Thursday, November 23, 2017

Non-Toxic Holiday Shopping Guide: The Good, The Bad and Our Favorite Toys For Kids!


(Scroll down for the full guide!)
For their age, my kids know a lot about avoiding potentially harmful chemicals. We talk about it openly and organically (pun intended!) and I love the fact that they will grow up understanding what to avoid (soft plastics, strong artificial smells etc) and what to seek out (glass, stainless steel, wood etc). A topic that has been a bit tricky to navigate, however, are holiday gifts. They are under the impression that anything Santa would bring - regardless of what it is- would never be toxic to them because, as my then 5 year old said to me once, "Santa wouldn't put lead in my toys mommy, so don't worry"

Their logic makes sense; of course Santa Clause would never put lead or any other potentially harmful chemical in a toy he was making in the North Pole.

But, the sad reality is that sometimes toys that are left under the tree or gifted through other traditions during the holidays too often do contain harmful chemicals. And let's be honest, many of these toys end up in our children's mouths- thus directly exposing our munchkins to these toxins.

Let's take a closer look.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Acetominophens and ADHD: A Very Strong Link

Recent research out of Norway suggests that one of the most common pain relievers,  may have an effect on whether a child develops ADHD.  

The findings might paint part of the picture on why the last decades have seen a substantial increase in ADHD diagnosis; Acetaminophens are  one of the most common drug ingredient,  found in more than 600 different over-the-counter and prescription medicines, including generic and store brand pain relievers, fever reducers, and sleep aids as well as cough, cold, and allergy medicines.  Among them: 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How To Get Pesticides Off Your Fruit With a Kitchen Staple We All Have in Our Kitchens!

As the temperatures drop we are quickly moving deep into apple season.   Pretty soon your local farmers market will we full of all types of apples- a variety for every taste.   

For your home, when possible, you should always opt for  organic fruits and vegetables - especially for your children- especially if you are pregnant and especially apples since they tend to have high levels of pesticide residues when they are non-organic.

Certain produce absorb more pesticide chemicals than others (see our list of the 'Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen ' for a complete list of produce that have more pesticides and should be purchased organic and those that have absorb less pesticides and are safe to eat conventional),  But even for the most well meaning organic eater, there will be some instances when, whether due to budget or because you are away from home  you will have no choice than to eat non organic.

With this in mind, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,  set out to test
three common methods for cleaning non-organic fruits to see which worked best in the removal of surface and internalized pesticide residues from apples... which are one of the fruits which absorb and have the highest amounts of pesticides in the US

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Talking to Weelicious about the Non-Toxic Kitchen

Today I headed over to Weelicious and One Potato Box headquarters  to hang out with their founder, Catherine McCord.  We had a great time talking about all things healthy parenting and  specifically all things related to the non-toxic kitchen on her Facebook Live space.  We also answered some great questions from her followers and one lucky viewer won the most adorable (and  Non-Toxic Munchkin Approved!)  Petits et Maman wooden plate! 

Check out the link below to see the full episode!

  If you are curious about some of the items we mentioned during the Facebook Live here are some of the links:

Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker, Pre-Seasoned, 3.2-Quart

All-Clad Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Rack 51114 , 11" x 13"

Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set

Pyrex Basics Clear Oblong Glass Baking Dishes, 2 Piece Value Plus Pack Set

TeamFar Baking Sheet Set of 3, Stainless Steel Cookie Sheet Baking Tray Pan, Healthy & Non Toxic, Mirror Finish & Rust Free, Easy Clean & Dishwasher Safe

Lunchskins Reusable Quart Bag, Navy Blue Bike

Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag, Sandwich Bag, Sous vide Bag, Storage Bag, Aqua

Petits Et Maman Kids' Wood Plate Rabbit Fork and Spoon Set

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Why 'BPA free, Pthalate free and PVC free' Isn't Always the Best Choice

I saw this water bottle on my walk home today and couldn't help but think of the child who it belonged too... no doubt their parents bought this water bottle from a well known and 'trusted' company thinking it was a safe option for their child... it is marketed as "  BPA free, Pthalate free and PVC free'... so why wouldn't a parent think it is a safe option for their little one?  Well.....

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pesticides in Food Linked to Infertility and IVF Failure

Eating organic during pregnancy is always recommended
 but a new study shows just how important it might be for couples dealing with infertility

Eating organic might be more important than ever, especially if you are a couple struggling with infertility and undergoing fertility treatments. A new study has found a link between pesticides exposure( from eating non organic fruits and vegetables) and IVF failure rates.

The study, conducted by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is the first to  link daily 'low' levels of pesticide exposure, ( ie  that which is consumed in a typical non organic diet) with miscarriage in women undergoing fertility treatments

The study looked at