Yes, car seats are designed to keep our children safe. But what if they also contain toxic flame retardants that can be harmful to their health? That’s the premise behind the Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff program, which recently released its fifth report on toxic chemicals in car seats. In 2013, I shared the latest report–but since then, a lot has changed.
Last year, I installed a Lifesource water system. It’s been about two months since I started using it to filter all the water in my house—from the kitchen faucet to the bathrooms—reducing potentially toxic chemical exposures wherever we drink or absorb water. And a funny thing happened while I was focusing on how water affects our health—I noticed a change in my hair and skin, as well.
Water. We drink it and cook with it; it soaks into our skin and hair in the shower or bath. But as I found out recently, studies have discovered everything from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals in our drinking water. After researching drinking water in my neighborhood, I found that our zip code registered high levels of potentially toxic chemicals—including chlorine dioxide, which is a commonly used drinking water disinfectant. With a simple chlorine test that I got at the hardware store, I saw firsthand how much chlorine was in our drinking water, and how much we were absorbing in the bath and shower. At that point, I was convinced: I…
Are you still sending your kids to school with plastic water bottles in their backpacks? Consider the fact that the EPA tests our water daily for bacteria and posts the results to the general public, while the FDA only requires weekly testing of bottled water and doesn’t make its results public. Or that bottled water costs can ring up at more than $50 each month. And, finally, that when they get warm, those plastic bottles can leach chemicals into your children’s water–and bodies.