Tag: environmental toxins

Toxins in Plastic Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children

I blog about environmental toxins a lot because their harmful effects continue to be reported in scientific studies, yet little is done to curtail their use or educate the public about their harms. One class of toxins—the phthalates—is particularly troublesome because they are ubiquitous. They’re everywhere. Phthalates are found in: personal care products cosmetics perfumed products adhesives car care products…

Asthma in Children—Could It Be the Chemicals?

Nearly nine million children in the United States have asthma, a condition that causes the airways to become swollen. Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing are the most common symptoms of asthma. Although allergies are a major cause of asthma in children, studies are finding that environmental toxins also play a role. One recent study presented at the European…

Obesogens—Why We Get Fat

Obesogens—a term coined by Bruce Blumberg, a biology professor at the University of California, Irvine in 2006—are dietary, pharmaceutical, or industrial compounds that alter metabolic processes and predispose some people to gain weight. Simply put, obesogens are toxins that make us fat. The idea that environmental toxins could be making us fat was only introduced in 2002, so it’s a…

Toxicity, Take Two: It’s in the Air We Breathe

Brenda and I have been talking for years about the toxic soup that we all live in. It’s in our food, in the water, in the air and in our own bodies. It’s impossible to completely avoid toxins, and that’s a problem, especially in light of the scientific evidence that shows environmental toxins are destroying our health. Many recent studies…