Environmental Health Related Articles & Blog Posts

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    The Questionable Safety of Replacement Fire Retardants

      Several years ago, a class of fire retardant chemicals known as PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, were phased out of consumer products because of toxicity concerns. Scientific tests showed that these chemicals were persistent in the environment, accumulated in peoples’ bodies and could disturb endocrine signaling pathways critical for normal development. Research also indicated […]

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    EWG-Duke Study Finds Children Have Higher Exposures to Toxic Fire Retardants

      When fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, were pulled off the U.S. market due to toxicity concerns, public health advocates hoped they would be replaced with safer alternatives. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Scientists at the Environmental Working Group and Duke University recently released an analysis of children’s exposure to TDCIPP, a […]

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    The Polluted Playground – Keeping Kids Safe in a Toxic World

    From the food our families eat, to the sand our kids play in we are surrounded by pesticides, chemicals, genetically modified food, and environmental pollutants. Part of protecting our families is simply just knowing the risks, how we are affected and what we can do to protect ourselves against our polluted playground. As most any […]

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  • I Was Wrong About the Environment

    I Was Wrong about the Environment

    Time and again the magic begins the same way. Sperm and egg come together to create an absolutely unique cell. Then this cell divides to create two identical cells., These cells divide, and divide again, and divide again. At first all the cells are the same, but something changes. Soon the cells become different from […]

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  • How Safe is your Water

    How Safe is your Water?

    What would you do if you woke up one morning and the water coming from your tap was poisoned? You wouldn’t be able to drink, cook or bathe in it. That was the reality for over 100,000 families in West Virginia in early January. Over 7,500 gallons of a chemical called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked from […]

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  • Pediatricians vs Chemical Industry

    Pediatricians vs. Chemical Industry

    Who should Congress listen to as they craft laws to regulate toxic chemicals? There is nothing more important than protecting our children’s health. The majority of parents know that when it comes decisions about their children, trained pediatricians, physicians and medical institutions know a thing or two about how the body works. The last six […]

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    Retailers Taking Action to Protect your Family from Toxic Chemicals

    For many of us, we feel the frustration of trying to find safe, non-toxic products while we’re standing in the aisle of a major retail chain. Looking up and down the aisle, I will turn over a laundry detergent bottle, lotion, or children’s toy looking for answers as to if it may be safe. I’ll […]

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    Creating safe and healthy environments

    When you think about the word “environment”, what comes to mind? Yosemite National Park, swimming in a lake in northern Wisconsin, or a field of roaming bison? For most people we think of the natural world when we heard the word environment, but as it turns out when we’re looking at the intersection of human […]

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    Are Children’s Health Problems the new “Normal?”

    Childhood cancers like leukemia and brain cancer have gone up 20% in the last 40 years. Puberty is starting earlier than it did in the past. Learning disabilities and autism have grown exponentially in the last several decades, affecting one in eight children. Asthma rates in African American children had the most dramatic rise, nearly […]

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    Moms, Aunts and Grandmas are Picking up the Phone

    Today thousands of people are coming together to make a call. They won’t be calling their partner, doctor or friends. They’re calling Congress. If you just rolled your eyes at the thought of calling Congress, stay with me for a minute, this will be fun. I promise. I work with people, perhaps just like you, […]

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