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Petrochemicals – what are they, and why are they a problem for our health? 

Thousands of chemicals are manufactured from fossil fuels including oil, gas, and coal. It’s estimated that there are 350,000 petrochemicals are in use across the world as production levels have grown dramatically since the 1950’s. Petrochemicals are used in the manufacture of thousands of everyday products, from cars to carpets, plastics, cosmetics, toiletries and fragrances, … Continued

Men can pass on effects of pollutant exposure to future generations

New research at the University of Stockholm has identified potential links between paternal exposure to environmental pollutants and subsequent adverse health effects in future generations. In this longitudinal study, researchers were able to link exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals as far back as grandfathers that might have an effect on later generations of children.     … Continued

Bob Woods MBE gives a personal commentary on rising cancer rates

So many people will have sympathy for King Charles’ cancer diagnosis as we would sympathise for any of our own family, friends, and colleagues who contract this awful condition.    In 1950, fewer than 4 males per 100,000 would die from cancer but in 2005 it exceeded 15 per 100,000 a fourfold increase despite vast … Continued

Should we be concerned about chemical ingredients in fragrances?

Fragrance is a feel good Christmas gift many of us enjoy – we spend more than £1bn on fragrance in the UK each year! Whilst fragrance can be a good mood boost, should we be concerned about any of the chemical ingredients used in our fragrances?   Ingredients such as phthalates and parabens are widely … Continued

Go organic for breakfast

Breakfast is aruably the most important meal of the day, supplying nutrition to replenish our body after a night’s sleep when key metabolic functions are carried out. So, what we put into our bodies at the start of our day is important.    Cereals and toast are popular, convenient choices for breakfast, but choosing the healthiest option … Continued

Wet weather clothes

Keeping dry when the weather is wet and raining is a centuries old problem. As the weather turns we’re reaching for outer layers that provide protection from wind and rain, but how are our clothes made waterproof?  PFAS in waterproof clothing  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of chemicals first used for … Continued

A book about glyphosate

In this post we’re trying something a bit different by offering a review of a book about glyphosate – the world’s most widely used herbicide.   Toxic Legacy – How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment is written by Stephanie Seneff PhD and brings together all the latest research that focuses on … Continued

Sunscreen – mineral or chemical?

Staying safe in the sun is fundamental to our health, especially during the summer months when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. As you reach for the sunscreen, you may wish to consider what ingredients are being used. There are two main types of sunscreens to choose from, mineral and chemical based.  Mineral based sunscreens  … Continued

A day to celebrate tea 

Tea is the most popular drink in the world after water, and in the UK, we drink 165 million cups a day! That’s 60 billion cups a year. It helps to wake us up and provides a moment in the day to pop the kettle on and take a break.     Friday 21 April is National … Continued

One in six could face infertility 

One in six people may experience infertility at some stage in their lifetime. This is the startling estimate for 2022 from the World Health Organization (WHO) who have just published their global Infertility prevalence estimates 1990-2021.    Drawing from more than 12,000 studies, and using data drawn from 133 eligible studies, 91 data points were … Continued

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