Friday, October 10, 2008

More BPA Bad News

A new study released in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that , in vitro, bisphenol A can interfere with several chemotherapy drugs. 

Read more at Tree Hugger or download the study here
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New look. More Ads

Well, once again I'm trying to make a concerted effort to post more regularly. If you look around you will also see that I'm trying to make a bit of cash. I'd love to move to and maybe be able to spend more time blogging.

So go ahead, click on an ad. You know you wanna.

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We've been working on going phthalate-free in our home, ditching just about everything that has "fragrance". Pthalates are known hormone disruptors, and have been banned in children's toys in Canada and the US.

The trouble is, phthalates are found in just about every cosmetic product that contains fragrance. Research indicates that phthalates are absorbed through the skin. New research is showing that phthalte exposure in utero is hazardous to the fetus:

new research has found new evidence of "phthalate syndrome"- smaller penises, and undescended or incompletely descended testicles- in humans. Shanna Swan, director of the Center for Reproductive Epidemiology at the University of Rochester's school of medicine, who led the research, says phthalates are ""probably reproductive toxins and should be eliminated from products gradually because we don't need them."

For more information on phthalates visit:

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Halloween - Don't worry so much about letting kids go crazy on the candy

This year, Curious Boy will be almost 3 at Hallowwen.  This means that he understands about going out trick-or-treating and he understands about candy. The common advice to parents is to mete out candy over an extended period of time, but some pediatric dentists have different advice for parents.

“The frequency of eating candy, and other refined carbohydrates, and
their stickiness, are big factors in creating the risk of caries
(cavities),” he said.

Eating carbohydrates can change the pH balance of the mouth, making
it more acidic, which can increase the risk of cavities. Each time
candy is eaten, the acid environment in the mouth can take up to an
hour to dissipate.

“Parents can let kids eat a bunch [of candy] now and a bunch later. But
don’t let them have one piece now, then an hour later let them have
another piece,” he said, adding that candy can also be dispensed as a
dessert or snack.

Read More (ScienceDaily)