Everything is Bad For You
Published on March 19, 2012 by Sara Foss

In her weekly environmental column over at the DG, my colleague Margaret Hartley writes about how almost everything we use is bad for us.

Here's an excerpt:

"As I suspected, everything is bad for you. Washing, eating, cleaning, the sun, sunscreen — everything.

Makes you want to just curl up and go back to bed. Except that your bed is probably bad for you too.

The more we read labels to avoid ingredients that are known to be bad for us, the longer that list grows. Now a new study says we have to watch out for all those things that aren’t even listed on labels.

The Silent Spring Institute, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that researches links between chemical exposure and health problems, just released a report about hormone-disrupting chemicals in consumer products.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives, looked at more than 200 common consumer products, from cat litter and diapers to a wide variety of cleaning products. Researchers found 55 chemicals that are known hormone disrupters (linked to breast cancer among other diseases and conditions) or asthma triggers in the products they tested."

Click here to read the whole thing.


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