Last week I participated in a webinar with Seventh Generation and learnt some pretty crazy stats. Sure I knew that toxins were out there but here’s a couple of things I didn’t know:
1) In the European Union (EU), 1,328 chemicals have been banned for use in personal care products. In the U.S., only 11 chemicals have been banned or restricted by the FDA.
2) There are more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S. Comprehensive pre-market safety testing of these chemicals is not required under any federal law.
3) Scientific evidence continues to point to the chemicals we are exposed to in our daily lives as causing or contributing to the rise in childhood behavioral disorders and diseases.
4) Cancer is now the leading cause of child-related death in the U.S., exceeded only by injury.
When Isaac was born we made a conscious decision to start making more of our own cleaners partly motivated by money and partly by the chemical danger to his small body. As he got older I became known as the “Sugar Controller” buy my friends as I wouldn’t let him have cakes, cookies or any junk food until he was 18 months and then only in moderation. My reasoning, “You’ll never have to encourage a 5 year old to eat his candy, better that he learns early how to eat veggies!”
As he got older and he’d get a little candy he’d BOUNCE OFF THE WALLS. Isaac is already a very active little boy but the coloring in the candy would make him crazy and then naughty.
It didn’t take a genius to realize that the artificial colorings were affecting his little body and so we cut them out.
A couple of weeks ago I dropped him off in Story Hour and overheard him telling the worker, “No I can’t have that lemonade or I’ll be wild.” He’s 5 and I was soooooo proud of him that later I rewarded him with a piece of real chocolate! Sure it has sugar but no dyes or nasties in there.
- Sometimes I get the roll eyes and know other Moms do too when they’re trying to protect their kids.
- Sure we may be looked at as weird or too harsh but you know what? My job as a Mum is to protect his little body until he can stand up and do it himself and it ain’t easy!
During the webinar I started to feel overwhelmed by all the things we need to change out but Seventh Generation has tons of helpful links on their site. Healthy Child Healthy World offers plenty of simple, affordable actions families can take daily at home to decrease chemical exposure.
5 Ways to Make Your Home Healthier
1. Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxins like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.
2. Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products that ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances, triclosan and more. For a list of the most toxic offenders, download our free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery” at Healthychild.org/resource-center.
3. Open a window: People spend about 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside. So, open those windows! Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.
4. Eat more whole foods: Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These lack nutrients and many are also linked to health issues like ADHD and even cancer. Reduce by eating more whole foods.
5. Ban the can: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer, is in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods—from soups to sodas. Avoiding canned food for significantly lowers exposure. Look for foods packaged in glass or eat fresh, dried, and frozen options.
This Healthy Child, Healthy World video is cool but don’t get overwhelmed! Remember baby steps
Seventh Generation Twitter Party
We’re having a Seventh Generation Twitter party on November 14 at 1 p.m. ET. and I’d love you to join in the fun and enter to win prizes!
What: Join Seventh Generation for a fun, informative Twitter party to talk about all-natural baby product options! We’ll also talk about the Healthy Baby Home Party which give moms an interesting and engaging way to educate friends and family on topics like creating a healthy environment for the next generation.
Prizes: Join the party to win a month’s supply of baby diapers and wipes!! We will be awarding prizes to five lucky winners, all chosen randomly from the U.S. participants who answer the Twitter party trivia questions correctly.
Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann