Mercury vs. BPA?

For years, the standard line of argument for mercury has been something like, “Mercury has been used for more than 150 years without any problem.” Of course, this notion has, over and again, been proven false, most recently by the FDA’s own expert panel, which has urged FDA to bar the use of mercury amalgam …

New Study Indicates Higher than Predicted Human Exposure to the Toxic Chemical BPA

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Researchers have discovered that women, female monkeys and female mice have major similarities when it comes to how bisphenol A (BPA) is metabolized, and they have renewed their call for governmental regulation when it comes to the estrogen-like chemical found in many everyday products. A study published online in the Sept. 20 …

The FDA’s Mixed Message on BPA

Late last week, the FDA finally announced that it has “some concern” about BPA. According to USA Today, Although the FDA stopped short of telling parents to change formulas or throw out old bottles, officials said they are encouraging manufacturers to stop making baby feeding products containing BPA. The agency also wants to help manufacturers …

Around the Web: Tips to De-Stress, Recharge and Treat Your Body Right

Overwhelmed? Over at HuffPo, Tara Stiles offers 10 ways of dealing with it.   Exausted? Zen Habits’ guest blogger Greg Go suggests 55 ways to get more energy.   Wanting to eat healthy but strapped for cash? Check out Diet Blog’s info on how to get five servings of fruit and veg a day for …

Biofilm-Fighting Cool Plasma and Other News of Note

Wiping Out Tooth Infections: Cool Plasma Packs Heat Against Biofilms (ScienceDaily) Though it looks like a tiny purple blowtorch, a pencil-sized plume of plasma on the tip of a small probe remains at room temperature as it swiftly dismantles tough bacterial colonies deep inside a human tooth. But it’s not another futuristic product of George …

Fast DNA Damage from Particulates and Other News of Note

  Environmental Exposure to Particulates May Damage DNA in as Few as Three Days (ScienceDaily) Exposure to particulate matter has been recognized as a contributing factor to lung cancer development for some time, but a new study indicates inhalation of certain particulates can actually cause some genes to become reprogrammed, affecting both the development and …

Drinks That Eat Your Teeth and Other News of Note

Sports Drink Consumption Can Cause Tooth Erosion, Study Finds (ScienceDaily) In a recent study, the researchers found that prolonged consumption of sports drinks may be linked to a condition known as erosive tooth wear, in which acids eat away the tooth’s smooth hard enamel coating and trickle into the bonelike material underneath, causing the tooth …

No Benefit, Some Cost to UV-Enhanced Tooth Bleaching…and Other News of Note

More recent news items we want to be sure you don’t miss… UV Light-Enhanced Tooth Bleaching Is Not Only a Con but Is Dangerous to Your Eyes and Skin (Medical News Today) The light treatment gives absolutely no benefit over bleaching without UV, and damages skin and eyes up to four times as much as …

Stressed Out Decision-Making, Vaccines and CFS, and Other News of Note

Stress Hinders Rats’ Decision-Making Abilities (Science Daily) A little bit of stress goes a long way and can have far-reaching effects. Neuroscientists from the University of Washington have found that a single exposure to uncontrollable stress impairs decision making in rats for several days, making them unable to reliably seek out the larger of two …

Health Risks from Dental Sealants

Mrs Hilksom/Flickr It’s funny what gets passed off as “preventive dentistry” for kids. Brushing, flossing, good nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits seem to be considered much too hard to instill in children. So instead, dentists turn to things like fluoride treatments, even though fluoride is a known neurotoxin, and sealants, even though they contain BPA …