Ground Water polluted by Toxic Teflon Chemical, C8, PFCs in several States

Meanwhile chemical GenX used to replace the surfactant PFOA found to cause many of the same health problems in lab tests that the original chemical did, including cancer and reproductive problems

New information emerged last month about toxic contamination from chemicals used to manufacture Teflon pots and pans and many other consumer, military, and industrial products.

Water tests in several states have revealed a growing number of sites where the groundwater is polluted by the most well studied of these chemicals — C8 or PFOA — prompting calls from a group of state governors for federal action.

State officials want the Environmental Protection Agency to issue federal guidelines on how to understand the hazards of PFCs and how best to respond when water pollution is discovered.

Meanwhile there are new indications that another perfluorinated chemical (PFC), heavily promoted by chemical manufacturers as a safer substitute for C8, is also toxic and just as persistent in the environment as C8, raising questions about the adequacy of a voluntary C8 phase-out agreement promoted for the past decade by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Meanwhile, chemical industry’s own research indicates that “safer substitutes” are also potentially hazardous.

Continue reading Toxic Teflon Chemical, C8, Found In Tap Water in Several States,
Earth Island Journal, APRIL 4, 2016.
Tab image by Rick Harris.

Doctors and Pharma Ties…

Are doctors really immune to gifts and marketing?

Can we easily find out about the ties between doctors and drug firms?

Les filles distilbène

Dessin de Nina Luec © Radio France – 2014

C’est toujours bien de parler du distilbène, parce que pour ceux qui pensent que c’est de l’histoire passée, il faut savoir que les effets génétiques du DES se transmettent jusqu’à sept générations…

Sauf que – en référence au dessin – il faut rajouter:

Sources

  • Nina Luec © Radio France – 2014 – Une chef cuisinière, une chef d’orchestre et une fille distilbène, franceinter, 21 décembre 2014.
  • Notre album de dessins sur Flickr.
Le Distilbène DES, en savoir plus

1 in 4 of all deaths linked to poor environment

An estimated 12.6 million deaths each year are attributable to unhealthy environments

Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks, WHO, MARCH 2016.

An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates from WHO. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

An estimated 12.6 million deaths each year are attributable to unhealthy environments, WHO, MARCH 2016.

Noncommunicable diseases contribute to largest share of environment-related deaths

The second edition of the report, “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks”, reveals that since the report was first published a decade ago, deaths due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), mostly attributable to air pollution (including exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke), amount to as much as 8.2 million of these deaths. NCDs, such as stroke, heart disease, cancers and chronic respiratory disease, now amount to nearly two-thirds of the total deaths caused by unhealthy environments.

25% of all deaths linked to pollution and environmental degradation, MNN, March 18, 2016.
Air pollution by Charles Haynes.

At the same time, deaths from infectious diseases, such as diarrhoea and malaria, often related to poor water, sanitation and waste management, have declined. Increases in access to safe water and sanitation have been key contributors to this decline, alongside better access to immunization, insecticide-treated mosquito nets and essential medicines.

A quand une individualisation du processus vaccinal?

Il nous faut prendre notre santé en main!

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Preventing disease through healthy environments infographic

A global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks

Top ten causes of death from the environment

The main message emerging from this new comprehensive global assessment is that premature death and disease can be prevented through healthier environments – and to a significant degree.

  • Press release: Quantifying environmental health impacts, WHO, 2016.
  • Image source: quantifying_ehimpacts infographic.
  • Download the “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks2016 report, PDF 2.41Mb.
  • Download the “Preventing disease through healthy environments: towards an estimate of the environmental burden of disease“, 2006 report, PDF, 8.4Mb.

BPA may predispose babies in womb to breast cancer later in life

BPA Changes Fetal Development of the Mammary Gland in Ways That Can Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Boston, MA – A new culture system that tests the role of chemical exposure on the developing mammary gland has found that Bisphenol A (BPA) directly affects the mammary gland of mouse embryos. The study results, to be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 98th annual meeting in Boston, show that these changes to embryonic mammary tissue occur at a dose comparable to that of humans’ environmental exposure to BPA.

“We exposure in the womb to endocrine disruptors such as BPA may be a main factor responsible for the increased incidence of breast cancer in women,”

said the study’s lead investigator, Lucia Speroni, PhD, a research associate and member of the Soto-Sonnenschein lab at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

“We knew from our previous research that BPA causes changes to breast tissue associated with a higher predisposition to breast cancer later in life. However, until now, we did not know whether this was a direct effect on the fetus or an indirect effect from the mother’s exposure.”

said Speroni, who helped develop the new biological assay.

BPA is a hormone-like industrial chemical that appears in many plastic and resin household products and food containers. It has been detected in most urine samples representative of the U.S. population. Research links BPA to numerous adverse health effects in humans, and it can cross the placenta in the womb.

BPA Changes Fetal Development of the Mammary Gland in Ways That Can Raise Breast Cancer Risk, The Endocrine Society, April 01, 2016.

Unlike typical in vitro cultures of cells, the new culture method is ex vivo, meaning that the growth of the whole mammary gland is examined outside the organism. The researchers extracted mammary buds, the early developing form of the mammary gland, from 14-day-old mouse embryos, which is a critical time for mammary development in rodents, according to Speroni. They then grew the mammary buds in culture dishes for five days. The mammary buds kept developing, allowing the investigators to observe how the mammary gland develops in real time, she said.

BPA is the first chemical the investigative team has tested using the new rapid bioassay. The study received funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation in Framingham, Mass.

Speroni and her collaborators tested various BPA doses and compared the effects with estrogen. She said BPA increased growth of the mouse mammary bud at doses which were environmentally relevant. This effect is similar to what happened when the researchers exposed the mouse fetus through its mother in a previous study, she noted.

Many past studies have demonstrated that BPA has estrogen-like effects. However, Speroni and colleagues found that BPA did not have the same effect on the mouse mammary bud as did estrogen, which inhibited mammary gland growth. They plan to conduct more studies to learn the reason why and to try to find the mechanism by which BPA disrupts mammary gland development.

The researchers also hope to test other hormonally active chemicals that potentially cause breast cancer.

“We now have a way to test the impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on the development of the mouse mammary gland at different doses and obtain results in less than a week.”

Speroni said.

World Autism Awareness Day

Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, January 2008

United Nations – 76th Plenary Meeting – 18 December 2007

World Autism Awareness Day

The General Assembly,

Recalling the 2005 World Summit Outcome and the United Nations Millennium Declaration, as well as the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields,

Recalling also the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, according to which children with disabilities should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child’s active participation in the community, as well as the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children,

Affirming that ensuring and promoting the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities is critical to achieving internationally agreed development goals,

Aware that autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life and results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children in many countries irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status, and characterized by impairments in social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted, repetitive behaviour, interests and activities,

Deeply concerned by the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent development challenges to long-term health care, education, training and intervention programmes undertaken by Governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, as well as its tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies,

Recalling that early diagnosis and appropriate research and interventions are vital to the growth and development of the individual,

  1. Decides to designate 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2008;
  2. Invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Autism Awareness Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of autism;
  3. Encourages Member States to take measures to raise awareness throughout society, including at the family level, regarding children with autism;
  4. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member States and United Nations organizations.

Preventing disease through healthy environments infographic

A global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks

How the environment impacts our health

The main message emerging from this new comprehensive global assessment is that premature death and disease can be prevented through healthier environments – and to a significant degree.

  • Press release: Quantifying environmental health impacts, WHO, 2016.
  • Image source: quantifying_ehimpacts infographic.
  • Download the “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks2016 report, PDF 2.41Mb.
  • Download the “Preventing disease through healthy environments: towards an estimate of the environmental burden of disease“, 2006 report, PDF, 8.4Mb.

With Processed Meat it’s “Happy April Fool’s Day” Every Day!

Not Kidding => 15 Horrifying Facts About Processed Meat

Warning: it’s quite shocking…

Bon appétit!
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