Friday, December 29, 2017

When Your Daughter's Makeup Contains Asbestos....

photocredit:  inhabitots.com

Little girls love playing with makeup.   Add glitter and it could possible be the best gift ever for the holidays. 

This holidays, however, a mother in Rhode Island decided to send her six year old daughter's gifted makeup to an independent lab (the mother works for a law Firm, which specializes in asbestos class-action lawsuits.)... and it tested positive for Tremolite asbestos.  Yes, asbestos.  Tremolite asbestos has been linked to the cancer mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers.

The makeup products, that had been purchased at Claire's stores, have been pulled from store shelves until Claire's conducts their own investigation.  The items included are( please check the Claire’s website for more information):

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Could You Be Feeding Your Baby and Family Arsenic With Breakfast?



No parent, or any person for that matter, would knowingly eat a food they knew contained the neurotoxin lead. We all know about the toxic effects of lead on the brain (particularly the developing brain of a fetus and infant/young child). However, 80% of infants in the United States, are eating a staple baby food product that is exposing them to potentially dangerous levels of another neurotoxin : arsenic.

Dr Phillip Landrigan, 
Dean of Global Health and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai, explained to us ,“Arsenic is a proven human carcinogen, a cancer-causing chemical. It is also a neurotoxin, a chemical that is toxic to the developing brain and nervous system of a young child. ” Landrigan added, “ Both lead and arsenic can cause injuring to the developing brains of children. This injury can result in lowered IQ, shortened attention span and behavioral problems.”

So, what are babies eating that is exposing them to arsenic?


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Tree Showdown 2017: Natural Trees vs Artificial Trees




I love real Christmas trees.  I love how they smell, how they look and I love the experience of going with my family to pick “the perfect tree”.  It becomes the center of our holiday celebrations, the place where we take family photos every year, around which we host holiday cocktail parties (or, truth be told these days, afternoon playdates)  and, of course, where Santa leaves his presents on Christmas morning.  

Last year, someone asked me if I thought that buying natural Christmas trees was damaging to the environment (cutting down so many trees)  - a valid question.  It also lead  me to thinking about artificial Christmas trees and whether or not they were better for the environment.  Here are my findings.