Emerging Issues

BUSTED! Cosmetic manufacturers lying about toxins.

DTSC investigators tested 25 nail polish products only available in salons in California and found several that were labeled free of specific toxins actually had harmful levels! Read the full Washington Post article here.

"Protecting children from fire doesn't require exposing them to toxic chemicals."

According to Lynne Peeples, many health experts caution that the added chemicals in products treated with flame retardants likely pose a greater health risk than any flames they might fend off. Common flame retardants have been linked with learning disorders, reduced fertility and cancer, they say, and non-chemical alternatives do exist. Read the full Huffington Post article here.

Mercury: It's not just for fish anymore

According to Saundra Young - CNN Medical Senior Producer, the FDA has found that there are skin products on the market in the U.S. that contain mercury, highly toxic to the brain and kidneys according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the full CNN Health article here.

Jessica Alba's Honest

...For decades, parents have been taking precautions to reduce dangers around their children by using car seats, child gates, outlet covers and more. But today there are many invisible risks that most parents aren't aware of -- risks from everyday products we buy for our homes and children...

Read the entire article here.

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Calif. Bill Would Smoke Out Safety, End Use of Toxic Flame Retardants

Studies link the chemicals in flame retardants to cancer, infertility, miscarriage and preterm birth, lower IQs and learning disabilities in children AND they won't prevent all fires. California Assemblymember Holly Mitchell’s bill, AB 2197), may help get rid of flam retardants. Click here to read the full article.

The Ugly Side of Beauty

A combination of lead (should NEVER be exposed to children or pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control), arsenic, cadmium, nickel, beryllium, and other toxins have been found in several popular brands of make-up. You will NOT find these toxins on the label because they are considered to be 'impurities', not added intentionally, but existing only as byproducts. Absorbing these toxins through the skin can cause a long list of health problems. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is calling for policy change to reformulate make-up products and make contents labeling clearer.

Annie Leonard's "The Story of Stuff Project"

Annie Leonard has been working on environmental health issues for almost 20 years. The Story of Stuff Project films are free to watch! View them all here. The first film, "The Story of Stuff," is about the way we make, use and throw away stuff. This series of short films suggests ways we can make things better.

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer's film, "Toxic Baby"

This film is a journey into our bodies with a revelation about the chemicals that invade and destroy them. A host of scientists contribute to this mother's quest for understanding what threatens the health of her baby. Click here for the Ted Talk on Toxic Baby and here for the trailers and more about the movie, scientists, and creator of Toxic Baby.

BPA's Obesity And Diabetes Link Strengthened By New Study

"When you eat something with BPA, it's like telling your organs that you are eating more than you are really eating," says Angel Nadal, a BPA expert at the Miguel Hernandez University in Spain. Nadal's latest research, published last week in PLoS ONE, finds that the chemical triggers the release of almost double the insulin actually needed to break down food. High insulin levels can desensitize the body to the hormone over time, which in some people may then lead to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.

EPA official leaves eye of political storm

Paul Anastas is leaving the agency that, according to him, makes a positive impact on people's lives every day. Read Jonathan Tilove's full article here.

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