Category Archives: Chemical Toxins

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The BPA Show with Dr. Laura Vandenberg

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Dr. Laura Vandenberg

Bisphenol-A, or “BPA” has been called “one of the most potent toxic chemicals known to man.” Warnings about exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, have made headlines recently, and several states (and countries) have banned some consumer products containing the chemical. Now scientists have found disturbingly high levels of BPA in cash register receipts. Join us as we

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome Dr. Laura Vandenberg of Tufts University who explains the origins of BPA, its potential health effects and and how you can protect yourself and your family from exposures.

For more info:

Read Dr. Vandenberg’s blog at Environmental Health News

Visit Helping to Heal’s Blog for more articles


Flame Retardants and Your Health with Dr Arlene Blum

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Dr. Arlene Blum

Brominated flame retardant chemicals have been in the news recently – the Chicago Tribune ran an excellent series of investigative articles called “Playing With Fire,” and Nicholas Kristoff wrote a fabulous editorial in the Times  called “Are You Safe On That Sofa?

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk with Dr. Arlene Blum, founder and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute about  flame retardant chemicals and human health.

For more info:

Visit the web site of the Green Science Policy Institute

Read Helping to Heal Blog – Thinking about a New Sofa

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The Problem with Perc with Dr. David Carpenter

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Dr. David Carpenter

Why the chemical used to clean your clothes could be damaging your body as well.

For decades, commercial dry cleaners have relied on a chemical solvent known as “perchloroethylene” or “perc” to get clothes clean.  But like many “miracle” chemicals that were supposed to make our  lives carefree, perc has been found to cause significant  environmental and human health problems.

On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug welcome Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and Environment  at the University of Albany’s School of Public Health.

For more info:  Read Grassroots summary about Perc use in dry cleaning