Monday, October 15, 2018

Are "x- Free" Nail polishes just as Harmful as Conventional Polishes?

I have two boys but if there is anything I know about little girls is that the many of them love to get a special manicure and/or pedicure just like there mamas.    Just today we were at a preschool birthday party and two little girls came to show me their glittery nails.

I also get asked by mamas quite often about safe nail polishes for their children.  Lucky for them (and us grown women who enjoy having manis and pedis) in the past couple of years there has been an explosion in the 'eco/clean' nail polish market.  Many new nail brands and even older established brands now proudly claim to be "three free"- meaning that they are made without dibutyl phthalate (a plasticizer used to enhance a polish’s texture and function, but that is linked to potential reproductive and developmental problems), toluene (a nervous system and developmental disruptor) and formaldehyde (a carcinogen). 

After the popularity of '3 Free' skyrocketed, we began to see the arrival of seemingly newer, greener brands that claim to go beyond the '3 free' and have eliminated even more chemicals commonly used in nail polish, labeling their products “five-free,” “10-free” and even “13-free.”  But what do these labels mean? Is anyone regulating these labels?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

7 Popular Artificial Additives Banned By the FDA

Photo credit:  @icecream

Not all mint ice creams are created equally- while some, like our local favorite homemade recipe (find it below!) or the one pictured by @sweetrosecreamery in LA, are made using real mint leaves, others are made using artificial flavors.   
This week, the FDA announced that 7 synthetic food additives, including one commonly used to provide mint flavoring in foods like ice cream, will be banned from use in food.
The announcement came after the FDA received a petition signed by environmental and consumer groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Food Safety, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Breast Cancer Fund and the Environmental Working Group.

Why are these artificial flavors being banned now?

The synthetic flavors have been known, for a while, to cause cancer in animals.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

New In Home Glyphosate Test For Food and Water

I know a lot of my followers felt frustrated and confused when some of their children's favorite daily breakfast foods  (some organic!) were found to contain high levels of glyphosate (read more on this in my post " IS THERE A CANCER CAUSING PESTICIDE IN MY KIDS FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOODS?!").  The thing is,  glyphosate, the main ingredient in the widely used  pesticide Round Up is considered a carcinogen by the World Health Organization and the herbacide has also been found to be dangerous even at "low safe levels" . 

Now, finally, we can all find out if some of the items in our own kitchens contain the presence of glyphosate- @thedetoxproject is now selling a home test kit for glyphosate: The GlyphoCheck™ Home Test for Glyphosate in Food and Water.

Monday, September 24, 2018

BPA's 'Safe Daily Level' Might Be Enough to Lead to Type 2 Diabetes

Last week I wrote about why you should be weary of all Bisphenols - ie chemicals similar to BPA that are being used as its substitute in 'BPA free products' and which have been found to be just as harmful to our health (read more here).

Today, a new study came out showing yet another reason why BPA, even at levels considered 'safe' by the US EPA and FDA is harmful to humans.

We know that BPA mimics estrogen,  and can disrupt the brain and hormonal systems.  We know that it may be linked to insulin resistance,  obesity,   breast cancer and metabolic disorders including polycystic ovarian syndrome in women,  and low sperm count in men.  

Past animal studies have suggested a correlation between BPA exposure and insulin resistance/type II diabetes.  But now, a small US based study from the University of Missouri  found that exposing adult humans to the presumed US 'safe' daily BPA dose affected the body's insulin response to glucose, ie this 'safe' dose may be enough to have implications for the development of Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Why "BPA Free" is Not A Safer Alternative

Most of us know what BPA is - or at least where it is used: BPA is a chemical that is often used in clear, shatterproof plastics, such as baby bottles and food-storage containers, as well as the liners of metal food cans and even in thermal store receipts.

WE know that bisphenol A, BPA, should be avoided. WE have known that for about twenty years and in that time countless studies have been published showing how BPA does indeed have a serious effect on the developing brain, heart, lung, prostate, mammary gland, sperm and eggs. In fact, so much is known about BPA that it is probably one of the most well known and well studied chemicals - which is why our stores are filled with BPA free plastic.

Parents everywhere still routinely seek out 'BPA FREE' items for their children because the underlying assumption is that if it is BPA free it must be safe.

But is it?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mom's Gut Can Determine Child's Autism Risk

A new study published in The Journal of Immunology has found a link between the gut microbiome and autism. According to the researchers from the Center for Brain Immunology at the University of Virginia, it is not our own microbiome that could affect whether or not we develop autism – it is our mom's.

The microbiome can shape the developing brain in multiple ways," John Lukens, lead researcher explained… and an unhealthy microbiome in the mom can create problems for the baby.

What is the microbiome?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Our Kids Are Exposed to Lead Every Day and We Could Have the Power to Stop it- Here is How

Did you know?

  • Reuters identified more than 3,300 U.S. neighborhood areas with documented childhood lead poisoning rates double those found in Flint.
  • In Los Angeles County:  Reuters identified 323 neighborhood areas where the rate of elevated lead tests in kids was at least as high as in Flint.

These included rich and poor neighborhoods.

Lead is still very much a problem affecting our children.  

Also dangerous?  California, and other states, do not require lead testing in young children- so many more children could have elevated lead blood levels and not know it. Have your children been tested for lead?