From the Headlines: Is Your Neti Pot Dangerous?

Yeesh. Two things we love—neti pots and organic food—took a bit of beating in the press last week. Did you guys see? Did someone smug forward you an article about how organic food isn’t healthier after all, or sound alarm bells about why you can’t pour tap water through your nose? (You really can’t.) Let’s do a quick survey of the facts, starting with neti pots today and organic food tomorrow. The New York Times and others... Read More

Johnson & Johnson Plans To Remove Carcinogens From Products

Last week the New York Times reported that Johnson & Johnson has announced plans to remove a host of questionable ingredients and contaminants from their products—notably formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane—by 2015. According to the article they also intend to phase out parabens, phthlates, triclosan and other chemicals we’ve long had on our X list, though it was a little bit unclear from the piece whether this was all going to be on the same... Read More

Have You Read “How Chemicals Affect Us” by Nick Kristof?

Nick Kristof of the New York Times has been one of the most influential voices in the media when it comes to the dangers of endocrine disruptors. Last week he wrote again about the the science fiction that we are living with these chemicals. The article is a great reminder of why we make such a big fuss around the presence of endocrine disruptors, and why we always advise people to avoid fragrance in their products. (Fragrances notoriously contain... Read More

The Power of Habits (and Foaming Shampoo)

How habits take shape in our brains—and how we can override them with new and (hopefully) better habits—is the subject of an exciting new book called The Power of Habits by New York Times writer Charles Duhigg. I started reading it a couple of weeks ago and, ever the evangelist, have been talking about it to just about anyone who will listen since. You should all check it for yourselves, but here’s the opening premise: For an act to become... Read More

Is There a Modern Apothecary in Your City?

The New York Times is reporting on a new old trend that’s taking major cities by storm: the modern apothecary. It appears that people are growing wary of big cosmetics companies, you guys. They’re disenchanted by their false claims, and they’re turning instead to smaller brands that are transparent about their ingredients (!). From the article: In a world where many cosmetics are mass-produced with mysterious chemicals, these luxury... Read More

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