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Agency orders Range Natural Gas Company to stop the contamination of Methane and Other Contaminants into drinking water near multiple residences
(DALLAS – December 7, 2010) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a natural gas company in Forth Worth, Texas , to take immediate action to protect homeowners living near one of its drilling operations who have complained about flammable and bubbling drinking water coming out of their tap. EPA testing has confirmed that extremely high levels of methane in their water pose an imminent and substantial risk of explosion or fire. EPA has also found other contaminants including benzene, which can cause cancer, in their drinking water. Read more
Over the past decade, organic produce sales have soared from 3 percent of the retail produce market in the U.S. in 2000 to nearly 11 percent last year, to $9.5 billion. According to surveys by the Organic Trade Association, organic produce's precipitous trajectory barely slowed when the global financial crisis took hold in late 2008.
Organic salad greens have fared even more impressively. According to Nielsen surveys, fresh cut salad greens increased their market share from 8.3 percent in 2006 to 15 percent so far this year. Pre-packaged specialty salads have grabbed a whopping 46 percent of that market sector, compared to 29 percent.
The stunning gains make a sharp contrast to the otherwise lackluster market for fruits and vegetables in recent years.
According to a new report from the President's Cancer Panel, environmental toxins play a significant and under-recognized role in cancer, causing "grievous harm" to untold numbers of people. EWG's own research has found that children are born "pre-polluted" with nearly 300 industrial chemicals, pesticides and contaminants that have been found to cause cancer in lab studies or in people.
Four of every 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and two of every 10 will die from it. Beyond talking to your doctor about lifestyle changes that are known to make a difference -- stopping smoking, reducing drinking, losing weight, exercising and eating right -- there are things you can do to reduce your risk.
Here are some simple ways you can reduce your exposure to potentially cancer-causing chemicals (click here to download the PDF)
1. Filter your tap water. Common carcinogens in tap water include arsenic, chromium, and chemical byproducts that form when water is disinfected. A simple carbon tap-mounted filter or pitcher can help reduce the levels of some of these contaminants. If your water is polluted with arsenic or chromium, a reverse osmosis filter will help. Learn about your tap water and home water filters at EWG's National Tap Water Database. See the other tips here
FRIDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- It's a common find in medicine cabinets and bathroom drawers: a prescription vial containing years-old medication or an over-the-counter cold remedy that's embarrassingly past its sell-by date. But unless they're spring-cleaning, many people don't bother throwing away these items. And when they do, people often turn to the toilet and flush the products away. Both behaviors are big mistakes. Keeping out-of-date medications in the house poses dangers to everyone in the family. And flushing old medications down the toilet can be harmful to the environment.
Old drugs and remedies kept moldering in the medicine cabinet may not be able to help you when you need them the most. Read more
The new policies, which are still being drawn up, will probably force some local water systems to use more effective cleaning technologies, but may raise water rates. Read more
Before, during and after exercise
Is your sunscreen actually protecting your family like it promises?
Of the 500 beach and sports sunscreens that EWG analyzed for our 2010 Sunscreen Guide, we can only recommend 8 percent. Between the false sense of security from sunscreens with an SPF of 50 or higher, and new data linking vitamin A to accelerated development of skin tumors and lesions, most products don't live up to their hype. In fact, EWG found that wearing a hat and shirt in the sun should be your first line of defense, then using an EWG recommended sunscreen.
Presented by Dr. Allen S. Josephs
Co-Founder & Director, Vitacost.com
Exercise has many beneficial effects on the body, from boosting cardiovascular health to supporting weight loss efforts. Recent research suggests it may also protect the mind from mild cognitive impairment and decline caused by the normal aging process. Read more
Simple blood test could spot those who need more supplementation, study suggests
THURSDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Seventy percent of pregnant women in the United States don't get enough vitamin D, new research reveals.
What's more, the regimen of prenatal vitamins that many women take do not always provide enough vitamin D to boost levels when needed, researchers from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (UCDSM) and Massachusetts General Hospital cautioned.
People who scored highest in adherence to diet least likely to suffer mental decline, study finds.
TUESDAY, April 27 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a Mediterranean diet may help keep your brain healthy as you age, findings from an ongoing study show.
"This diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, fish, olive oil, lower meat consumption, and moderate wine and non-refined grain intake," study author Dr. Christy Tangney, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, said in a news release from the American Society for Nutrition. Read more
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|How 8 Glasses A Day Keep The Fat Away|
Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Although most of us take it for granted , water may be the only true substance for permanent weight loss.
Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
When the body gets less water, it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extra cellular spaces. This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands. Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives at threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returne. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs - PLENTY OF WATER. Only then will the stored water be released.
TUESDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, yet a new survey of 1,000 Americans finds that nearly 60 percent don't known if their local hospitals offer specialized treatment for stroke.
Despite awareness efforts, "the public seems less aware of stroke-certified hospitals," Dr. Ralph Sacco, president-elect of the American Heart Association, said in a news release from the American Stroke Association. "The survey results show the need for continuous reinforcement of public education to maintain awareness of the stroke warning signs and symptoms as well as the importance of stroke specialty hospitals. This issue must be at the top of everyone's minds." Read more
For a number of years, there has been discussion about BPA as a potential hazard. Governments have issued guidelines and recommendations and some retailers have removed their products containing BPA from the market. Get an update on how international governments are approaching the issue. >Read More
Is your bottled water safe?
By Kate Stinchfield
Although you may think that bottled water is a safer option than tap, two new reports show that the store-bought stuff is actually less regulated than the water you get out of your faucet for free. The Food and Drug Administration has little authority to regulate bottled brands, according to a U.S. Congressional report released recently.
While municipal water utilities are required to provide public reports of test results, bottled-water makers are not. (On the other hand, well water, which is found in many rural areas, isn't regulated as water provided by towns and cities is.) So although you may fork over a pretty penny for bottled water, that doesn't mean it's any better than what's coming out of your faucet. In fact, it could be worse and you'd never know it. Read more
Do common cleaners have toxic ingredients?
By Dan Shapley
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Press release For ImmediateRelease- May 17, 2010
President's anti-cancer panel recommends home filtered water. Says systems can decrease exposure to carcinogens. Read the report here
The Wonders of Water: Amazing Secrets for Health and Wellness
By Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D.,
Water prevents and helps to cure heartburn. Water prevents and helps to cure arthritis. Water prevents and helps to cure back pain. Water prevents and helps to cure migraines. Water prevents and helps to cure high blood pressure. Read more
BPA Tied to Impotence in Men
Chinese factory worker study suggests more potential hazards from the plastics chemical
By Jennifer Thomas
(HealthDay News) -- Exposure to high levels of the controversial plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) significantly raised the risk of sexual dysfunction, including impotence and low sex drive, among Chinese factory workers, a new study has found. Read more on this article
BPA in Cans Poses Health Threat, Report Claims
By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) - Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in the metal linings of some canned foods, poses a serious health threat to consumers and should be banned, a new report claims.
BPA is ubiquitous in plastic products, found in baby bottles and sippy cups, and it has come under scrutiny in recent years, with studies linking it to a host of health and developmental problems. This latest research looked at its presence in the metal linings of canned foods.