Monday, February 29, 2016

P&G Reveals Huge List of Ingredients They Do Not Use In Their Fragrances - This is a Big Deal!

Today, Procter and Gamble, one of the worlds largest and most popular producers of personal care and home care products made public a list of 140 chemicals it does not use in any fragrances in its brands.

This is great news because, among the chemicals listed that they do not use, are many chemicals that have been linked to endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity and cancer.

Fragrance is used in just about all personal care and household products.   Shampoos, soaps, moisturizers, makeup, cleaning supplies, detergents etc all contain fragrance.

Traditionally the chemicals used in any given fragrance have been considered a trade secret and thus companies do not legally have to disclose what chemicals are used in any given fragrance. Dozens and even hundreds of different chemicals,  can be used in one fragrance, including known endocrine disruptors or carcinogens and yet the public has no way of knowing.

When a multinational like Procter & Gamble publishes a list of chemicals it does not use it is a great step towards transparency and gives more power to the consumer to decide what chemicals they want to or do not want to expose their family too.   Knowledge is power.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $72 Million in Ovarian Cancer/ Talcum Powder Case: Are All Baby Powders Unsafe?

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Johnson and Johnson has been ordered to pay $72 million by a judge due to a baby powder related cancer death.  

Have you ever (or do you still?) used baby powder on yourself or on your babies?  I remember growing up I used to love the smell of baby powder and often used it.  It is a product that, as the name would seem to imply, should be so pure and safe that it is a powder you can use on babies... and yet for years (since the 1970's!) studies have shown links to ovarian cancer in woman.   More recently, in June 2013,  a study in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research found that women who used talcum body powder as a feminine hygiene produce may face a 20% to 30% greater risk of ovarian cancer compared to those who do not apply talc.

This week, Johnson and Johnson was found guilty of continuing to market baby 

Monday, February 22, 2016

(Organic) Milk , It Does the Body Good

Could consuming organic milk and organic meat not only decrease the amount of pesticides you ingest but actually be healthier for your health?

It seems so!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What to Never Buy at a Dollar Store

The local dollar store. Many people, especially parents, turn to these stores to provide numerous products for their family’s everyday use.

In fact, Dollar Stores are in almost every town in the nation, and are a lifeline for many families, especially low income families that turn to these stores not only for every day staples but for gifts for their young children. According to the Moms Clean Air Force “ the top three dollar store chains – Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar – together operate almost 24,000 stores in the US, compared to about 4,000 Walmarts…they are expanding faster than other retailers”

Regardless of your family's social economic status, you and your children have and will probably come into contact with products purchased at dollar stores.... in fact, I remember last year our private preschool recommended we buy stickers and trinkets at dollar stores to donate for the school's yearly Halloween trick or treat event. 

So, we know there are great deals to be found - but at what cost (pun intended)? How safe are the products found at Dollar Stores? The folks at HealthyStuff. org recently completed a test of over 160 popular products at four major ‘dollar store’ retailers—Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only—in six U.S. states.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

STOP! Read This Before Buying A New Mattress Or Sofa!

If you have followed this blog you know that today, thanks to recent changes in Californian laws, furniture companies no longer have to use highly toxic flame retardant chemicals (for specifics pertainig to this law please read our blog post Your Guide to Stress Free Flame Retardant Free Furniture Shopping

These changes are actually huge news for the country; as in, open the Champaign, yell at the top of you lungs, do a little dance,  great, huge news!  Finally we can easily buy upholstered furniture without flame retardants!   Finally our home can be a little less toxic.

But can we?   Now that the laws have changed- are flame retardant free furniture and mattresses readily available?  After 40 years of applying these chemicals to everything, are manufacturers changing their ways and looking for non chemical alternatives now that the laws no longer requires them? Is buying flame retardant free furniture or mattresses as simple as walking into a store and choosing any item you like?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Behold the Power of the Lemon!

This February, inspired by a bucket full of lemons my awesome neighbor dropped off this past weekend from their lemon tree, I have a new goal:  try to get my little munchkins to start drinking fresh lemonade.  It is a great habit I would like to instill in them from this early age...

Why?  Well, lemons are really, truly, one of natures superfoods.  They are LEGIT!

Among the reasons these little, refreshening, bright yellow fruits are so amazing: