Friday, August 17, 2018

Is There A Cancer Causing Pesticide in My Kids Favorite Breakfast Foods?!

Earlier this week I posted about how Monsanto, the company that makes the popular weed killer Roundup, has been ordered to pay $289 million USD to a terminally ill school groundsman who used Roundup weedkiller and claims the pesticide contributed to his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (read the full article here

Now, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is again in the news.   The Environmental Working Group just published a report whre they found glyphosate in the majority of samples of common breakfast products made with conventionally and organically grown oats. 

The organization tested 45 products and found that 43 tested positive for the chemical; 31 contained  levels above what EWG scientists have determined is safe for children’s health (they all tested well below what the EPA has determined safe for kids.  EWG's safety level is about 100 times lower than what EPA says is safe). 

They tested both non-organic and organic oats.  ORganic items showed much lower levels of the pesticide, however  5 of the 16 organic samples still tested positive for containing glyphosate ( all were deemed safely under the EWG  level of danger for children).

The Results: 
Tested positive for potentially dangerous levels of glyphosate: 

Quaker Oats products:
  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats *
  • Steel Cut Oats *
  • Simply Granola Oats Honey
  • Raisin and Almonds
  • Dinosaur Eggs Instant Oatmeal * 
  • Umpqua Oats, Maple Pecan

  • Lucky Charms
  • Cheerios *
  • Barbara's Multigrain Spoonfuls
  • Barbara's Multigrain Spoonfuls, Original, Cereal
  • Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran oat cereal

  • Back to Nature Classic Granola
  • Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats 'n Honey
Granola Bars
  • Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats 'n Honey
  • Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar

  • Bob’s Red Mill oats steel cut oats 
  • Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal
  • Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream
  • Nature's Path Organic Old Fashioned Organic Oats
  • Giant Instant Oatmeal *
* had the highest levels 

Items that tested positive for low/“safe” levels of the weed-killer,


  • Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters
  • KIND Vanilla, Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
Granola Bars
  • Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, Strawberry
  • Whole Foods Bulk Bin conventional rolled oats
  • Bob's Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (4 samples tested)

Items Tested with undetectable levels of weed killer

Granola/ Granola Bars
  • Nature's Path Organic Honey Almond granola
  • Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry, granola bar
  • 365 Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal, Original
  • Kashi Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted cereal

Glyphosate has been classified by the World Health Organization as "probably carcinogenic to humans"  and was added to California's Prop 65 List of Chemicals Known to Cause Cancer.  Read more here 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

One Court Order EPA to Ban Popular Pesticide, While Another Orders Monsanto To Pay Millions To Terminal Cancer Patient who Used Roundup

Last week HUGE news on two very very toxic pesticides broke.

1. The 9th District Court has ordered the EPA to finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos. 

 The reason? " undisputed findings that the pesticide is unsafe for public health, and particularly harmful to children and farm workers".....specifically: "scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neural developmental damage to children.”

What is chlorpyifos? How does this ban affect me?

Sunday, August 5, 2018

2018 Back to School Guide

These lunchboxes showcase his favorite characters... but are they safe?

If you want to skip to see the items I am recommending you can find my selections in my Amazon SHOP (click SHOP in the menu at the top of this page!) 

Back to School is upon us all and kids and parents everywhere are looking to buy this year’s supplies that will fit our kid’s personalities, last (at least!) the entire year and that won’t expose them to nasty toxic chemicals.   

The good news is that every year there are more safe, stylish and non-toxic supplies available.  The bad news?  I recently spent two hours at Target sifting through countless backpacks, lunchboxes and other school supplies.   The backpack area, specifically, was exhausting.   Most labels are either non existent or vague or misleading. Its easy to spot the vinyl  (shiny plastic) and fruity smelling supplies but its the more tricky chemicals, like water proofing chemicals or antibacterial chemicals, that are much harder.  

My take away from my trip to Target and my own Back to School prep this year? 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Helping Your Kids To Naturally Detox

We are all exposed to varying amounts of toxins and heavy metals throughout our lives- many of us on a daily basis.  The reason heavy metals, especially, are so worrisome for children is that they are neurotoxins (ie something that can alter the function or structure of the nervous system, including the brain) and they like to accumulate in our bodies through time.

Common sources of heavy metals include

Monday, July 30, 2018

Pediatricians Recommend Avoiding Plastics

The AAP is telling parents to avoid lunches like these for our kids

For almost 9 years I have been writing about the potential harmful heath effects that plastics can have on our children and recommending to stop, when possible, using plastic and switching to safer alternatives like glass and stainless steel.  This week, FINALLY the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) sent out a statement  urging families to limit the use of plastic food containers and consume less processed foods and food additives in order to lower children’s exposures to chemicals in food and food packaging that are tied to health problems.

Today, more than 10 000 chemicals are allowed to be added to food and food contact materials in the United States, either directly or indirectly

Monday, July 23, 2018

Easy Make-At-Home Boron-Free Slime

Slime. Its hard to find a kid who doesn't like or isn't fascinated with slime. Its... slimy... and, well just fun.  It has also been having a moment - for about a year now countless kids throughout the nation have been obsessed with slime.   More than 1.2 million results appear on YouTube from a search for "homemade slime" as of March of this past year.

This is why it is especially worrisome that Which? , a U.K.-based charity, this week published the results of their testing of 11 popular slime products which found 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Squishies Giving Off Dangerous Chemicals

Are your kids into squishies?    I have seen them everywhere - especially hanging from kids backpacks all around
town.  Fact is, squishies are a thing- a big thing.  These soft colorful toys made from memory foam, have gained
popularity world wide- so much so that New York Magazine called them “ the next fidget spinners”. The toys have
captivated the attention of kids everywhere, especially 5-12 year olds, who either collect them or, basically, just
squish them (kind of like a stress ball). Squishies are available in larger sizes and key chain size and just about
everywhere from Target to Walmart to your local toy store and of course all over the internet.

This summer, authorities in Denmark ( their local EPA) decided to test the toys after noticing the chemical and fragrant smell they emitted.  The testing found that: