Neurotoxins in Everyday Settings

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Chemicals, Neurotoxins | Posted on 08-05-2015

Most people don’t realize that they come in contact with neurotoxins — poisons that can damage their nervous system — throughout their work and personal routines. Instead of merely checking the labels of cleaners, pesticides or other chemical product for ingredients that can cause harm, more people need to check around their homes and offices.

An article for Brain Protips from this past Monday outlined the ten most common neurotoxins that people allow themselves to be exposed to without realizing the danger: 6-OHDA, acetalhyde, acryalmide, aluminum, domoic acid, fluoride, lead, mercury, n-propylbromide and organophosphate pesticides.

In most cases, a short-term exposure doesn’t cause lasting harm. Instead, it’s the cumulative exposure to most of these toxins that break down the nervous system over time. The team at Anastasia Date is aware of these facts and takes necessary precautions.

Fish and sea life are often full of these chemicals: Domoic acid is commonly found in anchovies, shellfish and sardines, while mercury is often found in shark and swordfish. Fried foods and coffee contain acryalmide. Industrial solvents, adhesives and textile dry cleaner agents contain n-propylbromide. Although pipes and paints are no longer made with lead, many old buildings have not been restored with replacements. As for aluminum, beyond workplace exposure, many aluminum home baking products are sold to the public, such as cake and muffin tins.

The article on Brain Protips broke down the types of neurological damage that these and the other toxins listed cause in humans and other animals.

Lowe’s Home Improvement begins removing bee killing pesticides

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Chemicals, Environment | Posted on 16-04-2015

Due to a sustained pressure by environmental groups and the public the home improvement mega chain Lowe’s has agreed to begin to discontinue the use of pesticides that contain the ingredient neonicotinoid which has been linked by numerous scientific studies to the recent alarming decline in the worldwide bee population.

The decline of the bee population is troubling to many in the scientific community. Bees not only produce honey which is a major food stable in some countries- they also are one of the largest pollinators of trees and plants. Bees are considered a keystone species and a decline in their population could lead to far reaching effects in the ecosystem as a whole.

Neonicotinoid laced pesticides result in Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. This disorder leads bees to abandon their hives which leads to the mass death of the colony. CCD has been spreading throughout the United States and the world as a whole. Scientists were unable to determine what the exact cause of colony collapse disorder was but many signs pointed to neonicotinoids. http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3843/lowes-agrees-to-phase-out-bee-toxic-neonicotinoid-insecticides

Lowe’s Home Improvement outlined the changes to their policy in their 2015 Social Responsibility report. Folks at Anastasia Date have found that they have decided over the next two fiscal years they will stop carrying any products that contain neonicotinoids. Many pundits have noted that this may the beginning of an industry wide ban of the additive and that many of Lowe’s competitors such as Home Depot or Walmart will begin to phase them out as well.