Jun 2 2010

Toxic America – Watch Tonight!

If you care about the risks that toxic chemicals pose to your health and the health of America’s children, you’ll want to watch CNN starting tonight for Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s special two-part investigative report Toxic America (airing 8 PM ET June 2 and 3).

The report investigates the top five toxins that can be found in everywhere and are linked to cancers, behavioral issues and more.

They are bisphenol A (water bottles, plastic containers), or BPA; phthalates (used to soften plastic – like toys); PFOA (used for non-stick pans); formaldehyde (adhesives and fabrics); and polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PDBEs (flame retardants).

It will also discuss rising concerns over some of the most popular sunscreens.

I’m sure if you’ve heard a lot of information about sunscreens lately. Most recently, a FDA study indicated that a form of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions (NTP 2009). Scary news considering vitamin A to 41 percent of all sunscreens.

A good recource is EWG (Environmental Working Group). This LINK gives you the best choices for sunscreens. We use Badger,  California Baby, and Jasons. Some good and safe moisturizers with SPF are Marie Veronique Organics and Obagi.

Check out CNN’s web site featuring  EWG research on pesticides in produce, and sunblock concerns. The site also information on recalls and more.

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