Chemical Watch Blog

Your Position on Phthalates Wanted by the EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting ready to conduct Risk Evaluations on two phthalate chemicals, DIDP and DINP.  They are currently seeking public input about these phthalate chemicals.

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).

More Pesticides Detected in Honey

You may recall that scientific testing has previously detected glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in RoundUp weedkiller, in honey.  Now, new testing methods have revealed yet another commonly used insecticide present in honey: Pyrethroids.  Neurotoxic pyrethroids are one of two main groups of pesticides that contribute to colony collapse disorder in bees.

Glyphosate in Processed Food and Your Gut Microbiota

Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in RoundUp weed killer, continues to be widely used on food crops and as a result, the residue is present in many processed foods–especially those that contain corn, canola and soybean products.  What does it mean for the human body to ingest glyphosate residue on a daily basis?  Scientists now have the initial part of the answer and it concerns our gut microbiome.

Brain Shrinkage, Memory Problems, Depression Linked to Air Pollution Chemicals

Two separate scientific studies have revealed some sobering news about the link between air pollution chemicals and serious brain harm.  In the first study, higher exposures to air pollution chemicals were associated with increased depressive symptoms and subsequent memory decline. In the second study, people who had higher levels of air pollution exposure had more brain shrinkage–the kind of shrinkage commonly seen in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.