Toxic Fragrance Free Telluride by rcorkran
updates on the education and action campaign
Apr 30, 2012 | 755 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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U.S. Marines and Breast Cancer at Camp Lejeune
by rcorkran
May 18, 2012 | 6778 views | 0 0 comments | 505 505 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hey everyone.  On Wednesday night, I was listening to "Fresh Air" on NPR.  Terry Gross was interviewing the investigative journalist Florence Williams about her new book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.

She did mention some of the leading chemicals that accumulate in the fatty tissue in the breasts that increase the risk of breast cancer.  Pesticides, BPA, and phthalates were all mentioned.

But they did talk about something I did not know.  Male U.S. Marines at Camp Lejeune have become the biggest cluster of men who have breast cancer.  The groundwater under the base is the most contaminated groundwater ever tested by E.P.A..  Among the chemical culprits causing those cancers is benzene. If you remember in my letter to the editor about toxic fragrances, phthalates are made from benzene. 

Dudes, get this book for all the women in your lives.  I have ordered it because there are many new studies about toxic chemicals.  As the author stated, these same chemicals cause cancer in other parts of the body, as well as endocrine system disruption and genital birth defects.
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my poor wallet
by rcorkran
May 10, 2012 | 6791 views | 0 0 comments | 505 505 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Fellow concerned breathers,

I love the hemp wallet I get from Down to Earth.  But every now and then I have to let the wallet sit in the sun because it is so saturated with toxic fragrances from the bills and the receipts in it. 

While this is not a health risk to me, it just reminds me how ubiquitous the use of toxic and powerfully scented fragrances in our society.

Why does sunlight detox my wallet?  Phthalates are released in sunlight or when heated up.  Phthalates are the new car smell and when a car heats up the phthalates are released in the air.  With windows closed the phthalates can leave an oily film on the inside surfaces.  Similarly, when your friend heats up, you smell the phthalates in their cologne or perfume or underarm deodorant much more.
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The smell of success
by rcorkran
May 08, 2012 | 6701 views | 0 0 comments | 507 507 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Concerned Fellow Breathers,

Toxic fragrances in air scent dispensers are on their way out from the bathrooms at my office building!  Different floor cleaners are possible also.  So if you face the same problem, talk gently to the managers of the properties, show the information about the risk so it isn't just coming from you, and patiently wait for their response.  All good things I did not do and should have.

I could use your advice about phthalate free floor cleaners. 

At home, we've used Murphy's which is ok and we are going to try Bonner's Sal Suds and Ecovers floor soap.  And quite a product lesson for me.  I wandered into either City Market or Home Depot looking for phthalate free and otherwise natural floor and surface cleaners and I picked up a bottle of new Murphy's natural soap with 98% natural ingredients.  Its green instead of golden to those of who know the traditional Murphy's. 

So I unscrewed the top and bang there it was, one of most common phthalate based fragrances I have sniffed.  I looked at the label and it said made for Murphy's by Colgate Palmolive.  My hemp wallet and the paper receipts and folding money in it have that smell.  I air the wallet in the sunshine to get it off for a little while.  I get bad sinus headaches from cleaners just like that, so it goes on the bad list.

I leave you with this thought.  We are just beginning to require drillers to disclose the chemicals in the liquid concoctions they use to frack underground gas deposits.  It is a big problem in states all over the country and the big news a while ago was an EPA study in Wyoming proving groundwater contamination from some nasty chemicals from nearby fracking wells.

Phthalates and many toxins similarly hide from public view, not listed but thrown under misnomers such as 'fragrance'.  Shouldn't we at least have full disclosure in fragrance related products that put toxins in us?

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Start of the blog
by rcorkran
Apr 30, 2012 | 6658 views | 0 0 comments | 505 505 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hey everyone,

As you may or may not know, I wrote the letter to editor that appeared briefly on the homepage on April 26 & 27 regarding the need for a ban on toxic fragrances in public and commercial indoor spaces.  If you want to read it, enter "toxic fragrances" in the search box and you will find it.  It has had several hundred views and several comments so far. 

Who am I?  I teach and research American government and environmental policy and politics, generally for Colorado State University. I have been taking a several year break to recharge and complete an important project or two and luckily found a friend who wanted to move to Greater Telluride with me. I have an office in Telluride and a ranch property near Horsefly Peak.

With this blog, I intend to further discuss the ongoing effort to inform and encourage the Telluride community to go toxic fragrance free.  In my next few blogs I will report where the campaign is going, and I will try to explain the federal policies that have allowed toxic fragrances to have become almost everywhere around us and in so many of the products we use, as well as the countervailing laws now to curb their use.

For now I will leave you with this thought.  Childhood cancer has been increasing at an alarming rate in the last few decades.  While I can't claim that toxic fragrances are responsible for all childhood cancer, the toxic fragrance chemicals are known carcinogens, so how could you claim it doesn't have a causal correlation to some extent?
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