12k people say no to BPA

The Breast Cancer Fund’s Nancy Buermeyer delivered over 12,000 petition signatures to U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, who sponsored legislation to ban BPA in food packaging. BPA is a toxic chemical used to harden plastics that is found in food and beverage cans, as well as dental fillings and register receipts. More than 300 laboratory … Read more…

Top 10 tips to prevent breast cancer

Welcome to Breast Cancer Awareness month, when pink ribbons cover everything from toxic cosmetics to BPA-lined food cans, urging us to be aware of breast cancer. But when 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, how much more awareness do we need? The Breast Cancer Fund is working to shift the conversation … Read more…

Media Roundup: Calif. takes on controversial flame retardant chemical (3/13/14-3/14/14)

Solidifying its national leadership to halt the use of a highly toxic flame retardant chemical linked to cancer and other serious health effects, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration issued new rules requiring the evaluation of the safety of TDCPP (chlorinated Tris) and its alternatives used in children’s sleep products sold in the state of California. As … Read more…

The ‘No More Tears’ shampoo, now with no formaldehyde (New York Times, 1/17/14)

“The company is responding…to a fundamental shift in consumer behavior, as an increasingly informed public demands that companies be more responsive to their concerns…”

Media roundup: New study finds exposure to toxic phthalates in decline (1/15-1/16)

Phthalate levels are declining in our bodies, according to a study published on Wednesday by Environmental Health Perspectives. Study authors suggest that the decrease may be due to a federal ban on phthalates in toys, as well as cosmetics companies moving away from the use of these chemicals in response to advocacy efforts led by the … Read more…

Top 10 non-toxic New Year’s resolutions for 2014

It’s the new year and the season for resolutions. As you resolve to adopt a new exercise routine or plan to get more organized, consider a commitment to creating a healthier environment in your home.

CHEMICALS: Ob-gyn engagement on toxics law reform seen as major step (Greenwire,12/24/2013)

The burden of proof needs to shift. Right now, it’s on my patients and it’s on me. We need to get to where we’re shown that things are safe before we use them…

Walmart aims to reduce 10 toxic chemicals, but won’t divulge which (The Guardian, 12/19/2013)

Walmart says it will cut down on toxic chemicals used in household products, but it won’t tell us which chemicals it’s targeting…

Target aims for healthier products under veil of secrecy (The Guardian, 12/18/2013)

Working with GoodGuide, Target will rank products for health and sustainability, but won’t share those scores with the public

How an 8-year-old could help cure cancer (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/17/2013)

Remarkable 5-year study follows 1,040 girls and their parent or guardian…