The Dirt on the Safety of Detergent Packets

The Dirt on the Safety of Detergent Packets

As a parent of a 7 year old that has gotten her sticky little fingers into more trouble, I am always making myself aware of new potential hazards that I bring into my home.  We have called the local poison control center a couple times with various concerns over items

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  • Are My Household Products Trying to Kill Me?

Are My Household Products Trying to Kill Me?

Laura Barnhardt Cech’s Lifestyle  article in (http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/bs-hs-mckay-jenkins-contamination-20160309-story.html) the Baltimore Sun is a well-intentioned summary of McKay Jenkins “ContamiNation: My Quest to Survive in a Toxic World”  which depending upon one’s perspective and understanding of environmental health issues may cause the reader to “freak out” or delve deeper into the issue.

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Misleading the Mislead

Misleading the Mislead

A recent article on AgMag BLOG[1] points fingers at EPA for not protecting us from Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup™.  It claims that a recent scientific article (on-line Feb 17, 2016) shows that EPA is falling short in its duty to protect Americans from the dangers of glyphosate, the active ingredient in

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  • Glyphosate: Hazard vs. Risk

Glyphosate: Hazard vs. Risk

A recent report was published by Myers et al., in the Environmental Health Perspectives expressed concern with potential human and environmental health risks posed by glyphosate; this article emphatically emphasized glyphosate’s potential link to cancer and endocrine related effects.  These conclusions were based on a biased and selective interpretation of

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  • READER QUESTION:  What’s that smell?  Polyurethane

READER QUESTION: What’s that smell? Polyurethane

My husband refinished the floors in our house. My 2 year old and I went on vacation during this time. He used a couple coats of polyurethane that he finished applying on a Saturday. We came home over a week later, on a Sunday and the house still smells. We’ve

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No Association between Exposure to Eight Environmental Chemicals and Estrogen Metabolites in Children

No Association between Exposure to Eight Environmental Chemicals and Estrogen Metabolites in Children

A recent article by Idhe et al (2015)1 describes the results of sampling urine from 50 children ages 4-8 for several chemicals purported to have effects on the endocrine system in animal studies and, in some cases, humans.  These chemicals are bisphenol A (BPA), triclosan, 4-nonylphenol (4-NP), butyl, ethyl, methyl

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  • Autism and Glyphosate?

Autism and Glyphosate?

We read with interest the review article entitled “Is there a link between autism and glyphosate-formulated herbicides?” authored by James E. Beecham, a retired University of Florida pathologist, and Stephanie Seneff, a computer scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]  Our interest was piqued because of our study as toxicologists

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Is Nail Polish A Health Risk?

Is Nail Polish A Health Risk?

Moms are not the only ones that think about the health and well-being of their children.  Today’s “Mom’s Perspective” is a “Grandfather’s Perspective.” My granddaughter, who is with child, dropped by the other day and asked what I was reading?  It was an article on nail polish that contained a

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Fluoride in Drinking Water: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Fluoride in Drinking Water: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Two articles in published in January 2016 highlight the long running discussion among health workers and the public they serve on levels of fluoride exposure in drinking water.  As many people know, fluoride is added to drinking water to prevent dental caries but at levels that are NOT expected to

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  • Chemicals Causing Hormone Changes?

Chemicals Causing Hormone Changes?

The Endocrine Society is the world’s largest and most active organization devoted to hormone research. It recently published an update of its 2009 scientific literature review which reaffirmed its earlier conclusions that exposure to some environmental contaminants contributes to infertility, some cancers, and neurological disorders, as well to increasing frequency

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