- October 31st, 2012
It turns out you just may be allergic to the building you’re in. Moisture damage from rain, plumbing leaks, sewage spills, and even humidity can cause unseen growth of mold, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Other dangers that can lurk within a structure include chemical odors, tiny dust mites, insects, and rodents that could serve as vectors for disease.Is your home, place of work, or even your gym making you sick?
- August 31st, 2012
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008, studies show that women have higher urinary concentrations of several phthalate metabolites compared to men, possibly due to higher use of personal-care products.
- June 30th, 2012
Researchers at Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center have found the top ten toxic chemicals that are suspected to cause autism and learning disabilities in infants and children. The chemicals are:
4. Organophosphate pesticides
You’d be shocked if you knew what’s actually in the air you’re breathing. The average person inhales at least 20 billion particles every day, making exposure to potential allergens inevitable. Whether you experience sinus congestion, itchy watery eyes or other sensitivities, experts agree that skyrocketing rates of asthma and allergies appear closely linked to poll
- March 1st, 2011When it comes to mineral make-ups, "Mineral" doesn't always equal natural.
Vegetarians and chemical-shunning consumers take note: Many popular brands of soy burgers may contain the chemical hexane, a known neurotoxin and classified air pollutant, according to a recent study conducted by the sustainable and organic agriculture nonprofit Cornucopia Institute.
- April 1st, 2010
By Jolene Hart Although its name may not ring a bell, glutathione could be among the most important antioxidants your body produces—and a key antiaging weapon. “Glutathione enhances the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and preserve vitamins C and E,” says David Perlmutter, MD, of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida.
By Jolene Hart
- December 1st, 2009
As runny noses run amok and swine flu fears multiply, medical professionals urge us to zap illness-causing bacteria by washing our hands regularly. But what happens when you’re stuck in an elevator full of sneezers with nary a sink in sight? More and more people are opting for hand sanitizers.By Vicky Uhland
- October 1st, 2009
The green revolution has hit the beauty aisle: Sales of natural and organic skincare topped $600 million in 2008, according to market research firm Mintel. Now many mainstream cosmetic companies want a piece of the green pie—and several have begun to dig in.As Big Beauty goes green, here’s how to tell who’s really cleaning up their act.By Elizabeth Marglin
Get this: While the European Union has banned over 1,100 ingredients from cosmetics, the United States has blacklisted only 10. That’s a jaw-dropping difference, if you ask me. So what gives? Are our chaps across the pond overly cautious in weeding out potentially harmful chemicals or is America taking a slack approach to nixing major health hazards?