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Aspartame-IIIf you were to name some of the most studied and least dangerous chemicals commonly used in our foods, which would you select? Well, the artificial (non-nutritive) sweetener aspartame (found ubiquitously in many foods, commonly known as Nutrasweet or Equal), should be among them. Nevertheless, PepsiCo announced a few days ago that Diet Pepsi would no longer contain the substance, as...

MistletoeEvery year around this time, scare-mongers such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) issue alerts about allegedly toxic toys, but they would warn you about nature at Christmas if they really cared.

Instead of using real toxicity, they create "chemicals of concern" based on their own unique system...

Everything is about racism these days. From politics to sports, somebody, somewhere, wants you to feel bad because something might be racist.

This uniquely American tendency to assign racism where none exists has struck again in yet another bizarre way: Celebrity chef David Chang says that Americans are racist toward Chinese food.

Before we (dumpster) dive into this peculiar accusation, let's first pause to ask whether it might even remotely be true. Consider McDonald's and Starbucks. Nothing is more American than cheap fast food and fancy, overpriced coffee. There are just over 14,000 McDonald's restaurants and just under...

The departure of Soup CEO Denise Morrison is the fifteenth CEO change at a large packaged food company in the last two-and-a-half years. What do they all share in common? They apologized for being in business and chased a vocal consumer segment that hates them - the "nocebo" community that seeks out products based on what they claim not to have on the label.

They responded to claims by media that foods had to be all-natural and in a microwave pouch. They had to be artisan, niche brands. Apparently everything was going to need avocado if they wanted to gain mindshare among Millennials. In reality, food company marketing executives have allowed themselves to be ambushed by well-funded ideologues that have secret sources controlling them - names like Environmental Working...

¢A March 23, 2008 piece by Denise Mann on WebMD quoted Dr. Ruth Kava on ACSH's review of articial sweeteners: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=56064.

¢A brief letter from Dr. Gilbert Ross about the FDA's finding of no danger from 1,4-dioxane appeared in the March 23, 2008 Los Angeles Times under the title "Toxicant Finding No Basis for Worry."

¢Family-Medical.blogspot.com mentioned ACSH as a counterpoint to CSPI in its March 2008 list of useful nutrition resources.

¢The March 2008 issue of Reason contained Todd Seavey's cover article on exaggerations about nanotech, "Neither Gods nor Goo."

¢The ShopFloor.org blog piece "Fifty AGs, 50 State Standards"...

This piece first appeared in the Washington Times.

Scares regarding chemicals in plastic -- bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthlates -- are only the latest manifestation of a deeper problem. But the problem is not "our toxic environment" or the evils of industrial civilization. The problem is a pervasive unease and anxiety that feeds upon itself and searches for danger, at which point reason, along with common sense and skepticism, tend to be tossed aside.

Americans are bombarded with an array of warnings and reassurances, stop and go signals, regarding...

A recent study researched and reported by a major Federal advisory panel, The Institute of Medicine, should give both comfort and concern to women and their families about breast cancer.

http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Breast-Cancer-and-the-Environment-A-Life... andhttp://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1182553

The IOM was called upon by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure advocacy organization to investigate the evidence about the real causes of...

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 12.58.56 PMSomeone at City Hall in New York City must have taken a chemistry lesson, because they've apparently learned how to distinguish between harmful chemicals and nonsense like salt and sugar.

Let's just call this a "Big Gulp of Common Sense."

Rather than trying to impose a set of idiotic rules about the maximum size of a soda, or trying to crack down on how much salt is in your food both of these courtesy of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the latter, from current Mayor De Blasio), the big city is smartly taking steps to protect nail salon workers from chronic...

ACSH's view on this issue was noted by John Stossel on his blog today:

It is nothing new for junk science to make it onto the New York Times op-ed page. But some agendas are so far outside the mainstream they have to buy their way onto the page. That's what the Mount Sinai School of Medicine did in buying a platform for their Dr. Philip Landrigan, an activist who has dedicated his career to raising anxieties about "chemicals" in the environment.

In an August 4 "op-ad" likely costing around $50,000, Dr. Landrigan rails against thousands of new, synthetic chemicals introduced over the last few decades.

He says they are responsible for a full spectrum...

Despite the ongoing epidemics of cigarette-related disease, novel influenza and obesity, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is focusing on a very different set of purported health risks: deadly toxins and chemicals in "our bodies." This effort will do nothing to promote public health while raising needless anxiety and spurring expensive, useless regulation and litigation.

In a Sept. 29 speech, Jackson outlined the Obama administration's multi-pronged assault on "toxic chemicals," which she claims are responsible for a spectrum of adverse health effects--even at extremely low levels.

Her list of targeted chemicals includes some well-known activist targets: phthalates--crucial in medical devices; the plastic hardener and food protector bisphenol-A (...