For my post about environmental sources of metals, go here. This post focuses on other toxins mostly.
TOXNET is part of the NIH National Library of Medicine and is an incredible resource. It contains links to many databases with various toxicology information, such as the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, which has peer-reviewed toxicology info for over 5,000 toxic chemicals, another one with over 4 million literature references regarding the toxicity and effects of drugs and toxic chemicals, another with interactive maps health data and EPA data such as superfund sites, even databases of info about the effects of drugs on lactating and pregnant women and on reproduction.
HealthyStuff this site provides information about toxic chemicals that can be found in everyday items such as toys, children's car seats, jewelry, and building materials. It has a searchable database and reports on specific types of products.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment has a database that allows you to select a disease and see which toxic chemicals are associated with it, ranked by how strong the evidence is to support the link.
This page from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences discusses chemicals that are endocrine disrupters, including what they are and how they work. Chemicals with endocrine disrupting abilities include BPA, some flame retardants, dioxins, many pesticides, PCBs, and many more.
This page from TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) has information about some specific toxins found in our food supply and environment.
This post from The Autism File called Green Home…Healthy Kids gives more information on a wide variety of hazardous chemicals found in and around our homes, such as personal care products, cleaning products, and electronics.
It turns out that many of these harmful chemicals are ending up in human breastmilk and being passed along to babies at a susceptible age.
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS:
The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database has information about toxic chemicals in personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoo, and sunscreen.
The Cost of Inaction: A Socioeconomic analysis of costs linked to effects of endocrine disrupting substances on male reproductive health
The US Department of Health and Human Services Household Products Database has health and safety information for many types of household products such as cleaning chemicals, fertilizers, auto products, and arts and crafts materials. The entries have information from the product labels and MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) put out by the manufacturer, as well as contact info for the manufacturer.
Low levels of common flame-retardant chemical damages brain cells
The use of household cleaning products during pregnancy and lower respiratory tract infections and wheezing during early life.
Int J Public Health. 2013 Oct;58(5):757-64.
"The period prevalence of LRTI was higher when sprays (combined odds ratio (OR) = 1.29; 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.04-1.59) or air fresheners (OR = 1.29; CI 1.03-1.63) were used during pregnancy. The odds of wheezing increased with spray (OR = 1.37; CI 1.10-1.69) and solvent (OR = 1.30; CI 1.03-1.62) use. The associations between spray and air freshener use during pregnancy and both outcomes remained apparent when these products were not used after pregnancy. Nevertheless, the estimates were higher when post-natal exposure was included. The use of cleaning sprays, air fresheners and solvents during pregnancy may increase the risk of wheezing and infections in the offspring."
AIR AND WATER:
Environmental Working Group's National Drinking Water Database allows you to search by zip code to find out what is in local drinking water.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY: Scented Products Emit a Bouquet of VOCs
This Newsweek article about spraying pesticides to control West Nile Virus provides a lot of information about how spraying for pests in urban areas is done, the ways in which it is evaluated for safety, and some of the ill effects on humans.
Neurotoxicity of traffic-related air pollution
How Safe is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On?
After it was discovered that what seemed like a relatively high percent of soccer goalies are developing blood cancers, especially lymphoma, questions are being raised about how safe artificial turf actually is. Specifically, the questions are around these tiny pieces of rubber, made from old car tires, that are spread on the field to make it softer. While many athletes have contact with the rubber pellets (called "crumb rubber"), goalies seem to have a much higher exposure because they dive for the field so much. They end up ingesting it and having it get caught in scrapes and cuts. Used tires are known to be toxic- "according to the EPA, mercury, lead, benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and arsenic, among several other chemicals, heavy metals, and carcinogens, have been found in tires." Crumb rubber is also used on many playgrounds.
Babies may receive excessive radiation from x-rays.