Health & Toxics

Posted on November 05, 2014

Most people are unaware of how widespread triclosan and triclocarban chemicals are in their daily lives. Many products labelled as “antibacterial,” “fights odours” or “kills germs” may contain triclosan or triclocarban. In fact by 2001, 76% of commercial liquid hand soaps in the US contained triclosan and a wide variety of cosmetics, drugs, clothes, school products, and kitchenware also now contain this antibacterial chemical.

Posted on August 29, 2014

Lab ratFor Vancouver Island opponents of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and genetic-engineering (GE), Robert Wager has become a familiar figure. In March, Mr.

Posted on August 28, 2014

Bee on clover flower.Scientists have linked both the collapse of bee populations and the stunning decline in bird and bat numbers to a new generation of insecticides called neonicotinoids. It gets worse: these widely-used nerve poisons are also considered the main cause of a general collapse of insect life since the mid 1990s. Bug-spattered windshields have become rare where they were once common in North America and Europe.

Posted on April 12, 2014

Residues of the antimicrobial agent triclosan can paradoxically boost bacterial growth in our bodies, by giving microbes a comfortable biofilm in which to rest.

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Posted on March 15, 2014
The Fluoride Action Network is excited to announce the launch of the FAN Study Tracker, the most up-to-date and comprehensive source for fluoride health research, including studies investigating how fluoride affects the brain (e.g., IQ scores), the bones/joints (e.g., arthritis), the cardiovascular system, the kidneys, and the thyroid gland.
Posted on March 11, 2014

The Electromagnetic SpectrumIn December, I had the loan of the “Gamma-Scout” Geiger counter from the Watershed Sentinel/BC Environmental Network and conducted a casual survey of various locations on Cortes Island in northern Georgia Strait, BC.

Posted on January 23, 2014

Shawnigan Lake, BC January 22, 2014:  
As part of our public information campaign to stop South Island Aggregates (SIA) aka Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) establishing a contaminated soil dump in the basin of the Shawnigan watershed, the SRA is using a billboard to raise awareness of the permit that will negatively impact the health, economy and well-being of the people of Shawnigan Lake by jeopardizing the drinking water used by over 12,000 people.

Through a generous donation from a local Shawnigan business the billboard is being utilized to help get the message out to the people of Capital Regional District.  It is located facing southbound traffic into Victoria greeting residents, ferry and airport traffic.

"This is not merely a Shawnigan issue, the permit if not overturned is a landmark decision which will place other communities and their drinking water supplies at risk. If it can happen in Shawnigan Lake it can happen in your back yard too. The SIA soil dump is only 2.2km from the Capital Regional District's watershed boundary.  We need people to be aware that a contaminated soil dump that has the potential to leach toxins into our drinking water supply is unacceptable and must be stopped" stated Calvin Cook SRA Vice President.

Posted on February 20, 2013

Habanero pepper and prostrate cancerWhen Ed Wolf was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, he was determined to seek alternate treatment, which led him to the discovery of the cancer killing properties in habanero peppers.

Posted on October 17, 2012

There's a good chance you're cleaning your hair with an APE—an AlkylPhenol Ethoxylate—and it may not be as biodegradable as you think it is.

We all try to be careful about pouring hazardous waste down sinks, toilets and storm drains. But we may not be quite as vigilant about the contents of our bath or shower water.

Posted on October 15, 2012

Let Them Eat Plastic

Although it's been an issue of concern for many years in the scientific community, the mainstream media is only just catching up with the fact that plastics and food may not mix.

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