ABC's of Plastic
An interview with green pediatrician Alan Greene
Assessing exposure to atrazine and its metabolites using biomonitoring
Bisphenol: A Controversy
Bisphenol A in your body: How it got there and how to minimize your exposure
BPA in formula: This is not a call to panic.
Breast is Best
Cheatsheet: Bisphenol A (BPA)
Chemical in baby bottles may pose risk
Exposure of the US population to bisphenol A and 4-tertiary-octylphenol
Exposure to common chemical may be harmful
Gender-bender chemical probe targets PR firm
How Plastic We've Become
Invisible Danger? Parents Look Inside the Lunchbox
Know your Chemicals
Mattel recalls 155,000 Mexican-made toys
New warning about chemical in plastic
Parent sue over bisphenol A in bottles
Plastic ingested, study finds
The Right Start: The Need to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Baby Products
Safer sipping for you, baby
7 ways to reduce your exposure to PBDE flame retardants
Support a New Congressional Amendment
The Xenoestrogen Bisphenol A Induces Inappropriate Androgen Receptor Activation and Mitogenesis in Prostatic Adenocarcinoma Cells
Your BPA questions, answered
Bottle Water Quality InvestigationThe bottled water industry promotes an image of purity, but comprehensive testing has shown that this image is far from the truth. The Environmental Working ...
Skin Deep a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by the researchers at the Environmentally Working Group
Know your Plastics Plastics are everywhere. Some are eco-friendly and appear to be very safe for kids. Most are made from non-renewable petroleum, much of which needs to be imported. Some plastics cause dangerous pollution during manufacturing, and some contain chemicals suspected of causing harm – especially to kids...
6 Steps to Reduce Toxic Exposure to Synthetic Hormones in Food Hormones are responsible for much more than just acne in teenagers and mood swings in pregnant women. They are the messengers for much of your body’s functioning, including growth and development, immune response, regulation of metabolism, and reproduction among other things.
How Chemicals are Compromising Reproductive Health It seemed so unfair. It is unfair and the story is becoming all too familiar. Men and women unable to conceive. It should be compellingly disconcerting to us as a species that the average sperm count is half of what it was in 1930; that 1.2 million women reported fertility problems in 2002 (a nearly 50% increase in just twenty years); and that miscarriages, still births and birth defects are all increasing...
Fight Germs without hazardous Antibacterials As children return to school, health and environmental groups are encouraging parents to protect their children from harmful germs without using hazardous chemicals in lunch bags, school supplies, soaps and sanitizers. The dangers of and alternatives to using triclosan (often marketed as Microban) and the related compound triclocarban, are documented in new educational materials for parents...
80, 000 chemicals in everyday products, but who's counting ( no one ) I’ve read over and over about the 80,000 chemicals in everyday products (most of which have only been in use since World War II). It’s a stunning figure used as an attention getter when people discuss health issues linked to certain toxic chemicals. Some sources put it higher and some put it lower. Some say they’re all in use and some say they’re just “registered.” I did some research and what I found is that no one really knows.
SIGG Bottles have BPA- The internet’s ablaze with the latest consumer fury over SIGG’s (the Swiss water bottle company) confession that their aluminum water bottles have indeed had BPA in them despite their shrouded denials.
BPA: Low Doses Are Poisonous, Too- What hormones and these contaminants do is at very low doses they turn on and off genes. Genes are being turned on and off trillions of times a second throughout your lifetime. And the orchestration of that is absolutely vital to life. If the genes get turned on or off at the wrong time, that’s gonna lead to a problem. You’re gonna lack a protein that might be important for example in suppressing a tumor or in controlling the growth of your heart....
Gardasil For Boys: FDA Recommends Controversial Vaccine- The FDA is recommending Gardasil for boys, saying in a memo that it seems to be safe and effective in preventing genital warts in young men and boys. And guess what! None of the boys tested got cervical cancer! Kidding.
Hormone Disrupting Chemicals Push Girl’s Puberty to Age 9 I still remember that first trip to the department store for a training bra when I was in sixth grade. I didn’t really need it, but my friends were all wearing them. It was also the year I started wearing deodorant, and a year later, I began menstruation at age 12.
Refuse This Routine Procedure - Or Expose Your Baby's Brain to Severe Danger... Hepatitis B vaccination has been recommended by federal health officials since 1991 for all infants and children.There are now hepatitis B vaccine mandates for children to attend daycare or school in 47 states, despite strong evidence that the health risks of doing this outweighs the benefit for your child.
Make Your Own Diaper Spray: Eco- and Wallet-Friendly If you’re using cloth diapers, you already know that you are doing good for your baby’s health, the environment and your bank account. You may also be using a natural and/or eco-friendly diaper spray. Why not simplify further and make your own. It’s really easy!
First Steps: The Diaper Debate From birth to toilet training, a baby goes through an average of 8000 diaper changes. This sheer volume of diapers makes one thing clear: Your choice of diaper – cloth or disposable – has a tremendous impact on the welfare of your baby and the planet. To help you decide what’s best for your family, here are some things you should know.
Benefits of EC – Elimination Communication Prior to our daughter Anjali’s birth, some close friends (who also had a baby on the way) asked us, “So are you using disposable diapers, cloth diapers or going diaper-free? We had already made plans to cloth diaper. But what of this diaper-free? Well, who knew how quickly and determinately we could learn and incorporate Elimination Communication (EC), a more appropriate name than diaper-free. Now I cannot imagine taking a different path with our daughter.
Cry-It-Out: "Toxic" For Babies' Brains- A new book puts more pressure on parents to pick up that crying baby, calling the cry-it-out method (CIO) “toxic” and “very bad for brain development,” the BBC reports.Many of you consider yourself natural or attachment parents, so chances are, you would never consider “Ferberizing” your baby. That’s where you lay baby down awake and occasionally soothe the child, but do not pick her up, even if she cries. This sleep training was popular in our moms’ and grandmothers’ times so as not to “spoil” the child.
Natural Childbirth: Delayed Cord Clamping - Do you know what delayed cord clamping is? I remember first coming across this information in a natural childbirth book my midwives had loaned to me, and I was struck at how barbaric it is not to delay umbilical cord clamping. In a typical hospital birth, the baby’s umbilical cord is clamped immediately after it has left the birth canal. Yet, if you observe the umbilical cord, it is still pulsing and delivering oxygen rich blood to the baby, even though the newborn has taken its first breath.
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