Friday, March 30, 2018

Eating Out Exposes You To A Lot More Harmful Pthalates

What am I going to cook tonight?   That is a question that haunts many a parent every single night.  At our house, truthfully I actually enjoy cooking and put things together last minute (usually some veggies and a protein and then maybe I will add a noodle, tortilla, polenta or quinoa into the mix), experimenting with mediums (stovetop, roasted etc) and sauces / or no sauces.   But, even though I  love cooking, I also need a break from time to time (hello weekends!!!)- and so our family usually eats out or orders take in on the weekends.

A new study, however, might make you and us more likely to cook a home cooked meal- at least a couple of times a week.   Turns out that eating outside the home—at restaurants, fast-food joints, and cafeterias, including delivery and take-out—is correlated with higher body levels of phthalates.

What are Phthalates and how do they get into our food?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Does the Bottle Water You Drink From Contain Plastic Particles? New Study Says Probably

Many of my client's (for non-toxic living home consulting) rely on plastic water bottles for their family's water needs.   Some have an in- home (or in office) delivery service, while many other buy single use water bottles in bulk at their local supermarket.  This  practice is becoming increasingly common around the world.  In fact,  1 million plastic water bottles are sold every single minute in the world (that is 20,000 per second!!) .   480 billion were sold in 2016! 

The environmental impact of so many single use water bottles is pretty astronomical: Of the 480 billion sold in 2016, less than 50% were collected for recycling. The remaining plastic water bottles will be littering our planet (many in our oceans) for thousands of years to come.

But, what - if any- are the long term health impacts of drinking from plastic water bottles?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Could Lavender and Tea Tree Oil in Shampoos, Soaps and Ointments Lead to Abnormal Breast Growth in Young Boys?

New research questions the safety of beloved lavender and tea tree essential oils

Many moms and dads know that lavender can help relax and help babies sleep (and adults!).  This is the reason so many natural and conventional baby shampoo, bath soaps and other products contain the popular essential oil.  Similarly, tea tree oil has well known and pretty amazing antiseptic properties and is often used as a natural alternative to antibacterial chemicals.   

Within the 'natural' / 'non-toxic' living community, however, there have been murmurs about lavender potentially having endocrine disrupting properties- but not a lot of follow up, nor large scale studies have been conducted to back up these claims.   That is, until now.    A new study is adding  further evidence to the potential hormone disruptive properties that both lavender and tea tree oils had been suspected of having in the past.  This study found that the essential oils are somehow competing with or hindering the hormones that control male characteristics, resulting in abnormal breast growth in young boys—called prepubertal gynecomastia—. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

What's That Smelly (and Toxic) New Rug Smell and How to Avoid It

Kids love playing on the floor- giving them
 direct contact to your rugs and any chemical
 being given off by them

Such a common scenario: Excited parents decorating their baby's nursery or child's bedroom or playroom pick out the perfect accent rug that helps the entire room come together...... only to realized when they get home that a very strong odor is suddenly present. A REALLY. STRONG. ODOR. As I have said a couple of times on this blog, it is always smart to follow your nose when it comes to chemicals... if it smells strong, it usually involves a chemical... and with carpets and rugs this is usually the case.

As a parent, you might have worried about the chemicals in the mattress your kids are sleeping on, or about the chemicals in the food they eat and/or the chemicals in the toys they play with and/or place in their mouths. Equally important, and sometimes overlooked, are the chemicals in the carpets and rugs we choose for our homes- especially since carpeting accounts for 51% of the total U.S. flooring market.

Given the amount of time small children spend on or around carpets and their vulnerability to chemical exposure – small children are more susceptible to 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Is Your Makeup Safe Enough for Your Daughter?

Little girls love to play with their mama's makeup.... I remember doing it and loving those 'special occasions', like a ballet performance, when I myself was allowed to where a bit of my mom's makeup.  

Today, I kind of cringe when I see little girls and teenagers using makeup.   

Girls are starting younger every day to use makeup- sometimes its for a dance recital, or special event and by the preteen or early teens many are already using daily makeup products.   Pregnant women sometimes count on extra makeup to help them achieve that ‘natural glow’ when it doesn’t come naturally…..   bottom line?  Women, teens and young girls use makeup and since makeup is not  regulated by any governing body there can be a whole lot of nasty chemicals in  makeup. I mean, the EU has banned 1300 chemicals from beauty products deeming these thousand + chemicals to0 dangerous for human use…..  the US has only partially banned  30 chemicals - so basically buy makeup in the US and you are exposing yourself to 1,270 chemicals that the Europeans deemed to toxic for Europeans.  Makes you kind of wonder