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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 experts, warn that microwave energy drives harmful chemicals from plastic into the food. That’s bad for babies, but also for mamas and daddies. Avoid the problem by never using plastic containers or plastic wrap in the microwave.

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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 in rice, Pediatricians advise on rice consumption for children (Chicago Tribune, 9/19/12) Dr. Philip Landrigan and other leading pediatricians advise parents to avoid feeding their children rice for the next few years, especially if the rice is from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, or Texas.

BPA linked to obesity in white children (Environmental Health News, 9/18/12) White children exposed to high levels of BPA are five times more likely to be obese than children with low levels, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Do You Idle?

The Children’s Environmental Health Center released a list of the top ten chemicals found in consumer products that are suspected to contribute to autism and learning disabilities. As I sit at a sidewalk cafe in New Orleans, writing and watching traffic, I’m thinking about #7 on that list: automotive exhaust. Will you join me in […]

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Dr. Landrigan’s Healthy Pregnancy Tips

Dr. Philip Landrigan is a pediatrician and the director of Mt. Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center. Here’s a link to his 8 tips for a healthy pregnancy. They include beware of lead, eat only safe fish, and avoid phthalates and BPA. Landrigan’s advice should be heeded not only by pregnant women, but also by those […]

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Time to Wash the Curtains?

I was diagnosed with asthma when I was a toddler. I wish that made me unique, but 20 million Americans have asthma. Asthma has a genetic component and an environmental component. Like other children with one asthmatic parent, Sweet William and Darling Fergus have 1 in 3 chance of developing it. An environmental exposure might […]

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