Friendship Fights Depression, Researchers Find

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Study refutes earlier claims that depression is “contagious,” finding instead that only positive moods tend to spread among people in close association Continue reading

Flavor Manufacturers’ Trade Group Is the De Facto Regulator of Flavor Additives in the US

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The organization responsible for the safety of flavor additives used in foods for Continue reading

Even Non-Carcinogenic Chemicals May Cause Cancer When Combined

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More than 80,000 chemicals are put into American products each year, essentially without safety testing

10,000 chemical additives are allowed in food and food packaging alone and virtually none are tested for human safety

By acting on various pathways, Continue reading

Early Menopause Linked to Chemicals

menopause_early_causesMost women probably don’t want to be rushed into menopause.  But that seems to be what’s happening thanks to our modern soup of environmental chemicals.

It’s estimated that we live in a world saturated with over 80,000 man-made chemicals.  They’re in pharmaceuticals, Continue reading

Phthalates: New Study Finds Common Chemicals May Lower Testosterone Levels

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A new study found reduced levels of circulating testosterone were associated with increased phthalate exposure in several key populations, including a 24-34 percent decline in testosterone levels in boys aged 6 to 12 Continue reading

Be Careful: Your Garden Hose Might Be Contaminating Your Food

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Garden hoses are not intended for drinking water, so there are no regulations about what kinds of chemicals can be in them

One-third of the hoses tested contained high levels of one or more chemicals of concern, Continue reading

Know Thyself: Skin Care Products Can Be More Toxic Than Food

The skin is the boKnow Thyself: Skin Care Products Can Be More Toxic Than Fooddy’s largest organ. And it’s ravenous.

People are wearing patches that pump nicotine and birth control into their bodies. If the skin is an effective conduit for medicines, it’s also wide open for toxins.

What’s unfortunate is that many toxins meeting your skin are applied by choice, Continue reading

New 3D Mammograms May Triple Your Radiation Exposure

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Although touted as superior, new 3D mammograms (tomosynthesis) appear to have no diagnostic advantage over standard mammograms, and pose a much higher risk Continue reading

Environmental Toxins Linked to Childhood Obesity

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Researchers from the Children’s Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York have found an association between a class of chemical substances known as “phthalates” Continue reading

Toxins in Sexual Health Products

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Defend Your Health in a Toxic World

Today’s modern world bristles with health-robbing toxins. These harmful substances lurk in our food, water, air, household products and the environment. Luckily, a few simple measures can save your health by helping you avoid these undesirables and boost your body’s natural detoxification defenses.

Toxic Burden

Studies over the past several years reveal that many people’s bodies are burdened with alarmingly high levels of many common, yet dangerous, toxins which are closely linked to numerous chronic illnesses, developmental conditions and behavioral problems. Some of the most prevalent toxins and pollutants found within and around us today include: bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, PFOA, formaldehyde, PDBEs, dioxins and heavy metals. By avoiding exposure to these all-too-common health menaces and taking regular measures to safely detoxify your body, home and surroundings, you can help protect your long-term health and possibly reduce environmental harm: Continue reading

Fabric Softeners Contain Toxic Chemicals

Fabric softener ads often portray an image of comfort, freshness and sweetness. Yet most fabric softeners contain a grim list of known toxins which can enter your body through the skin and by inhalation, causing a wide range of health problems, particularly for young children.

Some of the harmful ingredients commonly found in liquid or sheet fabric softeners include:

Chloroform: This substance was used as an anesthesia in the 1800s up through the early 1900s when its potential for causing fatal cardiac arrhythmia was discovered. A carcinogenic neurotoxin, it is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Inhaling its vapors may cause loss of consciousness, nausea, headache, vomiting, and/or dizziness, drowsiness. Continue reading

Poison is in your Perfume

As lovely as your favorite fragrance may smell, there’s a good chance that it’s a toxic chemical concoction of poisons. The ingredients used to make perfume and cologne don’t stop at natural spices and pure essential oils (no matter what those romantic commercials on your TV may imply).

The list often includes formaldehyde, toluene, methylene chloride, benzaldehyde, petroleum, and phthalates. These chemicals have been linked to a wide range of damaging symptoms, including respiratory problems, nervous system issues, reproductive issues like infertility, and various forms of cancer. Phthalates are also known to be endocrine disruptors. These harmful effects have the most impact on young children Continue reading