Women’s Health – Safe Cosmetics and Safer Chemicals Infographic

Toxic Chemical Exposure Infographic

Woman and Toxic Chemical Exposure Infographic
Women’s Health – Safe Cosmetics and Safer Chemicals Infographic – by @Chae_Organics

Sources: Toxic Chemical Exposure Infographic
Chaé Organics May 28, 2013

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Discover the Menstrual Cup

Healthy, Environmentally Friendly to Tampons or Disposable Pads

The Mooncup – known in the USA as MCUK – is the original silicone menstrual cup designed by women to be a convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads.

For too long, tampons and sanitary pads have monopolised the menstrual market -damaging the earth and our purses. But now, Mooncup is stepping up the fight for a more healthy, environmentally friendly and financially sensible alternative.

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Discover Sckoon Menstrual Cup: Clean, Effective Alternative to Tampons or Disposable Pads

Your period should be a breeze, and with an internally worn menstrual cup, it should be

Your period should be a breeze, and with SckoonCup, an internally worn menstrual cup, it will be. Discover a clean, effective alternative to tampons or disposable pads. Made from FDA approved soft medical-grade silicon, it’s safe, reusable, environmentally friendly, and pretty, too!

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Pesticides – DDT – Rachel Carson – Silent Spring

Historical clips on DDT, Rachel Carson and science explaining why humans pollute. The chemical structure of DDT is very similar to DES

One should notice that the chemical structure of DDT is very similar to Diethylstilbestrol (DES), the synthetic estrogen which was contraindicated by the FDA (1971) because it caused cervical cancer – adenocarcinoma of the vagina – in the daughters of women given DES during pregnancy.

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An introduction to Persistent Organic Pollutants POPs

Why they are harmful to human health and the environment

This short animation from IPEN – Working Together for a Toxics-Free Future – provides an introduction to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and why they are harmful to human health and the environment.

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IPEN : Working Together for a Toxics-Free Future

IPEN is working to establish and implement safe chemicals policies and practices that protect human health and the environment around the world

IPEN’s mission is a toxics-free future for all

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Click to download IPEN’s brochure

IPEN: toxic-fee is a global network of public interest organizations aiming to eliminate toxic substances.

IPEN is working to establish and implement safe chemicals policies and practices that protect human health and the environment around the world.

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Meet the twelve known Toxic Chemicals that damage our Children’s Brains

Illustration by Jackie Lay for The Atlantic post:
The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

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Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread neurodevelopmental disabilities, including #autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments.

Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments.
But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater.

In 2006, Dr Philippe Grandjean did a systematic review and identified six industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants:

  • arsenic
  • ethanol
  • lead
  • methylmercury
  • polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs
  • and toluene.

Seven years later, the number of chemicals known to be toxic to children’s developing brains has doubled with these six additional ones:

  • chlorpyrifos,
  • dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane DDT/DDE,
  • fluoride,
  • manganese,
  • tetrachloroethylene PERC,
  • and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers PBDEs.

Dr Philippe Grandjean – who wrote the book Only One Chance, how to protect the Brains of the Next Generation – assumes that even more neurotoxicants remain undiscovered and proposes a global prevention strategy.

Sources and Press Articles:
  • The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains, The Atlantic 284466, by James Hamblin, MARCH 18, 2014.
  • Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity, NCBI, PMID: 24556010, 2014 Feb 17.
  • Full text: The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, Pages 330 – 338, March 2014, doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(13)70278-3
  • More Toxic Chemicals Damaging Children’s Brains, HuffingtonPost, n_4790229, by Lynne Peeples, 02/14/2014
  • Putting the next generation of brains in danger, CNNchemicals-children-brains, by Saundra Young, February 17, 2014

Secret Toxic Chemicals in Feminine Products, Tampons and Pads

Toxic chemicals do not belong in feminine products.
Tell Tampax and Always to Detox the Box!

Toxic chemicals don’t belong in feminine products. Period.

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Toxic chemicals don’t belong in feminine products. Period.

Tell Tampax and Always to Detox the Box!

Women’s Voices for the Earth November 2013 Chem Fatale report found toxic chemicals commonly used in feminine care products like pads and tampons. ” Unfortunately, because pads and tampons are regulated as “medical devices” and not “personal care products,” companies aren’t required by law to disclose any of the ingredients used in these products. We know that Procter & Gamble, makers of Tampax and Always, uses some toxic fragrance chemicals – and we have a right to know what else they’re using in pads and tampons. ”

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Download the 2013 Chem Fatale Report, by Women’s Voices for the Earth

Toxic chemicals were found in pads and tampons

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The Women’s Voices for the Earth November 2013 Chem Fatale report found toxic chemicals in feminine care products like pads and tampons.

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The Health and Environment Alliance HEAL re-launched the Chemicals Health Monitor CHM

The Chemicals Health Monitor aims to be your online source for the link between chemicals and diseases

Press release:

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The Chemicals Health Monitor aims to be your online source for the link between chemicals and diseases.

” The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has today re-launched its Chemicals Health Monitor (CHM), a revived online service consisting of a revamped website and newsletter as well as new social media tools, all available in English and German.

HEAL provides this monitoring service with the aim of improving public health by promoting support for more protective regulation of hazardous chemicals in Europe and beyond. The project encourages public health and health professional groups to use and share educational resources to inform patients and the public.

Many of the chemicals to which people are exposed daily have never been tested for their effects on human health and the environment. When studies have been done, the test results may not be publicly available. Meanwhile, more and more studies link chemical exposure to a range of specific chronic conditions. The research suggests that due to their exposure, families and individuals may be more prone to obesity and diabetes, more likely to suffer from cancer, and more likely to face infertility. Healthcare systems are struggling to cope with rising rates of these conditions.

Although EU laws set high and innovative standards, significant gaps nonetheless remain, particularly regarding the effects of multiple concurrent exposures and of long-term, cumulative exposures. The Chemicals Health Monitor provides the latest authoritative, independent information linking chemical exposure to chronic health problems, which is developed with the help of public interest expertise.

HEAL’s ultimate goal in providing such a service is to inform the public and to mobilise partnerships in support of EU policies that protect health. In particular, HEAL seeks precautionary action to prevent exposure to toxic chemicals and effective implementation of the EU chemicals law, REACH.”

Sources: HEAL Blog, Brussels, 25 March 2014 – Follow on  Twitter