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Lessons Learned: Looking Back to Go Forward

#30: Green Chemistry: For Our Children's Future

Every day we use or come in contact with a vast array of synthetic chemicals. Approximately 3000 chemicals are manufactured in  amounts of over 1 million pounds per year. We know from experience that many of these chemicals are hazardous to life and do not degrade. Such chemicals are classified as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT). Landfills and hazardous waste sites accumulate chemicals and products containing a mixture of chemicals, and chemicals are also released into the environment at various stages of their life cycle (production, distribution, and use). For example, research in 2014 has found that toxic flame retardants (Tris and PBDEs) used in furniture contaminates house dust, which then finds its way into rivers and other waterways via the household laundering of clothing containing the dust. (The sewage treatment process does not remove the flame retardants.) The flame retardants are then taken up by organisms and work their way up the food chain, accumulating in large animals such as raptors and marine mammals, as well as humans.

Green chemistry is a new approach that offers a more sustainable path in the use of chemicals and product development.

"Green chemistry is the utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products."

 - Paul T. Anastas and John C. Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press: New York, 1998)

"Green chemistry consists of chemicals and chemical processes designed to reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts. The use and production of these chemicals may involve reduced waste products, non-toxic components, and improved efficiency."

- Environmental Protection Agency: Introduction to the Concept Of Green Chemistry

To ensure a sustainable future for our children we must embrace a new approach to the manufacture and use of chemicals and natural resources; our children’s health and the health of their environment should not be compromised for the sake of the indiscriminate production and use of synthetic compounds not known to be safe. Our children’s future depends on it.

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Facts on Crumb Rubber 


 
We are excited to announce FactsonCrumbRubber.org, our new page on crumb rubber, the controversial material used as infill in artificial turf fields. Content includes ingredient information, exposure routes, health hazards, overviews of scientific studies, position statements, alternative materials, and more! Warm thanks to Laura Johnson of the Washington Alliance for Non-toxic Play and Athletic Fields for authoring this page. Visit the page here!

 

Milestones of Toxicology Poster Translated into Amharic!


The Milestones of Toxicology poster has been translated into Amharic by Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, Ph.D., Epidemiology, Univeristy of Washington. To open or download the Amharic Milestone poster click here!

 

Help Us Translate A Small Dose of Toxicology into Arabic!

Following the success of the 2nd edition of Steven Gilbert's A Small Dose of Toxicology, we are raising funds to produce an Arabic version! A Small Dose of Toxicology clearly presents the scientific basis around the adverse health effects of chemical exposures on humans and the environment. Our goal is to facilitate a basic understanding of the principles of toxicology in the Arab world and to help improve human health and well-being. Like the English edition, the Arabic edition will be made available as a free e-book.

Our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has ended, but you can still donate through our website via PayPal!

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A Small Dose of Toxicology Available in Chinese!

《生活中的毒理学》重点介绍了生活和工作中常见的化学物质,如酒精、咖啡因、尼古丁、杀虫剂、铅、汞、砷、金属、溶剂、持久性污染物、内分泌干扰 剂、动物 与植物毒素、家中的有毒化学物质以及辐射、纳米材料、空气污染对健康的影响。涵盖了有毒物质引发的不良反应、生物学特性(毒性作用)和易感人群以及与之相 关的监管标准、使用与接触这些物质的一些具体建议。特别介绍了化学品对神经系统、孕产与发育的毒性作用,以及癌症发生与化学品接触的关系。还生动地介绍了 毒理学基本原理、对化学品进行风险评估与管理的方法与原则、毒理学本身的历史起源与发展、毒理学涉及的伦理、法律与社会问题,以及每个人在日常生活中可能 遇到的毒理学问题,列出了可供深入学习与研究的网站与参考书。


The Chinese edition of A Small Dose of Toxicology: The Health Effects of Common Chemicals, by Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, was published by Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers in December, 2013! This edition was translated by a team of Chinese toxicologists led by Drs. Zhijun Zhou, Xinsheng Gu, Jianghong Liu, et al. according to the revised and expanded second English edition. Chinese translations of the popular Milestones of Toxicology poster are also available. For more information on the book and the posters, visit www.chinesesmalldose.org! To download your free copy of the 2nd edition in English, visit www.healthyworldpress.org!

New Resource: A Story of Health

Case-based learning has long been used in medical education. A Story of Health is an eBook that grounds the science of health in stories of fictional people, their families, and communities to enable readers to explore the risk factors for disease as well as how to prevent disease and promote health and resilience. Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, the book explores how multiple environments influence our health across the lifespan.

The stories are accessible to an educated lay audience with more technical sections for scientists and medical professionals who can access free continuing education credits through the eBook. A Story of Health was developed by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE); the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU); the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA (OEHHA); and the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).

"Scientists must make both science education and community outreach a much more central part of the scientific culture."

-Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-chief, Science magazine (Dec 3, 2010 editorial)