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Environmental Health California Voter’s Guide

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Of all the propositions on the ballot this November, there are two that you should make sure to watch out for if you care about environmental health. Big out-of-state oil, tobacco, and alcohol companies paid big bucks to have Proposition 23 and Proposition 26 added to the California ballot this year. These two propositions both…

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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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Halloween Hyperactivity Comes in Bright Colors

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Halloween is one of those holidays where even the most rational, health-conscious adults give their kids, and themselves, a break and let all junk food precautions fall by the wayside?.  They fill their homes with all the Snickers, Skittles, M&Ms and other Halloween candy goodness that they can find, for their kids, trick-or-treaters, and for…

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Moving Past Pinkwashing: Breast Cancer Prevention Means Eliminating Toxics

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Today I bought a yogurt and opened it up to find a pink ribbon on the back of the lid next to the words “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.  For the last few years, these pink ribbons have been omnipresent in everything from media to food product packaging during the month of October.  So, are all…

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Eco-Tip: Ten Everyday Toxics to Avoid

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Have you seen USA Today’s brand new health magazine Fresh? The first issue includes a list of “Top 10 toxins and how to protect your family.” When a widely-read mainstream publication like USA Today tackles a topic like this, everyone in the environmental health movement is pleased. If USA Today had asked me to write…

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Eco-Tip: Ending Chemical Spills, Lessons from Hungary and Beyond

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It can be challenging for people to wade through all of the lengthy chemical studies and information that’s published about many of the toxic chemicals that we hear about. Some “top ten toxins” lists are popular, although it’s hard to see how it’s possible to rank harmful chemicals from “top” to “bottom.” I’m guessing if…

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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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Tell the Governor: Reduce Pesticide Use, for School Children and Workers' Health!

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Pesticide use is so prevalent in our country that these intentional poisons are nearly everywhere. Don’t want to take my word for it? There’s no need to: cautious, understated, and matter-of-fact reports from conservative government agencies verify that pesticides pollute our food, our water, and our bodies. That’s why I want to ask Californians to…

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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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Our Voices, Our Power: Communities United to Stop Dirty Energy

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This year, two Texas oil companies are leading a group of out-of-state polluters, pushing Proposition 23 – a deceptive ballot measure that would repeal California’s landmark climate change law. What’s it all about? Four years ago, California passed the groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce the state’s contribution to climate change, placing the state…

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