I live in Western Massachusetts, in a small town with a rich history of liberal thought and also manufacturing. I have a large and level yard with good sun exposure and I love to garden. But I’ve been reluctant to grow food in my yard, and the more I think about long-ago regional industrial activities, and also current effects from everyday traffic and snow clearing, the more convinced I’ve become that my yard will never be safe for growing food.[Read more…] about Urban Gardening Caution
The Daily Mail has run an article about Martha Stewart organizing her hoard of backup personal care products and putting them into plastic bins with labels on them.
The editors did not publish this article because they are happy that Martha’s basement is tidy.[Read more…] about Martha’s Basement
Please go to this article and read it carefully. It paints a picture of a deeply corrupted government agency that should be helping to prevent toxic products from entering our homes.
Our government is sitting on a report that formaldehyde is both dangerous and also ubiquitous in consumer products, and it is doing so because it has become corrupted by its links to industry and by commercial pressures.[Read more…] about Lousy EPA
The news that many common medications cause depression is supported by reading the side effects of these medications. If the side effects of one particular medication include neurological symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, disrupted sleep, or grogginess, never mind more dramatic cognitive and behavioral symptoms, then clearly that medication is disrupting the patients’ neurological balance, and depression is a primary indicator of a disrupted neurological balance. Very likely this effect is under-reported in the aggregate because in many cases the disruption is not severe enough to warrant a full-on clinical diagnosis of depression.
For about 10 years I worked in the same office as a large and blunt woman about my own age, whom I grew to admire and who reeked of fragranced laundry products. I’ll call her Betty. After I had been at that job for several years, during which a fellow who worked for me bad-mouthed Betty repeatedly behind her back, she asked me to talk to him about other aspects of his bullying, to try to get him to stop. I did talk to him, and he did stop, and the drama around that conversation brought me and Betty together in an odd way.[Read more…] about Insomnia from Exposure to Common Substances
As late as the end of 2013, Johnson & Johnson’s “No More Tears” baby shampoo had formaldehyde precursors in it. By precursors, I mean chemicals that didn’t appear as formaldehyde on the list of ingredients, but that converted to formaldehyde immediately during use. This article speaks to Johnson & Johnson’s efforts to remove formaldehyde and other ingredients seen as harmful, from this baby shampoo as well as from many other personal care products.
For me, this article is pandering to Johnson & Johnson.