Archive for the “Chemicals” Category

It turns out that tatoo ink hasn’t ever had much scrutiny, and nobody knows what’s in some of them: The Food and Drug Administration has the authority to regulate tattoo ink. But until recently, it hadn’t, citing more pressing public health problems and a lack of consumer complaints. FDA chemist Dr. Bhakti Petigara Harp says […]

Do we really have to live in a kind of chemical stew to maintain a healthy economy? Now it seems that Children born to women exposed to bisphenol A (BPA) during the early part of pregnancy may be more likely to experience wheezing early in life, according to a new study. …

Coca Cola won’t stop using BPA in cans, but many firms are in fact phasing it out. Andy Warhol said back when:

There’s news about studies showing how to reduce BPA exposure by minimizing plastic food packaging by going to glass containers for storage and microwaving, and stopping using things in cans lined with BPA-containing plastics, among other approaches. It turns out that even BPA-free materials could still have compounds of concern, such as phthalates, which is […]

You can’t buy furniture anymore that is not laden with fire retardants, and, to make matters worse, the manufacturers of mattresses and other furniture do not have to tell you what is in their products. In my experience, some of the mattresses and mattress adapters (such as egg-crate layers to put on top) are laden […]

This is not new news, but bears repeating: the human brain is not fully, fully developed until the age of about 25. Go figure. My theory is that teenagers who have any sense, upon being told this fact, ought not want to do things chemically to their brains, at least while it is being formed. […]

There’s smoke emanating from one of the reactors in Japan. The smoke will show which way the wind is blowing and which way the radioisotopes are heading, so they won’t need a weather vane to know which way the wind blows. There’s fire too, probably, which does not augur well for getting things under control […]

It turns out there’s lead (and arsenic, and other stuff) in those LED holiday lights, and maybe others as well. This result was found through leaching tests performed by researchers at Univ. of California, Irvine. Because it appears that leaching was required to mobilize these compounds for quantifying their presence,  I suspect that the immediate […]

A lot of furniture, beds included, is laced with some pretty nasty fire retardant chemcials, and consumers do not have access to information about furniture contents. Many are rightly concerned and are pleased about a bill introduced in the California legislature: The