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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 (...

Here are two facts about plastic recycling. Chances are that you know one of them and that you don't know the other. I sure didn't before today.

WHAT YOU PROBABLY KNOW

There are many different classes of plastic, each of which has very different physical properties depending upon the chemical structure of the monomer(s) (1) used to make them. Plastics can be hard or soft. Light or heavy. Inert to environmental degradation or readily consumed by bacteria. But before recycling plastics they need to be sorted. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is what is used for bottled water, requires different conditions for recycling than polycarbonate plastics, most commonly used for lining food containers. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC, water pipes,...

In many ways, science is easier than public policy. The reason is because the former is simply a matter of uncovering facts, while the latter involves not just facts but legal, ethical, and financial considerations as well.

This is one reason why there is such a fierce debate over vaccination. The science is crystal clear: Vaccines work and herd immunity is an effective way to protect society from infectious disease, implying that everyone who is healthy should be fully vaccinated. But implementing that policy is less straightforward.

For instance, is it ethical to force people to be vaccinated? (In my opinion, yes. New York City...

December 24, 2007 : "Dangerous" Toys, Snacks and Races; Common Sense on Food Contamination

• Quote to Note: “Industry scientists and many federal regulators say these exposures are harmless.” – Amy Schoenfeld in the New York Times about chemicals in everyday household products.

• Before you start enjoying your holidays, an article in New York Times wants you to worry. The article’s does not caution about lead paint...

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What do toenail clippers, submarine hulls and waffle irons have in common?

None are organic.

Yet.

If this sounds stupid  (if?), check this out:OrgPopTartsNo,  I'm not making it up. Three foods, which don't exactly represent the epitome of health and wellbeing — "Pop Tarts," Oreos, and Kraft Mac and Cheese — are now organic. It's not that any of these tasty delights, when eaten...

Every now and then, people screw up. Who amongst us has never made a mistake? Even the American Council gets it wrong now and then. Yet, we are nothing if not humble. Since it's World Homeopathy Week, this provides the prefect opportunity for some self reflection and humility. Is it possible that we have been unfairly criticizing homeopathy and homeopaths all this time? 

In the interest of keeping an open mind, I decided to search for evidence that might indicate that I may have been wrong all along. It was a humbling experience, but I'm glad I did it. I feel so...... cleansed. I was dumbfounded by what has been in front of my face all this time that I failed to see. Clearly, I was so arrogant and unshakeable in my belief system of traditional science that I did not give...

1. Washington Post published an op-ed with a provocative titleScientists know plastics are dangerous. Why won’t the government say so? - so it seems strange that with "Scientists know" as the first two words no editor asked the writer to include at least one scientist. 

But they didn't. You can further imagine my disappointment when instead of it being a legitimate journalist the op-ed writer turned out to be anti-science hatchet man Paul Thacker, whose middle name could be changed to "Retracted" after his conspiracy rants have been pulled...