Environmental Health Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Top 10 Ways to Protect Kids from Pesticides

    Top 10 Ways to Protect Kids from Pesticides

    Last week, Pesticide Action Network released A Generation in Jeopardy, an easy-to-read — but deeply disturbing — report that highlights the latest science linking pesticides and children’s health harms.

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    Reduce Pesticide Use at Home – and Then Do More

    New evidence from researchers across the country shows that pesticides are harming our children. As a mother of two teenagers, I know we can take steps at home to reduce our family’s pesticide exposure. The food we eat, how we control bugs in our backyard garden, what we do about that line of ants that […]

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    New Report Shows Children Are Sicker and Pesticides Are One Reason Why

    Today’s children are less healthy than they were a generation ago, and science shows that pesticides are contributing to the trend. This is the core finding of a new report from Pesticide Action Network, A Generation in Jeopardy.

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  • Dietary Advice to Address Arsenic Concern

    Dietary Advice to Address Arsenic Concern

    I’d like to thank co-author Ashley Koff, RD for her initiative on this issue. More of her work can be seen at AskleyKoffApproved.com. You’ve heard the news, and in sets panic. Have I been inadvertently poisoning my family with arsenic? We share your concerns and as such created the following to help you where it […]

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  • What Can Be Done to Protect Against the Impact of Fire Retardants?

    What Can Be Done to Protect Against the Impact of Fire Retardants?

    There are two big questions in the fight against flame retardants: How do I protect my own family and how do I make a difference for the future of our planet?

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  • Do Flame Retardants Prevent Fires?

    Do Flame Retardants Prevent Fires?

    According to the peer reviewed paper, Flame Retardants in Furniture Foam: Benefits and Risks, the California standard TB117 has not been shown to improve fire safety and is thus presenting an unnecessary health hazard.

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  • How Are We Exposed to Flame Retardants?

    How Are We Exposed to Flame Retardants?

    For many chemicals, diet is the primary concern. Not so for most flame retardant chemicals. But how are we exposed?

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  • Who is Most Vulnerable to the Impact of Flame Retardants?

    Who is Most Vulnerable to the Impact of Flame Retardants?

    Flame retardants, including Chlorinate Tris, Firemaster 550, and PentaBDE, are found in the foam inside upholstered furniture in order to meet California regulations — the must be able to withstand exposure to a small flame, like a candle or cigarette lighter, for 12 seconds without igniting. But these chemicals don’t stay inside the foam. They […]

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  • What’s the Problem with Flame Retardants?

    What’s the Problem with Flame Retardants?

    Flame retardants, applied to the foam inside 80% of upholstered furniture in the United States, may not save lives. In fact, during a fire they will burn in seconds and give off the toxic gases that are the major cause of fire deaths.   They are used due to a California standard called Technical Bulletin 117, […]

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  • Tending the Garden Within

    Tending the Garden Within

    One of my favorite gardening activities is digging potatoes. Rich soil hides delicious, nutritious gems like the ones in the image above from our garden.

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