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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 . . . 

Researchers have linked low-level toxin exposure to many diseases including cancer, cardiovascular, and kidney disease. [There is a] . . . growing body of medical literature that demonstrates that certain toxins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

According to researchers . . .

Study Finds New Evidence of Health Threat from Chemicals in Marijuana and Tobacco Smoke

Study Finds New Evidence of Health Threat from Chemicals in Marijuana and Tobacco Smoke

Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have uncovered new evidence of the potential health risks of chemicals in tobacco and marijuana smoke.

[T]he researchers report that people who smoked only marijuana had several smoke-related toxic chemicals in their blood and urine, but at lower levels than those who smoked both tobacco and marijuana or tobacco only. Two of those chemicals, acrylonitrile and acrylamide . . .

"Hidden-In-Plain-Sight" Toxin Raises Your Risk for Developing Diabetes by 65%

“Hidden-In-Plain-Sight” Toxin Raises Your Risk for Developing Diabetes by 65%

It’s one of the world’s most under acknowledged causes of illness. Elevated levels of it are linked to heart disease, impaired cognitive function, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune system dysfunction, hormone imbalance, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Your average physician and dentist don’t have a clue about the devastating . . .

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.  

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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 . . . 

Researchers have linked low-level toxin exposure to many diseases including cancer, cardiovascular, and kidney disease. [There is a] . . . growing body of medical literature that demonstrates that certain toxins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

According to researchers . . .

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Study Finds New Evidence of Health Threat from Chemicals in Marijuana and Tobacco Smoke

Study Finds New Evidence of Health Threat from Chemicals in Marijuana and Tobacco Smoke

Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have uncovered new evidence of the potential health risks of chemicals in tobacco and marijuana smoke.

[T]he researchers report that people who smoked only marijuana had several smoke-related toxic chemicals in their blood and urine, but at lower levels than those who smoked both tobacco and marijuana or tobacco only. Two of those chemicals, acrylonitrile and acrylamide . . .

“Hidden-In-Plain-Sight” Toxin Raises Your Risk for Developing Diabetes by 65%

"Hidden-In-Plain-Sight" Toxin Raises Your Risk for Developing Diabetes by 65%

It’s one of the world’s most under acknowledged causes of illness. Elevated levels of it are linked to heart disease, impaired cognitive function, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune system dysfunction, hormone imbalance, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Your average physician and dentist don’t have a clue about the devastating . . .

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.  

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.

How to Avoid Toxins in Your Cookware

How to Avoid Toxins in Your Cookware

Safe, effective cookware is essential in a non-toxic home. We should certainly avoid toxins in the things we breathe in or touch, but we should really avoid toxins in the food we eat!

The best rule of thumb when it comes to cookware may be this: look for materials that have been proven safe and effective over hundreds–if not thousands–of years. This means choosing pots and pans made of . . .

US Requires Labeling of GMO Foods as “bioengineered”

US Requires Labeling of GMO Foods as “bioengineered”

US food manufacturers must alert US consumers to the presence of genetically modified ingredients through labels, QR codes, or text messages, the US Department of Agriculture announced in late December. The new regulation, required under a 2016 law, opts for the term “bioengineered food” for this disclosure.

Got Mold? Prevent Mold by Healing Your Home’s Microbiome

Got Mold? Prevent Mold by Healing Your Home’s Microbiome

Millions of Americans are exposed to toxic mold in their homes, schools, office buildings, hotels, and even restaurants. In fact, a large study from 1994 estimated that approximately 50% of homes in the U.S. had mold growth.

These often unseen culprits are sneaky and dangerous, triggering symptoms such as allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pain, . . .

A Healthy Future for Our Planet Is Possible! See How Your Food Choices Impact the Future of Life on Earth

A Healthy Future for Our Planet Is Possible! See How Your Food Choices Impact the Future of Life on Earth

What we eat impacts our health and the health of our children. But its impact is much bigger than that. It also affects the entire planet.

The facts are sobering.

Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, and other gases are building up and surrounding our planet like a blanket, trapping heat and destabilizing . . .

The Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health

The Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health

The immediate effects of air pollution are hard to ignore. Watery eyes, coughing and difficulty breathing are acute and common reactions.

An estimated 92 percent of the world’s population live in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution and, even at seemingly imperceptible levels, air pollution can increase one’s risk of cardiovascular and premature death.

“Hidden-In-Plain-Sight” Toxin Raises Your Risk for Developing Diabetes by 65%

“Hidden-In-Plain-Sight” Toxin Raises Your Risk for Developing Diabetes by 65%

It’s one of the world’s most under acknowledged causes of illness. Elevated levels of it are linked to heart disease, impaired cognitive function, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune system dysfunction, hormone imbalance, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Your average physician and dentist don’t have a clue about the devastating . . .

What Is Your Total Toxic Burden? How to Reduce It for Better Health

What Is Your Total Toxic Burden? How to Reduce It for Better Health

I believe environmental toxicity is one of the biggest contributors to the rise in chronic illness today. And yet, because doctors don’t really learn about chronic toxic burden in medical school,  it’s now become somewhat of an elephant in the room.

The fact of the matter is when it comes to toxicity we mostly understand when it’s acute – when it causes . . .

4 Things to Know about Glyphosate – aka Roundup – and How to Side-Step It

4 Things to Know about Glyphosate – aka Roundup – and How to Side-Step It

You’ve probably seen the TV ads for Roundup, the popular pesticide/herbicide, with a Mr. All-American homeowner mowing down weeds like a destroyer who’s stepped out of the Wild West. That’s actually a pretty apt image because glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is in my opinion one of the most dangerous destroyers out there – of our health!

The Hidden Air Pollution in Our Homes

The Hidden Air Pollution in Our Homes

Food magazines typically celebrate Thanksgiving in mid-July, bronzing turkeys and crimping piecrust four months in advance. By that time last year, Marina Vance, an environmental engineer at the University of Colorado Boulder, had already prepared two full Thanksgiving dinners for more than a dozen people. Vance studies air quality, and, last June, she was one of two scientists . . .

Heavy Metal Poisoning

Heavy Metal Poisoning

Heavy metals are are elements that are naturally found in the earth. They’re used in many modern-day applications, such as agriculture, medicine, and industry.

Your body even naturally contains some. Zinc, iron, and copper, for example, are necessary for regular body function, as long as they aren’t present in toxic amounts.

Heavy metal poisoning occurs when your body’s soft tissues . . .

Are Pesticides in Gerber’s Baby Food?

Are Pesticides in Gerber’s Baby Food?

Rabindranath Tagore once said, “Every child that is born is proof that God has not yet given up on human beings.”

However cynical we may become, most of us feel a special soft spot in our hearts for the next generation.

So in 1995, when the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found dangerous pesticides in baby foods, many people were deeply alarmed.

The non-profit organization tested eight . . .

Eating Meat Has ‘Dire’ Consequences for the Planet, Says Report

Eating Meat Has ‘Dire’ Consequences for the Planet, Says Report

THERE’S AN ENTIRE industry built around dieting. Most of its products are intended to help people lose weight, gain muscle, or live longer.

But as the global human population steadily climbs, scientists are scrambling to devise a diet plan that can feed 10 billion people by 2050.

A new report, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, claims . . . 

You Asked: Should I Worry about Wi-Fi Radiation?

You Asked: Should I Worry about Wi-Fi Radiation?

At home and at work, dozens of wireless networks are streaming invisible radio waves through your space and body. (So are the phones, computers, Bluetooth speakers and other devices that connect to them.) It’s logical to wonder—and worry—about what effect all that wireless energy might have on your health.

But while the volume and ubiquity of wireless devices is a new . . .

Plastic Planet: How Tiny Plastic Particles Are Polluting Our Soil

Plastic Planet: How Tiny Plastic Particles Are Polluting Our Soil

The millions of tons of plastic swirling around the world’s oceans have garnered a lot of media attention recently. But plastic pollution arguably poses a bigger threat to the plants and animals – including humans – who are based on land.

Very little of the plastic we discard every day is recycled or incinerated in waste-to-energy facilities. Much of it . . . 

Hidden Health Dangers: A Former Agbiotech Insider Wants His GMO Crops Pulled

Hidden Health Dangers: A Former Agbiotech Insider Wants His GMO Crops Pulled

Genetic engineering isn’t everyone’s childhood dream. Even I didn’t care for it when I started studying biology at the University of Amsterdam, but my professor explained it was an acquired taste and the best option for a good job. So, I suppressed my doubts and learned to extract DNA from plants, recombine the DNA in test tubes . . .

These Harmful Chemicals Are Banned from Organic Food Products

These Harmful Chemicals Are Banned from Organic Food Products

Americans are increasingly seeking “clean” foods that are free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. But although consumers who want to avoid toxic pesticides and antibiotics know to look for foods that are certified organic, many don’t know that federal rules also dramatically limit the use of synthetic substances in packaged organic foods . . .

Monsanto Roundup Linked to Infertility and Cancer

Monsanto Roundup Linked to Infertility and Cancer

A “sustainable agriculture company” focused on “empowering farmers ­— large and small — to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy” sounds like the type of company you’d want to support.

And why wouldn’t we want to use an “excellent tool” that helps farmers and homeowners “control weeds in a wide . . .

Mercury Poisoning: Symptoms and Treatment

Mercury Poisoning: Symptoms and Treatment

Consuming food that contains mercury is the most common cause of mercury poisoning. Mercury poisoning can cause severe symptoms and put the body at unnecessary risk.

A person can help prevent mercury poisoning by making changes to their diet and environment that limit exposure to the toxic metal.

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer

Does cell phone radiation cause cancer? New studies show a correlation in lab rats, but the evidence may not resolve ongoing debates over causality or whether any effects arise in people.

The ionizing radiation given off by sources such as x-ray machines and the sun boosts cancer risk by . . .

Using Pesticides to Grow Food Is Harming Farmworkers and Children — And These Risks Are Being Ignored

Using Pesticides to Grow Food Is Harming Farmworkers and Children — And These Risks Are Being Ignored

A new “Dirty Dozen” list is a reminder that the real risks from chemicals in our food — for farmworkers and children, in particular — are being ignored. 

Every year, U.S. farmers use about a billion pounds of chemicals on crops, including the fruits, nuts, and vegetables many parents beg their kids to eat.

Is the Air in Your Home a Cloud of Pollution?

Is the Air in Your Home a Cloud of Pollution?

The air in our homes is often 2 to 5 times more toxic than outdoor air quality. And yet, we often overlook indoor air quality when we consider the factors that influence our health and our wellbeing. You spend approximately half of your life at home, so it’s important to make sure you aren’t spending your time sitting in a cloud of pollution. Let’s examine some of the signs . . .

How to Significantly Decrease the Hormone Disrupting Chemicals in Your Kitchen

How to Significantly Decrease the Hormone Disrupting Chemicals in Your Kitchen

When patients come to me for help in taking charge of their health, one of the changes I encourage each of them to make is to limit their exposure to toxins – specifically to rid themselves of as many Endocrine Disruptors (EDs) as possible. But why the fuss over Endocrine Disruptors? It’s pretty simple: EDs are chemicals that interfere with . . .

Is Air Pollution Tied to Higher Dementia Risk?

Is Air Pollution Tied to Higher Dementia Risk?

Scientists have long known that breathing dirty air can be bad for your health, including your brain health.

Now, a study, published in the medical journal BMJ Open on Tuesday, weighs just how much exposure to high amounts of air and noise pollution could be linked with an increased risk of dementia.

The study found that among older adults in London, those living in areas with . . .

Why It’s Time to Move Beyond Plastic — And 9 Ways You Can Help

Why It’s Time to Move Beyond Plastic — And 9 Ways You Can Help

From bags to food containers to car parts, plastic is a significant part of our day-to-day lives. Global production of plastic has been nearly doubling every decade. But experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of plastic on the environment — and on human health.

How harmful is plastic? And what about plastic bans? Do they work? Or are there . . .

Farming Activity Contaminates Water Despite Best Practices

Farming Activity Contaminates Water Despite Best Practices

Lynda Cochart did not realize her water was contaminated with coliform bacteria until she contracted MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant skin infection. She believed it came from the water in her well in Casco, Wisconsin. “There’s no other way I could have gotten it,” she said.

A year later, U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt tested her well . . .

Lead Dust from Firearms Can Pose a Silent Health Risk

Lead Dust from Firearms Can Pose a Silent Health Risk

Firearms safety is key for people who use weapons at work or for recreational shooting. But one risk has been little acknowledged: Lead dust exposure.

In a standard bullet, a solid lead core wrapped in a copper jacket sits atop a stack of gunpowder and lead primer. When the gun fires . . .

The Hidden Dangers of Black Mold

The Hidden Dangers of Black Mold

Black mold – the often invisible, toxigenic substance – can grow inside homes, schools, and the workplace undetected for years and fueled by damp conditions. 

Exposure to mold increases the risk of health problems such as asthma, allergies, and even depression. According to a 1999 Mayo Clinic Study, nearly all chronic sinus infections . . .


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