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Research Suggests Food Additive May Cause Diabetes. Should You Be Worried?

Earlier this week, a new study suggested that titanium dioxide (the naturally occurring white pigment commonly used in milk and candy) contributes to type 2 diabetes. The University of Texas at Austin study (which was technically a pilot study) found titanium dioxide particles in pancreas tissues from type 2 diabetics, but found none in samples from healthy individuals. Lead author Adam Heller even went so far as to say, "Our initial findings raise the possibility that Type 2 diabetes could be a chronic crystal-associated inflammatory disease of the pancreas, similar to chronic crystal-caused inflammatory diseases of the lung such as silicosis and asbestosis.” So sunscreen and...

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3 Reasons Why the EPA’s Transparency Rule WON’T Destroy Science As We Know It 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it plans to limit which scientific studies it uses to create regulations so that only reports with publicly available data are considered. The big question is whether the EPA’s new rule will be so strict that it eliminates good research from consideration. Because of this concern, most news coverage and commentary around the change casts it in a negative light. But there are two sides to this story. Here are 3 reasons why the EPA’s new transparency rule won't destroy science as we know it: The EPA already requires its own researchers to make their data...

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A Warning on the “Tide POD Challenge”

People of all ages and backgrounds have been swept into a frenzy over the “Tide POD Challenge.” Often described as “looking almost like candy,” these packets of highly concentrated cleaning product can cause severe reactions almost immediately, and can even be fatal if steps aren’t taken quickly to purge the product from a participant’s body. In fact, according to Dr. John Hilmi, “As it goes down the esophagus … it will eat away at the tissue in the esophagus and in the airway, as well and it will actually liquify [sic] it." Just biting a pod and ingesting a small amount of the product can...

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Adam Ruins Everything Tackles “Toxins”

The comedian Adam Conover and his show “Adam Ruins Everything” recently tackled the slew of pseudo-scientific industries purporting to help people rid their body of “toxins.” [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUKJTbOD-pc[/embed] “The fact is, toxins aren’t even a special type of chemical. It’s just become a trendy buzzword. The truth is that anything can be toxic if you ingest too much of it. Eat too much Vitamin C? That’s a toxin. Overdose on fiber? That’s a toxin.” Right on, Adam. As we like to say, it’s the dose that makes the poison.

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Raw Water? More Like Raw Sewage.

Without exaggeration, the United Nations calls clean water the “core of sustainable development,” and “critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems, and for human survival itself.” Safe drinking water is the hallmark of a healthy society, which is why it’s so befuddling that “raw water” has become the most recent natural health craze. The phrase “raw water” may first inspire images of clean water untreated with fluoride (which is added to improve dental health, much to the anxiety of conspiracy theorists) or chloramines (which prevent waterborne diseases). But the emphasis here falls on “untreated.” That is, water which...

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Which Retailers Fail on Toxic Chemicals?

Earlier this week, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families released a report card from its Mind the Store campaign grading Amazon, Apple, and 28 other major retailers on toxic chemicals in their products. But as far as we’re concerned, the project gets an F in scientific evidence. The entire premise of the retailer ranking is to evaluate stores for avoiding chemicals of high concern. Perhaps they looked at whether a store sells a product like hydrogen peroxide. After all, although the solution can safely prevent infections on minor cuts and scrapes, ingesting hydrogen peroxide can cause vomiting, gas bubbles in the blood, fluid accumulation in the lungs, unconsciousness, and respiratory...

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Dr. Dourson is a Seasoned Toxicologist. Why Don’t Environmental Groups Support His EPA Nomination?

Major media coverage of President Trump’s nominations to the Environmental Protection Agency is enough to make any professional scientist’s head spin. The New York Times last month criticized Dr. Nancy Beck, nominated as a senior EPA administrator, for having a different professional opinion from some of her peers at the EPA. NBC News recently called Dr. Michael Dourson, nominated to head the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, a “Toxic Chemical Swamp Creature.” The news stories appear to be taking their cues from radical environmental groups, like EWG and NRDC, which are solidly in the “all chemicals are bad under every...

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Science Reporting Should Be Above Personal Demonization

Last weekend, the New York Times published a story criticizing the ascension of Dr. Nancy Beck from Estée Lauder toxicologist to EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator. Rather than aiming criticism at specific policy proposals, the Times attacked Dr. Beck personally. In an age where discrimination against female scientists is finally coming to light, our Chief Science Officer Dr. Joseph Perrone asks: Shouldn't the media be above such personal attacks? Dr. Perrone explores this topic in an article for the Independent Journal Review. Read an excerpt of Dr. Perrone's piece below, or the entire piece on the Independent Journal Review website: The truth is, all industries have a degree...

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Think Almonds Alone Can Stop Obesity? That’s Nuts!

In a textbook case of sensationalist journalism, several outlets recently reported that eating nuts reduces weight gain, lowers the risk of obesity, and should be used to replace meat. By that account, we can throw in the towel on the nationwide fight against obesity so long as the 70 percent of overweight and obese Americans add a handful of almonds to their diet. As you might guess, the solution isn’t quite that simple. The international investigation found that over the course of 5 years, people who are nuts for nuts gained .42 to .11 pounds less than those who never ate nuts....

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Politics Beats Science On Fire Safety

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there will be plenty of politics to argue over turkey dinner. But the one place politics should have no place? Science. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is tasked with recalling dangerous products and guiding Americans to make safe purchasing decisions, so you might assume the agency would guide their decisions with science, not politics. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The CPSC recently voted along party lines to steer manufacturers and consumers away from a group of fire protection materials called “organohalogen flame retardants” in children’s products, furniture, mattresses, and electronics. Astoundingly, the...

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