Archive for » November, 2007 «

Mercury Does Not Belong In Light Bulbs Or Vaccines.

According to the National Association of County Health Officials (NACHO), an independent affiliate of the National Association of Counties representing 1,300 local health departments, mercury poses the following dangers: “Mercury can be extremely toxic, especially to infants and children. Mercury occurs in three forms: the elemental form (also referred to as metallic), inorganic salt, and organic compounds called methylmercury. Each form has characteristic pathways of exposure and unique health effects
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People Were Killed by Three Mile Island and Other Nuclear Disasters

"One of the biggest lies ever told in American industrial history is that “no one died at Three Mile Island.”

In the frenzy to get public funding for still more nuclear reactors, some industry backers now say no one has ever been killed by the nuclear industry AT ALL.
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Common Symptoms and Causes of Heavy Metal Toxicity.

Heavy metal toxicity is an excessive build-up of metals in the body. Oftentimes, the vague symptoms produced by heavy metal toxicity are mistakenly misdiagnosed as incurable chronic conditions. The most common heavy metals that humans are exposed to are aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
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Rising allergies trend mystifying

An explosion in numbers of children with serious food allergies has bewildered experts and parents.

WHEN all Natalie Fine could see of her hospitalised six-month-old baby, Lucas, was a small pair of eyes peering out from head-to-toe bandaging, she couldn't help wondering what she had done wrong. She certainly didn't imagine soy-based formula -- recommended by her paediatrician after problems with a dairy-based formula -- could be the cause of his severe eczema, infected and requiring IV antibiotics.
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SICKNESS IN THE SOIL: Business joins lawsuit over neighborhood contamination

FORT LAUDERDALE – Gloria Royster says she probably would not have bought the Downbeat Club in the city’s Durrs section if she had known about the toxic pile of ash behind it.
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Siloam Springs playgrounds still closed

Ominous yellow caution ribbons flutter in the wind at two local playgrounds forcibly abandoned after school district officials received results from recent arsenic tests on Tuesday. Samples from pressure-treated wood taken from the Koala Community Playground at Northside Elementary School and the playground at Southside Elementary School came back from the laboratory positive for the toxic element.
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Kmart Items Marked Safe Had Lead

Kmart said yesterday that it would remove all jewelry advertised as “lead free” from its shelves after workers at lead monitoring programs who tested the pieces found that some actually contained high concentrations of the metal.
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Toxic waste to be shipped by rail to West Texas

Tons of toxic waste dredged from the Hudson River in New York are about to be shipped by rail to a disposal and storage site in West Texas.
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Chelation therapy- EDTA, DMPS, DMSA, or Zeolite - Let's compare

We live in a toxic world... well I think that has certainly been established. There are a number of different options, though, when evaluating therapies to remove toxins and heavy metals from the body. This article from The Heart Fixer (which is the welcome page for the clinical and research websites of Comprehensive Heart Care and Cardiologist James Roberts) explains them in great detail.
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Liquid Zeolite: Nature's Best Detoxifier

We live toxic lives in a toxic world: every day we are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals that were unknown to our grandparents. In fact, it is estimated that there are now nearly 100,000 toxic chemicals in the environment, with a quarter of these known carcinogens or cancer-causers. Indeed, the average food basket from an American supermarket contains between 60 and 80 pesticide residues, 50% of municipal water supplies in the US are contaminated, and hospital studies have shown that new born babies are now contaminated with hundreds of toxins, including deadly dioxins. These are not just US statistics — toxic overload has become a worldwide problem.
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Study confirms high levels of toxins downstream Alberta oilsands

High levels of cancer-causing toxins are being found in areas downstream of Fort McMurray’s oilsands, says a study commissioned by residents of Alberta’s oldest community.
Waters in Fort Chipewyan contain high levels of arsenic, the fish are contaminated with high levels of mercury and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – another pollutant – are higher than they should be, said Kevin Timoney.

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Study: Chemicals from household plastics found in volunteers' blood

Compounds used in a vast array of everyday products that range from plastic microwaveable containers, toys and medical devices were found in the blood and urine of participants in a nationwide monitoring program sponsored by a coalition of environmental health groups.
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Schwarzenegger, backed by Brown, says he's frustrated waiting for federal approval for the state to impose its own tough emissions limits on automakers.

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday sued the Bush administration and said he was prepared to "sue again and sue again" until California gets permission to impose its own tough standards on automakers to curb global warming.
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Choose Your Lipstick Wisely - Lead Contamination Widespread

Reports about lipstick containing lead are flooding the media, since the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics conducted a study of 33 lipsticks from store shelves among four U.S. cities and found that over 61% contained lead. Tests revealed levels ranging from 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits lead levels in candy to be less than 0.1 ppm, but does not regulate the level of lead in lipstick.
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Copper in body may contribute to Alzheimer's development.

A study has found that copper in the blood might damage a molecule that rids the brain of a substance called amyloid beta, which builds up in toxic quantities in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.

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Disappearance of indigenous baby boys tied to industrial pollution.

In indigenous communities, babies that should be born boys are being born girls. Research released this month of only girls being born in the villages of northern Greenland has brought to light earlier studies that found indigenous mothers living in the northern most reaches of the Arctic Circle are having girls – but not boys. The studies linked the skewed sex ratios with human exposures to PCBs and other persistent organic chemicals.
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Exhaustive test reveals mercury levels in Bay Area fish sport fish

The most exhaustive study to date on mercury contamination in Northern California sport fish has found that some of the most popular species, including striped bass and carp, have the highest concentrations of the potent neurotoxin.
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Ban on asbestos diluted, say its backers

Lobbyists, industry won changes, they charge.

Just a month after the Senate with great fanfare passed the first legislation to ban disease-causing asbestos, public health officials, government regulators and advocates for asbestos victims are increasingly speaking out in opposition to the bill they once supported.
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Toxic chemicals contribute to weight gain?

During the past 20 years there has been a significant increase in weight gain and obesity in the United States. In most developed countries, current estimates suggest that women, in particular, are gaining weight on an average of 450g per year despite the plethora of low fat, no fat products and multitude diets and weight loss gadgets. Could it be that our modern day, chemical-laden lives are making us fat?
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Pennsylvania parents grow wary of vaccines

Many parents believe vaccinations against diseases such as measles, diphtheria, mumps and chicken pox pose a danger to children because the serums contain ingredients such as mercury and aluminum. More Pennsylvania parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.
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Cities in valley respond to risk of pesticides in parklands

In the past month, the city of Los Altos has analyzed soil samples taken from all of its public parks. In Santa Clara, city officials point to a recently created wetland habitat with pride, knowing they made the area safer by cleaning up DDT and arsenic. And across Silicon Valley, county parks officials routinely make environmental reviews part of every new project.

After a Mercury News investigation into old pesticide contamination in Santa Clara County, local parks officials say they are taking the issue of safety seriously.
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'Dew of death' found at refuge

Toxic material forces closure of programs

The discovery of a toxic material called "the dew of death" at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge has forced the closure the refuge and the cancellation of four wildlife, natural and photo programs this weekend.
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Residents warned of mercury found in fish

After finding high levels of mercury in fish sampled in the Kittanning section of the Allegheny River, a University of Pittsburgh professor is advising adults against consuming fish caught there or five miles upstream and downstream more than once a month.
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Lead found in some Croton Falls water tests but homeowners not told

CROTON FALLS - Tests last fall of water from homes in the Croton Falls Water District found levels of lead in violation of state health codes, but the town on Friday had yet to notify residents of the results as required by law.
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Groups spread word on lead risk

Hazard persists in poorer areas

Fewer Boston children have been stricken with lead poisoning in recent years, but it remains a significant problem in many of the city's poorer neighborhoods, city health officials and activists said yesterday.
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NY County Recalls Lead - Laced Lunch Bags

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lunch bags made in China and distributed for a program meant to encourage healthy eating are being recalled because they may contain lead, a suburban county health department says.

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Safety's in big demand.

Mounting wariness about hazardous substances in food, toys, and other consumer goods is creating opportunities for Bay State makers of devices that detect such dangers.
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