Archive - January 2011

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Toxic Flea Collars on Pets are also Toxic to Your Kids
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Chemicals in Mom’s Body Can Pass to Babies – Even If You Switched to Organic Some Time Ago
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Over One Third of Children’s Toys and Products Contain Chemicals that are Linked to Learning and Developmental Disabilities

Toxic Flea Collars on Pets are also Toxic to Your Kids

There’s nothing much cuter than babies and puppies. But did you know that some flea collars can also be dangerous for your kids? Even touching them can transfer the toxins to your baby. The toxins can be absorbed through the skin or, heaven forbid, your baby touches the flea collar and then puts those little fingers in his mouth. The flea collar situation is bad. Here’s a summary from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) blog: “Last summer, EPA quietly conducted a risk assessment of flea collars with propoxur and found that normal use of these collars on pets could pose significant health risks to children. Despite these findings, EPA has still not taken any action six months after their risk assessment, and we have since discovered that EPA’s assessment had major flaws that seriously underestimate the health risks from these products. In other words, these flea collars are even more dangerous than previously believed.” The blog goes on to[…]

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Chemicals in Mom’s Body Can Pass to Babies – Even If You Switched to Organic Some Time Ago

Many women stop eating certain foods, smoking, drinking alcohol, and so on, after they find out they’re pregnant. They want to make sure they’re doing the best for their baby. But chemicals that we ingest, inhale or absorb can actually stay in the body long after mom has started making healthier choices. Sometimes just changing your lifestyle isn’t enough. Here’s the story of Molly Gray: After several miscarriages, Molly switched to organic food, avoided fish high in mercury, stopped using plastic food storage containers, and switched to non-toxic cleaning products. But despite these radical changes, high levels of 13 toxic chemicals were found in her blood when she tested during pregnancy. In fact, some of these chemicals could stay in your body for your entire life. And there may not even be a big difference in how much is in there over very long periods of time – many years. So, what can a mom-to-be do about this? Really, the[…]

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Over One Third of Children’s Toys and Products Contain Chemicals that are Linked to Learning and Developmental Disabilities

We all like buying toys for our kids. We usually have several in the toy chest even before the baby is born. Shortly after birth little boys are often presented with footballs and miniature hockey sticks; little girls with what we hope will be their favorite dolls; and both get the teddy bears and rubber duckies. But before you go out on a shopping spree, you should have more information on which toys are actually safe. We’re not talking about the usual safety concerns – small parts in a baby’s mouth, we’re talking about chemicals. We already know that rubber duckies, or any toy made of vinyl, may well contain phthalates or other chemicals you really don’t want your baby to ingest. But phthalates aren’t the only toxic chemicals you have to worry about. In fact, according to the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health, over one third of children’s toys and products contain chemicals that are linked to learning[…]

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