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Monthly Roundup: February

Zoë Furlong March 02, 2015


The Human Experiment (2013) directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy
This sobering documentary explores the vast quantities of chemicals found in our everyday household products, and how they are impacting our health. Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy connect with people who strongly believe that their lives, and health, have been negatively affected by these chemicals. They also take us to the front lines as activists battle against the well-funded and powerful chemical industry.


No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt
The idea for the book came about when writers Spunt and O'Connor went on a quest for the perfect hair product. They were elated when they finally found it at a salon, only to be horrified when they realized the key ingredient was not keratin, as they had been led to believe. It was formaldehyde. This discovery triggered their investigation of the ingredients for hundreds of beauty and skin products. With the assistance of scientists, dermatologists, and makeup artists, they share their findings and provide tips on how to detoxify your regimen. 


Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety-, 2/16/15 
In light of recent research, calling your product “BPA-free” isn’t good enough anymore. The new standard may be “EA-free”, meaning free of any chemicals that mimic estrogen. NPR provides a brief and informative story about a BPA-based battle between a chemical company and an academic scientist vying for the public’s trust.

Chemical in Plastics May Alter Boys' Genitals Before Birth” - Live Science, 2/19/15 
A new study, like many before it, finds that phthalate exposure during the first trimester changes the way boys’ reproductive tracts develops. Problems with development can lead to “incomplete masculinization.” 

Siloxanes Unexpectedly Observed In Antarctic Soil And Marine Life”- Chemical and Engineering News, 2/25/15 
Siloxanes, chemicals that give products like lotions and deodorants a “smooth feel” upon application, have been found in the soil and animal inhabitants of one of the world’s most isolated regions: Antarctica. 

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