Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Coming Soon- The First Flame Retardant Free Infant Car Seat




(in December 2016 a new study tested 15 car seats for flame retardant chemicals.   To read the results, and how this Uppababy model did, read our blog post ' FLAME RETARDANTS CHEMICALS STILL USED IN ALL BUT ONE CAR SEAT BRAND TESTED (NEW STUDY)


We talk a lot about flame retardants and car seats on this blog.    Parents constantly contact me for the newest studies and for help in determining what car seat they should buy for their munchkins that will be safe and also expose them to the least amount of toxic flame retardants.


The laws, currently, in the US require all children's car seats to meet the same flammability standards as the rest of the car interior.  To do this most car seat companies add chemical flame retardants.   The problem with flame retardants is that they are known to be linked to a long list of serious ailments including cancer, birth defects, reproductive harm, developmental challenges, infertility and hormone disruption.    

Michigan's Ecology Center is the most recent study  that specifically tested for flame retardants in car seats and they found all car seats had flame retardants, however some were using flame retardants that are considered 'safer' while others were using some very well known and toxic flame retardants (we have a complete breakdown of this study and what the least toxic car seat option currently is in our blog post THE CAR SEAT DILEMMA: THEY SAVE LIVES BUT COULD THEY BE MAKING KIDS SICK? HOW TO CHOOSE THE LEAST TOXIC CAR SEAT IN 2015  you can also shop for the models that tested with the lowest levels of toxic flame retardant in our Amazon Shop.  Click on the link !) 

Duke University's Superfund  Research Center has also been actively testing for flame retardants in many products, including car seats.   Their most recently published results (accounting for testing done through June 2016) tested 98 car seats of which 72  tested positive for more than one flame retardant.   Unfortunately for us parents,  they cannot reveal the brands of the 26 cars seats found not to contain the toxic flame retardants.  


The good news is that last week Uppa Baby revealed their 2017 car seat model which they claim will be " a first-to-market fire retardant free infant car seat ".  Their MESA model in Henry (blue marl color) will use a naturally fire resistant wool blend to achieve the fire protection the law requires without added chemicals. This wool blends  will make up the seat fabric & SIP carriage cover.   The idea being, they can meet the flammability standard by encasing the foam in the car seat with naturally fire resistant fabric.

In the past, company's like Orbit baby, have made claims to not use fire retardant chemicals and have been found to indeed be using  the worse kind of fire retardant chemicals - so we really really hope Uppa Baby is serious with their new product and that other companies then follow their lead.   We will have to wait some months to see!

The 2017 Mesa  with the Henry color is here and retails for $349.  You can buy it on Amazon here: 
UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat, Henry

June 2017 UPDATE:
The UppaBaby Mesa Car Seat in Henry Fabric is finally available on Amazon!
Click on the link below!
UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat, Henry


Sunday, October 23, 2016

How One Purchase Solved My Chronic Back Pain




I have been dealing with horrible chronic lower back pain for years.  It became significantly worse during and after my second pregnancy ( 4 years ago).   Ever since then, I  have woken up stiff and dealt with pain daily.   Sitting on the floor to play with my young sons was incredibly painful. As anyone that has had chronic back pain can tell you:  it is debilitating, and it affects the quality of your life.  No joke. 

I tried everything; yoga ( temporary relief, but no long term help), stretching (temporary relief, but no long term help), massage, chiropractor ( no help) and acupuncture ( best results, but pain came back).  Finally, I decided to purchase a mattress topper for my bed and voila- I kid you not- my back has gotten significantly better.   It is all but gone (I still carry a big 3 year old around so I do have a bit of back pain on occasion but nothing like a couple of months ago!).  

Clearly, not all back pain has the same cause and thus, this might not be the solution for everyone, but in my case it has been life changing.   I wish I had figured this out years ago, especially during my pregnancy - I could have saved myself countless sleepless nights and uncomfortable mornings!

Friday, October 14, 2016

THE NEW BREAST CANCER PREVENTION ROUTINE: HOW CHEMICALS AND TIMING PLAY A ROLE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR OWN CHILDREN DECREASE THEIR RISK: Benzene and Butadiene


This is part 5 of our 5 part series.  If you have already read the other entries feel free to scroll down to where we have the information on today's chemical :  Benzene & Butadiene

When we talk about breast cancer, prevention is key.  

Do as many things as you can do to decrease your risk of getting cancer will always be a better game plan than dealing with it once you already have it, obviously.   

Today, many well known organizations and breast cancer specialist agree that avoiding certain environmental chemicals should and need to be taken seriously as part of what any woman does to prevent breast cancer.   ( Four authoritative panels have already  pointed to further study of environmental chemicals as a promising direction for prevention: Cogliano et al. 2011; IBCERCC 2013; Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011;  and the President’s Cancer Panel 2010).

The timing of the exposure to endocrine disputing chemicals also has a lot to do with how big an impact these chemicals can  have on a person.  There are periods of development called " windows of susceptibility"  where the breast is especially sensitive to environmental exposures.   These are:
  1. during fetal development (when the organ is formed)
  2. during puberty 
  3. during pregnancy ( both during pregnancy and after lactation, when the breast tissue remodels)

During these periods,  an environment is created in which the mammary gland is sensitive to environmental factors that can lead to cancer.  Sometimes the impact of a chemical is seen at birth,  but for chemicals linked to breast cancer, often times  it remains hidden until years even decades later (ie.  when breast cancer is diagnosed). 

Thus, a key way to protect yourself and daughters (and sons since breast cancer affects men too) comes down to decreasing their exposure to estrogen mimicking chemicals from the moment of conception and throughout puberty (early childhood - puberty is ideal) as well as during a woman's pregnancy. 


This week we are talking about the 4 common and potentially harmful estrogen mimicking chemicals that have links to breast cancer.  Yesterday we spoke about BPA, today we will focus on a common, although lesser known, chemical duo and its :  Benzene and Butadiene


Benzene and Butadiene

Thursday, October 13, 2016

THE NEW BREAST CANCER PREVENTION ROUTINE: HOW CHEMICALS AND TIMING PLAY A ROLE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR OWN CHILDREN DECREASE THEIR RISK: PARABENS

Parabens are commonly found in makeup... the good news is that
 many new brands like RMS Beauty (pictured) avoid parabens and are
great products - make the switch to safe!

This is part 4 of our 5 part series.  If you have already read the other entries feel free to scroll down to where we have the information on today's chemical :  parabens!

Background Information
When we talk about breast cancer, prevention is key.  

Do as many things as you can do to decrease your risk of getting cancer will always be a better game plan than dealing with it once you already have it, obviously.   

Today, many well known organizations and breast cancer specialist agree that avoiding certain environmental chemicals should and need to be taken seriously as part of what any woman does to prevent breast cancer.   ( Four authoritative panels have already  pointed to further study of environmental chemicals as a promising direction for prevention: Cogliano et al. 2011; IBCERCC 2013; Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011;  and the President’s Cancer Panel 2010).

The timing of the exposure to endocrine disputing chemicals also has a lot to do with how big an impact these chemicals can  have on a person.  There are periods of development called " windows of susceptibility"  where the breast is especially sensitive to environmental exposures.   These are:
  • - during fetal development (when the organ is formed)
  • - during puberty 
  • - during pregnancy ( both during pregnancy and after lactation, when the breast tissue remodels)

During these periods,  an environment is created in which the mammary gland is sensitive to environmental factors that can lead to cancer.  Sometimes the impact of a chemical is seen at birth,  but for chemicals linked to breast cancer, often times  it remains hidden until years even decades later (ie.  when breast cancer is diagnosed). 

Thus, a key way to protect yourself and daughters (and sons since breast cancer affects men too) comes down to decreasing their exposure to estrogen mimicking chemicals from the moment of conception and throughout puberty (early childhood - puberty is ideal) as well as during a woman's pregnancy. 

This week we are talking about the 4 common and potentially harmful estrogen mimicking chemicals that have links to breast cancer.  Yesterday we spoke about BPA, today we will focus on another common chemical:   parabens.

PARABENS

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The New Breast Cancer Prevention Routine: How Chemicals and Timing Play a Role and How You Can Help Your Own Children Decrease Their Risk: BPA

Photo credit:  Growing Your Baby

Overview

When we talk about breast cancer, prevention is key.  

Do as many things as you can do to decrease your risk of getting cancer will always be a better game plan than dealing with it once you already have it, obviously.   

Today, many well known organizations and breast cancer specialist agree that avoiding certain environmental chemicals should and need to be taken seriously as part of what any woman does to prevent breast cancer.   ( Four authoritative panels have already  pointed to further study of environmental chemicals as a promising direction for prevention: Cogliano et al. 2011; IBCERCC 2013; Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011;  and the President’s Cancer Panel 2010).

The timing of the exposure to endocrine disputing chemicals also has a lot to do with how big an impact these chemicals can  have on a person.  There are periods of development called " windows of susceptibility"  where the breast is especially sensitive to environmental exposures.   These are:

  • during fetal development (when the organ is formed)
  • during puberty 
  • during pregnancy ( both during pregnancy and after lactation, when the breast tissue remodels)
During these periods,  an environment is created in which the mammary gland is sensitive to environmental factors that can lead to cancer.  Sometimes the impact of a chemical is seen at birth,  but for chemicals linked to breast cancer, often times  it remains hidden until years even decades later (ie.  when breast cancer is diagnosed). 

Thus, a key way to protect yourself and daughters (and sons since breast cancer affects men too) comes down to decreasing their exposure to estrogen mimicking chemicals from the moment of conception and throughout puberty (early childhood - puberty is ideal) as well as during a woman's pregnancy. 

This week we are talking about the 4 common and potentially harmful estrogen mimicking chemicals that have links to breast cancer.  Yesterday we spoke about phthalates- chemicals commonly found in your makeup, fragrance, some plastics, toys, school supplies and vinyl.

Today we will focus on a very well known chemical:  

BPA (and  some of its replacement chemicals) 

Monday, October 10, 2016

The New Breast Cancer Prevention Routine: How Chemicals and Timing Play a Role and How You Can Help Your Own Children Decrease Their Risk: Phthalates

Phthalates have many uses - among them helping fragrance
"stick to" a product, including perfume.

Part 1 of 4:  Phthalates

When we talk about breast cancer, prevention is key.  

Do as many things as you can do to decrease your risk of getting cancer will always be a better game plan than dealing with it once you already have it, obviously.   

Today, many well known organizations and breast cancer specialist agree that avoiding certain environmental chemicals should and need to be taken seriously as part of what any woman does to prevent breast cancer.   ( Four authoritative panels have already  pointed to further study of environmental chemicals as a promising direction for prevention: Cogliano et al. 2011; IBCERCC 2013; Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011;  and the President’s Cancer Panel 2010).

The timing of the exposure to endocrine disputing chemicals also has a lot to do with how big an impact these chemicals can  have on a person.  There are periods of development called " windows of susceptibility"  where the breast is especially sensitive to environmental exposures.   These are:
  • during fetal development (when the organ is formed)
  • during puberty 
  • during pregnancy ( both during pregnancy and after lactation, when the breast tissue remodels)
During these periods,  an environment is created in which the mammary gland is sensitive to environmental factors that can lead to cancer.  Sometimes the impact of a chemical is seen at birth,  but for chemicals linked to breast cancer, often times  it remains hidden until years even decades later (ie.  when breast cancer is diagnosed).

Thus, a key way to protect yourself and daughters (and sons since breast cancer affects men too) comes down to decreasing their exposure to estrogen mimicking chemicals from the moment of conception and throughout puberty (early childhood - puberty is ideal) as well as during a woman's pregnancy. 


This week we are talking about the 4 common and potentially harmful estrogen mimicking chemicals that have links to breast cancer.  Today we will focus on the first one:  

PHTHALATES

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The New Breast Cancer Prevention Routine: How Chemicals and Timing Play a Role and How You Can Help Your Own Children Decrease Their Risk: A 5 Day Series


Think breast cancer prevention is only for adults?  Think again.
photo credit: Annamaria Zampona de Quintero

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.   For an increasing number of people, this disease hits close to home.  It seems, almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by this disease.  For me, both my mother and aunt are breast cancer survivors.  The disease scares me and scares just about every woman I know.

And with good reason.  A woman is diagnosed  with breast cancer every two minutes. In the 1960s, a woman’s lifetime risk for breast cancer was 1 in 20. Today it is 1 in 8.

So, what are you actively doing to prevent breast cancer in yourself and in your children (especially daughters) ?

What?  Can we really do something to help decrease our children's chances of developing breast cancer? The answer is:  yes we can.

Hopefully, your breast cancer prevention routine includes:  healthy eating, monthly breast self exams and  exercise.  But, science today, points at one major step in our daily routines that is being ignored by the majority of women for breast cancer prevention:   reducing our exposure to daily use chemicals already linked to breast cancer.  In fact, back in 2010 the President’s Cancer Panel reported that “the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated [and] . . . the American people—even before they are born—are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.