Seven Shortcuts to Healthy Cleaners

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The EPA estimates that the air inside our homes can be as more polluted than the air outside, and some of that pollution comes from our cleaning products. In fact, in their Guide to Healthy Cleaning database, the Environmental Working Group* found that a full half of the cleaning products on the market contain ingredients […]

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Five Chemicals Linked to Male Infertility

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Most of us spend so much time trying not to get pregnant that we expect it to happen immediately when we’re ready got start a family. But for about 12% of American women, pregnancy doesn’t happen so easily. And the infertility problem is on the rise: Nearly 40% more women report difficulty getting pregnant than 30 years ago.  […]

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Termite Tenting? Read This First!

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  Many times, the choice to fumigate isn’t yours — it’s your landlord’s. Four steps to know about before you tent your home. Chances are, at least one house in your ‘hood is being treated for termites right now. And despite the festive clown-and-circus themed tent, the chemicals that go into the fumigation process simply […]

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Autism Rate Spikes Point to Environmental Factors

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By Rachel Sarnoff Photo: Rodale’s 10 Suspect Causes of Autism   What does autism have to do with the environment? Everything. Autism is America’s fastest growing developmental disability. Autism rates have risen nearly 600% in 20 years, to the point that now one out of every 88 children—or one out of every 70 boys—is statistically […]

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Doctors Fail to Warn Pregnant Patients About Toxic Exposures

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  A University of San Francisco study of more than 2,000 obstetricians and gynecologists nationwide found that most do not warn their patients about environmental hazards as related to pregnancy, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Although they routinely discuss smoking, alcohol, diet and weight gain, only 19 percent talk to their patients about pesticides, 12 […]

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Three Tips to Check Toxic Toys Off Your List

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By Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff You’re making your list and checking it twice, but do you know what’s in the toys you’re stuffing in those stockings? Here are some quick tips to follow: 1. Avoid plastics made from or including BPA, PET, PVC and Styrofoam. 2. Look for toys made from natural materials like wood and […]

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FDA Bans BPA, But Alternatives May Be Worse

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By: Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff   Could this be the source of serious hormone-disruptors? Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, has been a rallying point for parents everywhere. Once we found out about problems associated with the industrial chemical, which is used to harden plastics used in food storage containers, water bottles, toys, and other consumer goods, […]

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