Toxins

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How concerning is news about lead in Stanley cups?

Drinking water is a healthy habit — one that’s made tumblers popular for keeping it cold and tracking how much we drink. But headlines implying some cups contain lead could make you wonder if your healthy habit has been sabotaged. Here’s why that cup may be the least of your worries…

Carolyn Gretton

The double danger moms face from ultra-processed foods

Ultra-processed foods bear little resemblance to their original form. They’re unhealthy, but what makes them dangerous are chemicals known as phthalates tied to problems ranging from the heart to hormones. They seep into the bloodstream, and in moms-to-be, don’t stop there…

Virginia Tims-Lawson

Why the ancient Greeks didn’t get dementia, but Romans did

Most of us know at least one person who suffers from cognitive decline, dementia or Alzheimer’s. But was it always like this? Researchers who stepped back in time don’t believe so, but helped pinpoint when and why that changed…

Carolyn Gretton

How formaldehyde reprograms our cells for cancer

Unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible and do not change your DNA sequence, but they can change how your body reads a DNA sequence. That’s how lifestyle habits can turn bad genes around, and now how we know that formaldehyde can give you cancer…

Carolyn Gretton

The thyroid-poisoning additive in popular drinks

When it comes to dangerous food additives, European regulators have a lower threshold for what they consider an acceptable risk. The U.S. may finally catch up, at least when it comes to a thyroid-poisoning ingredient found in drinks more than half the population consumes daily…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The toxin worse on your heart than smoking or cholesterol

Toxic metals, including heavy metals, are metal compounds that negatively impact human health. The American Heart Association recently called out three that harm the heart. But one in particular has been found to have a heart-related death rate six times higher than previously thought…