Environmental Health Related Links
Children’s Environmental Health Related Organizations
These include Governmental, Non-governmental (Domestic and International), and Academic sources in order to provide a wide array of perspectives to Children’s Environmental Health as a broad subject.
National multidisciplinary project whose purpose is to protect the health of children as it relates to environmental hazards. Included on its website is a Resource guide with an Environmental Health Glossary and many helpful links and also a Training Manual for Physicians and Health Professionals (which may be of interest to Parents as well, especially sections on Epidemiology, A Developmental Approach to Pediatric Environmental Health, Metals Toxicity, Air Pollution, and Children and Solvents
A nonprofit educational organization working to ensure a healthy, just and sustainable future for all children. ICEH's primary mission is to foster collaborative initiatives to reduce and ultimately eliminate environmental exposures that can undermine the health of current and future generations. ICEH has published many documents of great interest to Children’s Environmental Health, including brief columns on a variety of chemical hazards, available at http://www.healthandenvironment.org/iceh_resources.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
A leading nonprofit organization that has been working to protect the environment and public health since 1970 with a membership base of more than 1.6 million members and activists. Along with their advocacy and research, they issue reports on a wide variety of issues. Under their Health program, they focus on Kids' Health, Health Threats & Effects, Farming & Pesticides, Chemicals at Home, School & Work, and Science & Public Policy
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment
Founded in 2002, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is an international partnership of over 3,500 individuals and organizations in 45 countries and 48 states, including scientists, health professionals, health-affected groups, nongovernmental organizations and other concerned citizens, committed to improving human and ecological health.
Children's Health Protection | United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
The main regulatory body charged with protecting our nation’s environment. This website provides a wealth of data and information for those interested in Children’s Environmental Health, including practical solutions from some of the nation’s leading experts in the field.
National Institute for Environmental Health Science, Children's Health (NIEHS)
Part of the NIH, their mission is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. This is accomplished by conducting and sponsoring research on a wide variety of topics within this field and by producing educational materials on the subject. A number of resources on Children’s Environmental Health is available at their website.
NIEHS also publishes Environmental Health Perspectives, a leading journal in Environmental Health Science. Current and archived copies are available free of charge at http://www.ehponline.org/ and while understanding much of the original research may require a substantial background in the field, many of the Editorials and Focus articles are intended for a more general audience.
Also provides a list of Academic Programs in Children’s Environmental Health.
World Health Organizations (WHO), Children's Environmental Health
This web site provides access to a large number of publications, statistics, indicators, fact sheets on children's environmental health, most with an international or development focus.
Mount Sinai’s Department of Community and Preventive Medicine Children’s Health
A renowned leader in research and management of Children’s Environmental Health. This website includes descriptions of their programs as well as video presentations on Lead in Toys, Synthetic Turf, and Plastics Exposure.
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries.
American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
The American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) statement on environmental health reads as follows: “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to live, work, learn, worship and play in environments that are healthy and safe.” For more information on their position, go to http://www.aaidd.org/content_172.cfm. AAIDD also sponsors a teleconference series on many aspects of the environment and its effects on the human body and brain. For a listing of current and past teleconferences, visit http://www.aaidd.org/ehi/content_3919.cfm?navID=306.
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) Healthy Children Project
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) Healthy Children Project is dedicated to reducing the effects of environmental contaminants on brain development, especially in children. The Project aims to: raise awareness of environmental factors, particularly toxic chemicals, that can harm brain development, contributing to learning disabilities and behavior disorders; prevent toxic chemical exposures, especially among pregnant women and children; and build a nationwide network of LDA members working to protect children's health and reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.
The Safer Chemicals Act of 2011
In April 2011, Senator Frank Lautenberg introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, designed to update the 1976 Toxic Substance Chemical Act by
Imposing stricter testing requirements on new and existing chemicals entering the manufacturing and food channels.
Video: Lautenberg Introduces "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011"
Government Accounting Office ‘Actions Are Needed to Improve the Effectiveness of EPA's Chemical Review Program’
This 2006 Report by the GAO, the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of the US Congress discusses the shortcomings in the current mechanism of chemical regulation and the actions needed to approve the effectiveness of this program.
This manual was designed in 1999 by a panel of experts brought together by the Children’s Environmental Health Network. It is designed as a tool for teaching faculty in medical schools and other professional medical educators to better integrate the issues of Pediatric Environmental Health into their training and practice.
This guide lists an enormous number of resources available nationwide related to children’s environmental health.
A wealth of educational materials for students of all ages. Lessons on basic science relevant to environmental health are noted as being most appropriate for elementary school, middle school, or high school aged children, but many may be of interest to adults as well.
This extensive and well-referenced resource from the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research provides a comprehensive primer on the subject of endocrine disruption. This will guide a novice through the roles and mechanisms of natural hormones and continue into a discussion of synthetic chemicals which mimic or inhibit these crucial components of our bodies’ signaling machinary.
This website accompaniment to the 1996 book ‘Our Stolen Future’ by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers focuses on endocrine disruptors, including science basics, recent discoveries, and advocacy.
This is an example of educational materials published under the NIEHS Environmental Health Science Education program. It is written at the level of a Middle School student, so it will be understandable to anyone, regardless of scientific background. It contains particularly useful information on 5 of the body’s systems: Immune, Digestion, Detoxification (also called Detoxication), the Lungs, and the Nervous System. There are two other sets of modules, one detailing the basic mechanisms of the Cell, and the other discussing
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia written and maintained by the public rather than by a central editorial authority. While this does raise some concern as to its accuracy or bias, it has come to be seen as a valuable and very helpful source for information, especially when used as a reference in conjunction with other resources. A 2005 survey by the prestigious science journal Nature found the scientific accuracy rate to be only slightly lower than Encyclopedia Brittanica.
This resource of the National Library of Medicine introduces basic concepts of toxicology and information on certain chemicals of concern. It points to everyday places in our homes and communities where we may come into contact with these potentially harmful agents. Different types of communities and locations are included and while it is simple enough to be used by young children, it also includes links to more thorough information.
Household Products Database (National Library of Medicine)
This database allows users to view the ingredients on any of the products they may use in the home, including cleaning products, pesticides, personal care products, and a wide range of other categories. These also link to other NIH resources which may provide further information on the ingredients.
Healthy Toys Database (The Ecology Center)
This resource reports on tests done on common children’s toys for toxic compounds including lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and PVC.
Cosmetics Database (Environmental Working Group)
This database identifies publicly available information on the ingredients contained in cosmetics and other personal care products. Known or suspected toxicity of ingredients and potential contaminants is highlighted in order to assign a safety score to each product.
Contains information of the formulations of pesticides used in the United States, including potential toxicity data.
‘National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals’
This 2005 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the third of its kind, measures to the US populations exposure to 148 environmental chemicals by monitoring their levels and the levels of their metabolites in body fluids such as blood and urine.
‘Sick of Dust - Chemicals in Common Products A Needless Health Risk in Our Homes’
A 2005 report of Clean Production Action in collaboration with several other Environmental Health organizations testing household dust for six chemical classes investigated: phthalates, pesticides, alkylphenols, brominated flame retardants, organotins and perfluorinated compounds.
‘Baby’s Toxic Bottle Bisphenol A Leaching from Popular Baby Bottles’
A 2008 report by the Work Group for Safe Markets, a coalition of environmental health non-government organizations (NGOs) demonstrating bisphenol A, a toxic endocrine-disrupting plastics ingredient, leaching from baby’s bottles when heated.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
1) ‘Human Toxome Project’
This ongoing project uses the latest biomonitoring tools to test blood, urine, breast milk and other human tissues for a wide range of toxic substances that enter our body through the air, water, food chain and elsewhere. There have been several installments of the study, focusing at different times on adults, families, nurses, and newborns.
2) ‘In The Dust Toxic Fire Retardants in American Homes’
‘In the first nationwide tests for brominated fire retardants in house dust, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found unexpectedly high levels of these neurotoxic chemicals in every home sampled.’ - EWG
Products free of PBDEs are listed here: http://www.ewg.org/pbdefree
This 2002 study investigated the presence of phthalates, a class of plasticizers, in beauty products after the CDC reported that the demographic most highly exposed to these toxic chemicals are women of childbearing age.
This report by EWG catalogues ingredient information in common makeup, skincare, hair care, eye care, nail care, baby care, oral care, and fragrance products, as well as in sunscreens. While some manufacturers refuse to release the formulations of their products, the report still contains ingredient information on over 25,000 products as well as discussing potential contaminants and health hazards in certain of these ingredients. It is associated, as well with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
‘Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce’
Organic food is expensive. We would all like to protect our families from exposure to pesticides, but it is hard to know if the extra cost is worth it. This guide helps answer that question by pointing out the fruits and vegetables most likely to contain high levels of pesticide residues. It reports the results of testing for pesticides on store-bought fruits and vegetables as measured by the US FDA between 2000 and 2005. It includes a printable guide to put in a wallet or purse and bring to the grocery store.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
‘Mercury Contamination in Fish: A Guide to Staying Healthy and Fighting Back’
This report features information on mercury health effects, how you or your family might be exposed to it, and how to avoid these exposures. Included is a printable wallet guide to mercury in many different species of fish to bring with you to the fishmonger or supermarket.
‘No Breathing in the Aisles: Diesel Exhaust Inside School Buses’
‘This February 2001 study from NRDC and the Coalition for Clean Air shows that children who ride a diesel school bus may be exposed to up to four times more toxic diesel exhaust than someone traveling in a car directly in front of it. The study found that excess exhaust levels on school buses were 23 to 46 times higher than levels considered to be a significant cancer risk according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and federal guidelines.’ - NRDC
‘Poisons on Pets: Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products
‘This November 2000 NRDC report highlights the potential health hazards to humans and pets from flea collars and other flea and tick control products. The report recommends that the EPA ban the use of an entire class of these products -- those using organophosphates. It also offers recommendations for pet owners on combating fleas and ticks with a variety of simple non-chemical steps and/or by applying safer products, including insect growth regulators.’ - NRDC
‘Clearing the Air: Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners’
‘Air fresheners have become a staple in many American homes and offices, marketed with the promise of creating a clean, healthy and sweet-smelling indoor atmosphere. But this September 2007 issue paper shows that many of these products contain phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) -- hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. To protect consumers, government action to conduct more thorough tests and enact basic measures to limit exposure to phthalates is urgently needed.’ - NRDC
‘What's On Tap? Grading Drinking Water in U.S. Cities’
‘This June 2003 NRDC study of drinking water quality in 19 U.S. cities finds that pollution and deteriorating, out-of-date plumbing are sometimes delivering drinking water that might pose health risks to some residents -- and unless steps are taken now, tap water will get worse. The report issues grades to each municipal water system studied in three problem areas -- water quality and compliance, source water protection, and right-to-know compliance -- and outlines a plan for protecting the nation's drinking water supply.’ - NRDC
Current Research and Reporting in Environmental Health
Environmental Health News Service
This website compiles daily news stories relevant to Environmental Health and delivers them either through their webpage or a daily email. Also collected are recently published reports by government, non-governmental organizations and scientists.
Rachel's Democracy and Health News
Published by the Environmental Research Foundation, this weekly newsletter highlights issues of importance to the environmental community with news, commentary, and analysis.
This website provides information of interest to the general public on pollution-related issues. Much of this information is organized geographically so that individuals can learn of pollution concerns in their local communities.
What Can You Do?
Blog focusing on the daily choices that we make and their impact on our health and environment.
’10 Everyday Pollution Solutions’
Regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)
These are medical units at regional hospitals throughout the country established to provide care for children and infants suspected of having been exposed to environmental toxins
This website, ‘The World’s Healthiest Foods’ provides a wealth of information on nutritional content in foods as well as other nutrition information. It is highly referenced with reliable sources and seems to provide an unbiased and science-minded approach to eating and nutrition
The Linus Pauling Institute as Oregon State University is a renowned source for research and information on vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, and their relationship to health and disease. It is home to highly respected researchers and was recognized in 2003 as one of the nation’s first two Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine designated by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This short 2004 report reviews evidence showing that autistic children may be particularly sensitive to environmental stressors, including mercury.
Collaborative on Health and the Environment
Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI)
LDDI is an international partnership fostering collaboration among learning and developmental disability organizations, researchers, health professionals and environmental health groups to address concerns about the impact environmental pollutants may have on neurological health. LDDI currently has over 400 organizational and individual participants engaged in educational and policy efforts.
GAO Report “Chemical Regulation: Actions are Needed to Improve the Effectiveness of EPA’s Chemical Review Program”