Go Green!

Let’s face it, we can’t live in a bubble to protect our children but we can proactively avoid dangerous chemicals and products that can cause developmental problems, hormone disruption and cancer by buying safe and environmentally friendly products. More and more manufacturers are popping up offering the same results with a safer and healthier product, so why not? You may pay a little bit more but it is nothing compared to the cost of a chronic disease or cancer. Here are just a few of the most commonly found cancer causing toxins that we come across are;

Ammonia – Found in many everyday household cleaning products like; window cleaners, floor polishes, bathroom cleaners and stainless steel cleaners.
Go green: Seventh Generation, Method, Ecos, Ms. Meyer’s or Green Works household cleaning products.

Arsenic – Found in some fish, seafood and rice products. Recently, it was discovered that brown rice syrup used as a replacement for high fructose corn syrup in organic infant cereal bars and formula. http://news.discovery.com/human/baby-formula-arsenic-121602.html

Benzene - Found in industrial or car exhaust, gasoline fumes, tobacco smoke, carpet glues, rugs, paints, furniture wax, styrofoam packaging and powdered laundry detergents. http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/six-household-chemicals-avoid

Cadmium - A toxic metal can be found in batteries, tobacco smoke, hazardous waste plants, fertilizers, paints and some plastics. This year, McDonald’s recalled the Shrek Forever After drinking glasses for high levels of cadmium and Wal-Mart recalled an entire line of Miley Cyrus jewelry that contained high levels as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadmium_poisoning

Lead – Is often found in children’s toys, paints, fashion jewelry, older ceramic tiles & toothbrush holders.

If you are looking to use safe, healthy and environmentally friendly products, a great website is http://www.goodguide.com/. You can search by personal care products, food, household products, apparel, babies/kids, pet food, electronics, cars, appliances and by company name. Since I frequently shop at Safeway, Target and Trader Joe’s, I typed in the names of these stores in the search field to scan the top rated items. I look at it as a responsibility to my family and my community to buy healthier and safer products.

Take a look at the National Registry for Toxic Substances at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/ToxOrganSystems.asp

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