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Reopening Schools Safely During COVID-19

Obviously education is looking different due to COVID-19. While some will continue to learn virtually, just as they ended the previous school year, others will be making the adjustment to in-person learning--with procedures in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Health and safety continue to be at the forefront of discussions for those who will be physically going back to school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations have published guides to help ease the minds of parents, students, and teachers. For some, in-person learning might require the use of face masks, increased hand washing or hand...

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New poll: Americans choose politics over science when it comes to vaccine

While some eagerly wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, hoping it will be the solution to get life back to normal, new polling shows many Americans will forgo the vaccine once it’s available. While a vaccine isn’t expected until 2021, many companies are working tirelessly—with some entering the final phases of testing. Unfortunately, political influence continues to drum up fear and conspiracy theories surrounding this vaccine. A NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist survey of Americans reported 35 percent of respondents would not take the vaccine. Among those who are against a coronavirus vaccine, 44 percent who identify as Republican said they would not be vaccinated,...

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One Organization is Denying Countless Patients Equal Access to Health Care

If you’ve ever taken prescription medication or participated in a medical treatment plan, chances are your health care has been impacted by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). But as Susan Peschin from the Alliance for Aging Research noted shortly after the onset of the coronavirus, it might not have been to your benefit. While the virus may have opened our eyes to the horrors of health care rationing, ICER has still not been held accountable for promoting a system that would have similarly harmful effects. ICER is best known for the cost analysis reports it creates for health insurance...

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Research Suggests Food Additive May Cause Diabetes. Should You Be Worried?

Earlier this week, a new study suggested that titanium dioxide (the naturally occurring white pigment commonly used in milk and candy) contributes to type 2 diabetes. The University of Texas at Austin study (which was technically a pilot study) found titanium dioxide particles in pancreas tissues from type 2 diabetics, but found none in samples from healthy individuals. Lead author Adam Heller even went so far as to say, "Our initial findings raise the possibility that Type 2 diabetes could be a chronic crystal-associated inflammatory disease of the pancreas, similar to chronic crystal-caused inflammatory diseases of the lung such as silicosis and asbestosis.” So sunscreen and...

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3 Reasons Why the EPA’s Transparency Rule WON’T Destroy Science As We Know It 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it plans to limit which scientific studies it uses to create regulations so that only reports with publicly available data are considered. The big question is whether the EPA’s new rule will be so strict that it eliminates good research from consideration. Because of this concern, most news coverage and commentary around the change casts it in a negative light. But there are two sides to this story. Here are 3 reasons why the EPA’s new transparency rule won't destroy science as we know it: The EPA already requires its own researchers to make their data...

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A Warning on the “Tide POD Challenge”

People of all ages and backgrounds have been swept into a frenzy over the “Tide POD Challenge.” Often described as “looking almost like candy,” these packets of highly concentrated cleaning product can cause severe reactions almost immediately, and can even be fatal if steps aren’t taken quickly to purge the product from a participant’s body. In fact, according to Dr. John Hilmi, “As it goes down the esophagus … it will eat away at the tissue in the esophagus and in the airway, as well and it will actually liquify [sic] it." Just biting a pod and ingesting a small amount of the product can...

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Adam Ruins Everything Tackles “Toxins”

The comedian Adam Conover and his show “Adam Ruins Everything” recently tackled the slew of pseudo-scientific industries purporting to help people rid their body of “toxins.” [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUKJTbOD-pc[/embed] “The fact is, toxins aren’t even a special type of chemical. It’s just become a trendy buzzword. The truth is that anything can be toxic if you ingest too much of it. Eat too much Vitamin C? That’s a toxin. Overdose on fiber? That’s a toxin.” Right on, Adam. As we like to say, it’s the dose that makes the poison.

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Raw Water? More Like Raw Sewage.

Without exaggeration, the United Nations calls clean water the “core of sustainable development,” and “critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems, and for human survival itself.” Safe drinking water is the hallmark of a healthy society, which is why it’s so befuddling that “raw water” has become the most recent natural health craze. The phrase “raw water” may first inspire images of clean water untreated with fluoride (which is added to improve dental health, much to the anxiety of conspiracy theorists) or chloramines (which prevent waterborne diseases). But the emphasis here falls on “untreated.” That is, water which...

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Which Retailers Fail on Toxic Chemicals?

Earlier this week, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families released a report card from its Mind the Store campaign grading Amazon, Apple, and 28 other major retailers on toxic chemicals in their products. But as far as we’re concerned, the project gets an F in scientific evidence. The entire premise of the retailer ranking is to evaluate stores for avoiding chemicals of high concern. Perhaps they looked at whether a store sells a product like hydrogen peroxide. After all, although the solution can safely prevent infections on minor cuts and scrapes, ingesting hydrogen peroxide can cause vomiting, gas bubbles in the blood, fluid accumulation in the lungs, unconsciousness, and respiratory...

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Dr. Dourson is a Seasoned Toxicologist. Why Don’t Environmental Groups Support His EPA Nomination?

Major media coverage of President Trump’s nominations to the Environmental Protection Agency is enough to make any professional scientist’s head spin. The New York Times last month criticized Dr. Nancy Beck, nominated as a senior EPA administrator, for having a different professional opinion from some of her peers at the EPA. NBC News recently called Dr. Michael Dourson, nominated to head the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, a “Toxic Chemical Swamp Creature.” The news stories appear to be taking their cues from radical environmental groups, like EWG and NRDC, which are solidly in the “all chemicals are bad under every...

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