The Program on Reproductive Health and Environment at University of California, San Francisco, has released a new public brochure Toxic Matters. The brochure outlines ways for people to reduce exposures at home, at work, and in the community, as well as to how to be a smart consumer and policy advocate. Although Europe is governed by different and sometimes stricter laws and policies on hazardous chemicals, meaning exposures to some chemicals here in Europe are different from the USA, the brochure is nevertheless a useful and helpful guide.
Recommendations include eliminating mercury and pesticides from your diet, choosing plastics carefully, exercising in areas away from heavy air pollution, and actively contributing and supporting policies that prevent pollution.
The prevention measures in the brochure are based on recommendations from: American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Environmental Health; the Physicians for Social Responsibility the University of California, San Francisco the Collaborative on Health and the Environment; the US Environmental Protection Agency California Department of Public Health Hazard Evaluation System and Information Services.
For more information: Online version of brochure and additional resources
Written on 26 February 2010.