Environmental Health Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.

    Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.

    Some 2,500 people were tested in the largest survey ever to see if the pesticides and other chemicals polluting our environment are also polluting our bodies. 

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  • America’s Children and the Environment: Measures of Contaminants, Body Burdens, and Illnesses

    America’s Children and the Environment: Measures of Contaminants, Body Burdens, and Illnesses

    The Story The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their second report on America’s Children and the Environment on February 24, 2003. Where we have taken decisive action, kids’ health is getting better. Where we have not, it is getting worse. The good news?

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  • University of Washington Study: Organophosphorus pesticide exposure of urban and suburban pre-school children with organic and conventional diets

    University of Washington Study: Organophosphorus pesticide exposure of urban and suburban pre-school children with organic and conventional diets

    We’ve known from earlier studies that pesticides and toxic chemicals aren’t just in the environment – but get into our developing children’s bodies. Some kids have high levels and others quite low. What’s different between these kids? Is there anything simple and practical that parents can do to lower their own children’s risks?

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  • Links Between Chemicals and Health: Related Tidbits

    Links Between Chemicals and Health: Related Tidbits

    Our drinking water is tested to look for the presence of toxic chemicals. Our air quality is monitored as well. Recently, several important studies have reported the levels of these chemicals in our bodies!

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  • Links Between Chemicals and Health

    Links Between Chemicals and Health

    Choosing organic foods can make a big difference for our children. Industrial agriculture techniques are relatively recent innovations. When my parents were young, the bulk of our food supply was not grown with antibiotics, hormones, or chemical pesticides. Their use became widespread in my lifetime. We are finally beginning to scientifically examine the impact of […]

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  • Loss of neuropathy target esterase in mice links organophosphate exposure to hyperactivity

    Loss of neuropathy target esterase in mice links organophosphate exposure to hyperactivity

    The Story A missing link! How would exposure to pesticides (or related chemical warfare agents) result in ADHD? Scientists have found an important enzyme – and an important gene – whose activity is decreased with organophosphate exposure. This same decrease is known to cause neurological symptoms of hyperactivity in mammals.

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  • Body Burden

    Body Burden

    This study features the largest number of chemicals ever tested for in the same group of people – 210 chemicals were tested. The results were staggering – each participant tested positive for an average of 53 known human carcinogens, 55 chemicals known to cause birth defects or developmental delays, and a host of other chemicals.

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  • EPA Report on Children and the Environment (Lead, Tobacco, Asthma, and Mercury)

    EPA Report on Children and the Environment (Lead, Tobacco, Asthma, and Mercury)

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their second report on America’s Children and the Environment on February 24, 2003. Where we have taken decisive action, kids’ health is getting better. Where we have not, it is getting worse.

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  • Body Burdens

    Body Burdens

    Our drinking water is tested to look for the presence of toxic chemicals. Our air quality is monitored as well. Recently, several important studies have reported the levels of these chemicals in our bodies! The CDC tested thousands of people for over a hundred different substances, many of which had never been tested before. The […]

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  • Organic Lunchbox Challenge

    Organic Lunchbox Challenge

    Students I speak with observe that school food is often either unappetizing (overcooked cafeteria veggies) or unhealthy. Tasty junk food at school has become a magnet for kids across the nation, encouraging nutrition choices that hurt kids now, and build unhealthy habits for the long run.

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