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Vaccines save lives

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
I wondered what ever happened to Trump’s so-called Commission on Vaccine Safety proposed last year around this time. Fortunately the commission which seemed geared up to call vaccine safety into question (headed as it would have been by vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr, seems to have stalled…

Here’s to a less toxic 2018, despite…

I had contemplated making a top ten list of 2017’s most toxic hits. But that would be depressing. This is just one year…or four. We won’t know just how far this administration can turn back the toxics protection clock, but for almost fifty or so years despite our constant worry about eating conventional berries or […]

Not so Toxic Textiles Tuesday

Happy Holiday Season! While shopping in our small but struggling to reemerge old mill town, I was happy to support a new local clothing store. Happy enough to drop more than I usually would on leggings and a flannel tunic – but it was local! The leggings were recycled! The flannel was…well, cute. I felt […]

Vaccines for meningitis B: why it took so long

Yesterday I read of a meningitis B outbreak at Oregon State University. Today, it’s the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. MenB is a potentially lethal and easily spread infection particularly in settings where young adults gather together. As the university races to vaccinate tens of thousands of students, my thoughts turn to our daughter, […]

Toxic Tuesdays: The forever plastic edition

Happy Toxic Tuesday. Instead of harping on the degradation of government controls, I’ll harp on plastics because here, we are all complicit. Even as I shop at our local Co-op scooping nuts into a plastic bag, thinking next time I will bring my own container…I’ve had years of next-times. And it’s easy to convince myself it’s […]

Raisin Hell (and dogs)

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
We were closing in on the end of a glorious spring weekend when my husband discovered the bag. “Any chance you left this lying around — empty?” he’d asked holding the remnants of a one pound bag of Trader Joe’s raisins I’d purchased just the day before…

It’s Just Another Toxic Tuesday

As the days grow increasingly darker, having just turned back the clock, so too the U.S. EPA is working to turn back the clock. Here are a couple of choice selections from this month’s science-realm news; as usual, two downers followed by at least one positive so if you just “can’t stand it” anymore, skip […]