Archive - November 2009

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How Did Dangerous Chemicals Like Phthalates Slip Past Science?
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Cleaning Baby’s Nursery Air with House Plants
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Naturepedic May Make You a Customized Mattress or Pad
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Can A Naturepedic Crib Mattress Help Mom Get More Sleep?
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Latex Banned in Massachusetts School District

How Did Dangerous Chemicals Like Phthalates Slip Past Science?

You can’t help but wonder how all these toxins are slipping by us. One after another, we find that chemicals we thought were safe are not. We use them in good faith, then find out they are implicated in very serious health conditions. You begin to lose your faith in science. How does this happen? There are many reasons behind it, but one problem is the testing protocols: for the most part, the chemicals (when tested at all) are tested for high level exposure (a large quantity in a short period of time), or occupational exposure (the level isn’t as high, but it is continual for eight or so hours every day.) What they have not traditionally checked for is the effects of continuous, low level exposure in a non-occupational setting. Which is one of the reasons why, after a chemical that has been tested with traditional protocols, found to be safe, and has even been on the market for[…]

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Cleaning Baby’s Nursery Air with House Plants

Years ago I read a book called “How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office.” The book is very informative. It covers the various factors that contribute to our poor indoor air quality – everything from the 1973 OPEC oil embargo to new materials used for building, furnishings, and so on – and tells us which plants absorb and help neutralize the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being emitted from these materials. It’s very specific – tells you which plants are good for which compounds. I lost my copy of the book in a move, and am definitely going to get another. The link above goes to Amazon.com if you’re interested in getting one. What reminded me of this book is that I just read the results of a two-year study conducted by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) on house plants cleaning indoor air. They put each plant in sealed, Plexiglas[…]

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Naturepedic May Make You a Customized Mattress or Pad

Did you know that at Naturepedic we make custom-made pads? Sometimes babies spend a lot of time in their playpen – they might hang out there most of the day, with the playpen in the living room where mom can see them – or in their carriage. When I was younger, babies would be put in their carriage in the fresh outside air on the front porch for a nap. They could be there for a couple of hours. Babies can also spend a lot of time in portable cribs when they go to visit family, friends or even the babysitter. And some spend hours every day in the equivalent of a car seat – the kind that can be taken out of the car to rest on tables or floors, can change positions so the baby can lie down and so on. It’s an easy way for mom to keep the baby with her no matter what she’s doing[…]

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Can A Naturepedic Crib Mattress Help Mom Get More Sleep?

When I was pregnant with my son, I had very unreal expectations in the sleep department. I was told the baby would sleep 12 to 15 hours a day and would be eating about every four hours. That added up fine for me – baby eats at 8:00 p.m., sleeps until midnight, eats again, sleeps until 4:00 a.m., eats again, sleeps until 8:00 a.m. – I shouldn’t have any trouble fitting 7 or 8 hours of sleep in there, right? Wrong; oh so very wrong. In case you’re not initiated, it goes more like this: baby eats then gets to sleep about 8:30 p.m. You have some things to finish up; you hit the sack at 11:00. Baby wakes up hungry at midnight. You feed him, but he’s tired and keeps falling asleep. So the eating process is very slow. An hour later, he’s fed. But now he’s awake, smiling and gurgling, and he wants to play! An hour later,[…]

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Latex Banned in Massachusetts School District

I used to think latex was a godsend. It came from a tree – what could be safer? As it turned out, it’s become the bane of many health workers’ existence. But health care workers aren’t the only ones affected. In fact, latex gloves have been banned in several states, and the district of Sandwich in Cap Cod, Massachusetts has just banned latex from their schools. The problem with latex isn’t just latex allergy; true latex allergy is pretty rare. But continued exposure can cause a person to develop a sensitivity to latex which can have symptoms so severe it’s virtually impossible to distinguish from a true allergy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms “usually begin within minutes of exposure; but they can occur hours later and can be quite varied. Mild reactions to latex involve skin redness, rash, hives, or itching. More severe reactions may involve respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, itchy[…]

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