If Common Chemicals Harm Frogs and Rats, What Are They Doing to Your Children?


The TED Talk above features Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, director of the documentary film “Toxic Baby,”1 and Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, who has dedicated most of his career to studying the health effects of the herbicide atrazine.

According to Chaffer, the average American woman today has 30,000 to 50,000 chemicals in her body that her grandparents did not have. Many of these chemicals have been linked to the rapidly rising incidence of chronic childhood diseases. Leer Más

The plastic plague: Hormone-disrupting chemicals in everyday things like water bottles DO cause cancer, diabetes, ADHD and autism – and cost US $340 BILLION a year


  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are in thousands of products
  • Products range from plastic water bottles to cheap toys and cosmetics
  • Study warns they cause neurological damage and behavioral problems
  • Exposure to these chemicals cost the US at least $340bn in health a year 
  • The NYU study looks at bisphenol A in polycarbonate plastic (used for hard reusable bottles) and phthalates (in many US disposable plastic bottles)
  • Phthalates are banned in the European Union and wouldn’t be in Britain
  • Critics have hit out at the NYU study for being ‘selective’; European Commission questioned the validity of their calculation methods

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Mom’s exposure to BPA during pregnancy can put her baby on course to obesity


Prenatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in plastic water bottles and canned food, is associated with measures of obesity in children at age 7, according to researchers from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health. The researchers are the first to show associations between prenatal exposure to BPA–94 percent of women studied had the chemical in their urine–and measures of body fat in their school-aged children. Results appear online inEnvironmental Health Perspectives. Leer Más