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My Little Valentines

Sweet William and Darling Fergus are getting ready for Valentine’s Day. This morning they made oat-corn muffins filled with berry jam, an allergen-free treat that Fergus can sample before we deliver them to our new neighbors. […]

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Beads are fun, but not healthy. Sweet William kept the frisbees and cups for outdoor play, but the beads and stuffed toys don't make it home. They smell of plastic and solvents.

At Home in New Orleans

My Sweet William is back from a hiatus and coming to you from New Orleans! We moved here from New York City a few days before Christmas and are happily settling into a beautiful new house that my husband designed. We’re tremendously proud of him and grateful for his demanding standards in building a non-toxic […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m just a little overwhelmed by the work crews passing through my home, so I’m going to focus on one tip guaranteed to make your Thanksgiving a little happier. When you warm those tasty leftovers, don’t use plastic in the microwave. Dr. Philip Landrigan of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, along with numerous scientists and health […]

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In the News

Do Coal Plants Really Kill People? Why Romney was right. (Slate, 11/19/12) “Coal-burning is bad, bad, bad for your health—and looking ahead, the best we can hope for is that it will get marginally better.” Making sense of arsenic and rice concerns (Boston Globe, 11/5/12) A pediatrician decides to tell parents in her practice to […]

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Flying With a Food-Allergic Baby

The countdown has begun! Tomorrow our family heads to San Francisco for Aunt Kathryn’s wedding. Sweet William and Darling Fergus are already experienced travelers, having visited different parts of the country by train, plane, and rental car. It feels like I’ve packed our bags a thousand times, but I get a little nervous when I […]

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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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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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