In today's world, it's impossible to avoid chemical exposures. From showering and housecleaning to painting our nails and microwaving our food, we are absorbing chemicals through our skin, breathing them in our air and ingesting them in the food we eat.
Are all these casual exposures enough to make us sick? The evidence is mounting, but scientific certainty may be decades away. Do we wait for proof, or do we take protective action now, especially if solutions may be as simple as choosing a different cleaning product or buying organic milk for our kids? This section is about making little changes that can make a big difference in your family's health.
We have addressed just a few of the most common exposures in this section. There are links to publications and web resources that will give you more information on each topic. Additionally, where applicable, we provide a listing of suggested products.
For peer-reviewed scientific studies, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) publishes the online journal, Environmental Health Perspectives .
As an introduction to the subject of environmental toxins, we strongly recommend Living Downstream and other books by Dr. Sandra Steingraber.
Yale University professor John Wargo has spent much of his career researching the impact of chemical exposures on women and children. In his new book, Green Intelligence, he explains the origins of society’s profound misunderstanding of everyday chemical hazards.