18 Million Americans Get Water From Systems Tainted With Lead


More than 18 million Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015, according to a groundbreaking Natural Resources Defense Council report. The problem could be significantly more pervasive because many more water systems known to have such violations — including that in Flint, Michigan — do not even show up as […]

Some Chocolate Contains Toxic Metals Like Lead And Cadmium


Testing commissioned by As You Sow, and conducted at independent laboratories, indicates that the chocolate products contain lead and/or cadmium, and they fail to provide the legally required warning to consumers. If you have a sweet tooth, you may have read studies talking about the health benefits associated with eating moderate amounts of chocolate. But our research […]

Lead Exposure Changes Gut Microbiota, Increases Chance For Obesity


Exposure to lead during early development can alter the the gut microbiota, increasing the chances for obesity in adulthood, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health have found. Adult male mice exposed to lead during gestation and lactation were 11 percent larger than those not exposed, due to differences in their gut […]

Harmful Chemicals In Your Garden Hose


It is not safe to drink from a garden hose. Many garden hoses are made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that often uses lead as a stabilizer. The brass fitting on the ends of the hose are also likely to contain lead.  And water left standing in the hose can absorb worrisome amounts of lead and […]

Kiss of Death: Top 400 Lipsticks Containg Lead


Your favorite shade of lipstick may contain lead, according to a recently updated test of lipstick by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency found that 400 popular lipsticks contained trace amounts of the toxin. The worst offenders on the list were Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal, which had 7.19 parts per […]

Candles With Lead Wicks Emit Lead Into The Air


University of Michigan research shows that some candles are made with lead wicks that emit potentially dangerous levels of lead into the air. A University of Michigan School of Public Health study of candles purchased from stores in southeast Michigan shows that some candles on the market today are made with wicks that have either […]

Study Finds Major Toxins In Many Cosmetics


You won’t find lead or arsenic on the ingredients list of your favorite lip gloss or eyeliner, but a Toronto-based environmental group has tested dozens of cosmetics products commonly used by Canadian women and found virtually all of them were contaminated with heavy metals. Environmental Defence released a study Monday that shows Canadian consumers can’t […]