Archive | September, 2012
Skip Hop's whale cover for the bath spout.

Fergus and the Whale

… Until recently, Darling Fergus and Sweet William have been content to play with wash cloths and unbreakable cups. Then Fergus discovered he could drink from the spout. Now all he wants to do is stand under the flow, lapping and sputtering….

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Yes, that's a plate of sardines, and he ate them all.

School Tuna Contains Excessive Mercury

Last week, Environmental Health News reported that canned albacore tuna purchased by U.S. schools contains more mercury than what government officials have reported. A child who eats two medium servings of albacore tuna per week could be exposed to as much as six times the dose that federal guidelines consider safe. Children should avoid eating […]

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In the News

What’s that stuff in my bra? (Grist, 9/17/12) Invoking the precautionary principle when it comes to foam rubber bras: “Why cloak ourselves in maybe-yucky polyurethane all day when we could reduce our reliance on petroleum and chemicals by investing in a nice, simple, organic-cotton number?” In the wake of studies showing high levels of arsenic […]

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Darling Fergus and his new train from Manny & Simon.

Fergus’ New Train

Darling Fergus can’t keep his hands off Sweet William’s trains. He also can’t keep them out of his mouth. Whenever I turn my back, I hear poor William cry, “Don’t eat the trains, Fergus!” […] (video)

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Important News: Arsenic in Rice

Two reports came out today showing that many popular rice foods are contaminated with arsenic. Arsenic is a known human carcinogen and the EPA assumes that there is no “safe” level of exposure to inorganic arsenic. The U.S. is the world’s leading user of arsenic. Residues from lead-arsenate pesticides linger in agricultural soil, though their […]

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5 Uses For Vinegar In the Kitchen

Vinegar is safe and cheap. There might be a hundred ways to use it in the kitchen. Here are five. […]

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Under the Sink, Part II: EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning

I’ve just gathered all our household cleaners and looked them up on EWG’s 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Before I reveal what I found, a bit of background on the guide. EWG reviewed more than 2,000 products and gave them grades of A though F, using algorithms to account for hazardous ingredients, possible contaminants, toxic […]

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In the News

Common plasticizer linked to childhood skin problem (Environmental Health News, 9/12/12). A study shows that children with higher prenatal exposures to the phthalate BBzP are at greater risk of developing eczema before age 2. Study links phthalates to asthma (Plastics News, 9/7/12). The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in NYC found that children between […]

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