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What are chemical free period products?

Period products are a necessity for women and girls. But they’ve come under scrutiny recently as researchers investigate what’s in them, and whether there might be any effects on female health from the chemical substances used in them.   Are there any health risks?  Period products come into direct into skin contact, so any chemical … Continued

Glyphosate links with cancer

Glyphosate has been at the centre hundreds of legal cases in the US brought against manufacturers by employees experiencing ill health because of occupational exposure. Last week a settlement of $2.25bn was made to John McKivision in a domestic case. He successfully claimed against Bayer for causing his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, stating it was the result … Continued

Microplastics in water

Microplastic levels water in plastic bottles are up to 100 times higher than previously thought. That’s the startling conclusion reached by scientists at Columbia and Rutgers universities. One quarter of a million tiny microplastic particles known as nanoparticles were detected in an average 1L bottle of water. Previous studies have detected microplastics in bottled water, but … Continued

Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin

We’ve not had a lot of sunshine lately, so this week’s sunny days are a welcome change. Throughout January the days start to get a little longer (more 40 extra minutes a day by the end of the month, we’re counting!) so it’s great to spend time outside again. Sunshine on our skin helps our … Continued

Can your guts make you happy?

It’s well known that the health of our guts, or microbiome, can significantly affect our overall health. The microbiome is made up of many trillions of bacteria, microbes, and viruses that live in our large intestine. A healthy microbiome can help us maintain healthy organs and bodily functions, but a relatively new microbiome group, known as psychobiotics … 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

The link between breast cancer and endocrine disruptors

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which aims to bring information and support to anyone concerned about or affected by breast cancer. Lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise have proven links with breast cancer risk, but other factors are becoming better understood, such as the role of chemical exposures in raising the risk.    The … Continued

Go organic in September

As the season changes, this month sees the return of Organic September, an initiative led by the Soil Association to work with everyone to transform the way we eat, farm and care for our natural world. Their website states that ‘If the whole of Europe switched to an organic or agroecological food and farming system, we … Continued

Microplastics in washing

Wastewater from laundry is a major contributor to microplastics in our waterways and oceans. It’s estimated that around a third of microplastic pollution arises from microfibres released when we wash our clothes and household textiles. All fabrics break down and release microfibres during washing into microscopic strands less than 5mm in length and 1/1000mm in diameter – … 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

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