I really love things that smell good but in the past few years I’ve become keenly aware of just how toxic they can be and thus, I was compelled to search Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetic safety database and compile a list of the worst-scoring fragrances.
This means that based on their ingredients, these fragrances rated the highest in categories relating to cancer, allergies/immunotoxicity and/or developmental & reproductive toxicity—YIKES!
This list isn’t all inclusive of every fragrance out there and it only contains some of the ones that got the highest overall “hazard” scores (9 and 10) .
There are plenty that I didn’t list and many that have only slightly lower hazard scores so yourself a favor and check Skin Deep yourself to see where your scents and cosmetics rank. FYI…my fave scent scored a 6 out of 10 :(
But Americans are still being served harmful foods including burgers made out of pink slime, chicken “marinated” in chlorine and injected with salt water with sodium content equivalent to a serving of fries, artificial flavoring in ice cream that is otherwise used in lice killer and carcinogens in bread commonly found on the kitchen table—most disturbing is the fact that these practices are all perfectly legal.
On Monday, February 27, the hosts of the talk show THE DOCTORS, along with special guest, chef Rocco DiSpirito, take a closer look at American food staples and examines the harmful additives and processes used to prepare them.
Burgers* – Would you eat a burger made out of “pink slime”—the name given to the mechanically separated meat that’s treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill bacteria like E-coli? McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King, once purveyors of pink slime, say they have discontinued their use of this meat, made from discarded beef (i.e. everything else from the cow that had been deemed inedible), but who still does? Schools serve it up daily in kids’ lunches. GROSS!
Chicken –To disinfect and cool chicken post slaughter, chickens are often soaked in a chlorine bath with a water-to-chlorine ratio up to 50 times more potent than the average swimming pool. Then, to help hide the chlorine taste, the chickens are “plumped” with salt water, making the chickens larger in both weight and price. Plus, via a scientific experiment, THE DOCTORS determined that chlorine baths may not even rid chicken of the bacteria the chlorine bath is supposed to prevent.
Ice Cream – One billion gallons of ice cream are consumed by Americans every year. The most popular flavor? Vanilla. Real vanilla beans are expensive, so to save money, many ice cream makers use a synthetic flavoring called piperonal which is also an ingredient in lice killer.
Bread – Many breads are made with potassium bromate, which has been banned in Canada and the UK and has been named a carcinogen by the EPA, but has been approved by the FDA. Plus, azodicarbonamide, found in many manufactured donuts and hamburger buns – as well as plastics, rubber and foam – has been found to aggravate asthma symptoms and contribute respiratory problems in humans.
So, what do the doctors of THE DOCTORS recommend to avoid these harmful foods? Read the rest of this entry »
Did you know that genetically engineered food crops actually require more pesticides and herbicides than non-genetically modified food crops? This means we’re ingesting more toxic chemicals on genetically engineered or modified (GE/GMO) foods, which, incidentally, have never been proven safe for the environment OR human consumption. It’s also not labeled as GE/GMO so we can’t even avoid it just by reading the ingredients. This is why the True Food Network’s True Food Shoppers Guide to Avoiding GE Foods was created — because you have the right to know what’s in your food!
The list, compiled primarily from direct communications with food producers, focuses on foods made with ingredients that are commonly derived from GE/GMO crops — the most widely grown being corn, soy, canola and cotton. The list also contains companies that have made a concerted effort to avoid GE/GMO ingredients and have company policies asserting their position on avoiding GE/GMO foods.
Download the list, print it out and keep it handy for when you’re grocery shopping or get the mobile app for your phone.* According to the New York Times, more than 70 percent of car buyers do some research before making a purchase. Shouldn’t we put at least that much effort into learning more about the food we eat?
*Get the mobile app for free on iTunes (for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) or Android Market by searching for “True Food.”
For more info on avoiding GMO’s, please read this article from Healthy Child, Healthy World.
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I totally wanted to read it, but I was nervous because I knew that I’d probably read things that would freak me out. I was right—much of the facts and statistics in it are disturbing—but Slow Death by Rubber Duck is a highly interesting and informative read. In it, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, two of Canada’s top environmentalists, target a handful of common toxic substances and detail the effects on both their own health and the environment. Read the rest of this entry »
Please take 3 minutes to watch A Wake-Up Story. It’s a must-see for parents, parents-to-be and anyone who cares about the health and well-being of future generations.
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Features: What better way to teach and inspire children about this great, green earth than through music? If I Were a Fish, a thirteen-song disc from Birdsong and the Eco Wonders, is geared toward educating kids about marine animals, the ocean, and the planet through rhythm, dance and good ol’ fashioned fun. Also noteworthy, Birdsong’s music is used as a teaching reference in state, county and city parks throughout southern California.
Green Factor: CD is packaged in plastic-free, eco-friendly material.
Bonus: The Tide Pool Song, a tribute to tide pools written in 2005, appears in a short film that won an Emmy for Children’s Programming
Find It Here: Birdsong and the Eco Wonders
Win It: We’ve partnered with Birdsong to give away TWO copies of If I Were a Fish to one lucky winner!
Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter WF04 as the giveaway name and tell us what animal is playing the bongos on the Birdsong web site. Giveaway ends 05/10/10; $30 value. Open to residents of the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Belize, Australia and Europe. Official Rules. Giveaway Closed.
On our Blog: The Pollution INSIDE Your Home
Children’s developing bodies are especially vulnerable to toxins found in our food and environment. Switching to organic food has an immediate effect on the body. Within 36 hours, pesticides may no longer be detected in a child’s urine.
Pesticide Exposure Has Been Shown to:
What: The Green Hour
Features: Research shows that spending time in nature actually makes kids happier, healthier and even smarter. Todd Christopher, the creator of the GreenHour.org, has filled this book with activities designed to encourage discovery, creative play, and a wonder of nature, as well as practical advice for parents to make getting outdoors easy and worry-free.
Green Factor: The premise behind The Green Hour is to encourage parents to carve one ‘green hour’ in to their kids’ days. This year, celebrate Earth Day every day for an hour (or more!) outdoors.
Bonus: We love that The Green Hour mixes family time with outdoor education. Brilliant! Watch this video trailer to learn more.
Find It Here: Amazon.com
Win It: We’ve partnered with Shambhala Publications to give away TWO copies of The Green Hour to two lucky readers! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter GH04 as the giveaway name and tell us what federation recommends that parents give their kids one ‘green hour’ a day. Giveaway ends 04/30/10; $18 value. Open to residents worldwide! Official Rules. Giveaway has ended.
On our Blog: Kid’s Health: Pesticides in Food
Features: Mrs. Frizzle and her students are back, and this time they’re learning about climate change. Climb aboard the Magic School Bus and read along as the gang takes a fascinating adventure to determine why the world is getting warmer
Green Factor: The characters in this popular series make learning about the environment–and getting involved–fun for kids
Find It Here: Scholastic
Win It: We’ve partnered with Scholastic to give away three prizes to three randomly selected winners: a grand prize consisting of a Kids Organic “Go Green” Scholastic T-shirt and a copy of The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge, PLUS two additional prizes of one book each for two other winners! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter CC04 as the giveaway name and tell us what extraordinary measure the students take so they can see what is in the air. Giveaway ends 04/21/10. $37 value. Open to US residents only. Winner to be notified by email. Official Rules. Giveaway has ended.
Features: Keep tabs on your favorite companies and their efforts to address climate change with Climate Counts, a web site that scores their impact on the environment. Check the scorecard for a ranking of a company’s grade and the ways they’re reducing their carbon footprint (Kraft Foods, for example, is up 19 points from last year and is listed as ‘Striding’ toward their environmental goals. Sara Lee, on the other hand, is ‘Stuck’, meaning they have yet to take meaningful action on climate change)
Green Factor: The goal is clear (and green): to encourage awareness among consumers, and, in turn, within the companies themselves
Bonus: The site is full of information. Sign up for their newsletter, watch videos, contact companies directly, download a helpful iPhone app and more!
Find It Here: Climate Counts