Everyday Toxins

Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health, by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie.

In this book Smith and Lourie experiment on themselves with different everyday chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis – the results are VERY interesting! At the risk of turning into a paranoid mama, I think that it’s important to be informed and to make the best decisions possible for my girls.

This compelling book gave me some simple, practical ways that I can reduce the toxic load in our household which will hopefully help us all to stay healthy.

-Avoid whenever possible plastic and rubber toys and dishes for babies and young children as well as all personal care products that list fragrance or parfum on the label – these contain phthalates and almost all mainstream baby lotions and body washes contain it!

-Eat a very limited amount of tuna and other fish due to mercury levels (although there are some safer options if you know what is safe to consume).

-Avoid teflon cooking pans as well as stain repellant furniture, carpets, and clothing. Teflon and it’s chemical relatives called PFCs, or perfluorinated compounds are very toxic.

-Avoid kids pajamas and furniture that are coated with fire retardants.

-Avoid all antibacterial products containing Triclosan.

-When possible avoid canned food. Virtually all cans used for food are coated with a lining containing BPA. We know it’s toxic – this resulted in the mass baby bottle recall, but it’s leaching into all canned food including baby formula (yet another good reason to breastfeed)!

I’m not going to go into all of the evidence showing why these chemicals are so toxic and nasty, but if you want to know more this is a great book that is worth the read!

Thanks for reading,

Karen

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