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Living in Better Neighborhood May Protect Health of Kids in Poverty

Living in Better Neighborhood May Protect Health of Kids in Poverty

Less Stress Hormone Found in Children with Access to Green Spaces, Clean Air, Quality Grocery Stores

While poverty has long been linked with poor health, a study from UC San Francisco has found that simply living in a more desirable neighborhood may act as a health booster for low-income children.

UCSF researchers compared levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 338 kindergartners whose families’ annual incomes ranged from less than $10,000 to $200,000-plus. The research team found . . .

Phthalates Impair Children's Brain Development, Scientists Call for Immediate Action

Phthalates Impair Children’s Brain Development, Scientists Call for Immediate Action

Prenatal exposures are linked to learning and behavioral problems including attention disorders.

In a peer-reviewed article published . . . in the American Journal of Public Health, leading scientists and health professionals of Project TENDR identify ortho-phthalates as neurotoxic chemicals that increase children’s risks for learning, attention, and behavioral disorders. In particular, prenatal exposures to phthalates can contribute to attention problems in children. 

Vaping May Increase Respiratory Disease Risk by More than 40 Percent

Vaping May Increase Respiratory Disease Risk by More than 40 Percent

Risk remains high after accounting for people who may have switched from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes because of health issues.

A growing body of evidence points to the health risks of using e-cigarettes (or “vaping”).

[A] study by researchers from the School of Public Health and School of Medicine [Boston University] is one of the first to look at vaping in a large, healthy sample of the population over time, independently from other tobacco product use.

[T]he study found . . .

Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer: Is There a Link?

Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer: Is There a Link?

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of aluminum-free antiperspirants and deodorants on the market. 

This market shift is driven in part by a hotly disputed link between aluminum-based antiperspirants and breast cancer. Medical experts initially dismissed that link almost 20 years ago due to a lack of scientific studies. Several studies have been done since then, but there is still no scientific consensus. From EWG scientists, here’s a summary of the current state of the science.  

Can Mold Affect My Hormones?

Can Mold Affect My Hormones?

How is it that exposure to biotoxins such as toxic mold can affect hormones? What are some simple steps to re-create balance? You can start with cleaning your nose and make sure you’re pooping every day! Let’s explore why….

Exposure to toxic molds and the many bacterial fragments that come with it, can disrupt multiple interacting systems in the body. Often people with exposure to mold experience chronic fatigue, cognitive and mood disorders, as well as many disruptions in their hormones . . . 

Screen Time and the Brain

Screen Time and the Brain

Digital devices can interfere with everything from sleep to creativity

Whether we like it or not, digital devices are everywhere. . . .While these devices can enhance learning and build community, they can also interfere with everything from sleep to creativity. . . .

“It’s not how long we’re using screens that really matters; it’s how we’re using them and what’s happening in our brains in response,” says Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital . . .

Sweat, Bleach, & Gym Air Quality

Sweat, Bleach, & Gym Air Quality

CU Boulder study shows high bodily emissions during workouts, intensified by chemical reactions with cleaners

One sweaty, huffing, exercising person emits as many chemicals from their body as up to five sedentary people, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study. And notably, those human emissions, including amino acids from sweat or acetone from breath, chemically combine with bleach cleaners to form new airborne chemicals with unknown impacts to indoor air quality.

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Living in Better Neighborhood May Protect Health of Kids in Poverty

Living in Better Neighborhood May Protect Health of Kids in Poverty

Less Stress Hormone Found in Children with Access to Green Spaces, Clean Air, Quality Grocery Stores

While poverty has long been linked with poor health, a study from UC San Francisco has found that simply living in a more desirable neighborhood may act as a health booster for low-income children.

UCSF researchers compared levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 338 kindergartners whose families’ annual incomes ranged from less than $10,000 to $200,000-plus. The research team found . . .

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Phthalates Impair Children’s Brain Development, Scientists Call for Immediate Action

Phthalates Impair Children's Brain Development, Scientists Call for Immediate Action

Prenatal exposures are linked to learning and behavioral problems including attention disorders.

In a peer-reviewed article published . . . in the American Journal of Public Health, leading scientists and health professionals of Project TENDR identify ortho-phthalates as neurotoxic chemicals that increase children’s risks for learning, attention, and behavioral disorders. In particular, prenatal exposures to phthalates can contribute to attention problems in children. 

Vaping May Increase Respiratory Disease Risk by More than 40 Percent

Vaping May Increase Respiratory Disease Risk by More than 40 Percent

Risk remains high after accounting for people who may have switched from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes because of health issues.

A growing body of evidence points to the health risks of using e-cigarettes (or “vaping”).

[A] study by researchers from the School of Public Health and School of Medicine [Boston University] is one of the first to look at vaping in a large, healthy sample of the population over time, independently from other tobacco product use.

[T]he study found . . .

Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer: Is There a Link?

Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer: Is There a Link?

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of aluminum-free antiperspirants and deodorants on the market. 

This market shift is driven in part by a hotly disputed link between aluminum-based antiperspirants and breast cancer. Medical experts initially dismissed that link almost 20 years ago due to a lack of scientific studies. Several studies have been done since then, but there is still no scientific consensus. From EWG scientists, here’s a summary of the current state of the science.  

Can Mold Affect My Hormones?

Can Mold Affect My Hormones?

How is it that exposure to biotoxins such as toxic mold can affect hormones? What are some simple steps to re-create balance? You can start with cleaning your nose and make sure you’re pooping every day! Let’s explore why….

Exposure to toxic molds and the many bacterial fragments that come with it, can disrupt multiple interacting systems in the body. Often people with exposure to mold experience chronic fatigue, cognitive and mood disorders, as well as many disruptions in their hormones . . . 

Screen Time and the Brain

Screen Time and the Brain

Digital devices can interfere with everything from sleep to creativity

Whether we like it or not, digital devices are everywhere. . . .While these devices can enhance learning and build community, they can also interfere with everything from sleep to creativity. . . .

“It’s not how long we’re using screens that really matters; it’s how we’re using them and what’s happening in our brains in response,” says Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital . . .

Sweat, Bleach, & Gym Air Quality

Sweat, Bleach, & Gym Air Quality

CU Boulder study shows high bodily emissions during workouts, intensified by chemical reactions with cleaners

One sweaty, huffing, exercising person emits as many chemicals from their body as up to five sedentary people, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study. And notably, those human emissions, including amino acids from sweat or acetone from breath, chemically combine with bleach cleaners to form new airborne chemicals with unknown impacts to indoor air quality.

DIY Cleaning Products: Cost-Effective All-Natural Guide

DIY Cleaning Products: Cost-Effective All-Natural Guide

Many, if not all of us, have been deeply affected by the direct and indirect impacts of this virus. Confined to their home, their jobs, taken an income hit, or at the very least struggling from stress and anxiety related to the change in lifestyle. Today we are going to explore one way you can save money, protect you and your family’s health without the use of harmful toxins.

Toxins from Cookware: What Is the Best Option to Avoid Adding to Your Burden

Toxins from Cookware: What Is the Best Option to Avoid Adding to Your Burden

We live in a world that contributes to an increasingly high toxic burden, thanks to pollution, a growing dependence on chemicals, use of pesticides, and other potential environmental contaminants. Although the effect on human health may remain somewhat up for debate, more and more studies point to a link between an increased toxic burden and a variety of chronic diseases . . .

8 Ways to Instantly Cut Your Pesticide Exposure

8 Ways to Instantly Cut Your Pesticide Exposure

One of the key concepts in my work is “toxic load,” in other words, the sum total of all the harmful things that your body is exposed to. When we do everything in our power to reduce that toxic load, for instance, reducing our exposure to chemicals in the home, we reduce chronic illnesses and lead healthier, happier and longer lives.

But it turns out that one of the biggest contributors to our toxic load comes from outside the house . . .

Toxic PCB’s Are Everywhere – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Toxic PCB’s Are Everywhere – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

There’s no denying that we live in an increasingly toxic world. Nearly everything we come in contact with seems to be contaminated. And there’s an endless number of harmful substances all around us. One of the toxic chemicals that’s been garnering more and more attention recently, are polychlorinated biphenyls – also known as PCB’s. 

These harmful chemicals are double trouble because even though they’ve been banned . . .

Environmental Toxins and Cognitive Decline: 6 Steps to Reduce Your Risk

Environmental Toxins and Cognitive Decline: 6 Steps to Reduce Your Risk

Toxins: Understanding the Risk for Cognitive Decline

In today’s world, we are all exposed to some level of toxins. These appear in our food, water, air, as well as in everyday items found around the home such as lotions, cleaning supplies . . . We’re not talking about high dose toxin exposure here . . . However, research has shown that low-dose exposure over long periods of time can add up, eventually contributing to disease.

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7 Habits to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation

Electric and magnetic fields (often referred to as EMFs) are an essential part of the physical world. Electric and magnetic fields occur naturally within our bodies in association with nerve and muscle activity. We also experience the natural magnetic field of the Earth and natural electric fields in the atmosphere. 

While these natural EMF’s are essential to your well-being and life, in general, EMF’s from man-made . . .

Is Our Constant Use of Digital Technologies Affecting Our Brain Health? We Asked 11 Experts.

Is Our Constant Use of Digital Technologies Affecting Our Brain Health? We Asked 11 Experts.

With so many of us now constantly tethered to digital technology via our smartphones, computers, tablets, and even watches, there is a huge experiment underway that we didn’t exactly sign up for.

If it’s true that constant digital distractions are changing our cognitive functions for the worse . . . it means we’re living through a profound transformation of human cognition. 

13 Dangerous Toxins to Avoid In Your Food

13 Dangerous Toxins to Avoid In Your Food

You can’t reach for a fork these days without hearing about one toxic food trouble or another. To take a significant bite out of the potential dangers on our dinner plates and avoid toxins in food, try reading labels, understanding food sources, and keeping the kitchen clear of the following unsavory ingredients. This is especially important for kids’ plates; pound for pound they take in more than adults do. 

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Eliminating Household Toxins: A How-To Guide

250 pounds per person/day of toxic chemicals are dumped in the US. We are surrounded by toxins to the point that upon birth, a newborn baby is already born having over 180 toxic chemicals in their body.

Toxins can take many forms – heavy metals, air pollution, foods, pesticides . . .

You do not have control over your neighbor’s truck spewing out exhaust fumes, but you do have some control over your own home environment.

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Toxic Dormitories and Mold

Doing poorly in college? Fatigued? Anxious? Depressed?

[C]olleges and universities are under increasing scrutiny due to their high cost and poor performance on a variety of measures. One area not discussed, but of fundamental importance is the dormitory itself.

I have seen many college students who underperform academically, and are depressed or anxious. . . . One cause which has not been discussed is toxic mold in dormitories.

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Menstrual and Genital Care Products, Studies Show

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Menstrual and Genital Care Products, Studies Show

Menstrual care products may be an important source of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, according to two new studies . . .

Endocrine disruptors interfere with the normal function of the hormone system and can contribute to an array of negative health impacts. Many of the chemicals detected in these two studies . . . have been linked to harm to reproductive health and to cancer.

Consider Mold Mycotoxins in Anxiety, Pain and Addiction

Consider Mold Mycotoxins in Anxiety, Pain and Addiction

Depression, anxiety and chronic pain are some of the most frequent symptoms and co-morbidities that clients present . . . Much national attention is being focused on the epidemic of addiction to opioids, as well as other painkillers including benzodiazepines, along with alcohol abuse because of self-medication for these conditions.

Toxic mold and mycotoxins need to be considered prominently in any chronic pain or neuropsychiatric syndrome . . .

U.S. Air Quality Is Getting Worse after Decades of Improvement

U.S. Air Quality Is Getting Worse after Decades of Improvement

After decades of improvement, America’s air may not be getting any cleaner.

Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend, health experts say it’s troubling to see air quality progress stagnate.

9 Facts about 5G You Need to Know

9 Facts about 5G You Need to Know

We hear talk of the new “5G” broadcast all over the media. It seems like something wonderful that we should all be elated about. New promises of how 5G coverage is going to improve our lives — how we work, play, and learn — pop up nearly every day. And while many of those ideas are really exciting, a large body of scientific research is showing we should be cautious.

Don’t Drink the Water

Don’t Drink the Water

Have you ever wondered why there is a warning on the la­bels of toothpastes? It tells us­ers to keep the product away from children and to seek medical atten­tion if more than the recommended amount for brushing is swallowed.  Reason: Toothpaste contains fluoride.

For years, this chemical has been added to our water to reduce the occurrence of dental cavities—but unbelievably, the newest evidence shows that fluoridated water does not protect against cavities.

How to Make Your House Safe When You Have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

How to Make Your House Safe When You Have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

They say there’s no place like home. But what happens when your home becomes a hazard to your health? For a growing number of people, exposure to everyday things found in the average home is literally making them ill . . . And with the average American spending up to 90 percent of their day indoors, it’s no wonder these environmental sensitivities are on the rise.

Are You Cuddling Up with Chemicals in Your Bed?

Are You Cuddling Up with Chemicals in Your Bed?

. . . When it comes to health, there’s one factor that seems to be unifying all generations (whether we like it or not), and that is the fact that we are the “Indoor Generation.” Thanks to the convenience provided by technology, the average American spends 90 percent of their day (more than 21 hours) indoors.

 . . . [W]hat many don’t realize is that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

(Not a) Surprise: Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Are Bad for Your Mental Health

(Not a) Surprise: Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Are Bad for Your Mental Health

Eat your veggies is no longer synonymous with health thanks to the increasingly documented deleterious health effects of chemical pesticides and herbicides. In the approximately 80 years of human chemical herbicide use, countless health problems have been linked back to exposure. There was the Vietnam War’s Agent Orange. There was DDT and associated obfuscation efforts. And then since the 1990’s . . .

Reminder: Steer Clear of BPA. Here’s How It’s Damaging Your Bod.

Reminder: Steer Clear of BPA. Here’s How It’s Damaging Your Bod.

Research on the detrimental effects of Bisphenol-A, found in most plastics, keeps mounting. Next time you’re asked “Would you like your receipt?” Say thanks but no thanks.

BPA is a toxic industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics and resins since the ‘60’s. It’s found in plastic wraps, cups, water bottles, containers, the inside of cans, plastics  . . .

7 Toxins to Look Out for in Personal Care Products

7 Toxins to Look Out for in Personal Care Products

Take a quick inventory: how many personal care products do you use per day—items like shampoo, conditioner, hair dye, makeup, lotion, . . . ?

If you’re like the average American, the short answer is too many.

According to recent statistics, the average American female uses 12 personal care products with a total of 168 different chemicals . . . 

How Endocrine Disruptors Destroy Your Body + the Dirty Dozen to Avoid

How Endocrine Disruptors Destroy Your Body + the Dirty Dozen to Avoid

BPA’s toxic effects are well-publicized. From the lining of canned foods to polycarbonate hard plastics to even the thermal coatings on cash register receipts, this is one of the world’s most proven bad news endocrine disruptors. BPA is linked to everything from hormone-related breast and prostate cancers to polycystic ovarian syndrome and early puberty.

But BPA isn’t the only endocrine disruptor to watch out for.

Glyphosate Is Being Inserted into Your Proteins – By Mistake

Glyphosate Is Being Inserted into Your Proteins – By Mistake

Nothing incites anger and fear in us quite like the thought that we are being slowly poisoned by toxins in our food and water. From endocrine disrupting chemicals in everyday household products to lead in drinking water, it seems that we are increasingly at risk of developing diseases by things that we often have no control over.

And glyphosate is no exception.

The reports of harmful effects of glyphosate are exploding . . .

It’s Time to Ban PFAS from Food Packaging

It’s Time to Ban PFAS from Food Packaging

The recent discovery of fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, in food packaging should serve as a reminder that our diets are as big a source as drinking water of these toxic compounds in our bodies.

The discovery by The New Food Economy, a nonprofit newsroom, that PFAS is in certified compostable bowls used by two fast food retailers should be reason enough for the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit these chemicals from winding up in our diets.

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Air Pollution and Mental Health

Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health: the link between air pollution and health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are well established. Outdoor air pollution in cities and rural areas is estimated to cause more than 4 million premature deaths a year worldwide, primarily due to heart disease, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute lower respiratory infections.

How Monsanto Bankrupted the American Farm

How Monsanto Bankrupted the American Farm

“America’s farmers have been bracing for a reckoning–and now it’s here,” begins an article in The Wall Street Journal. The stats are so appalling that I found myself reading them out loud and taking notes.

“U.S. farm households had a median farm income in 2018 of negative $1,548.

Negative $1,548.

U.S. farm debt—covering operations, land, equipment, livestock and more—last year climbed to more than $409 billion, according to the USDA .

Nationwide . . .

E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math

E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would result in far fewer predicted deaths from pollution, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans.

Study: Nitrate Pollution in U.S. Drinking Water Could Lead to Thousands of Cancer Cases

Study: Nitrate Pollution in U.S. Drinking Water Could Lead to Thousands of Cancer Cases

A new study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group and researchers from Northeastern University found that nitrate pollution in U.S. drinking water could cause over 12,000 cases of cancer each year. The peer-reviewed study is published in the journal Environmental Research.

Lead Exposure and Heart Disease

Lead Exposure and Heart Disease

When we think about the health effects of lead contamination, the biggest worry is for babies and young children. Lead, a heavy metal that is widespread in the environment, can harm developing brains. But growing evidence suggests that low levels of lead in the blood may also raise the risk of heart disease in adults.

How Air Pollution Is Destroying Our Health

How Air Pollution Is Destroying Our Health

As the world gets hotter and more crowded, our engines continue to pump out dirty emissions, and half the world has no access to clean fuels or technologies (e.g. stoves, lamps), the very air we breathe is growing dangerously polluted: nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills 7 million people every year.

Is Organic Really Better?

Is Organic Really Better?!

Some swear that organic is the only way to go. Others say only go organic if you want to spend more on groceries (without much benefit).

Which is true? Better yet, what’s the smart choice for you and your family? . . .

Organic has exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, organic product sales now top $47 billion, up from the previous year’s record-breaking sales.


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