Jewelry with the toxic metal cadmium is showing up on the shelves of national retailers including Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Papaya, according to newly released test results.
Analysis done for the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health revealed some jewelry sold with women’s dresses and shirts was nearly pure cadmium, which can cause cancer and reproductive harm after prolonged exposure.
Consumer advocates were hopeful cadmium had disappeared from the U.S. jewelry market following changes prompted by a 2010 Associated Press investigation that found Chinese manufacturers were using the metal to make kids’ jewelry.
How does the brain clean itself? We now know a major route for clearing toxins out from the brain, and the finding could help us understand what goes wrong in age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The EPA banned PCBs 40 years ago, but they're not going anywhere.
Why the FDA and the EPA aren't set up to protect us from contaminants in the food we eat.
Eric Reynolds will tell you that he is on the verge of freeing much of humanity from the deadly scourge of the cooking fire. He can halt the toxic smoke wafting through African homes, protect what is left of the continent’s forest cover and help rescue the planet from the wrath of climate change.
Even infants come into the world tainted with 200-plus industrial chemicals and pollutants.
Exposure to the chemicals in everyday objects poses a hidden health threat.
It is not possible to live in a chemical-free world on Earth. Chemicals are all around us, and some, like oxygen and hydrogen, are essential components for living creatures including us humans. However, some other chemicals may be harmful to our health.
Workers like Yvette Flores didn’t know their jobs in electronics manufacturing could harm their children. And the U.S. does tragically little to protect them.
The family of chemicals called PFAS have been used in everything from carpeting to fast food wrappers. They also may have contaminated America's water.
Toxicology’s founding father, Paracelsus, is famous for proclaiming that “the dose makes the poison.” This phrase represents a pillar of traditional toxicology: Essentially, chemicals are harmful only at high enough doses.
But increasing evidence suggests that even low levels of “endocrine disrupting chemicals” can interfere with hormonal signals in the body in potentially harmful ways.
Some chemicals can mimic hormones, and in doing so wrongly turn on or off important bodily processes.
Our increasing exposure to under-researched chemicals concerns Tyrrell. She advises caution towards a tendency to focus on single chemicals as a combination of different additives is likely to cause more harm. “As more chemicals are produced there are more combinations to be wary of and we lack the resources to be able to keep up with thorough testing,” she said.
Bacteria sealed inside gloves or bandages are programmed to light up when they detect a certain chemical.
Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.
Solar panels often contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals that cannot be removed without breaking apart the entire panel. “Approximately 90% of most PV modules are made up of glass,” notes San Jose State environmental studies professor Dustin Mulvaney. “However, this glass often cannot be recycled as float glass due to impurities. Common problematic impurities in glass include plastics, lead, cadmium and antimony.”
It’s time to get arsenic and other heavy metals out of our infants’ diets.
Here we are, 45 years later, still battling with the residues of these persistent poisons. Makes you wonder about all the chemicals our industries use so freely in the production of our gotta-have consumer goods, including our foods. We need to understand two things, here: (1) a corporation’s primary responsibility is to the health of its bottom line, not the health of the people who buy its products; (2) the government agencies that are supposed to protect American consumers have a long history of favoring business interests over our health and safety.
The Trump administration, after heavy lobbying by the chemical industry, is scaling back the way the federal government determines health and safety risks associated with the most dangerous chemicals on the market,
Guns take more than 30,000 lives in America each year.
But there’s a less-visible, even deadlier scourge that’s been mostly lost in an era of mass shootings and terrorism scares: work-related illness, which kills 50,000 people annually, according to the best government estimate. Hundreds of thousands more are sickened by job-related exposures to toxic substances.
In any case, of the 50 most populous cities, Indianapolis, IN leads the pack with 10.9 million pounds. The city has long been cited for its poor air quality, a result of steel mills, auto plants, and numerous coal-powered power plants that spew out arsenic, lead and mercury at alarming rates.
The real problem is not one of specific 'bad actors', but the entire system that allows new, likely to be toxic compounds to pollute the environment in near-total ignorance of their impacts. It's time to take our campaigning to a whole new level.
From cellphones to computers to televisions, electronics are manufactured with a long list of substances that are known to be toxic, including metals such as lead and hexavalent chromium, and other contaminants such as phthalates and brominated flame retardants. They all serve specific roles: Lead is extremely effective as a solder, for example, and flame retardants keep our computers from bursting into flames while we type.
Juice fasts. Colon cleanses. Salt baths. Detoxifying face masks. Countless stores, websites and infomercials market these and other products that claim to "rid your body of toxins," in the words of one major retailer.
They're not promoting the kind of detox that is an important part of substance abuse treatment. Instead, they're selling solutions to a problem that is "essentially made up,
Are we all being gradually poisoned by environmental toxins? And what is the evidence for detoxification kits and cleanses?
from nutritionists to natural health experts, these clean living bloggers provide everyday tips to live a toxin-free life and enjoy optimum health.
Most people think they are healthy. They are unaware that they are surrounded by a toxic world. Actually, the truth is that we are all toxic to a certain degree.
Apart from moving to another fresh planet, how do we stay healthy while living in a toxic world? Fortunately, change is possible. Here’s how to begin reducing the toxic load on your body...
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Non Toxic Revolution's mission is to inform and educate young people about the dangers of toxic chemicals in our environment and food supply and their link to breast cancer initiation. Its aim is to inspire a focus on prevention as a means to maintain long-term health and well-being.
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Toxic-Free Future advocates for the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through advanced research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier tomorrow.
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Toxins. They’re in the food we eat, the cleaning products we use and even the clothes we wear. As consumers, we expect or perhaps assume that our everyday purchases have been under every microscope in the lab so they’re safe to use before they hit the shelves, right? Not so I’m afraid, and research has shown that exposure to these potentially toxic chemicals is linked to chronic disease, sensitivities and allergies, breast milk contamination and early onset-puberty, just to name a few. Scary, huh?
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ATSDR protects communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances. We do this by responding to environmental health emergencies; investigating emerging environmental health threats; conducting research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites; and building capabilities of and providing actionable guidance to state and local health partners.
The environment is frequently in the news—from climate change to healthy communities, from chemical releases to hazardous substances in air and water. Of course, the main concern about such issues is the effect they have on human health.