Getting Toxins Out of Your Life: Fabric Softeners

So why the fuss over fabric softeners and dry sheets?  They contain chemicals that irritate the skin, trigger asthma and are toxic to our reproductive systems including:  distearyldimonium chloride, diethyl ester dimethyl ammonium chloride, variants of hydroxyethyl methyl ammonium methyl sulfate or the vague terms “biodegradable fabric softening agents” and “cationic surfactant.”  The fragrance softeners are even worse, containing  phthalates, which disperse the scent; synthetic musks such as galaxolide, which accumulate in the body; and much more.

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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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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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