Toxic Chemicals are Stagnating Human Reproduction

An increasing proportion of sperm, 90 percent in a typical young man, are now misshapen, some even having two heads or two tails.  Those correctly shaped often do not swim well.  And over the last 75 years, sperm counts have dropped quickly.  In one study, sperm donor applicants in 2001 in Hunan Provence, China qualified for donation at a rate of 56 percent.  In 2015, the qualified rate plummeted to 18 percent.  Put simply, EDCs are threatening our ability to reproduce in the future.  A significant number of men will be unable to reproduce in the next generation if measures are not taken to reduce our exposure to EDCs.  This should be a public health emergency.  Aggressive regulation is needed to reduce and control the use of EDCs in our everyday products like cleaning solutions, soaps, perfumes and lotions, to name a few.   

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Nationwide Problem: Myths about Lead in Drinking Water

Part of the problem is the number itself, the EPA’s action level is 15ppb so that must mean something and one would presume it is somehow tied to health.  The number does mean something, it is found in the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule of 1991 and is the lowest level where corrosion control treatment (CCT) is effective.

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Nationwide Problem: Arlington, VA Elementary School Demonstrates Discrepancies in Lead Test Results

In this example, children who literally go to school across the river are exposed to more lead because their school’s remediation level is higher than schools mere miles away.  How is this fair to families and children?  Look closely at this graphic and you will see that water sources that tested above 1ppb on the first draw at Jamestown Elementary School is 69 out of 109—63%.  The number of water sources remediated after the testing is 19—only 17%. 

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Nationwide Problem: Playing Russian Roulette with Children’s Health

While all this testing and information gathering is happening; children continue to drink from water sources that may or may not be laced with lead.   Fulton County has spent $300,000 testing all of their water sources and found 161 schools with lead over 15ppb.  FACT believes that children and parents should know that there are lead free drinking water sources in every school in America.  Therefore, we propose that schools and day care centers use a fraction of the money spent on testing to install drinking water filters at some water fountains.  No more Russian roulette with children’s health, every family will know that their child has a safe drinking water source in school. 

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Understanding Lead Testing in Drinking Water

Most schools are not testing for lead at all. And even in those states and school districts that are testing, much of the available data is limited to test results showing concentrations in excess of 15 ppb (or a 20 ppb equivalent for schools, using a different sampling method). Yet we know that lead is toxic at very low levels.

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The Recipe Space: Green is Good!

This puree is packed with calcium, protein, fiber, vitamin A, and iron with the added bonus that it’s delicious.  In particular, the folate in spinach is good for the cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity. 

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National Problem: Lead Tests Reveal 64 Public Schools in Washington, D.C. Had High Lead Levels in Drinking Water

The results of lead testing done at 113 DC public schools in April, May, and June of 2016 revealed elevated lead levels in drinking water in 64 schools.  In June 2016 the D.C. Department of General Services adopted a 1 ppb action level for lead tests on drinking water sources in all D.C. public school and parks and recreation centers.

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Beware: Toxic Chemicals in Nail Polish

It is no surprise that nail polish contains toxic chemicals.  The law that regulates cosmetics is almost 80 years old, does not require companies to evaluate the health effects of chemicals prior to use in cosmetics, and does not even require companies to share safety information with the Food and Drug Administration.

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National Problem: Recent Tests in Dallas, Texas Find High Levels of Lead and Copper in School Drinking Water

Texas is facing a common problem throughout its schools in the Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth areas: lead and copper in drinking water.  Seven Dallas Independent School Districts (ISD) campuses had high levels of copper or lead in drinking water when tested this fall, according to results released by the district this week.  The lead tests revealed levels as high as 160 ppb at James Madison High, eight times the recommended levels for action at schools. 

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Constant Exposure to Dangerous Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

The Endocrine Society has opined that evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemicals to a myriad of maladies including birth defects, infertility, cancer, diabetes and obesity, to name a few.  The Endocrine Society is concerned that unborn children are at significant risk of illness, injury and complication from exposure to toxic chemicals in utero. 

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National Problem: Butler County Pennsylvania Elementary Schools Test for High Levels of Lead and Copper in Drinking Water

This week students in Butler County, Pennsylvania elementary schools were given bottled water and the schools were closed for two days due to elevated levels of lead and copper in the drinking water.   Lead in school drinking water is a national problem that not only affects urban schools that receive water from public water sources but also rural schools getting their water from wells. 

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Lead in School Drinking Water is a Nationwide Problem

We will use this blog to highlight the very real problem of lead in school drinking water throughout the United States.  This article discusses high levels of lead in elementary and day care centers’ drinking water in Milwaukee. 

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