Breaking Plastics leaching harmful Chemicals into the Ocean

Several noxious plastic byproducts, including BPA and a substance called styrene trimer, have been detected in small quantities in the ocean

Toxic Soup: Plastics Could Be Leaching Chemicals Into Ocean
Toxic chemicals from decomposing plastics may be leaching into the sea and harming marine ecosystems

Contrary to the commonly held belief that plastic takes 500 to 1,000 years to decompose, researchers now report that some types of plastic begin to break down in the ocean within one year, releasing potentially toxic bisphenol A (BPA) and other chemicals into the water.

This World Ocean Day, June 08th, let’s remember that BPA has harmful effect not only on our health but on marine ecosystems too. BPA is an estrogen-like endocrine-disrupting chemicals very similar to DES Diethylstilbestrol DES Google+ Page icon

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by Hadley Leggett, Wired Science, Aug 2009

Ex Pharmaceutical Industry Sales Rep Confessions

Confessions of a Prescription Drug Pusher: Antipsychotics Off Label, Nursing Homes, Gwen Olsen

Gwen Olsen spent fifteen years as a very successful sales rep in the pharmaceutical industry working for health care giants including Johnson & Johnson, Syntex Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Laboratories and Forest Laboratories. Now her new work is dedicated to the memory of her niece and her mission is to stop the over-medication of our children. Gwen is the author of Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher and travels around the United States speaking to groups. In this video: Marketing Antipsychotics Off Label, Gwen talks about her experience pushing drugs for a pharmaceutical company.

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Doctors must be sensitive to Women at Risk of Miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancy, NICE report says

Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management

Doctors must be sensitive to Women at Risk of Miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancy, NICE report says
Doctors must be more sympathetic to pregnant women in danger of losing their babies, according to NICE

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence believes doctors do not give enough information or support to women at risk of miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. NICE says that the NHS should consider setting up dedicated services for pregnant women who may have an ectopic pregnancy or who experience pain or bleeding in their first trimester. This is according to their December 2012 guideline on the diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage in early pregnancy.

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Sadly for many DES daughters having their own children is not possible! Many of us who have experienced miscarriages, want to have kids but are struggling or unable to…

New Drugs trail many old ones in Effectiveness against Disease

Fears of a crisis in drug innovation have grown over the years

New drugs trail many old ones in effectiveness against disease
The effectiveness of new drugs has plummeted since the 1970s

Despite the more than $50 billion that U.S. pharmaceutical companies have spent every year since the mid-2000s to discover new medications, drugmakers have barely improved on old standbys developed decades ago. ”

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by Sharon Begley, June 3, 2013, Reuters

Chemical Safety Improvement Act does not go Nearly Far Enough

Only 200 of the over 100,000 chemicals used and produced in the US were tested for safety

Chemical Safety Improvement Act Doesn’t Go Nearly Far Enough
Annie Sartor from Breast Cancer Action

Interesting update on the Chemical Policy Reform. Is it really too much asking that the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the products we purchase don’t cause breast cancer or other health harms?

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by Annie Sartor, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Breast Cancer Action

Chemical Exposures during Pregnancy: dealing with potential Risks to Child Health

Chemicals: a worry for pregnant women?

Chemicals: a worry for pregnant women?
Don’t smoke in pregnancy, restrict caffeine intake, avoid BPA exposure

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has issued a report with the purpose to raise awareness.
But the list of things the RCOG suggest avoiding during pregnancy is extensive and is likely to cause alarm.

Alastair Hay, Prof of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds said “This report is really unhelpful and does not provide mothers-to-be with useful advice…” What do you think?

Sources: Chemical Exposures During Pregnancy: Dealing with Potential, but Unproven, Risks to Child Health, the RCOG, May 2013

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Related post: Environmental Chemicals are a Pregnancy Risk says the ACOG Report

Breast Cancer Risks reviewed: from benign, controversial, inherent, racial to Lifestyle-related

Diethylstilbestrol exposure increases breast cancer risk

Breast Cancer Risks You Should Be Aware Of
Diethylstilbestrol exposure increases breast cancer risk

Risk factors that cause breast cancer are not a guarantee that you will get the disease, but it will increase your chance… While your doctor may not discuss all the breast cancer risks with you, it is your responsibility to take charge of your health and be aware of them…

Glad to see in this article that exposure to Diethylstilbestrol is listed as a risk factor for breast cancer since it is too often omitted …

Data Based Medicine: ALL Prescription Drugs have Benefits AND Side Effects

No one knows a prescription drug’s side effects like the person taking it

No one knows a drug’s side effects like the person taking it
You’ve been given a megaphone to tell your story and help change drug safety. Make your voice heard!

Drug side effects are now a leading cause of death, disability, and illness. Experts estimate that only 1–10% of “serious” adverse events (those causing hospitalization, disability, or death) are ever reported. Not to mention the millions of “medically mild” adverse drug events that occur each year — ones that compromise a person’s concentration, functioning, judgment, and ability to care.

RxISK is the first free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs and easily report a drug side effect — identifying problems and possible solutions earlier than is currently happening. ”

No one knows a prescription drug’s side effects like the person taking it. Make your voice heard!

RxISK Medical Team includes Dr. David Healy.

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