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Not Milk: A Road Map to Alterna-Milks

Sari Botton
Cookie Magazine Online
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Moove over, Bessie. Alternatives to traditional milk are more popular than ever.  From almond to soy to goat's milk, there's something to please any kid's sensitive tummy and mom's health concerns.

Tackling the Toxic Table in a Global Economy: Ten Steps We Can All Take

David Wallinga, M.D.
Director of the Food and Health Program at The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Wednesday, September 03, 2008

 Rising prices and food recalls have exposed the myriad challenges facing our global food system. Dr. David Wallinga of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy discusses how to use our food dollars to improve our general nutritional health and forge a sustainable agricultural economy. 

Food For Thought

Janelle Sorensen
Friday, September 14, 2008

You can battle the ill effects of neurotoxins in the environment by feeding your child brain-boosting foods. Specifically, the brain craves good fats, antioxidants, good carbs, folate, and protein (all in perfect moderation). Here’s a very simplified explanation of why, followed by a guide to buying and preparing brain super-foods that are kid-approved.

Do You Know What’s In Your Baby’s Mattress?

Emily Lynne Ion
Thursday, August 14, 2008

Triclosan Trespass

Janelle Sorensen
Monday, July 28, 2008

The US EPA recently released their latest draft assessment of triclosan, a pesticide approved for use in 140 different types of everyday products. The inconclusive report demonstrates how little we know about triclosan, and refuses to address its potential impacts fetuses and children.

Choosing the Safest Sunscreen

Janelle Sorensen
Healthy Child Healthy World
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sunscreen is an invaluable outdoor necessity for protecting skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays, but like any other product you want one that actually works and isn’t loaded with potentially dangerous chemicals.

Quick Tips for Sun Safety

Janelle Sorensen
Healthy Child Healthy World
Thursday, June 19, 2008

Some ideas for protecting yourself so you can have care-free fun in the sun!

What Lies Beneath: Toxic Turf Under Our Toes

Janelle Sorensen
Healthy Child Healthy World
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In an effort to recycle the growing waste piles of used tires, manufacturers across the country have begun making artificial turf out of the discarded rubber. They are using scrap tires as crumb rubber in-fill on playing fields, as shredded loose fill around playgrounds, as composite solid playing surfaces, and even as landscaping mulch. While it seems an environmentally-friendly option at face value, there is growing concern over the potential impacts these materials may have on children’s health. Initial research shows potential chemical and heavy metal leaching depending on a wide variety of external factors, like climate, rainwater pH, and usage. Overall, it’s better to be safe than sorry and we should put a moratorium on using recycled tires where our children play until more extensive research has been conducted.

Chlorinated Pools and Your Child’s Health

Janelle Sorensen
Healthy Child Healthy World
Monday, June 16, 2008

When I was a child, the smell of a chlorinated pool triggered immediate sensations of joy. It meant that very soon I would be one with water and swimming until my muscles refused to respond anymore. Today, we’ve learned that those telltale fumes could potentially trigger a whole lot more, like asthma.

Buying a Plastic Pool with a Clear Conscience

Janelle Sorensen
Healthy Child Healthy World
Saturday, June 14, 2008

With the dangers of certain plastics making regular headlines, it’s no surprise that we get questions from parents about all sorts of plastic products. Recently we were asked about kiddie pools, since most are made from PVC, also known as the “Poison Plastic.” Our initial searching for a safer plastic pool resulted in only one option. Kids-R-Us has hard plastic pools in a variety of colors and sizes (look for the #2 in the chasing arrows recycling code). Here are some additional thoughts for parents to consider when your options are limited.

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