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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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The Food Revolution Begins At Home

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I was a huge fan of cereal as a kid. Captain Crunch, Golden Grahams, and Lucky Charms were among my favorites. Magically delicious is right. If I didn’t know any better—and I’m not claiming that I do—I would think those miniature, jewel-colored marshmallows had some kind of addictive quality to them. They were that irresistible….

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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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“The Sweetener Formerly Known as High Fructose Corn Syrup”

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Recently, High Fructose Corn Syrup has been trying to reinvent its image like it’s Madonna.  In an attempt to improve the negative image of the highly criticized high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the Corn Refiners Association—which represents the makers of the processed sweetener—has petitioned the United States Food and Drug Administration to allow it to start…

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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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Lead in Your Shopping Bag?

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Wegmans, a major grocery store chain in New York and nearby states recently announced that some reusable shopping bags that have been sold in its stores contain lead. Independent testing by the Empire State Consumer Project showed that these bags contain more lead than the standards set by “Toxics in Packaging” laws that many states…

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