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Not to Miss! Essential Sunscreen + Sun and Fun Facts

Not to Miss! Essential Sunscreen + Sun and Fun Facts

Happily, here we are again, at the beginning of summer. One of the greatest joys of living in Florida, as I do, is the opportunity to spend time close to the water. However, where there’s water, there’s sunshine (most of the time) – and it seems to be getting more intense with each year that passes. Perhaps it’s because of…

EWG’s Consumer Guide to Seafood

I often talk about the importance of eating fish high in omega-3. And I also recommend that fish high in mercury be avoided. To optimize omega-3 intake and also minimize mercury intake, there are three main fish that I have recommended over the years: salmon, sardines, and herring. If you don’t happen to like these three fish, you are not…

Antibacterial Compounds Pose Risk During Pregnancy—How to Avoid Them

We are a germ-fearing society. From antibacterial soaps, wipes, cleaners, and ointments to hand sanitizer and antimicrobial bedding, we are trying—literally—to wipe ourselves free of all the germs. What could all this sanitization be doing to our health, some researchers have asked? As it turns out, a lot. One compound in particular—triclosan—is found in many everyday items such as soaps,…

EWGs Dirty Dozen Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is at it again. Famous for their Dirty Dozen list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticides, EWG has a new Dirty Dozen—for hormone-disrupting chemicals. They have compiled a list of the 12 worst endocrine-disrupting chemicals and how to avoid them. Here is the list: Bisphenol A (BPA) Dioxin Atrazine Phthalates…

Dirty Dozen 2013

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list of the most and least pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables so that consumers can make informed decisions about how to purchase these foods. In general, the produce on the Dirty Dozen list, which includes the most toxic produce, should be purchased organic. The clean 15, on the other hand, include…

Twinkies For Breakfast?!

  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done it again. EWG is a public health non-profit organization on a mission to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. That’s a tall order for any organization, and EWG is doing a fine job. Their latest project involves the assessment of 84 breakfast cereals marketed to…

Dirty Dozen Update—12 Most Pesticide-Laden Foods

  The Environmental Working Group has put out an updated list of fruits and vegetables ranked according to their pesticide contamination. The report, put out annually, analyzes government data on 53 fruits and vegetables. New to the top of the list this year is apples, moved up from number four. Ninety-two percent of apples tested contained two or more pesticides.…

Drink Filtered Water

It was recently reported by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that tap water in over 30 U.S. cities contains hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen. Hexavalent chromium is the chemical that was made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich. In the EWG study, tap water was tested in 35 cities; 31 of those cities’ water contained hexavalent chromium. The Environmental Protection…

More Bad Press for BPA

Well folks, it looks like BPA is back in the news, and the news is not good. In one of the first studies of its kind, scientists from the University of Michigan and the Harvard School of Public Health looked at how exposure to the chemical Bisphenol A affected the sperm count and quality in otherwise healthy male adults, and…

BPA – Want to Know More?

One of the best non-profit resource groups I’ve found, Environmental Working Group does a great job providing information to the public about the dangerous chemicals that we come into contact with every day. In fact, their website is loaded with helpful information about one of the most talked-about chemicals in use today—bisphenol A, or BPA. BPA is found in hundreds…