Friday, May 18, 2018

Banned in Hawaii: Is this Common Sunscreen Ingredient in Your Favorite Sunscreen?

Every year parents stop and ask me what sunblock I use- for myself and for my kids.   We all know we have to protect our families from the sun's dangerous rays... daily and year round if possible, however as more information is known about different popular chemicals used in sunscreens today- it can (and is ) confusing to know if your family's top choice is really just protecting you from the sun's rays and not also exposing you to harmful chemcicals.   Even my top choices have varied slightly through the years (although I have been pretty faithful to 2-3 of them for the last 3 years or so... more on that later) 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Are The Water Fountains in Your Local School and Parks Tested for Lead?

This summer, Chicago is shutting off half of its outdoor drinking fountains amid lead concerns.  After the Flynt water crisis, the city of Chicago decided to test their park’s water fountains- their findings?  About a quarter of their public water fountains had lead levels exceeding 15 ppm.  

What is considered a high level of lead in water?
Believe it or not,  there is no federal standard for the amount of lead found in tap water at individual homes.  The federal government does have a 15 ppm 'action level' it loosely uses, but studies  have reported harmful effects when concentrations exceed the FDA’s standard for bottled water of no more than 5 parts per billion. 

Adding to the confusion, according to the EPA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Lead is unsafe to consume at any level" Ingesting tiny concentrations can permanently damage the developing brains of children.

What about my local park's water fountains?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Don't Gift Hormone Disrupting Chemicals for Mothers Day nor Teacher Appreciation Week!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week AND Mothers Day (also- the end of the school year is also approaching! ).   Many of us look to gift our moms and teachers something that let's them know we love them, appreciate them and are thankful.  Some of the most popular gifts for these special women in our lives (yes, I know men make wonderful teachers too!   but generally speaking these are better matches for women!)  on both special days are candles, luxurious body/face lotions and fragrant body washes.

If going this route- remember to avoid buying items that contain the words "fragrance" or "perfum" or that smell artificial.   Seek out products that specify in the ingredients that they use pure organic essential oils.  Otherwise?   We are gifting these special women items filled with hormone mimicking chemicals called phthalates !!

Scroll down to the end of this story for some of my favorites!

......And, because I know how popular candles are, here is a blog post from last year with my candle buying guide.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Low Dose Effect

The dose makes the poison and, basically, anything can kill you in high enough doses.   That is the thought behind most US based federal chemical regulations and general thinking with regards to chemicals.  Even too much water can be lethal- which is why many chemical companies and federal regulators tell you that you should not worry about small amounts of chemicals in every day items because they are "such small amounts that they can do no harm". The status quo for chemical regulation, thus, is to find 'safe' levels of chemicals ...assume that - because it is under a certain level- you will be safe.   

Research, however, has found two major flaws with this line of thought.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Baby Wipes and Food Allergies

photo credit:  Photofy

 A new study by Northwestern University researchers found that  childhood food allergies, which have been on the rise for years, are linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors including the use of baby wipes.

Basically, what the study found was  that food allergies are triggered when pre existing genetic factors that alter skin absorbency are combined with:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day Giveaway!

happy EARTH DAY!


 OVER $1700 IN VALUE!  

It’s super easy to enter and fun too….here’s how:

Step 1:   Follow @nontoxicmunchkin on Facebook and Instagram
Step 2:  Follow @Peurobaby on Facebook and Instagram
Step 3:  sign up for emails here

No Purchase Necessary. Eligible only for US entrants only, ages 18+. Facebook and Instagram are not responsible for this giveaway, hosted by Peurobaby and Non-Toxic Munchkin. Prizes will be (1) customizable Joolz Tailor Stroller and (1) virtual non-toxic room consult.  Monetary Value of the Prize is not substitutable. Contest runs from 4/22 to 5/12/18, with winner selected and announced by 5/14/18. Winner will be informed by e-mail within 1 week of selection with instruction on how to claim the prizes. Winners can enter via e-mail and will be selected at random.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Why Home Cooked Meals Are Best for Babies and What to Do If You Just Dont Have the Time

Our second guest blog post is by Kerstin Kühn, an internationally acclaimed food writer and journalist, and obsessive foodie. Inspired by her daughter, Maxine, for whom she created a magical range of homemade baby purées, Kerstin took the plunge into mompreneurship and launched Little Foodie Club to teach more babies about healthy, adventurous eating. She has made it her life's work to help other moms (and dads) to feed their babies the freshest, tastiest and healthiest food possible even if they don't have the time or inspiration to cook it themselves. Her curated meal plans, developed in conjunction with leading pediatricians, expose babies to an evolving range of delicious flavors and organic ingredients from the very first mouthful. 

As adults, we care about what we eat. We buy organic vegetables, pasture-raised meats and generally aim to eat freshly cooked meals over store-bought ready meals, not only because it tastes better but because we understand that processed foods aren’t good for us. They’re full of additives, preservatives, sugar and salt and excess consumption of processed foods, we know, can lead to all sorts of health problems. 

So why do so many of us not apply the same logic when it comes to feeding our babies?