Tag: toxic

If Your Child Takes This Laxative You Might Want to Reconsider

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating an ingredient in adult laxatives that are commonly prescribed for children. Polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG 3350) is the active ingredient in Miralax and other similar products, which are not approved for long-term use even in adults—yet they are commonly prescribed long-term in children. While only very small amounts of PEG 3350 are…

Sucralose is Not the Harmless Sweetener It’s Made Out to Be

If you are avoiding sugar (which is a good thing!), yet you substitute with sucralose—the generic name for the stuff in the yellow packets—you might want to know that researchers are concerned about the safety of this artificial sweetener based on many of its biological effects in the body. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health recently published a report…

High Blood Sugar is a Toxic Risk for Alzheimer’s

High blood sugar levels make beta amyloid protein—found in people with Alzheimer’s disease—more toxic to the cells that line blood vessels in the brain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. High blood sugar is receiving increased attention for its role in Alzheimer’s, so much so that Alzheimer’s disease is also known by some experts…

New Flame Retardants are Not So Harmless

Flame retardants are chemicals that inhibit the spread of fire. They are added to products such as furniture, certain fabrics (curtains, children’s pajamas, carpeting, etc.), electronics, upholstery, and insulation, to name a few. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were the first flame retardants, but were banned in 1977 after they were discovered to be toxic. Brominated flame retardants replaced PCBs, but have…

Heavy Metals in Your Lipstick

Here we go again. Not only does lipstick contain lead, which I have reported on a couple times, but a new study by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested 32 commonly sold lipsticks and lip glosses and found they contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and five other metals. Not all the metals were at levels…

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…

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…

High Mercury Content Found in Canned Tuna—Children’s #1 Favorite Fish

The largest source of methylmercury—the most toxic form of the heavy metal mercury—obtained through the diet comes from canned tuna. Thirty-two percent of dietary methylmercury, a known neurotoxin, comes from canned tuna. There are two main types of tuna—albacore and light tuna. Albacore is known to be higher in mercury than light tuna, and so the current federal advisory issued…