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  • How Many Chemicals Are You Wearing?

    A recent study in the UK found that the average woman wears over 500 chemicals on her body every day. Similar to the US, women douse themselves daily with perfume, moisturizer, lotion, and a wide variety of cosmetics that altogether contain hundreds of chemicals. Most of the women were completely oblivious to the number of chemicals they were putting on. Do you know how many you wear?

    Take a moment to figure it out. Look at the labels of all of the products you use and count how many ingredients are listed. Then, add them all together.

    Shampoo and conditioner = _______
    Lotions and moisturizers = _______
    Perfume or cologne = _______
    Cosmetics = _______
    Hair styling products = _______
    Deodorant = _________
    Other = ________

    TOTAL = _______


    Surprised? Most people are. But, don't take this number at face value. Here are some important points to consider:

    1. Some of the ingredients may be present in several of your products, so your total number may not reflect the actual number of

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  • Natural Habits That Heal Dry Skin

    Daily cleansing and moisturizing is an essential part of caring for your skin and your child's. But for those who suffer from extremely dry skin or eczema, a relaxing bath or a soothing warm shower can turn into a dry and itchy affair.

    Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition marked by itching, redness and scaly patches. It is very common in babies, usually appearing on the face, chest, back, arms or legs during the first 6 months and can last throughout childhood. Unfortunately, many children will outgrow eczema only to have it reappear in adulthood. The condition can be difficult to deal with, but you may be surprised at how many treatment options you have. And by making just a few simple lifestyle changes, you can get back on the path to baby soft skin.

    Check your water: Bathing in chlorinated tap water strips the skin of its natural oils and can cause itching and scaling-not what you want when you're already battling dry skin. Using a shower filter

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  • What's More Important than the Health of Your Child?

    Many parents don't know the invisible threat that synthetic chemicals and toxins in their homes pose to the health and well-being of their children.

    Just a few simple changes to your lifestyle can help protect your family from exposure. Healthy Child Healthy World provides parents with the solutions and steps they need to create cleaner, greener, safer homes.




    Protect your world's most precious resource. Join the movement and visit us at healthychild.org.

  • More Toy Recalls (Is Your Toy Box Empty Yet?)

    Another children's toy recall was announced last week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Does anyone else feel that the constant reoccurrence of this headline in national news is excessive, and simply unacceptable? I certainly do. And there is data to back me up, not just my consumer intuition: ExpertRECALL, the industry leader in recall logistics and regulatory compliance, declared 2009 the "Year of the Infant Product Recall", citing a 20% increase in recalls of products from the Children's Nursery Equipment and Supplies category.

    So on to the recall of the moment. St. Martin's Press LLC is recalling more than 200,000 "Big Rex and Friends" Cloth Books, made in China, because the red plastic dot sewn into the book contains high levels of lead.

    Lead levels in the product exceeded the amount allowed by law by six times, an obscene infringement of consumer trust. Lead is a potent neurotoxin, and classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization and the US

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  • Mercury Exposure in Americans is Widespread

    Before the holidays, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued findings from a fascinating survey that caught my attention. Anything to do with mercury tends to catch my eye, and not just because I have a pretty serious addiction to sushi. Mercury is almost universally recognized as a potent neurotoxin that can cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system, especially among young children. In pregnant women, mercury can pass through the placenta and can harm the fetus.

    We are most often exposed to mercury through contaminated seafood. Even if you're extremely careful with your seafood purchases (source better options with the Seafood Selector), its little wonder we're having trouble avoiding mercury: an EPA survey found that almost half of U.S. freshwater fish carry mercury in excess of federal safe levels for human consumption.

    But this study shed new light on mercury in Americans' bodies. For the first time, the CDC examined the prevalence of

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  • Believe It or Not: Cloned Meat and Other Sci-Fi Foods

    Just over 50 years ago, freeze-dried foods were fictitious victuals seen only in cinematic spaceships. Commander So-and-So would step up to a dispenser and some colorful pellets would be released onto his plate. One little zap and the pellets became a seven-course dinner. Nowadays, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are an everyday staple. Not just for astronauts, but also campers, the military, survivalists, and even the family pantry.

    Food scientists have come a long way since perfecting freeze-drying. Some of today's foods have undergone an even greater metamorphosis. Not simply freeze-dried (a process that has actually been around since the Peruvian Incas), it's modified and de-constructed and re-constructed and processed and preserved in innumerable ways.

    Do you know what's been done to your dinner? Has your meal been manipulated? You might be surprised.

    See how much you know about the food you eat by taking this quick quiz and trying to identify which foods are fact and which

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  • Growing Fresh Air with 8 Powerful Plants

    Healthy Child Healthy World is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit inspiring parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. Learn more at HealthyChild.org.

    What do you do when you become allergic to the air? When your lungs begin to shut down because the air is too contaminated? Kamal Meattle suffered from this fate and guess what his solution was? Grow new air. Based on years of NASA studies, other scientific research, and 15 years of his own testing, Meattle discovered that three common houseplants, used strategically throughout a home, could vastly improve the indoor air quality.

    Here's the breakdown:

    Areca Palm is "The Living Room Plant" - This plant is a daytime oxygen factory and Meattle recommends having 4 shoulder height plants per person.

    Mother-in-Law's Tongue is "The Bedroom Plant" - This plant is an evening oxygen factory and Meattle recommends having 6-8 waist-high plants per person.

    Money Plant is "The Specialist Plant" - This plant is the filter that removes formaldehyde

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  • Warm up with healthy feel-good Foods

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    The first of the rains were coming down this morning. I couldn't have asked for a cozier moment than when my three year old son crawled in to my bed, snuggled close, and said "cover" me. We were both enjoying the coziness that comes with the first signs of winter. We continued our cozy morning with a hearty breakfast of oatmeal loaded with all kinds of goodies: raisins, almonds, honey, and a dollop of cream. This is the kind of food that warms the heart and the mind from the inside out. While my son is enjoying the flavor, I relish in knowing he is getting a nutritious start this cold winter day.

    Ready or not, here comes winter. This is a good time to think about nutritious snacks that can warm you up from head to toe and keep you hydrated. It may come as a surprise that I should mention hydration during the winter, but believe it or

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  • How to Grow Organic Food Indoors

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    Most of us have houseplants, but have you ever considered growing edibles indoors? Better yet, how about growing delicious, organic produce? Forget the gardener's woes of winter's inhospitality. Forget the city-dweller's complaints about the confines of yard-less living. There are no excuses anymore for not having a bountiful garden. And, growing produce indoors not only provides you with healthy, affordable organics year-round - the plants will also help keep your indoor air clean, which is especially important during stuffy, winter months.

    Here's how to get started:

    1. Pick a place. You can grow a wide variety of herbs, vegetables, and even fruits in containers on windowsills, shelves or tables. R.J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting

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  • DIY bread crumbs

    Healthy Child Healthy World is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit inspiring parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. Learn more at HealthyChild.org.

    Maybe I'm really late to the game on this DIY, but I was so proud of myself a few nights ago when I made my own bread crumbs. It seems so obvious - bread is naturally crumby and the dryer is gets, the crumbier it gets. Voila! Bread crumbs. Still, I had always bought the little canisters of bread crumbs. I even bought different kinds - plain bread crumbs for some recipes, "Italian" bread crumbs for others. They just had such a nice consistency.

    Well, a few nights ago, I decided I wanted to make Chicken Parmigiana, but, alas, I had no bread crumbs. I did have an old baguette. A rock hard bat of bread that had "compost" written all over it. I gave that baguette a second life; and here's how.

    DIY Bread Crumbs

    What you need: Clearly, you need bread. Old, dry bread works best, but if you only have fresh bread, you can toast or bake it a

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