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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

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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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Go Organic? Take Our Quiz!

Think you know which produce to buy organic? Take our quiz before your next trip to the grocery store! more

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Green Feeding Tips

Ways to "go green" in your kitchen to help your whole family prepare, store, and enjoy food the healthier way. more

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“No More Tears” For Baby & You?

There’s good news and bad news for those of us concerned about the chemicals in everyday products like body washes, shampoos, and facial cleaners. The good news: Health and beauty mega-corporation Johnson & Johnson has said it will remove harsh... more

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BPA Ban Has Limits

Finally! At long last, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking official action on Bisphenol A (BPA). Manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups will no longer be able to make products containing the controversial chemical. As explained... more

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What You Need To Know About Lead

“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 see and that can... 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