The Environmental Working Group is a fantastic organization. I have utilized them for their Dirty Dozen since its inception (the list of the top twelve “dirtiest” foods when raised conventionally). Actually, just yesterday I was in Publix and a mother’s lack of knowledge became my fortune. Currently Strawberries are number two on the list of dirty foods (need to be bought organic). I overhead a mom say to her daughter, “No, those are organic, we aren’t buying organic”, and then they turned to where I was standing, and grabbed some strawberries.
I instinctively looked to where she HAD been looking, and saw the LAST pack of organic strawberries, and scooped them up! Thank you for not knowing… but how sad. And therein lies the plight of EWG. A group of seriously educated scientists, men and women who in the world of pharmaceutical, biotech, or chemical engineering, would each be earning $200-$400k a year. Seriously, that is how much they pay in that world (do you remember Dr. Amy who worked for me for two years? She left a $200k income, yes post graduate work done at Harvard in Biochem, and she was in the genetic engineering pharmaceutical family… had enough, and left to become a chiropractor… totally awesome). My point, these guys are giving their lives to education, and hoping for donations, and meanwhile, 90% of America has no idea about the RIGHT time to buy organic.
EWG does some other great work as well… Skin Deep is their guide to harmful personal care products. Shampoos, makeups, etc. The Chemical side of life… exposed. I remember over a decade ago when the governor of Minnesota, ex-wrestler Jesse Ventura signed a law that limited the use of mercury in cosmetics in Minnesota. That was back in my “sheltered” days. I was shocked that such a law should have to exist.
Well, in my email inbox just the other day, i got this news:
Scientists from EWG and Duke University just released a groundbreaking study that found a biomarker of the cancer-causing fire retardant TDCIPP in the bodies of all 22 mothers and 26 children tested.
Compared to their mothers, the children exhibited on average nearly five times the level of this biomarker. In the most extreme case, a child had 23 times the level measured in the mother.
The frightening reality is that many of us are unknowingly exposing ourselves and our families to toxic chemicals in everyday home goods. TDCIPP and/or other hazardous fire retardants are commonly found in furniture, nap mats, changing table pads, nursing pillows and other consumer products. While we are starting to see a shift in the market because of state-level regulations, that progress would be halted if poorly designed new national standards were announced. We need to tell the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect our health and our families’ health right now.
This is a problem with a chemical in nearly every couch in America. Every seat cushion, everything you sit on. This is a VERY bad situation. DO NOT tell me that cancer is a genetic condition. Cancer is a genetic code turned on by deadly toxins. And there is a petition to get this out of our furniture, and you need to sign the thing now –
Well, the next movie night is coming, and this movie is all about chemicals. UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS is a movie that every one of you needs to see. So get it set that you and your small group, and your other friends, are all coming here to watch this movie. Thursday night, September 4th, at 7pm. It is my Doctor’s Report night, and I am cancelling that because Thursdays are good nights to get people to show up. I want 100 people to come see this in our office, so you better get your butts in the seats. I’ll be here leading discussion pre and post movie.
Take a step.
Be well and Be blessed! – Dr. E