Toxic Chemicals are in Your Home, in Your Body

Chances are that your home is polluted with dangerous and sometimes life threatening chemicals…

Toxic Chemicals are in Your Home, in Tour Body, by @ChemicalsInHome on Flickr
Chances are that your home is polluted with dangerous and sometimes life threatening chemicals.

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Your Shopping, Your Groceries, Your Chemical Exposure

Is your food exposing you to all those chemicals?

Your Shopping, Your Groceries, and Your Chemical Exposure, by @MarthRosenberg, on Flickr
Read Martha Rosenberg’s interview with pesticide expert and toxicologist Janette Sherman, M.D.

Sources:

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Email your photos to des.daughter@gmail.com with a short description and title :-)

Cosmetic and Skin Care Products Infographic

List of Ingredients to Avoid

List of Ingredients to Avoid.

Sources: OrganicSpaMagazine, also on Twitter. See more infographics.
More about BPA – Endocrine Disruptors – Pesticides – Phthalates

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Phthalates Infographic

Join the “Mind the Store” campaign for safer chemicals

Phthalates are commonly found in:
Sources: Mind the Store by @SaferChemicals

Potential health effects include adverse effects on development of male reproductive system :

  • Infertility.
  • Decreased sperm count.
  • Undescended testes.
  • Malformation of the penis.

Sources: Mind the Store by SaferChemicals, a national coalition of parents, health advocates, enviros, cancer survivors and 450 organizations working to protect American families.

All our posts about BPA – Endocrine Disruptors – Pesticides – Phthalates – Men’s Health

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  • Watch the Diaporama, and the DES research photo set on DES Diethylstilbestrol's photostream on Flickr
  • If you already have a flickr® account, add us as a contact.
    Email your photos to des.daughter@gmail.com with a short description and title :-)

Hormone Deception

How our environment disrupt our hormones,
How to Protect Yourself and your Family

Hormone Deception by Lindsey Berkson
How our environment disrupt our hormones and how to protect yourself and your family

How Everyday Foods and Products Are Disrupting your Hormones – and How to Protect Yourself and your Family

In Hormone Deception, Lindsey Berkson clearly explains where hormone disruptors come from and how they affect adults, children and the unborn child.
Lindsey also gives easy, practical tips for protecting home and family, such as vacuuming frequently and using water filters.
Lindsey discusses the effects of common synthetic hormones such as birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy and fertility drugs.

Book reviews – Lindsey Berkson Website and Twitter
More about BPAEndocrine DisruptorsPesticidesPhthalates

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Puberty starting Younger and the Role of Endocrine Disruptors Chemicals

Why is puberty starting younger?

Why is puberty starting younger?
Top stories, special features, live blogs and more from TheGuardian.com

Early puberty in girls has been linked to breast cancer.  Data show that the worldwide incidence of precocious puberty has increased and the age of pubertal changes has decreased over the past two decades.

Many of the cases are attributed to excess weight gain but exposures to phthalates and endocrine disruptors chemicals have also been implicated as possible risk factors.

Read Why is puberty starting younger?
by Mona Chalabi, The Guardian, 4 November 2013

La Fabrique du Mensonge, Industriels manipulant la Science nous mettant en Danger

Par Stéphane Foucart, journaliste scientifique au journal Le Monde

La Fabrique du Mensonge sur Flickr
Stéphane Foucart, journaliste scientifique au Monde, accessoirement auteur de livres inflammatoires

Un pan entier de l’activité des grandes entreprises consiste aujourd’hui à manipuler la science. Confrontés aux faits, les industriels utilisent le discours scientifique comme un instrument de propagande pour instiller le doute. Les fabricants de tabac sont les premiers à avoir recruté des faux experts, fait publier des études biaisées, organisé des fausses conférences scientifiques et corrompu des sociétés savantes afin de convaincre que le tabac n’était peut-être pas responsable du cancer du poumon. Les mêmes procédés ont été remis au goût du jour pour dédouaner l’amiante de ses méfaits, pour relativiser ou nier le réchauffement climatique, pour faire du déclin des abeilles un «mystère» sans lien avec les nouvelles générations d’insecticides. Ils sont également à l’œuvre dans l’affaire du bisphénol A, l’un des plus graves scandales sanitaires de ces dernières décennies. Quant au «débat» sur les OGM, cela fait bien longtemps qu’il n’a plus rien à voir avec la science. Les intérêts en jeu sont trop colossaux pour laisser les chercheurs s’exprimer librement… Au-delà de tout militantisme, La Fabrique du mensonge décortique les mécanismes de ces manœuvres et montre comment abîmer la science et détruire le savoir met nos vies en danger.

The Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors

Twelve Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them

The Environmental Working Group and the Keep A Breast Foundation released a guide to educate consumers about some of the most problematic hormone-altering chemicals that people are routinely exposed to. EWG, known for creating the popular and widely used list of the most pesticide-contaminated fresh produce, partnered with KAB to develop the Dirty Dozen list of endocrine disruptors to highlight the prevalence of these toxic chemicals, how they affect our health and simple ways to avoid them.

Includes:

12 Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them
Twelve Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them
  1. Bisphenol-A (BPA)
  2. Dioxin
  3. Atrazine
  4. Phthalates
  5. Perchlorate
  6. Fire retardants
  7. Lead
  8. Arsenic
  9. Mercury
  10. Perfluorinated chemicals
  11. Organophosphate pesticides
  12. Glycol ethers

More information and how to avoid them:

The European Food Safety Authority’s Independence Problem

More than half of experts at the EU food safety authority have conflicts of interest

The European Food Safety Authority's independence problem
European Food Safety Authority says it’s “Committed to ensuring that Europe’s food is safe”

Almost 60% of experts sitting on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) panels have direct or indirect links with industries regulated by the agency, according to an independent screening performed by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) – an advocacy group that criticizes corporate influence on public policy – and Stéphane Horel – freelance journalist and documentarian.

The CEO October 2013 report identifies major loopholes in EFSA’s independence policy and finds that EFSA’s new rules for assessing its experts, implemented in 2012 after several conflicts of interest scandals, have failed to improve the situation.

The authors warn that this situation casts a severe doubt on the credibility of the scientific output of the key body responsible for food safety at the EU, with the agency issuing recommendations and risk assessments on crucial public health issues such as food additives, packaging, GMOs, contaminants and pesticides.

The main loophole identified in EFSA’s new rules for assessing its experts’ interests is that the agency’s assessment is too narrow, mainly looking at the panel’s specific remit to determine whether there are conflicts of interest. Instead it should consider experts’ wider conflicts of interest, in line with the agency’s broader mandate to guarantee its decisions remain independent from the industry it regulates. The current approach enables dozens of experts with multiple commercial interests (consultancy contracts, research funding, etc) to still be granted full membership of EFSA panels, including a majority of panel chairs and vice-chairs.

The CEO report also shows that EFSA failed to properly implement its own new rules in several instances, and that there is no visible difference between panels assembled under the new policy and those composed using the old policy.

Scientist with extensive Industry Ties quits the EU advisory Panel

Wolfgang Dekant and 16 others had collaborations with companies and industry trade groups

Scientist with extensive industry ties quits EU advisory panel
Prof. Dekant served as an expert for the European Commission for 13 years

Wolfgang Dekant, a German scientist critical of the European Union’s plan to regulate chemicals, with extensive financial ties to regulated industries has resigned from a key scientific committee of the European Commission.

Prof. Dekant, professor of toxicology at the University of Würzburg, was one of 18 scientists who authored a controversial editorial condemning a proposed regulatory policy for endocrine disruptors chemicals.
A September article by Stéphane Horel and Brian Bienkowski  – awarded by a Laurel – revealed that Wolfgang Dekant and 16 others had collaborations with companies and industry trade groups

Read Scientist with extensive industry ties quits EU advisory panelStéphane Horel, Environmental Health News, 15 Oct 2013

Related post: When Scientists attack: a Laurel to Stephane Horel