EPA Health Warning: PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued nationwide health advisories for four toxic PFAS chemicals* found in drinking water.  The EPA has now raised the limits for what is considered safe for two of the PFAS chemicals — perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)**.  Thousands of drinking water utilities across the country likely have PFOA or PFOS in their system above the EPA’s new advisories.

*The family of PFAS chemicals are known endocrine-disrupting chemicals and toxic to humans; they are ubiquitous in the U.S. and can be found in food packaging and plastic water bottles (where it can leach into the food you eat and drink), cookware/bake ware/cooking utensils, stain-resistant and waterproof furniture, clothing, carpet and more. PFAS chemicals do not break down in the environment or human/animal bodies, thus the nickname “forever” chemicals. Virtually all Americans have some level of PFAS in their bodies.  Exactly…

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Paraben Chemicals, Hair Care Products and Cancer Risk in Black Women

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We have published a number of previous studies linking chemicals in hair care and personal care products to adverse health outcomes, including breast cancer. The data has shown that the risk appears especially high for black women. Now a new study has demonstrated that toxic paraben* chemicals (which are endocrine disruptors) commonly used as a preservative in hair care and personal care products may be one of the culprits linking hair care/personal care products with cancer–especially breast cancer, for which Black women are at an increased risk.

Study overview

Scientists studied the highest risk group for cancer–black women under the age of 40 years old.** They tested the effects of parabens (present in various hair and personal care products ) on breast cancer cells from black women.

The scientists found that when parabens were put on the black breast cancer cells in a dish, it increased their growth and…

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“Former White House doctor says Biden won’t finish out first term”