While We Were Sleeping…Part Two

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(On Endocrine Disruptors – Could I Make That Up?)

People seem to be asking me more and more lately about how I came to be Mrs. Green. It makes me think about this journey of mine and wonder how in the heck DID I become Mrs. Green. When I read an article about endocrine disruptors and then a blog about the article last week, I knew While We Were Sleeping – Part Two was a done deal. One small request? Don’t think of this as bad news. It’s not intended as such. It’s really important to know just what is happening to us while we are sleeping – metaphorically of course. Remember – I don’t want to tell anyone what to think, I just want us to.

So, reflections on the journey. Somehow, it started because I let facts, science, and research get in the way. I don’t think it was actually the phrase “endocrine disruptors” that grabbed me. It was more family and friends getting cancer of all kinds, more front page news about autism, more info coming at me about harmful cosmetics – you get the picture. Since I believe that to know better is to do better, I wanted to know more so I could spread the good green word and inspire people to action.

If you just take the time to read even the first paragraph below, you will understand why articles like this grab my attention. I wasn’t reading a science journal. It was an Op-Ed piece by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times, after all… “In recent years, the incidence of hypospadias, a congenital malformation of the penis, has doubled. Leading health experts blame this surge on a family of toxic chemicals called endocrine disruptors, which attack the hormone system.” That got my attention!

After reading the entire article I checked to see what the Environmental Working Group had to say about it. If you are a long fact finder, you will want to follow this link, and I hope you do. But if you are short on time and counting on me to give you the Mrs. Green’s Digest version, here goes:

  • Endocrine disruptors really are EVERYWHERE, and IMakeup mean everywhere – your ATM and gas receipts, canned foods, cosmetics, plastics, food packaging, popcorn bags, carpet cleaning solutions and so and so on, and yes – even in human breast milk and in the cord blood of newborn babies.
  • According to Kristof, last year alone eight medical organizations representing genetics, gynecology, urology and other fields made a joint call in Science magazine for tighter regulation of endocrine disruptors.
  • The EWG’s take? Hope you read their entire response but I have to quote one paragraph: “No matter which party is in power, the White House and Congress should come together on this very serious and pressing public health crisis. A glass of water should be free of carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. So should toys, toothbrushes, countertop cleaners, infant formula and store receipts. That’s something we can all agree on.” You think?

Call to action from Mrs. Green? Get as passionate about this as we did about asbestos in our insulation and about lead in children’s toys. Let’s remember that it’s for our children – the only future we have ever had. And I promise to write about good news in the next newsletter!

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Updates on Good Green News

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Good news item #2 – are you ready for this one? Golden Eagle Distributors and Budweiser’s Grow One, Save a Million campaign in support of World Environment Day on June 5th is alive and growing. Pun intended. The purpose? Saving water. The fun? Men not shaving for one month – thus the grow one, save a million message. Lovers of beards and the earth – ready to stand behind this one? I hope so. Do you know what I would give for people to send some pictures to me? Seriously! Send your beyond-five-o’clock-shadow snaps to mrsgreen@mrsgreensworld.com.

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