Can Stress Really Change Your Genes?

Can Stress Really Change Your Genes?The Dutch famine of 1944 was a terrible time for many in the Netherlands – with around 4.5m people affected and reliant on soup kitchens after food supplies were stopped from getting into the area by German blockades. As many as 22,000 people were thought to have died, and those who survived would find...

BPS, A Popular Substitute For BPA In Consumer Products, May Not Be Safer

BPS, A Popular Substitute For BPA In Consumer Products, May Not Be SaferThe industrial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ingredient in dozens of everyday products – baby and water bottles, sports equipment, medical and dental devices, dental filling sealants, CDs and DVDs, household electronics, eyeglass lenses, foundry castings and the lining of water pipes. Manufacturers worldwide use at least 3.6 billion kilograms (8

Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?

Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?The debate about whether or not talcum powder causes ovarian cancer has rumbled on for decades. However, it recently reached fever pitch after a US court awarded damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer, allegedly as a result of having used talc as a feminine hygiene product for many years. Does that mean women should avoid using talcum powder?

Coming To Grips With Our Chemical Folly

Coming To Grips With Our Chemical FollyWhat do you know about your endocrine system? Possibly not as much as you should, seeing as how almost every organ and cell in the body is affected by it. This under-appreciated collection of glands selects and removes materials from the blood, processes them and secretes the finished chemical products, or hormones, back into the bloodstream.

People Near Fracking Wells Show Higher Hospitalization Rates

People Near Fracking Wells Show Higher Hospitalization RatesOver the past ten years in the United States, unconventional gas and oil drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has experienced a meteoric increase. Since well drilling requires an influx of water, materials and workers into yotherwise rural and remote areas, the question has been: could air, water and noise pollution negatively impact on the health of nearby residents?

Is Exposure To Plastics Making Men Infertile?

Is Exposure To Plastics Making Men Infertile?Recent research has reignited concerns that exposure to chemicals from plastics might be to blame for low sperm counts in young men. I share the concerns about the high prevalence of low sperm counts (one in six young men), and my research is directed at trying to identify what causes it. But whether plastics are to blame isn’t a simple matter.

Air Pollution May Be Damaging Children's Brains Before They Are Even Born

Air Pollution May Be Damaging Children's Brains Before They Are Even BornExposure to air pollutants during pregnancy may contribute to childhood abnormalities in the brain, a new study suggests. The research, from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, measured the exposure of the mothers to PAH air pollution and used brain imaging to look at the effects on their children’s brains.

Warmer Seas May Raise Mercury In Fish

Warmer Seas May Raise Mercury In Fish

As a new report highlights the link between warming waters and mercury pollution, scientists fear for contamination to the marine food chain. Scientists in the US say they have found evidence suggesting that warmer sea surface temperatures may increase the ability of fish to accumulate mercury.

Raindrops -- with Lead -- are Falling on Your Head

Raindrops -- with Lead -- are Falling on Your Head

The health risks of leaded gasoline are a thing of the past, right? Wrong. When the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality surveyed the airport in 2005, it found a lead cloud hovering above Hillsboro, a circular plume spanning 25 square miles. At its center lead levels were twice as high as the National Ambient Air Quality Standard threshold...

It All Adds Up over Time: Cumulative Lead Exposure and Cognition in Older Women

Many older people in the U. S. population were chronically exposed to lead from paint and gasoline prior to the 1980s. To date, most of the research on lead and cognitive functioning in older age has focused on men, despite the fact that women live longer on average and therefore may be more likely to develop dementia over the course of their life span.

FRANKENSOY? The Hidden Danger of Soy Foods

FRANKENSOY? The Hidden Danger of Soy Foods

There are legitimate questions about soy. To my mind, by far the most disturbing one stems from the fact that 90 percent of the U.S. soybean crop today is genetically engineered. Because so much Roundup is used on these crops, the residue levels in the harvested crops greatly exceed what, until very recently, was the allowable legal limit...

What's In Your Tap Water?

What's In Your Tap Water?

(Do you think your tap water is only water? Think again.) The major contaminants that the EPA re­quires testing for include benzenes, vinyl chloride, BPA, triclosan, DEET, mercury, cadmium, perchlorate, phthalates, DDT, PCBs, atrazine and other pesticides, E. coli and fecal coliforms. Other contami­nants...

Cutting Mercury & Protecting America’s Children

Cutting Mercury & Protecting America's ChildrenLast week, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards was finalized and will protect millions of families and, especially, children from air pollution. Before this rule, there were no national standards that limited the amount of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases power plants across the country could release into the air we breathe.

Natural Alternatives to Estrogen Replacement Therapy

Warnings about the dangers of estrogen had been made sporadically for nearly 30 years. In particular, it was known that estrone, the form of estrogen in Premarin, could be associated with the development of endometrial cancer. Many of us don't recognize when we may have been given the wrong type of hormone. We are completely...

Environmental Hygiene

We are living in a world where environmental pollution has become part of life. Civilized humans today must live in cramped urban areas, drink contaminated water, take in polluted air, eat contaminated foods, and endure loud, disturbing noises. What can we do?

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