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?

Monday, December 3, 2018

2018/2019 Non-Toxic Car Seat Buying Guide : The Good, The Bad and the (Really) Ugly

photo redit:  ClekUSA

A new study by the Ecology Center was released today about the state of flame retardants in our children’s car seats. The Ecology Center has been the main independent source of chemical testing in car seats for the past 10 years. 
This year, they collaborated with researchers from Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame to incorporate detailed analytical results which were also published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. 

What's NEW in 2018

The Good- no- GREAT news

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Regrettable Substitution: What the EPA has found about Teflon's Replacements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its  toxicity assessments of two  widely popular chemicals: GenX and PFBS.  While they might not be household names, these two chemicals have slowly made their way into many US households as they have become the two go-to replacement chemicals for PFOA and PFOS aka the original Teflon chemicals.   

PFOA and PFOS were forced off the market due to their environment persistence and links to serious health issues including kidney and testicular cancer, immune system dysfunction, developmental and reproductive harm, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and liver damage.  After 2015, when PFOA was officially phased out in the US (PFOS was phased out prior), the chemical companies that produced these widely popular chemicals  quickly found 2 new replacement chemicals that achieved the desired nonstick, water proofing and grease proofing effects:  Gen X technology and PFBS.  While Gen X and PFBS were quickly put into circulation, none were  adequately tested for safety before being put on the market, because this is not required by the federal government.

Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Your Non-Toxic Munchkins!

This year's Non-Toxic Munchkin Holiday Gift List is aimed at helping you source fun, stylish, playful gifts your kiddos will love and play with all year round and which, of course, will not expose them to nasty harmful chemicals.  Non-Toxic Holiday Shopping without the added stress?  YES PLEASE!

Most of the items in this list are in my Amazon Shop, under 'Holiday Gift Guide' too!

for the builder

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Apple, Target & Walmart Scored a's but why did Nordstroms, Starbucks and Trader Joes Score Fs? What are Your Favorite Stores Doing to Protect You From Chemicals?

Wondering if you favorite stores  are taking any action to protect you from toxic chemicals?

Today, the third annual Who’s Minding the Store? report card was published and in it they ranks 40 top retailers on their actions on toxic chemicals and sustainability.  The companies selected for evaluation were among the top forty North American retailers by sales or commanded the largest market share in one of twelve major retail sectors… in other words we all shop at, at least some, of these retailers. 

Why Do We need Retailers to Protect Consumers from Toxic Chemicals?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

With Wildfires Becoming the 'New Normal' How to Protect Your Indoor Air

credit:  @alealexkruk

Take a deep breathe.  It is not very often that we stop to think about what we are breathing in, yet we do it over 20,000 times every day.  The reality is that the air we breathe is not always as pure as we would like to think it is.  Usually, the air is full of pollution, fragrances, cleaning products, paints, allergens, dust, pollen, mold spores, and, as is the case this particular week in California where I live, smoke from wildfires,  as well as a long list of other stuff that can actually affect our health and our young children's health in both the short term or long term.  

There are various reasons someone might consider buying a portable air purifier at home.
  1. If you live in an area where air quality/pollution is an issue(more on that below).  
  2. If you or someone in your home frequently works  with certain art materials (paints, glazes etc) which give off dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC's)
  3. if you live near an agricultural area where pesticides are often sprayed
  4. if you are remodeling or are moving into a recently built home
  5. mold problems
  6. Allergy sufferers (seasonal, pets, cigarette smoke etc)

Because this week in Southern California, so many communities have been facing serious, life threatening, wildfires I want to specifically talk about how these wildfires can affect the air that everyone, both near and far, breathes in.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Should I Be Avoiding Fluoride? A New Study Warns Pregnant Women to Stay Away

Is pregnancy exposure to fluoride a cause of early childhood ADHD?   According to a new study, it might be.  

This particular study has the participation of some very well known Universities and research entities including  experts from the University of Toronto, York University, the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, University of Michigan, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Harvard University. The team  specifically found:

1. "that children with elevated prenatal exposure to fluoride were more likely to show symptoms of ADHD " . Specifically "inattentive behaviors and cognitive problems, but not with hyperactivity.

The same team recently found in a previous study that higher levels of urine fluoride during pregnancy are associated with lower scores on tests of IQ and cognition in the school-age children.  

Wait- I thought Fluoride was safe and prevented cavities?!