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Are you poisoning yourself again?

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

dangerDue to the overwhelming success of last years 2008 'Are you poisoning yourself?' seminar, Griffith University EcoCentre repeated the event in May 2009. The following presentations provide information about the potentially dangerous toxins we expose ourselves to everyday. These toxins are easily avoidable when you know what to look for.

The EcoCentre has published the presentations on its website and they can be accessed from this page.
Lisa Malcolm is an environmental scientist at the EcoCentre. Lisa's presentation1 will assist you to create a healthier home by making informed choices on cleaning products and safer use of plastics.
Narelle Chenery, back by popular demand, is a world wide educator and activist. She revolutionsed the beauty industry by creating the world's first certified organic skin and personal care range. Narelle's presentation2 outlines the hidden dangers of the cosmetic industry.
Dr Greg Emerson is the founder and Medical Director of the Emerson Health and Wellness Centre and co-director of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine QLD. Dr Emerson's presentation3 demonstrates the body's intrinsic ability to heal itself if the underlying cause of the illness (which can include environmental toxins) is removed.


Kidney Foundation officially withdraws fluoridation support

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Fluoridation of our drinking water is a contentious issue around the world and in now Queenslanders are faced with this dilemna. Unfortunately residents were not consulted on this recent decision. Although many people may be quite happy to drink fluoridated water others are not as they have genuine concerns about the potential health risks imposed by water fluoridation.

Australia's National Toxics Network reports that a new position paper from the US National Kidney Foundation concludes that individuals with chronic kidney disease should be notified of the potential risk from exposure to fluorides. The document acknowledges gaping holes in research concerning kidney impacts from fluorides, and thus further undermines the myth that fluoridation has been proven safe for everyone. In addition to advising that kidney patients be notified of their vulnerability to fluoride, the Kidney Foundation officially withdrew from the American Dental Association's list of organizations which support fluoridation.

To read more about this development, and to watch a FAN video discussing the issue visit Fluoride Action Network. Daniel Stockin is a career public health professional now at The Lillie Center, Inc, a Georgia-based public health training firm that is working to end water fluoridation. Email: stockin2[at]yahoo.com



Perils of the New Pesticides: Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

A groundbreaking review of 10 years' worth of adverse-reaction reports filed with  American Environmental Protection Agency by pesticide manufacturers, which found that pyrethrins and pyrethroids - used in thousands of supposedly "safer" pesticides - accounted for more than 26 percent of all fatal, "major," and "moderate" human incidents reported to the EPA in 2007. Based on information from the previously unreleased EPA pesticide incident-reporting system, this investigation spurred the director of the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs to announce the agency would begin a broad study of the human health effects of pyrethrins and pyrethroids.

Pyrethrins, extracted from the chrysanthemum plant, and their synthetic relatives, pyrethroids, have exploded in popularity over the last decade. They are now used in thousands of consumer products. These chemicals are found in bug-repellant clothing, flea collars, automatic misting devices, lawn-care products, and carpet sprays. Safe' Pesticides Now First in Poisonings will rekindle the debate about the safety of modern pesticide use.

The Center for Public Integrity is dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern in the USA and around the world. The Center's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is a collaboration of some of the world's leading investigative reporters. ICIJ extends globally the Center's style of watchdog journalism, working with 100 reporters in 50 countries to produce long-term, transnational projects.

Will our own and global governments increase regulations and ban all those chemicals where adverse reactions occur? What risks of exposure are acceptable? How safe is it to hug your dog wearing flea collars or after being rinsed with insecticde? Some thoughts here.





Last Updated on 12 March 2012

poison_sm.gifWhy is our country proposing to export 6,000 of the 22,000 tonnes of hazardous hexachlorobenzene (HCB) waste for incineration to the Nyborg Incinerator in Denmark?

As a developed country and a signatory to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes & their Disposal (1989), doesn't Australia have a moral and a legal obligation to develop the capacity to manage its own toxic waste as it has done in the past?

We cannot understand why Hon. Peter Garrett AM, MP Minister for the Environment would approve a permit to send the toxic waste on such a dangerous and potentially disastrous journey across the oceans to be disposed of in Denmark, or any other country.


Aerial spraying rules in Tasmania open for public comment

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

abc_hel_r247971_1015584.jpgABC online news provides coverage of the issues surrounding use of agricultural chemicals across Australia. Our local area is not alone with these concerns. The Tasmanian forestry industry has described proposed changes to chemical spray regulations as a knee-jerk reaction to please a vocal minority. Buffer areas and prior notification, no go zones near schools homes and workplaces may become mandatory. Time to comment has been extended to end July 2008. Read more here. Image from ABC TV file photo.


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