Thursday, January 31, 2019

Children's Fruit Juice a Worrisome Source of Heavy Metals Like Lead, Arsenic and Cadmium



photo credit:  Motts

Do your kids drink fruit juice?   If you do you are not alone; the great majority of parents in the US still give their children, ages three and under, fruit juices at least once a day.   Did you know that fruit juice is not really healthy?   Parents that know this usually cite the fact that it is packed with sugar and has been linked to the increasing obesity crisis in the US.  What many parents don't realize is that fruit juice, in the past, has been found to be a source of arsenic - a harmful heavy metal.   

Now, a new study by Consumer Reports has once again tested fruit juices and found many popular brands containing potentially harmful levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Non-Toxic Survival Guide for Rainy Days with (active) Kids



I know its supposed to be "April Showers bring May Flowers"  but here in Los Angeles we have been receiving  A LOT of rain this week (January!).

   As in Every. Single. Day. I personally love a good rainy day, especially when its cold too, but after about a week of non stop downpours with two very active boys I am ready for a break.

The good news?   Inspiration! Here is my  non-toxic, nature centric, survivor guide for rainy days with (active) kids.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Are You Flossing With PFAS Chemicals?

photo credit:  @thislittlemercy

If you use certain popular brands of dental floss you might be flossing with PFAS chemicals - the same chemical family of the very toxic and infamous 'Teflon chemicals' 

A new study by the Silent Spring Institute  , published this week in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, has found that dental floss is a source of toxic PFAS exposure in humans

What are PfAS chemicals?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Does A Flame Retardant Ban in San Francisco Mean Safer Furniture and Kids Items For You Too?


photo credit:  Charlie and Marlow



Residents of San Francisco (and maybe the rest of the country soon too?) can now worry less about exposing themselves and their children to extremely toxic flame retardant chemicals. This is because their city, as of January 1, 2019, has banned the sale of  (most) furniture and baby/children’s products made for residential use that contain or are made with a flame retardant chemical at a level above 1,000 parts per million.


What specific items are included in the new ordinance?
  • new upholstered furniture.  This is defined as : made with soft materials including fabric , padding, decking, barrier material, foam,  
  • old reupholstered furniture who’s foam has been replaced 

Beyond  upholstered furniture, the ban also includes juvenile products meant for residential use.  This includes, but is not limited to:   

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

19 Non-Toxic Living Tips for 2019





Want to live a healthier less toxic life, but don't know where to start? Here at Non-Toxic Munchkin my philosophy is simple:  small changes = big impact. 

 Any change you can make at home to decrease your exposure to any one chemical will have a big impact on you and your family's health.  With that in mind, here are 19 easy changes to make in 2019. 

 So, go ahead, print them out, place them on your fridge and start incorporating them into your daily routine! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Could Vitamin C Protect Us from Glyphosate's Toxic Effects?

Most of us have know that Vitamin C is good for us- but what exactly can it help us with?  
- Vitamin C helps with the development and repair of our body's tissue
- Vitamin C also is a great antioxidant
- People with high concentrations of Vitamin C in their blood have been shown to have a 42% lower risk of stroke. 
- new studies are now also finding it might help protect us from glyphosate- one of the most common pesticides (found in Monsanto's RoundUp and in a huge amount of foods we consume including, a recent study found, many breakfast basics)

First of all, you might be asking yourself- do I have to worry about glyphosate?  

Am I exposed to glyphosate?  

Yes. Yes we all are.

Glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp,  is widely used on food crops, as well as on residential lawns, gardens, schools and public parks.

Even if you eat certified organic food, glyphosate can cross contaminate organic crops and make its way into your food and (unfiltered) water.

Why is Glyphosate bad?
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen.”
  • It has been also linked to:   endocrine disruption, damage DNA and adversely affect fetal development.
  • newer research has shown it can affect your beneficial gut bacteria possibly leading to: diabetes, obesity, food allergies, autoimmune disease, autism, heart disease, cancer, asthma, irritable bowel disease, Celiac disease  
Is there anything I can do to protect myself from glyphosate?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fragrance and Antimicrobial Chemicals in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Lead to Earlier Puberty


Could some chemicals in the beauty and personal care products you used while pregnant trigger early puberty in your daughter? 

A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, says yes.  The study followed over 300 children from before birth to adolescence and  found that the girls who's mothers had  higher levels of diethyl phthalate and triclosan in their bodies during pregnancy were more likely to  experienced puberty at younger age.
Why is earlier puberty not ideal?