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Archive for April, 2008

Under-vaccinating your child by choice?

Posted by NonToxic House on April 30, 2008

childhood vaccinations

This week, the Centers for Disease Control issued a statement that indicated 20 percent of our 2-year-olds are under-vaccinated. ABC News and others reported on the announcement, saying that kids are missing vaccines but, also, that they are receiving vaccinations at the wrong time and the wrong interval. 

But did they miss an important angle?

Is it that parents simply aren’t taking their kids in for vaccinations, that doctors are inept in administering vaccinations properly – or is there a groundswell of parents opting not to vaccinate their children?

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safeSWAP: paint

Posted by NonToxic House on April 28, 2008

Your decision to paint the nursery should include more than a color choice. It should also consider the amount of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, in your paint (don’t let the term “organic” fool you – this is one instance when it’s not a good thing).

VOCs are solvents that are released into the air as paint dries. Some of these chemicals have short term health effects like dizziness or ear/nose/throat irritation, while others are highly toxic to both mom and developing baby.

That’s why paint is today’s safeSWAP. Read on after the jump.

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Tupperware identifies plastics with BPA in its product line

Posted by NonToxic House on April 24, 2008

We think it took quite a bit of consumer prodding after the news of bisphenol-A  hit, but we’re thrilled that Tupperware has released a chart that identifies the types of plastics used in its product line. A link to the chart is posted after the jump.

 

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Boys are made of … bananas?

Posted by NonToxic House on April 24, 2008

Surprising new research out of the UK is suggesting that what (and how much) you eat at conception influences the gender of your baby. And that eating bananas could help you conceive a boy.

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Some dental sealants may have BPA.

Posted by NonToxic House on April 23, 2008

Some dentists recommend “sealants” to help kids and teens prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are coatings that protect the chewing surfaces of back teeth by “sealing” out plaque and food. Dental sealants are plastic, though, and may be a source for low-level BPA exposure at levels that show health effects in rodents, according to a March 2006 study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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safeSWAP: powder cleansers

Posted by NonToxic House on April 22, 2008

I think bisphenol-A just might be the tipping point. The trigger that’ll make us look more closely at the products we bring into our homes.

Sure, there’s been a green movement of late – consumer products can have a negative impact on the environment. But there’s growing realization that they can have a negative impact on our health as well. And that’s more personal – and, as a result, more pressing. 

Now, most people simply can’t detox their homes overnight. And powder cleansers seem as good a place to start as any – so they’re today’s safeSWAP.

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Eden Foods’ line of canned beans is BPA free

Posted by NonToxic House on April 22, 2008

The Environmental Working Group found that canned foods (including infant formula) pose the greatest risk of leaching bisphenol-A. But there’s news of one food brand, at least, the has some of its product line in cans that are BPA free.

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Beyond polycarbonates: #3 and #6 plastics also pose risk

Posted by NonToxic House on April 21, 2008

Plastic food and beverage containers have good qualities: They’re convenient, lightweight and typically low cost. But, as we heard this week with bisphenol-A, there are potential health risks in their use. Developing babies and young children are at greatest risk.

And while the spotlight is currently on polycarbonate – a #7 plastic – there are other types with documented health risks. Here’s a quick primer on the plastics to watch out for:

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Rubbermaid identifies BPA in food/beverage containers

Posted by NonToxic House on April 19, 2008

Though limited to just a “Contains BPA” or “Does Not Contain BPA” categorization, Rubbermaid has posted a page on its website that identifies products in its collection that contain bisphenol A.

And while it’s not as transparent as we’d hope – we’d prefer a list of the types of plastic used in each product – it’s a step forward. Not sure whether phthalates, another group of chemicals in plastics causing health concerns, are in Rubbermaid products … more to come, I guess.

In the meantime, if you use Rubbermaid food storage or other food and beverage containers, head to your kitchen and compare your stash with Rubbermaid’s list of products with BPA.

Make informed choices.

[Photo: Rubbermaid’s Produce Saver, which falls under the “Does Not Contain BPA” category]

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Playtex releases ‘materials chart’ detailing BPA in baby products

Posted by NonToxic House on April 19, 2008

In a bold move toward transparency, Playtex Infant Care has made a product materials chart (a PDF document) available for its entire product line. The document details the type of plastics used in its bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups, dishware and breast pumps. 

While the chart does reveal a few products containing bisphenol A (those made of polycarbonate, a #7 plastic), it indicates that the majority of Playtex’s product line is BPA-free (and free of phthalates, another group of toxic chemicals in plastics). The company says it will convert the balance of those products to BPA-free by year’s end.

FREE SAMPLE: The company also says it will distribute 1 million free samples of its Playtex Drop-Ins Oringal Nurser System, which is BPA-free. Click here to submit a request (caveat: I’m sure you’ll be added to their email marketing list).

 [Photo: Playtex’s Baby Einstein eat & discover utensils, made of polypropylene (#5), which is BPA-free]

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