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Does Organic Really Matter? Yeah Baby!
Transcript of Does Organic Really Matter? Yeah Baby!
Yeah Baby! Based on the book:
Green Babies, Sage Moms
by Lynda Fassa Part 1: Pregnancy Part 2: Newborns Part 3: Growing Up The Outside World Works Cited Final Thoughts Fassa, L (2008). Green babies, sage moms: the ultimate
guide to raising your organic baby. New York: New American Library. Home Environment, Cont. Fashion Forward Home Environment Children and adults in the United States spend 90% of their time indoors. The EPA estimates that indoor air is two to seven times more polluted than outdoor air--and way more than that in homes that use air fresheners. Baby Gear You are What you Eat produced without
synthetic chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, etc.) Salon Safety Beauty is More than Skin-Deep Scents-ational? Green Cleaning The Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) states, "There is no safe level of pesticides, only those with an acceptable level of risk." Everything you put in your mouth--especially in the 1st trimester--is the stuff you are using to build your baby. Fact: You need an extra 750 calories a day when you are expecting. Produced
with synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) Got Milk? Scientists have speculated that the rise in obesity in the West is connected to the growth hormones and genetic engineering inflicted on the American dairy cow. Tempting Twelve Conventionally grown fruits and veggies with the lowest amounts of pesticide residues asparagus
pineapple Dirty Dozen Conventionally grown foods you most want to avoid because of their high rates of pesticides apples
strawberries "GE (genetically engineered) milk is entirely different from natural milk: nutritionally; biochemically; and immunologically. It is also contaminated with antibiotics used to treat mastitis and pus; the GE hormone; and high levels of the naturally occurring growth factor IGF-1. Elevated levels of IGF-1 have been strongly associated with high risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers..." --Dr. Samuel Epstein of the University of Illinois at Chicago Fact: Sixty percent of what we put on our bodies
is absorbed into the skin. Your Skin's Worst Enemy 99% of all consumer cosmetics contain 1 or more parabens [methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, etc.]. Studies have linked products containing parabens to a variety of hormone disorders, including underdeveloped testes in infant boys. Over and over, studies have linked parabens to cancer in lab animals. Paraben Free Brands: Dr. Hauschka
Burt's Bees Pangea
Zia Natural Skincare
John Masters Organics Parabens Read ALL labels and avoid these ingredients! Methylparaben
Butylparaben Make-Up Eyes, Lips, and Face Face Watch for: Parabens (especially in liquid foundations) Colors FD&C and D&C (listed as "possible or probably human carcinogen by EPA) Mineral Make-ups (minerals are metals and you want to avoid metals when you are expecting.) Look for natural and homemade alternatives Eyes Almost every brand
of mascara and eye pencils contain parabens. Three that do not:
Zia Lips What you put on them is very important because not only is it absorbed through the skin but it is also frequently swallowed. Most glosses are made from petroleum derivatives, so you are, in a very real sense, licking a sort of gasoline. The FD&C colors that give glosses their tints and lipsticks their color can travel through the mouth, and some cross the placenta The Natural Solution There are SO many natural products that are great for your face and body...Olive oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, ginger, etc. can all be used to create masks, scrubs, and lotions. There are many websites that give instructions on how to make these items. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, recently found that no less than 71% of all commercial hair-dye products contain ingredients derived from carcinogenic coal tar. It also found that out of more than 10,000 chemicals used in personal-care products, only about 11% have been assessed by the government for safety. Toxic Hair Treatments perms
permanent full-head color
(salon and at home)
any ammonia-based treatment or color Natural is Always Best! Make-It-At-Home Highlights 2 bags of chamomile tea in 2 cups of water; strain and let cool. Squeeze in 2+ fresh lemons. Pour mixture over clean hair. Do not rinse. Natural Brands Max Green Alchemy
Surya Nature Tints of Nature
Aubrey Organics Salons and expecting moms should also look for hair dryers that reduce electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Excessive exposure to EMFs was linked to a 1998 government report to increased levels of leukemia in children and adults. Many hair dryers emit positive ions which are known to depress mood. Look for ionic hair dryers with negative ions (the ions that are plentiful in nature) to elicit feelings of well-being. Nail polishes and polish removers contain many harmful chemicals, which get absorbed into the skin on and around ones hands and nails. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a plasticizer used in nail polish to create a smooth, polished finish. In a study, the Center for Disease Control raised a red flag when every woman in the study had DBP present in her body; the highest levels showed up in women of childbearing age. Formaldehyde, a carcinogen link to cancer of the nose and throat, and toluene, a chemical known to harm unborn babies, are standard ingredients in most nail polishes. Natural Mani-Pedi's 2 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 Tbsp of almond oil. Mix well and apply to soles of feet. Slide feet into socks and leave on overnight. Wash off in the morning. Heat 1 Cup of olive oil in a pan till just warm. Squeeze the juice of 1 fresh lemon into the warm olive oil and soak hands to soften skin, fade sunspots and liver spots, and whiten and strengthen your mails. Also takes care of cuticles! There is substantial evidence that synthetic fragrances are related to a variety of conditions, ranging from headaches and nausea to birth defects. If you can smell it, it is entering your bloodstream. 95% of all perfume or fragrance ingredients are derived from petroleum and contain phthalates. Synthetic fragrances are especially harmful because they enter the bloodstream two
different ways: you put them on your skin and you also breathe them in. A 2000 study from the medical journal Environmental Health Perspectives found a link between premature breast development in young girls (under the age of 9) and phtalates in the bloodstream. The phthalates they have identified have been classified as endocrine disruptors. This study suggests a possible association between plasitizers with known estrogenic and antiandrogenic activity and premature breast development in the human female. A November 2002 study study by the Harvard University School of Public Health found a link between sperm damage and monoethyl phthalate, a compound used to maintain the color and scent in many cosmetic items such as perfumes, colognes, and hair spray. Candles: Several potential Dangers Many expensive fragranced candles have metal cores in their wicks. Burning metal is never a good thing, and some wicks even have a lead core. Full of phtalates. Paraffin is a petroleum based by-product of refined gasoline. When paraffin is burned, it release carcinogenic toxins into the air. The emissions are similar to those that come from diesel fuel. Experts from the American Lung Association say that candles are fast becoming one of the most common unrecognized causes of poor indoor air quality. Choose beeswax and soy candles made without synthetic fragrances. Perfumes have less phtalates than colognes. Essential oils are the best; they have none! Bleach One of the most common cleaning ingredients is also one of the most offensive. It can cause a host of problems including respiratory irritation, chemical burns, and immune disorders. Chlorine bleach is the most common accidentally swallowed cleaning agent, and even a very small amount of it ingested can cause serious damage to tissues and organs and even death. Use hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or vinegar instead. Air Fresheners Within the industry, these are called "masking fragrances". They cover up odors instead of eliminating them with chemicals and heavy fragrances. Major cause of indoor air pollution. Corrosive cleaners (oven and drain cleaners) should have no place in your home EVER. Antibacterial cleaners Antibacterial add-ins started showing up in the 1980's but it became immediately apparent that many users were experiencing unwanted side effects ranging from minor eczema and itching to serious dermatitis that could only be cured with steroid cream--which should never be used on young children or pregnant women. The manufacturers started to dilute their main ingredient, Triclosan, and the reactions decreased, but did not go away. There are highly conflicting studies on the safety of Triclosan for humans and the environment. Natural Clean Baking Soda Scrub bathtubs and stainless steel sinks. Incredible deodorizer. Terrific for washing the laundry. Just use 3/4 cup of baking soda (alone) for a big load and it cleans everything! Carpet deodorizer. Add to bath water to sooth skin irritations. Tooth-whitener! Vinegar The ultimate all purpose cleaner (just avoid marble). 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. Smell goes away when it dries. Clean toilet bowl, incredible glass cleaner and wipes through grease on the stove, appliance, and counter tops. Lemons Mix half cup olive oil and a quarter cup of lemon juice to make a wood furniture polish. Send lemon peels through the garbage disposal to take away odors. When washing whites, add half cup of lemon juice with the baking soda bc its a natural bleach! Brands Seventh Generation
Deirdre Imus' Greening the Cleaning Anything that says DANGER or CAUTION doesn't belong in your hands when you're pregnant, or under your sink when the baby arrives. Just what does "Keep out of reach of children" mean when you've got it out from the cabinet and are spraying it on the kitchen table? Toxic Toys Rubber Ducky is made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a soft form of plastic that has now conclusively been proven to leach dangerous chemicals, including phtalates and bisphenol-A (BPA). Both phthalates and BPA are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they confuse normal hormone production, feminizing boys, and womanizing girls far earlier than normal.
soft squishy toys
anything that has a new plasticky smell
vinyl washable baby books
most soft teethers, especially the water
or gel-filled kind Wood is the best choice for baby toys. It has natural antibacterial properties, and can be made with natural finishes like beeswax. Make sure it is domestic wood, though. Other countries have a more "relaxed" policy concerning finishes on toys. Baby Shampoos, Lotions, and Oils Weleda Calendula Oil
Burts Bees Baby Bee Shampoo Bar
Green Babies Organics Baby Me Shampoo
and Tushy Tonic
California Baby wash and shampoo Baby Wipes water and a soft cloth
365 baby wipes with aloe vera
and vitamin E
Seventh Generation baby wipes
Tushies baby wipes Don't use any kind of powder or talc. Babies don't need it and the airborne particles are dangerous for the baby to breathe in. Cribs Babies and toddlers spend 10 to 14 hours a day sleeping and playing on a crib mattress. In so many ways, the mattress is the most prominent object in your child's environment. What you choose matters. Over the last 30 years, natural crib-mattress materials have been replaced with inexpensive petroleum-based synthetics. Nearly all crib mattresses today contain polyurethane foam, vinyl (PVC), phthalates, chemical fire retardants, and an extensive list of added industrial chemicals. Many researchers suspect that toxic chemicals are playing a significant role in the dramatic increase in childhood disorders. When parents use conventional crib mattresses, the baby is, in a way, sleeping on gasoline. The foam is derived from petroleum. Therefore, companies need to dump a lot of chemicals onto that material to keep it from being highly combustible. The most common flame retardent used over the last several decades has been pentaBDE. Due to overwhelming evidence of its harmful nature, this chemical was banned in California in 2006, with other states following suit. The current mattresses have not been recalled. Some baby mattresses are being marketed as antibacterial or antimicrobial. Manufacturers can make those claims when they add biocides, which are basically pesticides, to kill microbial life. Look For: flat, Smooth surface
(not wool or foam)
able to wipe clean
firm inner spring Before we let any fabric touch our babies skin, we should ask ourselves:
Where does it comes from?
Who made it? Conventional Cotton Conventional cotton covers only 3% of the worlds farmland, but uses 25% of the worlds chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In the US alone, it is estimated that 800 million pounds of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and chemical defoliants will be used on cotton this year. According to the EPA, 7 of the top 15 pesticides used on conventional cotton are potential or known human carcinogens. Some of the chemicals used include the infamous defoliante paraquat and the insecticide parathion, which is sixty times more toxic than DDT. Organic Cotton Organic farming means the farmer lives in harmony with the soil and crops; he is cultivating life instead of killing it with chemicals. Check the label on those potato chips, peanuts, cheese curls, etc. and you may just find cottonseed oil listed near the top... The EPA estimates that up to 40% of the United States groundwater, which is the drinking water for most Americans, is polluted with carcinogenic levels of pesticides from agricultural runoff. Diaper Dilemma Sixty percent of babies in the U.S. under twelve months get diaper rash. The rate of diaper rash increased from 7.1% of babies to 61% with the increased use of conventional disposable diapers. Sodium polyacrylate is the chemical that makes disposables super-absorbent; it can absorb up to 100 times its weight in water. It can stick to a baby's privates and cause allergic reactions. Some studies show there is a rise in urinary tract infections in babies as caregivers often change conventional gel-filled disposables less frequently that either cloth diapers or gel-free disposables, due to their superabsorbancy. Dioxin is a by-product of the paper-bleaching process used in manufacturing disposable diapers and is a carcinogen. The average American baby will go through 5,000 diapers before becoming potty trained. Other options: organic cloth diapers--very safe, but lots of work cloth/disposable hybrid, like a gDiaper or
Tushies brand that is a cloth body with a disposable liner. The number one trigger of childhood asthma is indoor air pollution. Numerous studies have linked the use of "off-the-supermarket-shelf" bug sprays and foggers to childhood brain cancer and leukemia. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 1987 reported that children exposed to pesticides in the home or garden were three to six times more likely to contract non-genetic leukemia than children who were not exposed. In addition to cancer, researchers are finding links between pesticides and diabetes and Parkinson's Disease. Natural bug repellents Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil
Citronella essential oil
Tea Tree essential oil Recent studies suggest links between common amounts of pesticide exposure and a host of other problems, including low birth weight, aggressive behavior, impaired motor function, and ADD and ADHD. Natural Pest Prevention Structural Caulk, weather-strip, and repair any holes larger than 1/16 of an inch around water pipes, baseboards, electric fixtures, outlets, light switches, doors, and windows. Screen over windows, vents, floor and sink drains, and ducts. Keep trash, leaf piles, and woodpiles away from your home. Fix leaky faucets and drains Insulate pipes to prevent condensation Cultural Store food in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator and put pet food away overnight. Wipe all counters and tables after use. Rinse food and drink containers before you throw them away. Empty trash and recycling bin frequently Use trash cans with tight fitting lids and avoid placing them under sinks. Avoid soaking dishes overnight. Always wipe the sink dry before leaving the kitchen for the night. Don't overwater plants Leave Your Shoes at the Door Microscopic pollen and soot particles, when tracked inside, can waft up into our eyes, throats, and noses. By taking off your shoes, you're preventing toxins from getting into your baby's system. Even if your shoes look clean, there's plenty of dirty stuff you can't see. Researchers from the University of Southern California found DDT in the carpets of almost a third of the homes they visited--twenty years after DDT was banned. These plants are the most effective, all around, in counteracting off-gassed chemicals and contributing to balanced internal humidity: Areca Palm
Dwarf Date Palm
Boston Fern English ivy
Australian sword fern
Peace lily Heavy Metals The reason heavy metals are so widespread is that they are useful in industrial processes. Lead keeps PVC plastics and glazes from chipping. Mercury is an antimicrobial--it kills microbes, but it also kills neurons. Aluminum is light and easily malleable. Because toxic heavy metals are do useful, you might find arsenic in your crib mattress, mercury in your flu vaccine, and aluminum in your antipersperant. How to minimize your baby's exposure: Before filling the baby's bathwater, run the hot water for a minute or two to flush out the water in the pipes that have been sitting there, possibly absorbing metals. Avoid using PVC plastics, especially in containers that will come into contact with food. Don't cook in aluminum foil, especially foods that are acidic or are being cooked at a high heat. Switch to a natural deoderant. A vaccuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will suck up metal-contaminated dust and not spit it back into your air. Insist of thimerosal-free vaccines for yourself and your baby. Building and Remodeling Asbestos If your home was built before 1978, chances are your home has asbestos in the insulation. If it is undisturbed, it probably won't cause any harm, but if you are going to to have any demolition done, be sure to have someone experienced in asbestos removal check it out and institute the correct procedure. Lead As with asbestos, a house built before 1978 probably has lead pain somewhere in the interior. You'll want to test for lead before you make any remodeling decisions, especially if you'll be doing a lot of sanding, which can spread lead dust everywhere. Removing wallpaper can be a problem too because it can expose old lead paints underneath. Paint Don't do it youself and don't be inside the home while its being done. Make sure the house is well-ventilated before you come back inside. Choose a water-based paint with no or low VOCs. Floors Besides the crib mattress, the floor is where your baby wil spend most of his time. Regular carpeting gives off a number of VOCs, and they are one of the most toxic off-gassers there are. Avoid peel and apply vinyl floor tiles, too. The adhesive backing contains toxins, and they are filled with phthalates.Choose ceramic or stone tile or bamboo flooring. Area rugs made of natural fibers are great options too. Always let sunshine in. Dust mites cant stand sunshine. Backyard/Garden Care By it's very nature, something that is developed to kill is not safe. "Tolerable risk" is not even measured in terms of children's exposure to pesticides. Earthworms naturally fertilize and aerate soil. Not every bug is a bad bug, but when you kill one, you can kill them all: the good and the bad ones. Sometimes just a strong blast of water from a hose is all it takes to get rid of a pest. Aphids, cabbage worms, and white flies are attracted to the color yellow, so they can be trapped by covering a piece of yellow poster board with glue and hanging it among the infested plants. Ladybugs are carnivores, and they also eat aphids. Dishwashing soap is a big turnoff for most insects, especially rose-eating beetles. Use one part liquid dish soap to four parts water. Vinegar is a natural herbicide. Put equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and zap even stubborn weeds. School buses More than 99% of US school buses are powered by diesel fuel, yet most federal agencies call diesel exhaust a probable human carcinogen. According to Dr. Wargo, professor of Risk Analysis and Environmental Policy at Yale, "If airways are inflamed or constricted by athsma, allergies, or infections, exposure to diesel exhaust may make breathing more difficult. If your child must ride the bus, instruct him or her to not stand downwind of a waiting bus. Grocery Shopping Buy Organic. A study of Seattle school aged children showed that those who were fed nonorganic diets had six times the amount of pesticides in their urine than children who were fed organic diets. Read labels. Recent studies have linked behavioral difficulties with certain food additives. Check out Organic-center.com, which researches the scientific reasons organic is better and shares it with the world. Beware of food that comes inside a BHT treated package. BHT is a highly toxic chemical that is put in the packaging to discourage rodents from nibbling through the box when the food is warehoused for long periods. Remember, it's just not possible to separate what we put in our bodies from what happens to our bodies. No matter how green you are, and how healthy your baby is, you're going to need a pediatrician. Choose someone who respects and understands your feelings on organic foods and natural choice, but understand that the doctor may still need to have antibacterials in the bathroom and may not share all of your beliefs. Parabens Hair Products & Tools Nail Polish According to the CDC, DBP is known to harm the male reproductive system. It causes birth defects of testicular atrophy, reduced sperm count, and defects in the structure of the penis. Rough Heel Treatment Hand Treatment The Wick The Fragrance The Wax Safe Alternatives The Damage Perfumes and Fragrances Phthalates are linked to a variety of serious health disorders, including sever allergies, asthma, and even cancer. They give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are known to produce eye, nose, and throat irritations, as well as headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, liver damage, and harm to kidneys and the central nervous system, according to the EPA. Dangerous Products Beware of: Hundreds of studies have linked phthalates to breast and prostate cancer. Who has touched it?
Under what conditions was it made? At least we don't eat it right? Pesticides and Disease Plants Rubber Plant
Janet Craig dracaena Try some of these natural methods: A rapidly expanding body of research shows that heavy metals, such as lead and pesticides, decrease mental ability and increase aggressiveness. What's Up Doc? The way that we care for our babies while they are in the womb and growing up will have profound effects on their development. The physical domain is the most greatly affected by living an organic lifestyle, but our physical health affects our whole self. Certain food additives can also affect behavior in individuals in a cognitive and emotional way. Though it is more expensive and takes a lot more thought, choosing an organic lifestyle is the best way to promote healthy physical development of your baby/child. The End Organic: Conventional: