Tag: safety

Are Chemicals Tested for Safety?

A recent article in the New York Times will hopefully get people talking about the complete lack of safety testing of chemicals that are ubiquitous in today’s world. There are now 85,000 chemicals in use in the United States, yet only a very small percentage of these chemicals are tested for safety. I bring attention to this fact whenever I…

EPA to Take a Closer Look at Risk of Low-level Toxin Exposure

Last March, a group of scientists published a report calling for more investigation into the potentially harmful effects of exposure to low levels of endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA). “Current testing paradigms are missing important, sensitive endpoints” for human health, stated the report. “The effects of low doses cannot be predicted by the effects observed at high doses.…

Hidden Chemicals

A recent report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has uncovered the truth about hidden chemicals in everyday personal care and cleaning products, even those products claimed to be “natural.” An array of chemicals has been found in our homes and in our bodies yet little is known about the safety of these chemicals or even where they…

Hidden Chemicals

A recent report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has uncovered the truth about hidden chemicals in everyday personal care and cleaning products, even those products claimed to be “natural.” An array of chemicals has been found in our homes and in our bodies yet little is known about the safety of these chemicals or even where they…

Phthalate Exposure Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

If you know me, you know that I’m all about reducing toxin exposure and supporting the body’s detoxification processes. My book The Detox Strategy is a great resource for just that. I am concerned about the harmful effects toxins have on our bodies. With 80,000 chemicals in use today and over 1,000 new chemicals introduced each year—with minimal testing—we are…

Lead Levels in Lipstick Increasing

  The FDA began testing lead levels in lipstick in 2007 in response to a report released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Back then, the highest lead levels detected were about 3 parts per billion (ppb), which is below the lowest safety limits currently set for lead: 5 ppb. In December the FDA released the results of updated tests…

Fungicides in Orange Juice

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  You may have heard about the recent discovery of a fungicide,…

Take Control of Your Health

A recent national survey of doctors and hospitalized patients found that only 48% of patients said they were involved in decisions about their treatment. What’s even more alarming, 29% didn’t know who was in charge of their case while they were hospitalized. This got me to thinking about how we often place control of our health completely into the hands…

Would you like a statin drug with your cheeseburger?

February 1st marked the start of American Heart Month, an annual awareness effort from the American Heart Association to bring attention to cardiovascular disease being our nation’s No. 1 killer. And while it’s important to bring this issue to light, I wonder if there is enough focus on how lifestyle choices impact heart health. Statin drugs are the most commonly…

Dangerous Pesticide Phase-Out Takes Eight Years!

After the Environmental Protection Agency put out a study on the pesticide aldicarb (brand name Temik) that found it posed a safety risk to infants and young children, the company producing it, Bayer, decided to phase it out. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it will take eight years before the chemical is no longer used on…