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Phthalates In Our Food?

Toys. Rubber duckies. Bath products and baby powders. These are the common culprits for phthalates exposure. Get rid of the plastic toys, ditch Mr. Ducky, read shampoo labels avidly, and our children will be safe. Right? Wrong. A review of... more

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Are Spray-On Sunscreens Dangerous?

Are spray-on sunscreens a good choice for my active child? more


Is Dirt Bad For Babies?

Is it okay to let my baby dig in the dirt? I don’t worry about her messing up her clothes but I do worry about her health. more

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Panic Over Pesticides

There’s no denying that the panic over pesticides in our food is warranted. These chemicals have been linked to everything from an increase in a variety of cancers to food allergies, and ADHD. Research shows that infants and children are especially... more

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What You Need To Know About Lead

Updated April 8, 2013 “Lead poisoning” sounds dramatic and deliberate, but it is a serious health disorder affecting nearly a half-million U.S. children. It goes largely undetected because it is caused by a substance that is often too small to... more

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Common Chemicals May Reduce Vaccine Effectiveness

Vaccinations protect children from illness. Thanks to certain common chemicals in our environment, some of those immunity-boosting shots may not be as effective as we thought. At odds with vaccinations is a class of chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).... more

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Cover Up Chipped Paint?

We live in an old home with lead paint. My daughter has just started to crawl and I am worried about lead poisoning. How can I make sure she doesn’t ingest any lead? more


Which Produce Has The Most Pesticides?

Which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides and are best to buy organic? more


What Are Parabens?

I’ve heard that I should avoid parabens. What are they, and why should I be concerned about them? more


Can Pesticides Put My Baby At Risk For ADHD?

Will my baby have an increased risk of ADHD if he’s exposed to pesticides in foods? more