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A study popped into my in-box a few minutes ago from the University of Florida Health Science Center: Antibacterial Agent Could Cause Pregnancy Problems. I’ll give you the quick and dirty summary. Researchers think that triclosan interferes with estrogen sulfotransferase, an enzyme that is linked to the metabolism of estrogen. Estrogen that’s supposed to move [...]

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I’m thrilled to have a guest blogger today! Meet Kathy Morelli, who pens the blog, Motherhood, Marriage, & Mental Health. I just read an article in the September issue of Oprah Magazine, by editor-in-chief Susan Casey. Ms. Casey wrote about she recently witnessed the devastation caused by the BP oil leak (uh, how about super [...]

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Next weekend we will don our costumes (Big Girl will be a unicorn and Little Girl will be a dragonfly) and hit the streets for Trick or Treat. And at the end of the night I will be what many people out there might call a mean mommy. Again. The type of mom who, in [...]

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Is a $5.97 Sandwich Worth It?

I bought a sandwich today. It came on a square roll dotted with poppy and sesame seeds. The roll was crunchy on the outside but fresh and yummy on the inside. I got honey turkey on it. I picked my own accompaniments: tomatoes, lettuce, salt and pepper and mayonnaise. It cost $5.97, which may not seem [...]

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I’ve been complaining about the quality of kids’ snacks for a while now. Many traditional manufacturers seem to put little if any thought into the ingredients. High fructose corn syrup. Preservatives. Artificial colors. Artificial flavors. Hydrogenated oils. The more unpronounceable the ingredient, the better. Case in point: traditional General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups. Check out the [...]

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You have, no doubt, heard about the 28 million box Kellogg’s cereal recall. The company recalled select boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops and Apple Jacks cereals. Consumers said there was an “off” taste and smell. Oh, and that they were giving some people nausea and diarrhea. Kellogg’s said the packages were [...]

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I read another story today that made me sigh. CNN posted it: Companies, hospitals move away from toxic material. It talks about vinyl and PVCs. How, when burned, they release dioxins, which cause cancer and a slew of other health problems. And how companies and hospitals are trying to phase out their use because PVC [...]

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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics this week released a report about perfumes and — yes I know this is cliché — it definitely stinks. The organization assessed 17 different perfumes, which listed “fragrance” on their labels. On average, there were 14 different unlisted ingredients in each of the perfumes. The reason: manufacturers are not required [...]

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Yesterday the President’s Cancer Panel — I can’t believe I didn’t know it existed — released its most recent annual report, Reducing Environmental Risk: What We Can Do Now. Download it. It’s worth a read. The report explains that, in 2009, more than 1.5 American men, women and children were diagnosed with cancer, and 562,000 [...]

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I have a Google news alert for the acronym “BPA.” Day after day I sit here and read about new dangers of bisphenol A (BPA). This week alone there was a new study that found links BPA exposure to a change in the blood levels of thyroid and reproductive hormones in men. The study, done [...]

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