What if you could look back at a particular day, or say a weekend, and remember that it was the weekend you quit that awful habit of inhaling chemicals. What if you could name the day, the time, even the minute when you learned exactly how to quit and you did it? Would that not be a moment to remember forever, the weekend you extended your life by 10 to 20 years?
You may want to think twice before further drinking or even bathing in unfiltered tap water, as a new report set to be published next year has found that a striking percentage of the U.S. water supply is contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that an astounding one-third of U.S. water systems contain traces of at least 18 unregulated and potentially hazardous contaminants, many of which are linked to causing endocrine disruption and cancer.
Are you concerned about potentially harmful and toxic ingredients in regular antiperspirants? These controversial and virtually essential products often contain fragrances which can cause skin irritation as well as aluminum, preservatives and parabens, which are known carcinogens. A carcinogen is any substance that is capable of causing or promoting cancer. Food Matters urges people to understand that antiperspirants are in fact over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, consumers should be made aware of potential long- and short-term side effects associated with the use of antiperspirants, just like any other OTC drug. Such awareness will allow consumers to take necessary precautions in protecting their own health.
The chemicals used to retard fire in consumer products such as furniture and clothing can become toxic pollutants when they wind up in the environment.
Jen Coleman, an outreach director for the Oregon Environmental Council is at Sohm’s house to help. Armed with a list of chemicals that have toxic effects on people and the environment, Coleman digs through cabinets, checks ingredient lists and compares them with contaminants that have been found in local waterways.
Just when you thought you'd learned everything there was to learn about how to avoid bisphenol-A (BPA), the endocrine-disrupting plastics chemical, new research shows that there's more hormone-disrupting bisphenols around you than you probably thought.
Pressure on chemical companies from legislators is mounting on the issue of toxic chemicals in hundreds of consumer products.
On March 3 Nicole Maurer learned of the proposed settlement between BP and hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents harmed by its 2010 oil spill, the largest in US history.