Amazon Does Partial Ban of Toxic Food Packaging Chemicals

While they still have a long way to go in cleaning up the products they offer, in response to a recent class action lawsuit, Amazon has announced that it will ban certain chemicals and plastics in food packaging used for one of its product lines.

Antimicrobial Additive Triclosan Linked to Fatty Liver Disease

New research has uncovered a link with Triclosan and fatty liver disease.  More specifically, scientists found that the chemical accelerated the development of fatty liver and fibrosis.  Mice exposed to Triclosan also had less diversity in their gut microbiomes (less gut microbiome diversity as science has now shown, is generally associated with poorer health).

Household Chemicals PFAS and Phthalates Alter Gut Microbiome: Study

In another new study scientists have again found that chemicals commonly found in our food and home environment alter our gut microbiome.  This is a critical confirmation of the findings found previously because gut microbiome–the community of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract–has recently come under close scrutiny by the medical science community because several serious health conditions have been suspected to be linked to an imbalance in gut microbiome. 

Our Most Toxic Chemical: Who is Doing What about PFAS?

What are the Effects of PFAS Chemical?   Because of their toxicity at extremely low concentrations, there are risks from PFAS bioaccumulation.  In addition to their presence in the human body–where, among other serious effects, they are linked with increased rates of some types of cancer, hormonal disruption, and immune responses–PFAS chemicals (a class of over 3000 compounds) are released into the environment, transported through groundwater, river, and soils, and can only be partially remediated. Scientists will be
meeting at the Geological Society of America’s 2020 Annual Meeting to learn more about this highly toxic chemical and discuss the need for more research.

Toxic Chemicals from Food, Food Packaging and Personal Products Discovered in Dolphins, Whales

The results of a new study revealed concentrations of atrazine (an herbicide), DEP (an endocrine disrupting chemical from the phthalate family found in our plastics), NPE ( a chemical commonly used in processed food packaging) and endocrine-disrupting triclosan* (an antibacterial/antifungal chemical used as a pesticide and found in consumer products such as toothpaste, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, some versions of soaps including dish-washing liquids and laundry detergents, hand creams and toys) in the bodies of stranded whales and dolphins.

Toxic Meds Need to Stop, say scientists

A team of scientists have begun alerting healthcare providers of the dangers of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) present in numerous commonly prescribed medications and medical supplies.  Most healthcare providers, the scientists confirmed, are completely unaware of the toxic chemicals (frequently added as “inactive ingredients” for color or consistency) contained in prescribed and OTC medicines.

Gut Microbiome Affected by Toxic Chemicals in Products, Environment, Food

The microbes that inhabit our bodies are influenced by what we eat, drink, breathe and absorb through our skin, and most of us are chronically exposed to natural and human-made environmental contaminants.  In this study, scientists reviewed the research linking dozens of chemicals present in our personal care products, home care products, general environment and our food to changes in the gut microbiome and associated health challenges.