Environmental Health Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Fireproofing Breastmilk?

    Fireproofing Breastmilk?

    High levels of a potentially toxic flame retardant have been found in the breastmilk of US women, according to a September 23, 2003 study released by the Environmental Working Group. The average amount in American women’s milk was 75 times the average found in European women. This is not a reason to hesitate about breastfeeding. […]

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  • Asthma and SARS

    Asthma and SARS

    There has never been a better time to be sure your asthma is under control. With a proper treatment plan, most asthma symptoms can be prevented or minimized. Uncontrolled, the linings of the airways in the lungs can remain inflamed. This is not healthy for the lungs. It can also mimic symptoms of SARS, or […]

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  • Shaping the Future of Life

    Shaping the Future of Life

    Each year on April 7, the world celebrates World Health Day. I am excited that the 2003 theme is “Shape the Future of Life: Healthy Environments for Children”.  Often, children’s homes (and the homes of their friends and relatives), their schools, and their communities are sources of love and nurture. But these same places can […]

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  • 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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