If Parents Don't Protect Their Kids from Harmful Chemicals, Who Will?

Being a parent today seems to require a hyper-vigilance to make sure your child is protected from unhealthy -- sometimes even toxic -- chemicals in their toys, clothing, eating utensils, furniture, household items, and more. Between lead-based paint, PVC and phthalates in toys, bisphenol A (BPA) in water bottles, flame retardant in pajamas and recently cadmium in drinking glasses, there's a lot to keep moms and dads on their toes. ...more

I am on the same page with everyone on this thread. But, there is a fair amount that we can do ...more

Pesticides and ADHD: Having Salad with a Side of Suspected Toxins

 I try to buy organic fruits and veggies, at least the dirty dozen.  Organic milk too. Pasta, once or twice....more

New Reasons To Be Afraid, Very Afraid: Bath Toys And Baby Slings Are Bad

There is, it seems, no end to the things that can cause harm to your family. Strollers, playgrounds, sippy cups, plastic toys, painted toys, toys with removable parts... pretty much anything that is a fixture in family life, it seems, is a hazard. Well, now you can add bath toys and baby-wearing to that list. Are you a parent? Good luck sleeping at night. ...more

My girls have been taking baths since they were born like everyone else's, with bath toys and ...more

Life In Plastic, It's Fantastic

Nothing, it seems, is safe any more. First it was lead paint on toys, then toxins in baby bottles, and then toxins in everything, and so, really, what's an anxious mother to do but PANIC, like, ALL THE TIME?And then panic some more when she sees headlines like this: Is Your Playground Toxic?...more

Twists for Detoxification

Ever since I started practicing yoga regulary, (about 3 times a week) I felt more energized, strong and healthy. I also never got sick, while my friends and family were constantly fighting off a cold or flu. ...more

Gwyneth And Me: Changing The World, One Shampoo Bottle At A Time

I've been hard on Gwyneth Paltrow in this space. I've been hard on Gwyneth Paltrow in a lot of spaces. I find her a little bit hard to take. I find her website, GOOP, a LOT hard to take. Maybe it's the don't you all want to be just like me? tone of the site, maybe it's the total out-of-touchness of it all (why, no, Gwynnie, I am not interested in where you stay on your weekend jaunts to Paris because, you know, I don't cope with the stresses of motherhood with first-class global travel. ...more

It never occured to me to care what was in shampoo either until my second son was breaking ...more

A Cause for Concern: Heavy Metals, Our Kids & Developmental Delays

In 2004, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institute of Health and Human Services stated that1 in 150 children have an autistic disorder and 1 in 6 children have a developmental or behavioral disorder. These are staggering statistics that should concern every parent, grandparent, doctor, clinician, and public or governmen ...more

Toy shopping? First check the toxin levels...

In case you don't have enough to worry about as you shop for holiday toys for your kids, you should know that many toys on the shelves of mainstream retailers contain high levels of known toxins like lead, cadmium, chlorine, arsenic, bromine and mercury. ...more

Having a Baby Turned Me Into a Hippie

I used to be a regular person who drank Diet Coke, tossed plastic bottles in the regular trash can and didn't really get the whole "organic thing".  ...more