Archive | March, 2012

Harmful Chemicals Found in Consumer Products

A study by Silent Spring Institute reveals that consumer products contain hormone disruptors and chemicals linked to asthma that are not listed on the product labels. The peer-reviewed study, published yesterday in Environmental Health News, tested both conventional products and their alternatives, which are marketed as being safer. Harmful chemicals were found in all the […]

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Young Asthmatics on Capitol Hill

Check this out. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbrNZjRqfmQ]   If lobbyists for polluters were suddenly replaced by severely asthmatic children, then maybe Congress wouldn’t keep trying to gut clean air standards. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club unveiled this powerful new ad to build public awareness of and support for tough, new safeguards against industrial carbon pollution […]

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Toy Storage

It must have been Christmas that pushed us past the tipping point. Suddenly Sweet William’s toys, which we tried so hard to control, scattered everywhere. It was time to acquire a toy box. Dada found this solid wood, unfinished toy box by Little Colorado. It has a locking hinge to keep William from pinching his […]

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Good News: Campbell’s to End BPA in Soup Cans

Your signatures, phone calls, and protests have paid off! Campbell’s Soup will stop using BPA in the lining of its cans. The company says it will make the transition from BPA as soon as “feasible alternatives are possible.” A study of canned goods last year found the highest levels of BPA in Campbell’s products marketed […]

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Science Lessons: PCBs

A report yesterday from Environmental Health News explores the link between prenatal PCB exposure and attention problems in Massachusetts children. Here’s a refresher on Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB). PCBs are man-made chemicals. They were produced in the US from 1929 until their manufacture was banned in 1979. Because of their chemical stability, non-flammability, and electrical insulating […]

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A Safe Scrub for Household Cleaning

A sparkling kitchen sink is a beautiful thing, but I don’t want chemical residue around our food. Here’s a recipe for an alternative to the heavy duty chemicals in most commercial cleaners. It takes about twelve seconds to reach for the ingredients and mix them up. Add several drops of Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap […]

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Stretching and Strengthening

I’m back to yoga classes. This time I have my little cobra Fergus with me. During my pregnancy, I attended prenatal classes taught by Jyothi Larson at Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. Jyothi is a sensitive and careful teacher. She loves her mamas and babies, and she creates a calm, nurturing atmosphere for […]

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Libraries and Dolly Parton

I have wonderful childhood memories of visiting the public library and reading with my family. Access to books is one of the greatest gifts my parents gave me. I’m sure my sister — a curriculum developer for a national reading program — feels the same way. It’s something I’d like to pass on to Sweet […]

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