As the US Senate begins consideration of the recently introduced Chemical Safety Improvement Act, I want them to think about the brain.
Most of us don’t think about our brains. It’s like thinking about our hearts beating or about the sun rising and setting each day.
The human brain develops in an incredibly intricate and elegantly orchestrated series of events. Brain cells (neurons) divide, migrate, differentiate and communicate. At birth, a baby’s brain has about 100 billion neurons that are in place and beginning to connect with each other, sending and receiving messages. The brain continues to grow and strengthen connections throughout childhood.
Wow. That’s a lot happening in just nine months. But that’s not the part I really want our Senators to think about.
Many of my friends and family ask me questions about what products they can buy that are safe(r) for baby. I decided it was time to create a tip sheet for new parents.
Time is a precious commodity for moms. Whenever I try to schedule a get together with one of my mom friends, it can be a month long process to get a happy hour or dinner on the calendar. Moms are busy picking up children from daycare, taking them to a softball game or helping them do homework. Time to do anything outside these daily commitments is rare and why it is important to acknowledge the significant role Minnesota parents played in passing two laws that will protect children from toxic chemicals.
Phthalates are insidious chemicals that are seemingly turning up everywhere. Research increasingly shows they can interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system. New research from the University of Texas School of Public Health says chemicals the industry adds to many consumer products isn’t just getting into some of our food, […]
26 States to Consider Toxic Chemicals Legislation in 2013 The following post was originally published at Safer States. By Sarah Doll, National Director for Safer States Despite intense industry opposition and Congressional inaction, state governments continue to defend the public from toxic chemical exposure. Each year, state legislatures continue to prove that they are the […]
By Lindsay Dahl We know the best solution for addressing toxic chemicals is for Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, but in the meantime here are some tips to protect your family from toxic chemicals in food and packaging. TIPS TO AVOID TOXIC CHEMICALS IN FOOD: 1) Limit canned food and plastic containers. Glass, […]
Losing my friend to cancer: Time to focus on breast cancer prevention By Katy Farber, author and founder of Non-Toxic Kids Meet Kristen. We met in childbirth class. Since we were pregnant at the same time, we talked all the time of chemicals in plastic, hormones in food, the clean 15, non-toxic sunscreen. Kristen made […]
By Baskut Tuncak, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) Recently, the global community kicked it up a notch by issuing a simple statement on hormone disrupting chemicals during negotiations on a process intended to achieve the sound management of chemicals globally by 2020 (called “SAICM”). Despite seeming like an innocuous statement, it lays the groundwork […]
It’s Time to Declare Your Child’s Independence From Toxic Chemicals By Safer Chemicals Blogger: Shane D. Shirley-Smith – Orlando, Florida When I was a little girl I never worried about what I put into or on my body. As a child of the 1970’s I was more concerned with making sure my hair was feathered just right, […]
by Lori Popkewitz Alper This was originally posted at Groovy Green Livin where Lori is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief. Lori was recently featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer advocating for all moms and dads in the fight against BPA! Everything from the food we eat to our cleaning products, furniture, personal care products and our yards can contain toxic […]