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"Baby" your Baby, Safely!

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2008-02-07 20:52

This is new news, in the news but it is hardly "news"!

If there is truth to the addage: "You are what you eat", then what you put on "you" is also "what you are".

Confused?! Sorry!
Our skin absorbs everything that comes in contact with it - it is a living organ. So, just as we must be conscientious about what we are eating (putting inside), we must likewise be conscientious about what we are eating from the outside. The following news item encourages you to be thoughtful of you childrens' health, from the OutsideIN !

Feb. 4, 2008

ABC News Medical Unit

Some environmental medicine experts worry that parents using any one of dozens of baby products could be exposing their children to chemicals that could hurt their reproductive ability later on in life.

In a new study, University of Washington researchers found evidence of chemicals called phthalates in the urine of 163 infants exposed to a baby product such as shampoo, lotion or powder. The study was released Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

However, there still exists little evidence that phthalates -- manmade chemicals that are found in many products from tubing to cosmetics -- cause any harm to humans.

Still, the researchers noted that the fact that evidence of the substances were found in the urine of more than 80 percent of the babies in the study suggests more should be done to identify products that contain these chemicals.

"We still do not know what the true long-term effects of these chemicals are," said lead study author Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, pediatric environmental health fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle. "But we do have more evidence that they are linked to human health effects at concentrations we are exposed to every day."

Some environmental medicine experts not affiliated with the study said the research should sound an alarm to both parents and pediatricians.

"Parents and physicians should pay close attention to these results," said Bernard Weiss, professor of environmental medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y.

"We already possess substantial data demonstrating that the developing child is at risk for a number of adverse health effects arising from phthalate exposure," he said.

Dr. Bruce Lanphear, director of the Environmental Health Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, agreed that concern is warranted.

"Parents and doctors should be worried about their children's exposures to phthalates and other chemicals that are largely untested for toxicity," he said. "For far too long, we have allowed industries to market their product without evidence that the products are safe when used as directed.

You can find safer/healthier products to care for your family at your natural products store. Specifically for babies and children, look for products with little or no perfumes - even essential oils - as they can create sensitive skin-like conditions in the young. A simple, natural cream like Palm'Hydra Base is a good choice.

Fluoride Controversy

Category: Well, Let_s Talk!
Posted: 2008-02-01 10:46

Our family stopped using fluoridated toothpaste over a decade ago. We all have healthy white teeth and I have no regrets!

The US government requires manufacturers of fluoridated toothpaste to put a warning on the package for users to get medical help or call Poison Control if too much toothpaste is swallowed. While this may seem a concern not worthy of a second thought, it is well known to be a real issue with children under the age of 6. Even my pediatrician asked me what I was using when I said I didn't have a fluoridated toothpaste as she could not find one for her own family.

Something to consider: Do you really want to clean your teeth with something you are afraid to swallow?

Fluoride certainly hardens the outer surface of the teeth, but too much is very toxic. Adding it to a public water supply is risky, not only because of the direct effects, but also because foods grown and irrigated, or manufactured, in areas with fluoridated water may overload the diet of people living in areas where the naturally occuring level of fluoride is already too high.

Commercial toothpastes, especially the Multi-national brands, contain synthetic sweeteners, flavours, and fluoride. They may be the cause of irritation or even ulcers. One of the leading brands costs only about one sixth of it's price to produce. Two-sixths goes on packaging, and three-sixths - that is, half the cost, goes into promotion and advertising! Even the 'Health Food' brands are often manufactured, on behalf of small companies, by larger companies.

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