The Doctors: Chemicals Putting Your Health At Risk
Fragrance is just about everywhere, but could that seemingly innocent smell be putting your health at risk? Jon Whelan is the director of the new documentary Stink! and he explained that he had bought his daughter a new pair of pajamas for Christmas and when she opened the package the pajamas had a funky smell. To try to figure out where the smell was coming from, he called the company and they “completely stonewalled” him, refusing to tell him what chemicals were in the product, claiming it was a secret. He began thinking about all the other scented products in his home, realizing how common fragrance was.
The Doctors: “Fragrance” Chemical Warning
When he called other companies asking about their fragrances, he was basically told the same thing, that it was a secret. Dr Travis Stork shared that he’s actually become incredibly aware of fragrance, to the point that he’ll avoid a product if he sees “fragrance” on the ingredient list. Attorney Areva Martin explained that there’s a loophole in the federal law that says the fragrances are “proprietary formulas” of the big companies, which means they’re a trade secret.
Jon also shared that because there’s no legal definition of natural when it comes to products, “natural fragrance” really doesn’t mean anything. The truth is that the word fragrance on an ingredient list, can actually stand for hundreds of chemicals. Fragrance is listed as an ingredient in everything from furniture to makeup, cleaning products, and other household items. Jon shared that a report out of Berkeley found that in the last 25 years our exposure to synthetic chemicals has gone up 8,000%.
Jon argued that if companies had to disclose specifically what they were putting in their products, they would make choices that are healthier for consumers, while consumers can make healthier choices for themselves. Use your voice and your wallet to encourage change.
The Doctors: Kids Suing Parents For Sharing Pictures Online
Could you imagine being sued by your child for posting their picture on your Facebook? It’s a reality in France, where their strict privacy laws have many officials warning parents to be extra careful before uploading pictures of their children on Facebook. The parents could potentially have to pay a $40,000 fine and spend up to a year in prison. Areva Martin pointed out the other side of the situation, explaining that when kids grow up, their social media presence can potentially haunt them, especially when it comes to getting a job. What parents post can easily affect their children down the road, especially if it means sharing potentially damaging information, such as a medical condition.
The Doctors: Toddler Dialed 911 After Struggling To Get Dressed
A 2-year-old in South Carolina recently dialed 911 because she couldn’t get her pants on. As outrageous as it seems, the good news is that there was an officer in the area who was dispatched to the girl’s location. She was able to help the little girl with her pants, and learned that the girl had just learned how to call 911 and was being watched by a relative. The officer called it “the best part of her shift.” Of course, remember 911 is only for emergencies.
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The Doctors: Lena Dunham & Susan Sarandon Endometriosis
It was then reported during the Doctors’ News in 2:00, that Lena Dunham and Susan Sarandon were honored at the Blossom Ball, benefiting the Endometriosis Association of America. Both actresses have been open about their struggles with the condition, that an estimated one in ten American women live with.
The Doctors: Food Bank For New York City Can Do Award Dinner
Food Bank for New York City has been a major hunger relief organization for over 30 years, working to end hunger in all five bureaus. At the organization’s Can Do award dinner, Mike Meyer’s, Jon Bon Jovi, and the host Mario Batali, applauded the organization that helps support 1.5 million New Yorkers.