RECESS! Time for lava monster, freeze tag, four square, and foot races! Playing outside on playgrounds, driveways, or blacktops are central to a child’s healthy lifestyle, and we want to keep it that way. You may have heard or read that certain pavement sealants (“blacktop”) can cause cancer and are less environmentally friendly than alternatives. … More Let’s Seal the Deal: Ban Coal Tar-Based Blacktop Sealant
Are you tired of the nagging from us environmentalists urging you to avoid this or that hazard? Feeling like you are walking a perilous path through life to avoid inevitable environmental poisoning? Feel like your children’s days are rife with danger and you are the one responsible for protecting them? Well, that is NOT the … More Give Me a Break!
It’s been a long cold winter (and spring) and everyone is ready for the warm, sunny, summer days! Although the sunshine warms the weather and our spirits, some of those rays are UVA and UVB rays that may have both acute (burns) and chronic (cancers) effects on our skin and eyes, and may be even … More Here Comes the Sun
Pesticides – are they good or are they evil? The use of herbicides and insecticides has allowed for the mass production of food and the control of mosquito-born diseases such as yellow fever and malaria. They prevent crops from being destroyed by infestations and they prevent deaths from West Nile virus. Those are good things, … More Reducing pesticide exposure
Radiation is scary, isn’t it? We can’t see it and we can’t feel ourselves being exposed, but we know it can cause cancer. In order to make sense of this complex environmental hazard and perhaps dispel some of the fear surrounding it, below is a ‘radiation primer.’ Radiation comes in many forms, most of it … More Radiation Primer
Did you think lead poisoning was a thing of the past? Well, guess again. Lead continues to wreak havoc on the developing brains of American kids. It can also cross the placenta and damage the fetal brain. Research in the past decade has confirmed that even low doses of lead in the blood can result … More You still need to worry about lead poisoning
Safe drinking water: we consider it a basic right. It’s treated and tested before it reaches us so we no longer have to worry about contracting deadly diseases from the kitchen faucet. Our tap water is even enhanced with minerals such as fluoride to improve our health. Very few would deny that the addition of … More Fluoride: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
When you go to the doctor you expect to hear about your blood pressure, your weight, or your risk of STDs or heart attack. But your doctor should also be asking you how much fish you eat. FISH? Why fish? Well, from a health standpoint, this is a tricky one. Fish are a great source … More Why your doctor should be asking you about fish