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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A Small Dose of Toxicology

Free eBook by Toxipedia

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A Small Dose of Toxicology The Health Effects of Common Chemicals by Steven G. Gilbert explores the principles of toxicology by examining the health effects of common chemical agents. Every day, we come into contact with many relatively harmless substances that could, at certain concentrations, be toxic. This applies not only to obvious candidates such as asbestos, lead, mercury, and gasoline, but also to such common compounds as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and headache tablets. While the field of toxicology has numerous technical books devoted to aspects of biology, chemistry, and mechanisms of action, A Small Dose of Toxicology places toxicology within the framework of our daily lives.

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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.

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BPA / BPS Infographic

Join the “Mind the Store” campaign for safer chemicals

Sources: Mind the Store by @SaferChemicals

Potential BPA health effects include :

  • Harm to brain
  • Behavior and prostate in young children
  • Many other effects triggered by hormone disruption.

Potential BPS health effects include :

  • Related to hormone disruption.

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 – BPS – Endocrine Disruptors – Pesticides – Phthalates

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Not Just a Pretty Face

The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

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Not Just a Pretty Face – by Stacy Malkan – chronicles the quest that led a group of health and environmental activists to the world’s largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions.

by Stacy Malkan

  • Lead in lipstick?
  • 1,4 dioxane in baby soap?
  • Coal tar in shampoo?
  • How is this possible?

Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they have kept themselves unregulated for decades.

  • Why do companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease?
  • Why do products used by men and women of childbearing age contain chemicals linked to birth defects and infertility?

As doors slammed in their faces and the beauty myth peeled away, the industry’s toxic secrets began to emerge. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. The good news is that while the major multinational companies fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment.

All our posts about BPA – Cancer – Endocrine Disruptors – 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 :-)

Did you call the Congress to demand for Safer Chemicals?

Protect our children with #RealReform on toxic chemicals.
Demand #SaferChemicals and help prevent #BreastCancer

Call Congress to demand #SaferChemicals
The #StrollerBrigade Campaign

via Breast Cancer Fund tweet:
Protect children w/#RealReform on toxic chemicals. Demand #SaferChemicals and prevent #BreastCancer. ”
BCF Website – on Facebook – on Flickr – on Twitter.

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

Will the proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act undercut State Laws that protect Consumers?

A retreat on chemical safety?

A retreat on chemical safety
Only 200 of the 85,000 industrial chemicals in use, not including pesticides, have been tested or regulated

Six years ago, a California environmental group learned that certain baby bibs were made with potentially dangerous amounts of lead. A lawsuit followed, asserting that the bibs violated California’s sweeping environmental toxins law. As a result, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us pulled the bibs from their stores, not just in California but around the country. This is just one of many cases in which California’s strong environmental standards have protected health nationwide.

But such protections could be undermined by a bill in Congress that is intended to replace the ineffectual, decades-old federal law governing industrial chemicals. In its current state, the bill would do more to harm public health than to protect it. ”

Read A retreat on chemical safety
by The Times editorial board; 2 Aug 2013.

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

Read Toxic Soup: Plastics Could Be Leaching Chemicals Into Ocean
by Hadley Leggett, Wired Science, Aug 2009

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?

Read Chemical Safety Improvement Act Doesn’t Go Nearly Far Enough
by Annie Sartor, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Breast Cancer Action