Archive | October, 2011

Need another reason to avoid BPA?

A study published Monday in Pediatrics online reports that … mothers with high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine were more likely to report that their [daughters] were hyperactive, aggressive, anxious, depressed and less in control of their emotions than mothers with low levels of the chemical. While several studies have linked BPA […]

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Tuna Sandwiches

A couple of weeks ago, I read Ayelet Waldman’s post at Mom’s Clean Air Force about how she inadvertently poisoned her 4-year-old daughter with tuna sandwiches and sushi. A terrible story, for sure. A surprising one, too — apparently not everyone is getting the message about mercury in fish. A child weighing 20 lbs can […]

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Rain Gear

Sweet William’s stroller, like many others, came with a transparent plastic rain cover that fits neatly over the bonnet, snaps to each side, and attaches snugly below the seat. Strolling the wet streets, not a drop of rain hits him. A good idea? Not really. The shower curtain smell should be the tip-off: when we […]

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Why My Family Actively Avoids PVC

From the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a refresher on PVC, a “toxic plastic that is dangerous to our health and the environment across its lifecycle: from production, to use, to disposal.” (August 2011) PVC is unique among plastics because it contains dangerous chemical additives. These harmful chemicals include phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins, […]

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An End to BPA in Baby Bottles

The American Chemistry Council announced on Friday that “BPA is no longer used to manufacture baby bottles and sippy cups and will not be used in these products in the future.” It’s a big turnaround for an organization that has spent millions fighting efforts to ban BPA in baby products. The ACC still insists that […]

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Headlines: Are Flame Retardants Safe?

More on flame retardants. The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has published an excellent overview of flame retardants, their uses, and their health effects: “Are Flame Retardants Safe? Growing Evidence Says ‘No’,” by Elizabeth Grossman (Yale Environment 360, 9/29/2011). The article addresses baby products. It highlights OrbitBaby and BabyBjorn as companies working to […]

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Envirokid Nap Mat Falls Short

I like to think I’m getting pretty good at analyzing toys and kids products, but it can be such challenge to catch the hidden hazards. Forget needing an advanced degree to understand the chemical components — sometimes it’s hard to remember even the basics. I recently purchased an EnviroKid Nap Mat for Sweet William. EnviroKid […]

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Headlines: How Doctors Advise on Toxins

How should health care providers advise pregnant women about the potential hazards of environmental exposures to toxins?  My doctor counseled me on the dangers of mercury in fish and even recommended I avoid tilapia imported from China because of its high PCB levels.  That was it. He didn’t mention whether I should avoid sitting around […]

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