TAG: Lead

Cosmetic Concerns And 4 Ingredients To Avoid

Cosmetic Concerns And 4 Ingredients To Avoid

People use cosmetics to enhance the appearance of the skin and to address issues, but sometimes products that are purchased to help actually can be harmful. Some of the chemical components found in cosmetics and beauty products may not be regulated, and can cause a range of problems from allergies to hormone and reproductive disturbances, among other health concerns. Parabens can be found in a wide range of products. They are commonly used as a preservative and fragrance, and an approximate 75-90% of cosmetics contain low levels of parabens. They can easily be absorbed into the skin, and are able… read more

The Scoop On Christmas Trees

The Scoop On Christmas Trees

Christmas trees can be a popular sight around the holidays. Decorated, bright and attention grabbing, they can make a room sparkle. If you are planning on having a Christmas tree, you may wonder which type is best, a living or fake one. Personal preferences can develop for either, as some prefer the look and aroma of the real deal and some may like the ease factor associated with faux versions. Either choice can have environmental concerns. Real Christmas Trees Christmas tree farms can be a beautiful site. However this- eventually turns into this: Though they are beautiful when freshly cut,… read more

Tainted Turmeric

Tainted Turmeric

Spices can add flavor to dishes, and many are also sources of essential nutrients and can contain healthful properties. What has recently been discovered, however, is making consumers worldwide question the safety of their foods once again. The latest scare among the food supply lies within powdered spices. Turmeric, thought to be imported from Bangladesh, has just been recalled as it was found to contain high levels of lead. Lead can build up in the body and can onset a myriad of health issues, especially in developing children. Levels that measured as high as 48 parts per million were found… read more

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Undergraduate researchers conducting a study have discovered an interesting bio-absorbent material that can draw contaminants out of polluted water. Faculty and an undergraduate research team collaborated with a group of scientists to investigate more inexpensive means that could be utilized to filter contaminated water. Examining water samples from the Tule Valley region near Mexico City, it was determined that cilantro was an effective bio-absorbent material that was also wildly grown in the region. The area was selected because there are no readily available water filtering systems in place to remove some of the contaminates that they inspected, making it representative of… read more

Jewelry With A Conscious

Jewelry With A Conscious

Jewelry has been worn for self-expression, as statement pieces and to pay cultural homage for as long as people could resourcefully craft and adorn them. Though still a popular accessory, the way some present day pieces are made is much different than previous, more natural based designs. Many items from centuries ago were handmade with natural, locally derived objects. Shells, nuts, seeds, sturdy wheats, grasses and woods are only some examples of organic materials popular for fashioning jewelry. It seems there is always a report surfacing somewhere about toxins found in jewelry like cadmium and lead, or items manufactured in unethical conditions…. read more

Lead Poisoning in U.S. Children

Lead Poisoning in U.S. Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a report stating that 1 in 38 children in the U.S that are ages 1 through 5 have lead poisoning. This preventable health risk has most likely increased due to the CDC having changed the lead exposure guidelines last year. This has been the first change regarding lead levels in over 2 decades. The modification is now half of the previous amount, with a level of 5 as the newer cutoff. The number was reduced due to increasing research which shows how destructive lead is to the human system. Lead… read more

Toxic Tubes

Lead in lipsticks

Are you a label reader? If you use lipstick, this might not do you any good. Animal byproducts, heavy metals and lead can be found in lipsticks. Lead, even in slight amounts accumulate in the body and is known to cause health, developmental and behavioral issues. Despite that, lead as a component is not required for lipstick labels. So, even if you avidly scour ingredient labels you will not see it, along with some other harmful contenders, listed. Extremely high levels of lead in lipstick can be found worldwide. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… read more

Dinnerware Cautions

Dinnerware Cautions

Toxins like cadmium and lead can be found on the surfaces of certain dishes, from the paints or glazes used to decorate them. Lead builds up in the body over time and if contaminated dishes are repeatedly used for food use they can pose a health hazard. Acidic foods and heat sources like microwaving can cause toxins to leach out of dinnerware and into food and drinks. Risks like lead poisoning can occur when foods are contaminated by dishes and poisons are absorbed into the bloodstream. When shopping for dishes pay special attention to the way they are made and… read more

Real vs Fake Xmas Trees

Real or fake Christmas trees

Many people choose fake trees over real ones because they believe that plastic trees are better for the environment, but are they really the more eco-friendly option? Fake trees are convenient and reusable. However, they’re made from PVC plastic, which creates a number of environmental problems. Production of PVC triggers the release of toxic chemicals such as dioxin, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride, and additional chemicals that are used to make plastic trees more pliable have caused damage to the kidneys, livers, brains, and reproductive systems of laboratory animals. Many fake trees contain lead, which can cause brain damage if… read more