular inflammation -- a
major risk factor for atherosclerosis"
Exposure to traffic emissions throughout life and risk of breast cancer: the
Western New York Exposures and Breast Cancer (WEB) study - Cancer Causes
Control. 2007 Jul 14 - "Higher exposure to traffic
emissions at the time of menarche was associated with increased risk of
premenopausal breast cancer (OR 2.05, 95% CI 0.92-4.54, p for trend 0.03);
and at the time of a woman's first birth for postmenopausal breast cancer
Inhaling Pure Oxygen Can Damage Brain - Doctor's Guide, 5/22/07 -
"Several brain areas responded to 100% oxygen by
kicking the hypothalamus into overdrive ... The hypothalamus overreacted by
dumping a massive flood of hormones and neurotransmitters into the
bloodstream. These chemicals interfere with the heart's ability to pump
blood and deliver oxygen -- the opposite effect you want when you're trying
to resuscitate someone"
Red, processed meats linked to breast cancer - CNN, 4/17/07 -
"Women who ate the most red meat (2 or more ounces
per day) were 56 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than the women
who ate no red meat ... those who ate the most processed meat (more than
three quarters of an ounce per day) showed a 64-percent increase in their
risk of the disease"
Eating Cured Meats Frequently Can Lead To Lower Lung Function And Potential
COPD - Science Daily, 4/16/07 -
"Frequent consumption of cured meats results in
lower lung function test scores and increases the odds of developing chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)"
Air Pollution Linked to Heart Deaths - WebMD, 1/31/07 -
"A resident of Birmingham, Ala., one of the
smoggiest cities included in the study, would have roughly a 76% increased
risk of dying from cardiovascular causes than someone living in Tucson,
Ariz., which was among the cities with the cleanest air"
Mercury Rising - Time Magazine, 9/11/06 -
"Researchers testing birds in the Northeast have found
creeping mercury levels in the blood of more than 175 once clean species.
Others have found the metal for the first time in polar bears, bats, mink,
otters, panthers and more"
Household Insecticides Associated With Increased Risk of Childhood Leukaemia
- Doctor's Guide, 1/17/06 - "The risk of developing
acute leukaemia was almost twice as likely in children whose mothers said
that they had used insecticides in the home while pregnant and long after
Air Pollution's Health Risks Underestimated? - WebMD, 10/3/05 -
"The health risks associated with air pollution may
be nearly three times greater than previously thought ... for each increase
of 10 micrograms per cubic meter of fine particles in the neighborhood's
air, the overall risk of death rose 11% to 17%; heart-disease-related deaths
rose by 25% to 39% ... the risk of death from diabetes was more than two
times higher in areas of high air pollution"
Pollution Found To Pose Greater Danger To Health Than Earlier Thought -
Science Daily, 9/21/05 - "When the epidemiologists
examined links between particle pollution and mortality within more than 260
Los Angeles neighborhoods, they found that pollution's chronic health
effects are two to three times greater than earlier believed"
Manganese Inhaled From The Shower Represent A Public Health Threat? -
Science Daily, 7/4/05 - "The study is the first to
show the potential for permanent brain damage from breathing vaporized
manganese during a shower"
Breast-cancer Risk Linked To Exposure To Traffic Emissions At Menarche,
First Birth - Science Daily, 4/30/05 -
"higher exposure around the time of first
menstruation to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), potential
carcinogens found in traffic emissions, was associated with increased risk
of premenopausal breast cancer"
Most Childhood Cancers Linked to Prenatal Exposure to Pollutants
- Doctor's Guide, 1/18/05 -
"Most childhood cancers are "probably" down to
prenatal exposure to industrial and environmental pollutants, most likely to
have been inhaled by the mother during pregnancy"
Pesticides May Promote Parkinson's Disease And Exercise May Offer
Protection, According To New Reports - Science Daily, 11/3/04 -
"chronic exposure to the “organic” pesticide rotenone can cause
Parkinson's-like pathology in monkeys. This finding builds upon their
previous study in which they demonstrated that rotenone, a commonly used
agricultural pesticide made from the extracts of tropical plants, can
reproduce parkinsonian features in rats"
Beware The Air You Breathe At Home - CBS News, 9/16/03 -
"A study of 120 homes in Cape Code, Mass., reported in the Los Angeles
Times, found 67 contaminants ... Little is known about the chemicals that
have been shown to alter hormones in laboratory tests, including what
effects they have on humans or at what levels they pose a risk"
A New Look At Birth Defects - CBS News, 7/11/03 -
"suggests exposure to common herbicides applied to
wheat could be responsible for the increased rate of birth defects"
Link Eyed Between Beef And Cancer - CBS News, 5/21/03 -
"beef cattle are given growth hormones to make them fatter faster, to save
money ... questions are being raised about one of the most widely-used
hormones, Zeranol, a synthetic estrogen implanted in cattle. A series of
tests done for the Pentagon show a possible link between breast cancer and
- Car Pollution
May Damage Male Fertility - WebMD, 4/30/03 -
"Car exhaust lowers male fertility"
- Smog Report:
Half of U.S. Still Flunks - WebMD, 4/30/03 -
"Smog threatens the health of nearly half of all
Studies find disturbing amounts of chemical contamination in lettuce
- USA Today, 4/28/03 - "some of this winter lettuce
is contaminated with perchlorate, a pollutant that has found its way into
the groundwater in as many as 20 states, from the manufacture of rocket
fuel, flares and munitions and is known to contaminate the Colorado [river]
... U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a preliminary safety level
of one part per billion of perchlorate in water ... recent tests by The
Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside, Calif., found perchlorate in 18 of
18 lettuce samples, at an average of eight parts per billion ... Perchlorate
affects the thyroid gland and can disrupt hormone production"
Reining In Diesel Exhaust - CBS News, 4/15/03 0 -
"The Bush administration on Tuesday proposed
ordering reductions of more than 90 percent in non-highway diesel engine
pollution blamed for thousands of premature deaths, heart attacks and
Low Blood Lead Levels Associated With Hypertension In Middle-Aged Women
- Doctor's Guide, 3/26/03 - "From a public health
prospective, the most important and troubling implication of these findings
is that lead appears to increase blood pressure in women at very small
increments above 1.0 (mu)g/dL, well below what is considered deleterious in
Something Fishy With Seafood? - CBS News, 2/25/03 -
"Studies show that mercury found in some fishes can be unhealthy and
dangerous for pregnant women. But experts say little has been done to warn
those at risk ... mercury in the body can result in impaired coordination,
blurred vision, tremors, irritability, memory loss and behavioral or
- Low-Level Lead
Exposure Harms Kidneys - Doctor's Guide, 1/22/03 -
"the progression of kidney failure was much slower
in patients who received
chelation therapy compared with those who got
- New reasons for eating
organic? - MSNBC, 12/18/02 -
"The study by researchers at the University of
Washington concluded that children fed a diet of
organic foods were exposed to far fewer — six to nine times less — toxic
pesticides than children fed a conventional diet ... What we do know is that
chronic exposures to low levels of pesticides could very well be significant
... Children exposed to high levels of organophosphate pesticides are at
risk for bone and brain cancer, neuroblastoma and childhood leukemia"
Study Looks At Pollution, Gene Mutations - Intelihealth, 12/10/02 -
"Exposure to air pollution from steel mills may
cause genetic mutations that are passed by fathers to their offspring ...
pairs of mice exposed for about 70 days to air pollution downwind from a
steel mill produced young that carried up to twice the number of genetic
mutation found in animals that lived in clean air"
Air Pollution-Medical Costs Linked - Intelihealth, 11/12/02 -
"The study found air pollution significantly
increases Medicare recipients' medical care needs, even after controlling
for region, population size, education, income, cigarette use and obesity"
- Rising breast cancer rate
fuels environmental concerns - MSNBC, 10/23/02 -
"Breast cancer jumped by
72 percent among Marin [County, Calif.] women ages 46 to 64 during the 1990s
... Common pollutants, such as benzene, a compound found in car exhaust, are
linked to breast tumors, and people who move to industrialized counties
suddenly face a higher breast cancer risk within one generation ... In the
case of breast cancer, new diagnoses have, in fact, been growing at a rate
of .6 percent per year nationwide"
Study Records Elevated Mercury - Intelihealth, 10/19/02 -
"A study of Californians who loaded their lunch and
dinner menus with fish shows 89 percent wound up with elevated mercury
levels in their bodies ... Of that group, 63 people had blood mercury levels
more than twice the recommended level and 19 showed blood mercury levels
four times the level considered safe. Four people had mercury levels 10
times as high as the government recommends"
Cleaner Air: Longer Life - WebMD, 10/17/02
Toxins in 20% of U.S. Food Supply - WebMD, 10/14/02 -
"About 20% of the entire U.S. food supply is
contaminated with toxins from pesticide residue, and a recent study by an
anti-pesticide group estimates that the average American receives about 68
"exposures" to these substances each day ... We really don't know the
effects of exposure to all the pesticides, but we do know that the incidence
of certain diseases and conditions is increasing for unexplained reasons ...
This includes childhood leukemias, non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, and certain
types of breast cancer"
Toxic Chemicals Seen Contributing To Increased Childhood Illness
- Intelihealth, 6/12/02 - "There are 85,000
chemicals registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for commercial
use in America ... Virtually all of them did not exist before the 1960s ...
There has been a 25 percent rise in the incidence of childhood leukemia
since the 1960s and a 21 percent increase in brain cancer ... In addition to
cancer-causing substances, Landrigan warned of "endocrine disrupting"
chemicals, which he said may be linked to premature puberty in girls,
growing numbers of testicular cancer in boys and penis malformation"
Solvent Exposure At Work An Important Issue - Doctor's Guide, 6/11/02 -
"Increasing exposure to organic solvents is linked
with increasing risk of cognitive impairment ... Solvent exposure and
reduction in grip strength were also found to be linked"
- Is Soot in the Air a Lung
Cancer Threat? - Dr. Weil, 3/22/02 -
"The report you refer to, on results of a study
published in the March 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical
Association, was somewhat alarming, particularly for city-dwellers like
yourself. The study found that with each 10-microgram increase in fine
particles of soot and sulfur dioxide-related pollution per cubic meter of
air, the risks of heart and lung diseases increase, including an 8 percent
increase in the risk of lung cancer"
Streams Contaminated with Drugs - WebMD, 3/13/02
The State of the Air Many Breathe Is a Sorry State - WebMD, 3/12/02 -
"It's not just L.A. any more. Three out of every
four Americans now breathe air so dirty it threatens the health of children,
the elderly, and even outdoor joggers ... The American Lung Association's
annual State of the Air report card gave an F in air quality to nearly 400
U.S. counties -- a 15% increase since the previous report"
Air Pollution Increases Lung Cancer Risk - WebMD, 3/5/02 -
"the strongest evidence to date that long-term
exposure to fine particulate air pollution common to many metropolitan areas
is an important risk factor for [death from heart disease] ... Significant
increases in lung cancer [deaths]" were also linked with air pollution ...
sulfur oxide pollution -- from automobile exhaust -- was significantly
associated with all deaths including heart disease and lung cancer"
Australian Researchers Say New Car Interiors Emit Toxic Smells
- Intelihealth, 12/19/01 - "a new car could expose
occupants to levels of toxic emissions many times beyond limits established
by Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council, NHMRC.
Long-term exposure can be carcinogenic and may cause abnormalities in unborn
Scientists Say Greenhouse Gases Have Immediate, Widespread Effect On Public
Health - Intelihealth, 8/16/01 -
"It is our best estimate that more people are being
killed by air pollution from traffic than from traffic crashes"
Asthma tracking urged - USA Today, 7/10/01 -
"Most states with large amounts of air pollutants
don't track the number of asthma cases in each community, preventing
researchers from determining which environmental toxins trigger the disease"
Scientists identify new male infertility syndrome
- CNN, 7/2/01 - "Hormone disruptors, which are also
known as gender-bending chemicals, are compounds used in paints, pesticides
and detergents that can disrupt natural hormones in the body causing birth
defects and other problems in humans"
High Levels of Dangerous Toxin Found in Some Lake Fish - WebMD, 6/8/01 -
"Although the new study focuses on fish from the
Great Lakes, where PCB levels are known to be high, PCBs exist everywhere,
and according to Schantz, "We are all getting exposed, mostly through foods
that we eat, like meat, dairy products, and fish.""
Nearly 10% of Infant Deaths Linked to Air Pollution - WebMD, 5/23/01 -
"9% of [deaths] in infants aged 1-12 months may be
due to PM10 air pollution ... Considering that the overall infant mortality
rate in the U.S. is about 250 per 100,000 live births, that means up to 25
of those deaths may be pollution related"
Nasal Sprays: More There Than Meets the Nose?, Common Preservative Could Be
Causing Sinus Troubles - WebMD, 5/14/01 -
"A common ingredient found in nasal saline sprays be
may doing more harm than good"
The State of the Air Many Breathe Is a Sorry State, Smog Rising Across U.S.
Blamed for Health Ills - WebMD, 5/1/01 -
"Three out of every four Americans now breathe air
so dirty it threatens the health of children, the elderly, and even outdoor
Study: Lead Paint Affects Child IQ - Intelihealth, 5/1/01 -
"Children with a lead concentration of less than 10 micrograms per deciliter
of blood scored an average of 11.1 points lower on the Stanford-Binet IQ
test than the mean of children with a lead concentration of 1 microgram or
Study: 'Safe' levels of lead still harm IQ - CNN, 4/30/01
Expectant Moms, Can the Fish, Environmental Groups Expand FDA's List of
Unsafe Seafood - WebMD, 4/12/01 -
"Methylmercury is a toxic form of mercury that
gathers in fish tissue. Absorbed by the fish from pollution and from other
water creatures, it poses health threats to developing brains and nervous
systems of unborn babies"
Cancers haunt town, defy science - USA Today, 4/12/01 -
"Despite several suspected causes — among them the
highest arsenic levels in any U.S. municipal water supply — investigators
aren't close to solving the case"
Fish-mercury risk underestimated - CNN, 4/12/01 -
"millions of pregnant women and their fetuses are at
risk of serious health problems from exposure to mercury in fish ... shark,
swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish not be eaten by pregnant women and
women of childbearing age who might become pregnant. It also recommended
that nursing mothers and young children steer clear of these fish"
Pollutants? We're soaking in them - USA Today, 3/21/01 -
"Federal health researchers found measurable levels
of 27 environmental chemicals in the blood and urine of most of the 3,800
people tested in 12 U.S. regions"
Exposure To Questionable Chemical Higher Than Expected, Study Finds -
Intelihealth, 3/21/01 - "Americans' bodies harbor
surprisingly high amounts of a chemical used in soap and cosmetics ... the
chemical, diethyl phthalate, may disrupt normal hormone function and cause
American Bodies Harbor Some Suspicious Chemicals - WebMD, 3/21/01 -
"a chemical used in soap and cosmetics is
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