Dogs, You and Toxic Chemicals

Some common chemicals in our everyday personal care products, home care products, furniture, flooring and food are not only toxic to humans, but they are also toxic to dogs.  Pesticides, flame retardants, and phthalates, for instance, are not only linked to human diseases, but also present biological and clinical threats to dogs.   Now scientists have discovered that monitoring environmental exposures to toxic chemicals in dogs could be an early warning system for human health. 

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.

Sunscreen Chemicals Enter Bloodstream, Exceed Safety Levels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research division has just completed their research on sunscreen chemicals.  Their findings: Seven of the most commonly used chemicals in sunscreen (including known endocrine disrupting chemicals) are, in fact, absorbed by the skin and enter the bloodstream–and when they do, they exceed safety thresholds.

New Talc-Cancer Study: Significant Link Found Only for Some Women

In the largest study to date to explore the possible link between talc use and ovarian cancer, researchers failed to find a significantly increased risk of ovarian cancer from talc use overall. However an increased risk for ovarian cancer did appear among certain women who used talc on the genital area.  That increased risk was for women with intact reproductive tracts.