3 comments to “The Toxic Chemical Whack-a-Mole Game”

  1. John McPhee

    Wonderful article, and great news about the potential shift in regulatory approach to banning entire categories of chemicals. Of course, the industry much prefers the single chemical ban approach so they can quickly replace one ingredient with another, reintroduce to the retail market, and wait another decade before the next ingredient is banned. With 3,000 unregulated chemicals utilized in makeup products alone, the single chemical ban approach allows the industry to basically never lose income nor market share. Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group at http://www.ewg.org is rating all of these products for toxicity, and some 500 personal care products sold in the US are already banned in Europe because of toxic ingredients. Consequently, this website is a real eye opener for the American public, who generally assume that anything readily sold in the US has already been deemed “safe” by the regulators, which is, of course, entirely a myth. The same is true for all technology products as well, as only the FCC is allowed to regulate cell phones, modems, cell towers, antennas and other wireless products, but they have NO capacity for the safety evaluation of radiation emissions, either in the lab or the field, nor have they updated safety regulations since 1995, prior to the introduction of 99% of all technology products now available. So all Americans should regularly visit http://www.ewg.org before they buy any personal care product, and http://www.ehtrust.org before they buy any technology. The great people who manage both websites provide Americans with the truth for FREE!

  2. Marcia Peters

    You never gave Arlene’s cat’s diagnosis. I’m sure it was hyperthyroidism, very common in cats since the 1970s. More readers would relate seeing that, because many of them are giving their cats methimazole or even paying $1000-2000 for radioactive iodine treatment. The theory is that flame retardants settle down to the floor, where cats live, and are endocrine disrupters.

    What I don’t understand is that humans, mostly females, me and HRC included, become hypothyroid, whereas cats in the same environment become hyper.

    At any rate, categorical banning sounds wonderful.

  3. Mervyn Vogt

    An excellent article and I can only hope that you succeed. In Austrlia at the turn of the new century I took a case in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission against Organo-phosphates in computer monitors being used in computer monitors, All organophosphates are neurotoxins, They attack the the nervous system in humans and most living things, They are used as a fire retardant in a hige range of furniture products. The heat from a haman body is enough to gause them to emit into the air around you. I got changes made in our workplace conditions however through a technicality of changing the locality of our workplace which solved our local problem I could not take it further,
    In thesame family ar is tricrysal Phosphate in insecticides and aircraft oils whiich can emit into aircraft cabins, and could explain som air crash mysteries.

    Mervyn K Vogt

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