Search Results for 'EWG'

  • Today Is “Don’t Fry Day”

    As the last weekday before the Memorial Day holiday, The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention dubbed today “Don’t Fry Day” to raise awareness for sun safety and encourage everyone to protect their skin. It’s a fitting holiday, since an estimated 5.6 million Americans will confront skin cancer in 2017. Unfortunately, the “all natural” movement […]

  • Are Your Fruits and Veggies Really Covered in Pesticides?

    If stories about pesticides in your food seem to be popping up left and right, it’s likely because activists with the Environmental Working Group just released this year’s “Dirty Dozen” list. The annual guide identifies which fruits and vegetables are the biggest danger to your health. Its reasoning? Pesticides. The thought of strawberries and spinach poisoning well-meaning […]

  • No, There Aren’t Toxic Amounts of Lead in Lipstick

    According to the Environmental Working Group, those scoundrels at the FDA are allowing toxic amounts of lead to poison lipstick lovers nationwide! Not so fast. After all, “according to EWG…” is not the same things as “it’s true that…” Last year, the FDA issued guidelines detailing how much lead is safe in lipsticks and other cosmetics. The […]

  • Throwback: Before Sanitation

    We debunked the new EWG report yesterday on how chemicals are found in our bodies. It relied on scare tactics and shoddy science. But it also appealed to an implicit conviction: that manmade chemicals are everywhere and they’re bad for us. Of course chemicals are everywhere. But this isn’t inherently bad. In fact, it’s often a good thing, and denying […]

  • National Academy of Sciences Mows Down GMO Scaremongering

    Yesterday, the National Academy of Sciences released its long awaited report on genetically engineered foods. The conclusion of primary interest of the 420-page tome was to be expected based on the weight of scientific evidence: Genetically engineered foods are just as safe as non-genetically engineered foods. However, the Internet conspiracy theorists who malign GMOs haven’t […]

  • Your Produce Isn’t Covered in Pesticides

    Every year, the activists with the Environmental Working Group put out their “Dirty Dozen” list of produce most covered in pesticides and “Shoppers’ Guide” to avoiding pesticides in food. The list certainly sounds scary, and it generates a host of alarming headlines. But the good news is it doesn’t take much effort to expose the […]

  • How Much is Too Much Fish for Pregnant Women?

    By now, most people know that eating fish during pregnancy is an important way for women to consume enough Omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy pregnancy. Since some types of fish contain high levels of mercury, which can counteract the health benefits of omega-3s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency’s draft […]

  • For a Healthier 2016, Ignore the Fanatics and Keep it Simple

    In an op-ed for the Tampa Tribune, Dr. Joseph Perrone explains eating organic or avoiding BPA isn’t the secret to losing weight. Instead of obsessing about GMOs or “natural” ingredients, focus on eating a healthy, varied diet and adding more exercise into your routine. You can read the piece on the Tampa Tribune’s website or […]

  • Should You Say ‘No’ to Paper Receipts?

    By now, most consumers are used to seeing plastic water bottles and food containers marketed as “BPA-free” even though major government agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) insist BPA poses no risk to consumers of any age. But BPA is used in more than just food […]

  • Is Painting Your Nails Harming Your Health?

    Earlier this week, the Environmental Working Group (an environmental activist group known for dubious science) released a new study with Duke University researchers that examined women’s levels of triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), a chemical sometimes used in nail polish. The researchers told the media women who painted their nails had “substantially higher” levels of TPHP than […]