Cancer: When the Personal is National
(Originally posted on MomsRising.org) There are two pictures from my childhood that I think of often, the classic kind that live for years on family refrigerators and mantels. One shows a little boy and I, very young and impossibly blond, too concentrated on our game to notice the snap of an aunt’s camera from across the room. Then one with the same boy, the two of us side by side, toddlers...
Tired of Toxic Chemicals? We've Got a Solution.
(Originally posted on MomsRising.org) Over this past year, we’ve learned more and more about the problem of toxic chemicals. In 2010, the President’s Cancer Panel showed a link between exposures to toxic chemicals and rising cancer rates. (1) Six months later, new research from the Journal of Pediatrics showed that a recent rise in early puberty for girls is linked to exposure to endocrine...
BPA: The Reality Show
(Originally posted on MomsRising.org) 20 people. 5 families. Fresh food intervention. How low can their BPA levels go? It sounds like the premise for a reality show. But there are no over-the-top TV antics here. Last week, the Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute released a study which tested the levels of the toxic chemical BPA for five families. Like many average families across...
Welcome Back, Safe Chemicals Act!
As of last Thursday, the Safe Chemicals Act, a much needed update of the Toxic Substances Control Act, is back in town! I’m on blogcation, so here’s a throwback blog about the health case for TSCA reform. Mothers, Daughters, and TSCA Reform (Originally posted at Momsrising.org) In Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things, a new book by Environmentalists...
Snooki v. Anderson Cooper: Round 1
Poor Snooks. America’s loveable bronze elf has been hitting the paid appearance circuit hard since she hit it big on the Jersey Shore, and in the process she has invoked the wrath of the media gods. Anderson Cooper took to the airwaves this week and lambasted the Queen of GTL for her fake career, her drunken exploits, her sweaty dancing…oh come on, you’ve seen the show. You know the drill. ...
Prevention: It's more than a magazine.
My grandmother was a health nut before there was such a thing. She made delicious low-fat meals before people went low-fat, she whipped up gluten-free pancakes and muffins before gluten-free products were easily accessible About five years ago I stayed with my grandparents for a week. I had left my first college, and taken with me a solid fifteen pound weight gain, as well as a severe case of...
Flying Cars and Fair Pay
Junior year of high school, my best friend found out that new male hires at her job were being paid the same amount as her, even though she had been there for a year. When she told me, my reaction could eloquently be summed up as “Huh?” Her realization that she was experiencing pay discrimination seemed as topical to me as her showing up at the polls, only to find out that women hadn’t won the...
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The BPA Diet.
(Originally posted on MomsRising.org) According to magazines and TV commercials, I will be spending the next three months in a swimsuit. To someone who has worked full time every summer since I was fourteen, and had the Bay Area pleasure of having a sultry summer day cap out around 65 degrees, I say hooray! (Although I’m still not sure what my boss will think, or how the economy will function...