Author: Sam Epstein

The Danger of Toxic Consumer Products, Fragrances

Perfumes and fragrances are the single largest category of cosmetic and personal care products, especially hair, facial, and eye. These products represent nearly 50 percent of all prestige beauty dollars now spent in the US Fragrances are also extensively used in a wide range of everyday household cleaning products.

Exposure to toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products is predominantly through the skin. In contrast, exposure to toxic ingredients in household cleaning products is predominantly through inhalation.

How to Sunbathe Safely

You have all heard — and probably warned your children — what will happen if they don’t use sunscreens. Not only will they get sunburned, their skin will get wrinkled and aged prematurely. But what if you were warned that the dangers of sunscreens to health, besides the environment, outweigh their proclaimed benefits? Your first… Read more »

Nuke Accident Would Dwarf Oil Spill

Bob Herbert’s New York Times column rightly states that the harm from a meltdown at a nuclear power plant “would make the Deepwater Horizon disaster look like a walk in the park.” Herbert also warns that systems needed to prevent a meltdown are not well developed. “Right now, we’re not ready,” he says. The damage… Read more »

The American Cancer Society Trivializes Cancer Risks: Blatant Conflicts of Interest

The May 6 report by the President’s Cancer Panel is well-documented. It warns of scientific evidence on avoidable causes of cancer from exposure to carcinogens in air, water, consumer products, and the workplace. It also warns of hormonal risks from exposure to Bisphenol-A (BPA) and other toxic plastic contaminants. Concerns on avoidable causes of cancer… Read more »

The American Cancer Society Trivializes Cancer Risks: Blatant Conflicts Of Interest

The May 6 report by the President’s Cancer Panel is well-documented. It warns of scientific evidence on avoidable causes of cancer from exposure to carcinogens in air, water, consumer products, and the workplace. It also warns of hormonal risks from exposure to Bisphenol-A (BPA) and other toxic plastic contaminants. Concerns on avoidable causes of cancer… Read more »

Personal Care Products Pose Unrecognized Toxic Risks To Children

Here is an excellent article written by Professor Samuel Epstein and Ronnie Cummins. Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. is professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health; Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition; The Albert Schweitzer Golden Grand Medalist for International Contributions to Cancer Prevention; and… Read more »