Monthly Archives: December 2010

‘Tis The Season

Today I discovered something that depressed me as much as learning there was no Santa Claus: my favorite holiday candy is loaded with harmful food dyes. Candy canes, a mainstay of the holiday season, contain Red 40, a synthetic food dye associated with severe allergic reactions and contaminated with carcinogens. But worse still, was learning [...]

Where It All Begins

When we first conceived of Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS) five years ago, the co-founders and I decided that in order to tackle the chemicals ending up in mothers’ milk, we’d need to track them back to their source. In the course of conducting our early research, one thing became clear: the problem of our [...]

Extra Speed from Ski Wax May Come at a Cost

It’s the first official day of the winter, and many folks are ready to hit the ski slopes.  After the huge amount of fresh snow that has dropped from early snow storms in Northern California, what skier wouldn’t want to head out for the mountains? But many professional and non-professional skiers are unknowingly exposing themselves to toxic chemicals [...]

Industry Regulated & For Adults-Only: Shrek Glasses!

This week on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart discussed product regulations and the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new plan for protecting kids from  ”toxics trinkets”, like the recently discovered McDonald’s cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses: “Instead of setting mandatory limits on cadmium, the CPSC is allowing the industry to police itself.” What?? As Stewart says, “That’s like putting [...]

BPA In Paper Money

It turns out that the cash in your wallet may be contaminated with the dangerous chemical BPA.  A recent study found that BPA (a widely used chemical that causes genetic damage, miscarriages, birth defects and acts like a hormone) is present in paper money.  Water bottles, baby bottles and sippy cups just a few years [...]

What to Give the Techie Who Has It All

Year in and year out, the holidays leave so many of us racking our brains for gift ideas.  Which got us thinking:  maybe this is a sign that many of our loved one don’t need more things. This season,  the reckless, short-sighted electronics industry is expected to sell more products than any holiday season ever [...]

Government Agency Chooses Money Over Health: Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide Methyl Iodide Approved in CA

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation just announced its decision to approve the use of the cancer-causing strawberry pesticide methyl iodide. Ignoring the recommendations of expert scientists, and the concerns of thousands of Californians, this agency has shown once again that money is more important than California’s health. Thanks to all of you who added [...]

Out With The Old, In With The New (& Used)

Crossposted at I don’t know what it is, but I find the practice of purging to be incredibly satisfying (as in, the contents of closets or inboxes, or car glove compartments—stomach contents, on the other hand, not so much fun). When the holidays roll around, I become acutely aware that the math of bringing more [...]