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Ten Thousand Chemicals in Food and Food Packaging: What Are These Substances Doing to Our Children?

The majority of additives in U.S. foods have undergone either inadequate or zero regulatory oversight. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just issued a policy statement about the risks to children’s health of the more than 10,000 chemicals directly or indirectly added to food and “food contact materials” in the U.S. with three primary aims: (1) to review and highlight the significant health concerns associated with the chemicals in foods; (2) to formulate recommendations that pediatricians can share with families; and (3) to propose “urgently needed reforms” pertaining to regulation of food additives by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Disturbing study finds that humans are getting progressively dumber – IQ points now dropping by 7 points with each new generation

The dumbing down of civilization has been codified in a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

How to tell which plastics are safe to use for food and drinks (food grade)

Are you sure your plastic container isn’t made out of toxic materials? A Modern Survival Blog article tackles how to identify food-safe types of plastics that can store your food and water without risk of leaching.

Disturbing study finds that humans are getting progressively dumber – IQ points now dropping by 7 points with each new generation

The dumbing down of civilization has been codified in a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Macaroni and cheese products test positive for toxic chemicals

In an alarming revelation from food industry watchdogs, it’s been found that 29 of 30 mac and cheese products test positive for toxic chemicals called phthalates. Keep reading to learn more about why these food products should be avoided.

It’s Confirmed! Sweating Removes Chemicals From Your Body

A new Canadian study “Human Excretion of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Flame Retardants: Blood, Urine, and Sweat Study,” has confirmed that induced sweating helps the body to remove polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a man made group of flame retardant chemicals.

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Harmful Plasticizer Chemical Found In Nearly All Cheese Products Tested

The debate over phthalates continues and parents concerned over the chemicals in baby products will be even more horrified to learn that the majority of cheese products tested by a group of scientists was found to contain phthalates. The chemicals are typically used as a plasticizer for a range of products, including vinyl flooring, building materials, children’s backpacks and lunch boxes, and personal care products with fragrances.

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Chemical Found In Ayahuasca May Be Able To Completely Reverse Diabetes

Millions of people across the world currently suffer from diabetes – including 20 million in the United States alone. Fortunately, a chemical found in ayahuasca shows promise as a cure.

Diabetes affects its sufferers by preventing insulin production, meaning the body can't very well get energy from food. In particular, it results from a deficiency in the pancreas's beta cells. The chemical harmine, naturally found in ayahuasca, may fix that.

Children's clothing found loaded with endocrine-disrupting chemicals

Three major clothing lines based in Sweden and Norway are selling products that contain toxic chemicals, reported NewsinEnglish.no. KappAhl and H&M, both Sweden-based clothing chains, and Cubus, a Norway-based company, were caught selling articles of clothing in which one out of three contained DBP or DEHP.

Dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, is a commonly used plasticizer that was banned by the European Union (EU) in 1999 for use in products like nail polish, cosmetics and children's toys. The United States followed suit, banning the chemical in 2006.

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