The surprising way marine mammals are poisoning California Condors

Somewhere along the beautiful coast of Big Sur, a California Condor sinks its beak into the decaying flesh of a dead sea lion. It’s a gruesome sight, but it’s not unusual—even 10,000 years ago condors were feasting on the carcasses of washed-up marine mammals. The difference between then and now is that today’s deceased pinnipeds come chock-full of harmful toxins, the rotting legacy of decades of poor environmental regulations in the United States.

It’s theorized that beached mammals might have actually kept condors from going extinct at the end of the Pleistocene, when they were steadily deprived of the corpses of prehistoric land animals such as mammoths, sabercats, and giant sloths. But new research published last month in Environmental Science & Technology suggests that those marine scraps could now be putting the endangered vultures at greater risk by exposing them to an old, familiar foe for conservationists: DDT.

 A host of common chemicals endanger child brain development, report says

In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages.                                

The chemicals that are of most concern include lead and mercury; organophosphate pesticides used in agriculture and home gardens; phthalates, found in pharmaceuticals, plastics and personal care products; flame retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers; and air pollutants produced by the combustion of wood and fossil fuels, said University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Susan Schantz, one of dozens of individual signatories to the consensus statement.

Polychlorinated biphenyls, once used as coolants and lubricants in transformers and other electrical equipment, also are of concern. PCBs were banned in the U.S. in 1977, but can persist in the environment for decades, she said.

The new report, “Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopment Risks,” appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

“These chemicals are pervasive, not only in air and water, but in everyday consumer products that we use on our bodies and in our homes,” Schantz said. “Reducing exposures to toxic chemicals can be done, and is urgently needed to protect today’s and tomorrow’s children.”

Journal reference:  Environmental Health Perspectives

In addition to mercury and lead, flame retardants, air pollutants and chemicals found in many plastics, cosmetics and food containers endanger child brain health, researchers say. Credit: Julie McMahon    

Monsanto Lawsuits Pile Up as American Farmers Demand Rights

Many organic farmers want nothing to do with gene-splicing technology or genetically modified seeds; they just want to plant their crops and make a living. As a result, more and more Monsanto lawsuits are piling up as organic farmers try to distance themselves from the giant corporation.

By Wood Prairie Farm
In U.S. drinking water, many chemicals are regulated — but many aren’t
Critics fault regulators and Congress for not restricting more “emerging contaminants.”

Just because chemicals aren’t regulated doesn’t mean they are safe. One of the major public misunderstandings about water quality and contamination is that our “standards” exclude hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals. The only way chemicals are regulated is if you can prove they are harmful. In the 70’s we threw caution to the wind. Up until that time you had to prove chemicals were safe before they were allowed to come in contact with people and the environment today you have to prove they are harmful to get them regulated or banned. It’s no longer the polluters who are responsible to show what they are dumping on is safe but us who have to prove we are being harmed by their pollution. With thousands of different environmental toxins throughout our lives and the time it takes for disease to develop on our bodies based on these pollutants it’s virtually impossible to prove harm which is why so few chemicals end up on the list. This works out well for the polluters and lousy for the people and living creatures of the USA.  We are the Guinea pigs of industry. This is why there is so much confusion about places like Flint. It’s purposely confusing and finding blame or holding polluters accountable is next to impossible, not by chance but by design. Mind you, it doesn’t and should not have to be this way. The first step to creating change is awareness. I hope this brings you some awareness. Ignorance alone is the enemy. Our safety is being purposely ignored and we are purposely ignorant to the way we regulate chemicals in our country.

Poisoning The Planet. And Us. Toxic Chemicals In Childrens Clothing

Contaminating our clothes

Greenpeace East Asia went on to test children’s clothing purchased and produced in Shishi and another centre for children’s textiles, the city of Zhili in Zhejiang Province. Together, these two cities account for 40% of all the children’s clothes made in China. The testing revealed that many of the very same chemicals found in the dyeing facilities discharge wastewater were also in the clothes themselves. Greenpeace tested 85 clothing items for a range of hazardous chemicals including phthalates, antimony and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) which break down to form the toxic chemical nonlyphenol (NP). The findings revealed:

  • 26 samples tested positive for NPEs with the highest concentration reaching 1,800 mg/kg
  • Over 90% of the samples containing polyester tested positive for antimony
  • Two samples were found to contain phthalates with a concentration of above 1,000 mg/kg, the highest being 1,7000 mg/kg. It was also found in some other products, though at lower concentrations

The use of hazardous chemicals during the manufacture of children’s clothing poses a large-scale problem in China and around the world. Not only is it leading to environmental pollution locally, as seen from the discharges in Wubao, residues of these substances can also be found amongst the millions of products, sold and exported across China and to countries all over the planet from textile towns such as Shishi and Zhili. For example, 70 – 80% of products produced in Shishi are exported to countries in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and Africa.

The continued use of hazardous chemicals such as these, not just in clothes but also in children’s toys and other products, will inevitably lead to increased levels being released into the environment either at the site of production or from various other sources. This can include domestic washing machines or even from some products into the air. Given the scale of manufacture in the textile industry, the use of these chemicals, even at low levels, can lead to considerable amounts ending up in our environment, increasing children’s exposure to these hazardous substances and heightening the potential health risks they pose.

Compared to adults, children can be more sensitive to some effects of certain hazardous chemicals. Some chemicals have the ability to interfere with children’s normal hormone functions and affect the development of the reproductive system, immune system or nervous system. 

From; http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/A-Monstrous-Mess-toxic-water-pollution-in-China/

Flame retardants found to cause metabolic, liver problems, animal study shows

Chemicals used as synthetic flame retardants that are found in common household items such as couches, carpet padding, and electronics have been found to cause metabolic and liver problems that can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major cause of obesity, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.

“Being obese or overweight increases one’s risk of many diseases including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and certain cancers,” said Gale Carey, professor of nutrition and the lead researcher. 

Carey and her team of researchers found that laboratory rats exposed to polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, experienced a disruption in their metabolism that resulted in the development of metabolic obesity and enlarged livers.

“Despite the plethora of resources devoted to understanding the roles of diet and exercise in the obesity epidemic, this epidemic continues to escalate, suggesting that other environmental factors may be involved. At the biochemical level there is a growing body of experimental evidence suggesting certain environmental chemicals, or ’obesogens’, could disrupt the body’s metabolism and contribute to the obesity epidemic,” she said.

How to Open Your Third Eye

From http://www.placesoflight.com/#!How-to-Open-Your-Third-Eye/w2e1a/56a124640cf2bfd5ccebd3c2

The third eye or Ajna chakra, located in the center of the head, is responsible for psychic abilities and heightened awareness.

There are many, many ways to open your Third Eye, but here are 7 techniques I’ve found to be very effective. Good luck!

1. Decalicify Your Pineal Gland

In order to activate your Third Eye, you absolutely MUST take steps to decalcify your pineal gland. Even if you only do this one thing, your Third Eye will start to open.

The pineal gland is located in the center of the head and is responsible for awareness and psychic abilities. Ages ago it was large and soft; however in our present day & age it’s about the size of a pea and calcified due to fluoride, processed & GMO food, environmental toxins, etc etc (hence so many “sheeple”)

Many experts say our pineal glands are calcified by the age of 17, so adults must do everything we can to restore it to its natural state for more heightened awareness.

Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take, and here is an excellent link & video


Tell the EPA to Immediately Suspend Clothianidin: The Pesticide That’s Killing Bees

A study released by Europe’s leading food safety authority, EFSA, has labeled the pesticide clothianidin as an “unacceptable” danger to bees. Sign this petition to suspend the use of this dangerous pesticide.

By CREDO Action

Renal connections to the urinary system and the vessels of the hepatic parenchyma

[Remember: RenalKidney and Hepatic Liver]

The liver, like most organs, has a stroma, which is the connective tissue that provides structure, and a parenchyma, which is the functional part of the organ.

The parenchyma of the liver is highly vascularized, and hepatocytes form lobules (the filtering units) in hexagonal groups, centered around a central vein. These veins, arteries, and bile ducts (leading to and from the gall bladder -  the balloon seen in the bottom center of the image) facilitate the processing of foods and toxins from the intestines.

In general, the liver is extremely good at its job - paired with the kidneys’ ability to filter the general blood supply, we’ve evolved to process almost all environmental and ingested toxins that are presented to us in our day-to-day lives. After all, we could never have eaten raw meat and survived on dirty roots for most of our evolutionary history without that.

While some conditions, such as cirrhosis and renal failure inhibit our ability to process environmental toxins, adding “detoxification” scams to what your body has to process can actually harm, more than help. There are already established and effective medical procedures and diets for those with genuine organ troubles.

Anatome quartum renovata. Thomae Bartholini, 1684.

Raspberries might be on the pricey side in new york city, but they are so special when it comes to radiating skin inside out because they are jampacked with polyphenols, which also protect skin from environmental toxins, harsh sunburns, heal dry skin & prevent premature aging by eliminating free radicals. x bysaber

 Study showing decline in dog fertility may have human implications

Britain’s dogs are becoming less fertile. Researchers who have systematically examined canine sperm over a span of 26 years say that overall sperm quality has been in decline.

Environmental chemicals are implicated. And the study may throw light on the fertility changes in male humans.

“If you think about it, we are exposed to a cocktail. Who knows how many chemicals are out there and what they are doing? It gets even more complicated when you start to look at the effects of mixtures of chemicals,” Dr Lea said.

The study used semen samples from a monitored population of labradors, border collies, German shepherds and golden retrievers used to breed dogs intended to help the disabled. Photograph: Wayne Neal/Alamy

So glad to see I'm not crazy.

Yes, some people have actually suggested that taking a daily dose of probiotics is unnecessary and a real waste of money. My family and I know without a doubt that good gut health is basic for general good health. If we can’t digest and absorb nutrients, our entire body suffers - even our brains. We shouldn’t need supplemental probiotics, but we do. After exposing our digestive system to toxins all day, our normal flora is damaged. It needs reinforcement.
Once a day is fine most of the time. In times of stress I’d suggest two, three, or four doses every day - with clean water and on an empty stomach.


Intergenerational Environmental Racism is perpetuated when unborn babies are affected by the disproportionate imposition of environmental hazards on minority families.

Race is a better predictor for the location of hazardous waste facilities than education or income.

Race is a better predictor of dangerous exposure to air pollution than income.

Infants born to minority mothers are more likely to be exposed to harmful environmental toxins in utero.

No child deserves an increased risk of disability, asthma, and ADHD!

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Bay Area School District Is The First Ever To Serve Kids All Organic, Non-GMO Lunches

Next Shark writes:

A Bay Area school district now serves as the shining example of how to feed and educate their students by providing 100% organic and GMO-free menu items, all of which are made from scratch.

Around 500 students that attend the Bayside MLK Jr. Academy and the Willow Academy in Sausalito have been dining on organic, local and sustainably-sourced food since the beginning of the school year in August.

The Sausalito Marin City School District partnered with The Conscious Kitchen, an educational project launched by the non-profit organization Turning Green.

Turning Green founder Judi Shils praised the project:

“Students everywhere are vulnerable to pesticide residues and unsafe environmental toxins. Not only does this program far exceed USDA nutritional standards, but it ties the health of our children to the health of our planet. It’s the first program to say that fundamentally, you cannot have one without the other.”

Aside from the food, the children are also given nutrition and gardening lessons, so while they eat healthy in school, they can learn how to live eco-friendly and healthy at home too.

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You Are What You Eat, Even When You're Eating With Your Skin

Who eats anything with their skin?  I know it might sound disgusting and leave you with an uncomfortable visual, but you do in fact eat with your skin.  We all do, you aren’t alone.  I can remember my Dad telling me a story (probably to scare me) about a man who painted himself to death.  He suffocated.  And while that seems like a super stupid thing to “try”, it does prove the point that our skin is just another organ that eats and breathes.  

A lot of hype surrounds the sudden rise in Autism.  I won’t open that can of vaccinated worms in this blog, but I will say that an astounding amount of specialists are pointing fingers at environmental toxins.  Where are these evil toxins coming from, you might ask?  Pollution, plastics, toxic waste disposal, pesticides, fertilizers, crop dusting, cars, trains, etc, etc, etc!  Everywhere.  But one of the most recent articles I found on environmental toxins and children mentioned the most obvious to me:  daily hygiene products, household cleaners, and yes, vaccinations.  

When you wash your kids in parabens, nanoparticles, formaldehyde, petroleum oils, propylene glycol, dioxanes, and sulfates, they are essentially eating them.  Sound appetizing?  The saddest part of this story is that bath time is an all time favorite for parents and kids.  Unfortunately, it’s a bit unsafe (even if you are watching the whole time, and NEVER leave the bathroom for one second JUST to grab your cell phone).  Johnson’s Baby brand offers a ton of baby care products containing a lot of those chemicals.  Oddly enough, they ALSO offer a 97% natural product line, but continue to market the chemical containing line.  Marketing to the less educated population, they continue to make millions, maybe billions, on products that their own chemists have rendered unsafe.  Why would they even make a 97% natural line if the other was good for your babes hiney?  

Not sure you believe that your skin eats?  Just take the nicotine patch and the birth control patch.  They work.  And they work by the same mechanism your skin uses to eat anything - including all the yuckies listed above.  Head to the bathroom and take a look at the ingredients in your shampoo and body scrub.  If that isn’t enough to scare you, look under the sink at your cleaning supplies.  You are exposing your skin, lungs, and mucous membranes to all of those chemicals on a daily basis.  But who cares, right?

Wrong.  Chronic inflammation is a bad, bad thing.  When your body has to fight off all of those toxins, it wears it out.  You end up doing liver push-ups and that can have long term health effects, especially in children.  I never use any products that I wouldn’t eat.  Would I eat them on toast?  No.  But I am fully aware that one way or another, I am eating them.  My liver has to metabolize them and I have to rid them at some point.  If I were you, I’d stick to words you can pronounce, like COCONUT OIL and APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.  

Coconut oil is the best lotion I have ever used.  Ingredients:  Coconut oil.  Apple cider vinegar is the BEST household cleaner for all surfaces (besides leather, come on!)  Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar.  Are you seeing a trend yet? 

US toxic-substances reform moves forward

The US Congress appears set to boost the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate thousands of chemicals used in everything from dishwashing soap to sofas. On 17 December, the Senate passed an update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — a 1976 law that gives the EPA authority to regulate chemicals used in consumer goods and industry.

It marks the Senate’s first substantial update to a law that many say was never effective. But environmental and public-health advocates are split on whether to support the Senate revision or similar legislation passed by the House of Representatives in June. With the passage by the Senate, the two houses of Congress will now attempt to resolve their differences before voting on a single bill and sending it to the president.

Toxic materials will receive more scrutiny under reforms that are moving through the US Congress. Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post/Getty

BPA exposure during pregnancy causes oxidative stress in child, mother

Exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy can cause oxidative damage that may put the baby at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease later in life, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology.

Bisphenol A is a chemical used to manufacture plastics and epoxy resins. BPA is found in a variety of consumer products, including plastic bottles, food cans and cash register receipts.

Research has shown BPA is an endocrine disruptor – a chemical that mimics, blocks or interferes with the body’s hormones. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that more than 96 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies.

Oxidative stress occurs when the body is exposed to high levels of free radicals – highly reactive chemicals that have the potential to harm cells when the body processes oxygen – and the body cannot neutralize the chemicals quickly enough to correct the imbalance. Some environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke, ionizing radiation or some metals may contain large amounts of free radicals or encourage the body to produce more of them, according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

“This study provides the first evidence that BPA exposure during pregnancy can induce a specific type of oxidative stress known as nitrosative stress in both the mother and offspring,” said the senior author, Vasantha Padmanabhan, MS, PhD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. “Oxidative stress is associated with insulin resistance and inflammation, which are risk factors for diabetes and other metabolic disorders as well as cardiovascular disease.”

Almudena Veiga-Lopez, Subramaniam Pennathur, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Heather B. Patisaul, Dana C. Dolinoy, Lixia Zeng, Vasantha Padmanabhan. Impact of Gestational Bisphenol A on Oxidative Stress and Free Fatty Acids: Human Association and Interspecies Animal Testing Studies. Endocrinology, 2015; en.2014-1863 DOI: 10.1210/en.2014-1863

Do Your Shoes Leave a Carbon Footprint?

By Robyn Griggs Lawrence

When you lace up your shoes to go for a jog, you might not be thinking about their effect on the environment. But if those kicks are labeled Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Clarks or Timberland, chances are they’re contributing to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.