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Nena Baker

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Being Clean and Pretty Has Toxic Costs

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 12:52 PM

This morning I relied on a dozen grooming and beauty products to help me face the day.

I used soap, shampoo and conditioner in the shower, and gel and mousse when I dried my hair. I slathered on moisturizer and dabbed my face with sunscreen. I applied foundation, blush and...
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Why Persistence Matters: The Case for Restricting PBT Chemicals

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 1:52 PM

Persistence is a great trait if you're job hunting, learning to play the piano or potty training your child. But when it comes to toxic chemicals, persistence is a characteristic that spells trouble for people, animals and the environment.

Congress, as it sets about updating and reforming the

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Why I'll Swig From My Sigg No More

(85) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 5:27 PM

After I finished my talk about the hazards of bisphenol A at Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon last week, I immediately reached beneath the podium and took a swig from my reusable Sigg water bottle.

The polite applause subsided, and one of the first to ask...

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Chemicals and the World's Expanding Waistline

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 11:58 AM

A human body, when taking in more calories than it expends, makes fat faster than you can say couch potato.

But a growing stack of laboratory research suggests that some of the chemicals used in everyday items predispose an individual to the battle of the bulge, despite normal diet and...

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How Eden Foods Pioneered BPA-free Cans

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 12:03 PM

No one is more pleased to see the hazards of bisphenol A in the spotlight than Mike Potter, father of six, grandfather of four, and founder and president of Eden Foods. His company began using BPA-free cans in 1999, after two years of frustrating negotiations with his can...

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Biomonitoring: Essential for Protecting Public Health

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 2:17 PM

The mass spectrometers needed to measure traces of chemicals and their byproducts in human samples of blood and urine are big beige machines that, to the untrained eye, look like something you might find at your neighborhood photocopy store.

Commanded by researchers and technicians in clean suits seated at computer...

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Bisphenol A: The Goods on a Bad Plastic

(15) Comments | Posted June 4, 2009 | 12:35 PM

The leaked minutes from industry's bisphenol A strategy session in Washington D.C. last week tell a sad and scary tale of desperation.

Never mind that the estrogen-mimicking chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is on the ropes in Congress, in state legislatures and in the consciousness of worried consumers because...

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Keep the Gifts Under the Tree Toxics-Free

(14) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 2:45 PM

Just because Congress banned a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals from children's toys doesn't mean Santa's helpers can rest easy this holiday season.

The advocacy group U.S. PIRG warns in its 23rd annual "Trouble in Toyland" report that playthings made from the most toxic forms of gender-bending...

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How Sarah Palin Changed My Life

(18) Comments | Posted November 20, 2008 | 4:06 PM

In the weeks since Gov. Sarah Palin pushed through that vice-presidential nominee door crack, I have not found a single issue over which she and I might agree. I am a pro-choice, anti-war, wealth-spreading liberal with some very good friends who happen to have chosen the straight lifestyle. I favor...

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