Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mineral Oil and Latex Gloves

Use of Petrolatum-containing products with latex gloves In 1991 the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) ruled that employees in health care and public safety who wear latex gloves shall not apply petroleum-based skin-care products, such as those containing mineral … Continue reading

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What Is a Weed?

Several plants have “weed” in their names even though they are welcome in our gardens: Butterfly Weed, Milkweed, Ironweed, Rosinweed, and Spiderwort (“wort” is a German word that is sometimes translated as “weed”). Of course, nature does not divide plants … Continue reading

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Watch out!

All things in nature are not created equal. For a list of poisonous plants in your area, call your local poison control center. For a list of plants poisonous to livestock, check out the Cornell University’s Department of Animal Science Web site … Continue reading

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Other Resources

In the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), these chemicals are listed (among many others): mineral oil, petrolatum, and lanolin. “Cosmetic carcinogens” can be searched in TOXNET, a cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, … Continue reading

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Cancer and the Environment

From the Introduction to the 10th Report on Carcinogens:“The probability that a resident of the United States will develop cancer at some point in his or her lifetime is 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women (American Cancer Society, Cancer … Continue reading

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Cancer-Causing Substances

10th Report on Carcinogens, Selected Text From Press Release, Dec. 11, 2002 http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2002/niehs-11.htm In 2002, the federal government published the 10th Report on Carcinogens, adding steroidal estrogens used in estrogen replacement therapy and oral contraceptives to its official list of “known” … Continue reading

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RoC

What is the Report on Carcinogens (RoC)? It is a list of all substances which either are known to be carcinogens(cancer-causing) in humans or may reasonably be anticipated to be human carcinogens and to which a significant number of persons residing in … Continue reading

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