Dr. Laura’s Tips for avoiding everyday toxins

Please read Professor Dr. Laura Hake’s “Tips for avoiding everyday toxins” below (Boston College Biology Department). The toxins in our environment are correlated with degenerative illness in current research studies. Please share this information with your family and friends.
~ Mary

Reducing your personal pollution
Check your personal care products for toxins: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/. The FDA does not regulate what goes into cosmetics. “Top-Tips for Safer Products” list http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/ gives the highlights of how to pick safer products for your body, teeth, lips, etc.

Many pesticide residues remain on produce even after washing. Learn about what’s best to buy organic: The clean 15 versus the dirty dozen: http://www.foodnews.org/

More very helpful information: Everyday pollution solutions, http://www.ewg.org/solutions

Many other health tips from the Environmental Working Group are here: http://www.ewg.org/Health-Tips

Recipes for do-it-yourself cleaners http://www.turi.org/green_cleaning_lab/do_it_yourself_home_made_household_cleaner_recipes

Are your child’s toys safe? Comprehensive, searchable database: http://www.healthytoys.org/

Health Child Healthy World http://healthychild.org/, Child centered site for reducing the toxins in your home and in your family’s bodies.

Your pet is exposed, too! http://www.greenpaws.org/products.php

Learning about endocrine disruptors
Our Stolen Future http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/ Current science on endocrine disruption, managed by scientists, many great, summarized reports, constantly updated, searchable.

Above the fold http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ Daily digest of articles in the popular and scientific press on endocrine disrupting compounds and environmental health.

Environmental Health Perspectives http://www.ehponline.org/ Journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Political action
Alliance for a healthy tomorrow http://www.healthytomorrow.org/

Massachusetts coalition of citizens, scientists, health professionals, workers and educators seeking preventative action on toxic hazards. There is currently a very important campaign in MA to ban BPA in products for children 3 and under and education of pregnant or planning-to-be women to avoid BPA. Check out the link through this site for the “safer alternatives bill”.

Kid-Safe Chemical Act (Federal) http://www.ewg.org/kid-safe-chemicals-act-blog/kid-safe-chemicals-act/ Learn about reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act: http://healthreport.saferchemicals.org/

Compiled by Laura Hake (5/24/11 update), SustainBC (www.bc.edu/sustainbc), Boston College Biology Department

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