Category Archives: Chemophobia

Chemophobe alert–this time it’s Starbucks’ coffee

Acrylamide is a carcinogen, yeah, sure it is.

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Is It True Public Health Advocacy… Or Is It Fearmongering And Fads?

A classical definition of “public health” describes it as the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical and mental health, sanitation, personal hygiene, control of infection, and organization of health services. The practice of public health derives from dim antiquity, at least with respect to sanitation and personal hygiene, which was often done for religious purposes. The Greeks—including Hippocrates—in the 4th and 5th centuries BC, are considered the first to have applied logic and right reason to the causation of disease.

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Sunscreens from when Mick Jagger was young still not approved?

Federal agencies can’t decided to approve sunscreen?

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Dan River Ok, not OK?

Duke Energy Coal Ash pond spill into the Dan River was announced last week as terrible still–more than 90% of the coal ash still in the River. Now I read that the Dan River is safe?

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When even New Scientist dismisses an anti GMO study as previously discredited…

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It’s back. A controversial study purporting to show that genetically modified food causes health problems was republished this week in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe (DOI: 10.1186/s12302-014-0014-5). It was retracted last year by Food and Chemical Toxicology, which published it in 2012.

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Chemophobe vaccine Discussed by ACSH

For many years now I have been a fan of the American Council on Science and Health and am honored to be on their advisory panel.

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Going organic… clobbers the US’s nuclear waste repository

Safely disposing of nuclear waste is a big issue. There are both technical challenges (which are manageable) and.. there are lots and lots of political, NIMBY, and “just no nukes anywhere” tree huggers.
The US has the “Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)” near Carlsbad, New Mexico. It’s a group of repurposed salt (yes, as in that white stuff) mines, which have been the final destination for a good chunk of radioactive waste material for the past couple of decades.
Until… some radiation alarms went off in mid February, and everything came to a halt.
The reason? well, put down anything spillable and read on:
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