EWG to discuss toxins on CNN

Recently, EWG President Ken Cook met with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Mossville, Louisiana, where they talked about the impacts of toxic chemicals on human health.

You can watch this interview on Sanjay Gupta MD this Saturday or when it re-airs Sunday (April 10th and 11th) at 7:30am ET.

We hope you can tune in to hear this interesting conversation.

Couch Potatoes At Increased Risk for Premature Death

Every hour of television watched per day while being sedentary may increase the risk of dying prematurely, and particularly from cardiovascular disease.  David Dunstan, from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute (Victoria, Australia) tracked the lifestyle habits of 3,846 men and 4,954 women, ages 25 and older, and found that each hour spent age 25 and in front of the television absent of physical activity resulted in:

• an 11% increased risk of death from all causes;
• a 9% increased risk of cancer death; and
• an 18%  increased risk of cardiovascular disease-related death.

Additionally, the team warns that their findings apply to both obese and overweight people as well as people with a healthy weight because prolonged periods of sitting have an unhealthy influence on blood sugar and blood fat levels.  Writing that: “Television viewing time was associated with increased risk of all-cause and [cardiovascular disease] mortality,” the team urges that:  “ In addition to the promotion of exercise, chronic disease prevention strategies could focus on reducing sitting time, particularly prolonged television viewing.”

Source: A4M: Couch Potatoes At Increased Risk for Premature Death

Pesticide Exposure May Increase the Risk of Dementia

According to a new study completed at Duke University by Kathleen Hayden, PhD, exposure to pesticides may increase the risk of dementia by as much as 70%.

Dr. Hayden based her finding on data from the Cache County Study of Memory and Health, an ongoing study that began in 1995 and includes over 5000 subjects. The population used for this study was especially relevant because the subjects live in a rural area with lots of agriculture, including the cultivation of wheat, soybeans, apples, corn and hay. Dr. Hayden’s study assessed the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in 4012 of these subjects, all of which were free of dementia when the study began. Her analysis found consistent significant relationships between new-onset dementia and exposure to organochlorine and organophosphate pesticides. In addition, any exposure to pesticide was associated with a 56% increase in the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Is Your Tap Water Safe?

Are you confident that your drinking water is safe? Ever wonder if you should filter it?

These are vital questions that Environmentral Working Group’s (EWG) new drinking water research and searchable guide will help you answer. They are the only ones who have put together a nationwide database of drinking water test results. The information is so important — and unique — that The New York Times asked to use it in reporting its current series on what’s wrong with America’s drinking water.
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Cleaning Supplies Can Contaminate Classroom Air

Ordinary school cleaning supplies can expose children to multiple chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, and other documented health problems and to hundreds of other air contaminants that have never been tested for safety, a study by the Environmental Working Group shows. Laboratory tests done for EWG found that a typical assortment of cleaning products released 457 distinct chemicals into the air.
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