Health & Wellness
Environmental Working Group
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:28 UTC
Pruitt and the Trump administration's decision ignored overwhelming evidence that even small amounts of chlorpyrifos can damage parts of the brain that control language, memory, behavior and emotion. Multiple independent studies have documented that exposure to chlorpyrifos impairs children's IQs, and EPA scientists' assessments of those studies concluded that levels of the pesticide found on food and in drinking water are unsafe.
"The chance to prevent brain damage in children was a low bar for most of Scott Pruitt's predecessors, but it apparently just wasn't persuasive enough for an administrator who isn't sure if banning lead from gasoline was a good idea," said EWG President Ken Cook. "Instead, in one of his first major decisions as head of the EPA, like a toddler running toward his parents, Pruitt leaped into the warm and waiting arms of the pesticide industry."
Comment: "The EPA proposed the ban in October 2015 and was under court order to issue a final rule by the end of March." Why does the EPA continue to delay and deny the obvious?
According to Elizabeth Grossman at Yale Environment 360
Organophosphates are well known neurotoxins - some were developed as nerve agents for use in chemical weapons - and work on insects by targeting the nervous system. They have been on the market since after World War II, but their use increased in the 1960s and 1970s, when they were promoted as an environmentally preferable, rapidly degrading alternative to more persistent organochloride pesticides, such as DDT. By the 1990s, organosphosphate pesticides were one of the world's most widely used type of insecticides. Such pesticides include chlorpyrifos - used in household bug sprays, termite control, lawn care products, domestic pet flea and tick collars, and commercial agriculture - and malathion, used to control mosquitoes, fruit flies, and lice. Roughly 33 million pounds of organophosphate pesticides were used in the U.S. in 2007, the last year for which government statistics are available.
- Birth defects and brain damage: The lingering effects of pesticide use
- Children exposed to more brain-damaging chemicals than previously thought
- Exposure to Insecticide Chlorpyrifos During Pregnancy Linked to Long-term, Irreversible Changes in Brain Structure of Children
Occupational exposure to these chemicals, known as biocides, was associated with a 65 percent higher risk of thyroid cancer, the study found. For people whose jobs might have led to the most cumulative exposure to biocides over time, the odds of thyroid cancer was more than doubled.
The study also looked at pesticides, and didn't find an increased risk of thyroid cancer linked to these agricultural chemicals.
"Limited studies have investigated occupational exposure to pesticides in relation to thyroid cancer and have reached inconsistent results," said lead study author Dr. Yawei Zhang, an environmental health researcher at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
"Our study did not support an association between occupational exposure to pesticides and risk of thyroid cancer, but suggested that occupational exposure to other biocides might be associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer," Zhang said by email.
Scientists aren't certain what causes thyroid cancer, though the odds of these malignancies are higher with certain genetic disorders and with exposure to high amounts of radiation, especially during childhood.
Women are much more likely to get thyroid tumors than men, and this type of cancer is more common in white people than in other racial or ethnic groups.
Comment: No matter your occupation, iodine is essential for thyroid health.
- Living in a toxic world: Iodine to the rescue
- Iodine - Suppressed knowledge that can change your life
Researchers at Rice University discovered that people who are lonely are likely to feel lousier when fighting a cold than someone would who is in a relationship or surrounded by a vast network of friends.
"Loneliness puts people at risk for premature mortality and all kinds of other physical illnesses," says graduate student and study co-author Angie LeRoy in a university release. "But nothing had been done to look at an acute but temporary illness that we're all vulnerable to, like the common cold."
To reach their conclusion, the research team sampled a group of 159 individuals, aged 18-to-55, from a larger study. Nearly 60 percent of those examined were men. The participants were intentionally given a cold via virus-laden nasal drops, and then quarantined in a hotel room for five days.
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:00 UTC
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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:05 UTC
The process of excessive inflammation during aging is the hallmark of cognitive decline as well as virtually all poor health conditions associated with aging. For the first time vinpocetine has been identified as a potent regulator of NF-kappaB1 and TNFa. This effect was demonstrated in a variety of cells, including macrophages, endothelial cells, and muscle cells.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:42 UTC
"We all need to stick our noses into somebody else's business," Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters on Thursday, according to WNBC.
Kasich said the new rules require doctors to provide a specific diagnosis and procedure for every painkiller prescription they write. If doctors don't follow the rules, they will lose their licenses.
"You're going to have to abide by these rules," he said.
Comment: See also: White, working-class Americans suffering from 'diseases of despair'
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:15 UTC
These startling statistics were reported by The Atlantic in an interview with Mary Otto, author of the book "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America."1
It's widely known that your oral health is intrinsically connected to your overall health, but despite this dentistry remains distinctly separated from the medical field.
The 'Historic Rebuff' That Separated Your Mouth From the Rest of Your Body's Health
According to Otto, tooth issues were once viewed as primarily mechanical issues, with barbers (who at one time acted as both surgeons and dentists) taking care of tooth extractions along with haircuts. It wasn't until 1840 that the first dental college was opened by two self-trained dentists in Baltimore.
They approached the University of Maryland's college of medicine in Baltimore with the idea of adding dental courses to the medical curriculum but were rejected by the physicians in what came to be known as the "historic rebuff." Otto told The Atlantic:2
"It's seen as a symbolic event and it's continued to define the relationships between medical and dental education and medical and dental health care systems in funny ways.Dentists still drill and fill teeth and physicians still look at the body from the tonsils south. Medical and dental education is still provided separately almost everywhere in this country and our two systems have grown up to provide care separately, too."
This study comes from Martin Wagner and Jorg Oehlmann of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, and Michael Schlusener and Thomas Ternes of the German Federal Institute of Hydrology. They determined that bottled water could contain serious amounts of EDCs that should be a cause for concern.
Researchers used spectrometric simulation to narrow down their findings to DEHF as the only possible EDC giving rise to harmful activity. DEHF is also known as an anti-estrogenic compound, which means that another unidentified EDC must be present in the samples that showed anti-androgenic activity.
Comment: For more on bottled water and healthy alternatives to it see:The Health & Wellness Show: Bottled water: A surprising tale of waste and greed
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:10 UTC
Non-organic cotton contributes to environmental problems due to the fact that most of it is genetically engineered (GE) and sprayed with copious amounts of Roundup, the active ingredient in which is glyphosate, a likely human carcinogen.
In fact, non-organic cotton is one of the most chemical-dependent crops out there. While making up only 2.4 percent of global cropland, it receives 10 percent of agricultural chemicals in total, and 25 percent of all insecticides.1
But synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon are equally destructive.2 In 2014, polyester — a plastic material made from crude oil — made up 60 percent of all fabrics produced by the textile industry.3
Unfortunately, stretchy fabrics like yoga pants and comfy, cozy fleece items have become a true bane, shedding copious amounts of microscopic plastic fibers each time they're washed. Due to their tiny size, these microfibers4 flow straight through the wastewater treatment plant without being caught.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:01 UTC
The effects are significant, showing that the higher the blood lead level in childhood, the greater the loss of IQ points and occupational status in adulthood. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The presence of toxic metals in our systems is highly significant for they are capable of causing serious health problems through interfering with normal biological functioning. Although they can be found in high concentrations in the body, a number of these heavy metals (aluminum, beryllium, cadmium, lead and mercury) have no known biological function. Generally speaking, heavy metals disrupt metabolic function in two basic ways:
Comment: Mega-dosing with Vitamin C may be the safest way to chelate lead from the body: How doctors use vitamin C against lead poisoning