Common ingredient in sunscreen the “asbestos of the future?”

I recently read about a new Swiss study claiming that the ingredient titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles — widely used as a white pigment in sunscreen, toothpaste and cosmetics — provokes similar inflammatory effects on the lungs as asbestos. Yes, that asbestos. The stuff that can cause serious illnesses, “including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma (a formerly rare cancer strongly associated with exposure…

Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like Lead Poisoning

When you think of the holiday season, what comes to mind? Family? Friends? Christmas trees? Decorations? Presents? Candles? Food? Mistletoe? How about lead, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other toxins? In Danika Carter’s post All I want for Christmas is Lead-free Decorations, she points out that most artificial Christmas trees are made from PVC (vinyl) and the…

Americans STILL Aren’t Eating Their Veggies

Last month, The New York Times reported that despite 20 years of “public health initiatives, stricter government dietary guidelines, record growth of farmers’ markets and the ease of products like salad in a bag, Americans still aren’t eating enough vegetables.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a comprehensive nationwide behavioral study of fruit and vegetable…

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