Tag: cadmium

Don’t Stop the Linsanity (but please stop these other insanities)

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Jeremy Lin

As a basketball fan who grew up rooting for the Knicks of Willis Reed, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, and soon-to-be Senator Bill Bradley, it’s been fun witnessing the emergence of Jeremy Lin. Coming out of nowhere to star in the NBA is a rare accomplishment, but sadly there are emerging threats to our health all too…

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Warning: Your Baby Contains Toxic Chemicals!

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Crossposted at SupernaturalMom.com Hundreds of toxic chemicals, including PCBs, DDT, endocrine disruptors, and dioxins — to name just a few — are showing up in mothers’ and their newborn babies’ bodies. These chemicals, found in everyday household products, can get absorbed during a typical morning routine. Consider this scenario:  the pregnant mom awakens after a…

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We Did It! The Cadmium Ban Passes in CA

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Thousands of CEH members around the California came together last month and told the state Assembly that kids’ jewelry should never be toxic. Our work forced the jewelry industry to eliminate lead threats, but some jewelry makers responded by substituting cadmium, another toxic metal, for the lead they could no longer use in children’s jewelry….

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CEH Stands Up to Ban Cadmium

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Last week, the Center for Environmental Health and State Senator Fran Pavley led supporters in Sacramento, urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign the bill to ban the toxic metal cadmium, from children’s jewelry. This bill would cap cadmium use at 300 parts per million. CEH brought our x-ray florescence machine along to test parents’ and their…

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Eco-Tip of the Week: How to Avoid Toxic Exposures during Pregnancy

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A lot of our friends are pregnant right now and wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their new baby from toxic chemicals.  More and more women realize that exposures to toxics are especially harmful when they are pregnant or nursing. Many of the toxics that pregnant women are exposed to in their…

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Can Preventing Pollution Also Prevent Diabetes?

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(Guest blogger Sarah Howard is a CEH supporter and an environmental health advocate.) Diabetes is the quintessential “lifestyle” disease – or is it? There is growing scientific evidence that exposure to environmental contaminants may contribute to the development of diabetes. A provocative study of U.S. residents found that people who were obese but had very…

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Kiss Me, I’m Infertile! A St. Patrick’s Day Surprise You Don’t Want to Hear

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As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to parades, green beer, and of course, infertility. Infertility? Apparently that’s what some jewelry makers want us to think about when we see a St. Patrick’s Day pendant on a necklace for young girls. Because the St. Pat’s shamrock necklace we purchased at Claire’s, the “fashion authority”…

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Aeropostale Bans Cadmium-Tainted Products from its Stores!

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Cadmium – if you slept through high school chemistry, you may have never heard of it. But cadmium is all over the news suddenly, with AP reporting that two national retailers are pulling jewelry items contaminated with the carcinogenic crap. If you’re just tuning in, this all came about because CEH discovered the items in…

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CEH in the News on Cadmium in Jewelry

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Earlier this week, the Associated Press released a report in which they exposed high levels of cadmium in jewelry sold at major retail stores. Please read our post, “This Months’ Flavor for Toxic Jewelry: Cadmi-yumm,” for the latest on the issue. CEH has been interviewed by news outlets all over the country since the story…

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This Month’s Flavor for Toxic Jewelry: Cadmi-yumm

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So it turns out that cadmium (atomic number forty-eight, for those of you scoring at home) is more than an otherwise-meaningless square on the periodic table. It’s also a toxic heavy metal found in our children’s jewelry. Earlier this week, the Associated Press (AP) reported on high levels of cadmium found in children’s jewelry recently…

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