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2013: A year of protests, conflicts of interest and lingering mysteries

It was a year when people were fed up. With pipelines in Canada. Fracking in the UK. Coal trains along the Columbia River. A crematorium and an oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. A waste recycling plant in Ohio. Fluoride in Portland, Ore.

Fashion at a Very High Price

From cheerful red handbags to festive green belts, colored accessories are often mandatory for the style-conscious during the holiday season. But what many fashionistas don’t know is that many of these products may be tainted with high levels of lead — and the brighter and shinier they are, the greater the risk.

Walmart aims to reduce 10 toxic chemicals – but won't divulge which

Walmart says it will cut down on 10 'high priority' chemicals used in household products on its shelves. But it's keeping mum on what they are – and which products have them – for now

Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Can one store change the chemicals industry? Photo: Marc F Henning /Alamy

FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

Which Christmas tree is greener, real or artificial?

Environmentalists say each type of tree has its benefits and drawbacks.

Environmental advocates say there are benefits and risks with either.

Real trees

People don't have to worry that buying a fresh Christmas tree will clear-cut the forest, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, which represents tree farmers.

Perfluorinated chemicals studied in breast milk, menopausal women

Two new studies of perfluorinated compounds in women raise concerns. In the first, the longer the women nursed their babies, the higher the levels of certain compounds in their babies’ blood. In the second, higher levels in women were associated with early menopause.
Researchers have for the first time quantified an association between breastfeeding and perfluorinated compounds in infants. In the study, the longer the women nursed their babies, the higher the levels of certain chemicals in their babies’ blood.

Consumers push more than cosmetic changes to chemical makeup of toiletries

OTTAWA – An environmental group has ranked Canada’s five largest cosmetics companies based on potentially harmful ingredients in their products.

The report from Toronto-based Environmental Defence says the big five all have issues with chemicals that could be harmful to human health, but some are doing better than others.

And it says public pressure is beginning to exert influence on the ingredients companies use in everything from shampoo and moisturizers to toothpaste and deodorant.

15 Ways To Reduce Endocrine Disruptors In Your Kitchen

When patients come to me for help in taking charge of their health, one of the essential changes I encourage each of them to make is to reduce their toxic load—specifically to rid themselves of as many endocrine disruptors (EDs) as possible.

Danger Lurks in That Mickey Mouse Couch

RESEARCHERS this summer purchased 42 children’s chairs, sofas and other furniture from major retailers and tested them for toxic flame retardants that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, diminished I.Q.’s and other problems.