Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Children and Toxic Chemicals

"We do not inherit the Earth from our anscestors,
we borrow it from our children."
Native American Proverb
This is a post I have been wanting to write since I began my blog. To the left under my Favorite Links you will see I have put Healthy Child Healthy World at the top of the list. It is a book and website I encourage every mom to be and parent to buy and log onto. I discovered it when Little Chick was a baby and all the lead recalls were coming out along with the information on BPA and phalphates. I don't know about you, but I was overwhelmed! I still am at times regarding making the right choices and purchases, but I feel like I am trying to make healthy changes all the time. As the book mentions, we must make small changes which will eventually become big changes.

There is no way that this one little post could cover even a portion of the things I would like to talk about, so I will pick one: pesticides. My yard is really lovely, but if you take a closer look you might see that I don't use pesticides. There have been too many studies showing how much our children and unborn children are effected by pesticides along with the thousands of other chemicals out there. Just last week Dr. Elizabeth Whelan appeared on a two night special CNN had, called Toxic America. It is horrifying what is being uncovered about children, chemicals, diseases, and cancer. I am bringing up pesticides because even though I don't use them, most of my neighbors do. And we live on a running stream. So when it rains we know where all those chemicals are running off to - my yard and in the water. One thing I grew up doing and have enforced especially since I had Little Chick is removing our shoes at the front door. The amount of chemicals brought into a home is unbelievable. Then our children are crawling and putting their hands in their mouths.

So I encourage all the mommies out there to log onto Healthy Child Healthy World and see for yourselves that it is an excellent reference for creating a healthier home for our children and families. I will bring up more topics as time goes on, but this is a good start.

28 comments:

  1. hey, nice knowledgable post. must read for all mommies. will def visit the site u suggested. thanx for informing~
    Btw, lovely foto of lil chik relaxing on the green safe grass!

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  2. I have been concerned about all the cleaners we use inside. We have started using a vinegar water mixture to clean with...it's also great because the boys are learning how to clean, and I don't have to worry about what they are exposed too! :)

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  3. This is a great post. Thanks for posting! I am going to check out that book!

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  4. Great post! I love their website. I signed up to host a healthy home party and I got half my stuff. Really great info in it about all sorts of stuff. I plan on using it for blog posts too. :)

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  5. I hate pesticides, not only because they harm us but what they do to the environment, it's ridiculous. I'm glad you brought this up!

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  6. Being organic farmers, my husband and I take a lot of pride in raising our produce and chickens without chemicals, pesticides and such. Even if we weren't farmers, though, I can't imagine putting that sort of thing into our yard where we spend so much time with our five children. Eek! Great post, keep up the good work!

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  7. thanks for sharing! sometimes, i get paranoid giving my kids veggies to eat for i often think pesticides and other chemicals may have been used in them..

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  8. Great post.....good on you!
    :)

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  9. I completely agree. My son and I are both vegetarians and we try and eat as organic as possible. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is concerned. I'm also in love with that quote!

    xoxo,
    KareyEllen

    KareyEllenDesigns.blogspot.com

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  10. I love baking soda, vinegar, and lemon uice for cleaning. I find it more effective most of the time!

    Great post. My garden is pesticide free...only because it literally looks like a mini jungle!!

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  11. Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by Gerber Days!

    I love your cute and colorful blog!! That is the cutest picture above. :)

    Have a beautiful day! xo

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  12. It is so scary to think about all the toxins that we use everyday without knowing it! I just recently discovered that there are BPA and phthalates in bath toys... WHY??? Thanks for the link, I can't wait to check it out!

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  13. Great post. There are so many chemical dangers out there and if we just make some small adjustments to what we buy, detergents, soaps, cleaning agents, and what we put in our bodies, we can make a difference in the health of our children. I will check out that website. Thanks!

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  14. Will be sure to check it out.
    I love you for blogging about things that really matter and trying to making the right choices. We have become conscious of our choices after kids too. This is just another one of the gifts that kids bring to us with them:)
    Love that quote too:)

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  15. Thanks for the website. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for visiting my blog so often, I enjoy reading your comments! Keep up the great work on your blog!

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  16. That's a great post, I don't use chemicals on my yard either!

    I'm visiting from Mom Bloggers Club!

    Following you now!

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  17. I like how all your posts are connected to quotes!! MBC

    Can't wait to read more.
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  18. Thanks for this--I stopped using cleaning products like 10 years ago when I got really sick cleaning my bathroom with Tilex or something. Now don't worry---I still clean. I use Vinegar and water in a spray bottle, or baking soda. Awesome.

    Too many additives out there that freak me out, I agree.

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  19. That's one of the very reasons we take our shoes off when we come in too!

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  20. Thanks for the info on Sassy! I think Boon are BPA free too.

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  21. Great blog, following you back from Friday Follow.

    -K
    http://mypottyseat.blogspot.com/

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  22. Cute blog. Thanks for the vote! =)

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  23. Great post! EcoSMART makes family-safe weed and pest killers from FDA approved products such as clove and cinnamon oils. I plan to buy some of the chigger killer soon because our lawn needs it, but I agree with you completely about pesticides. Since you decided to make a small change, that was a great choice - I'm now following you :)

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  24. Such a good post.
    Thanks for stopping by our blog and joining our followers!
    Rudy loves new friends and is quite happy :)
    Rudy is a current follower of you blog,


    Rudy's Raiser

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  25. Great post! We have started to get out of the habit of taking our shoes off at the front door lately. I am going to reinstitute that rule immediately and clean the floor. Thanks for reminding us about what's important!

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  26. I really need to stay more informed about this kind of stuff. I will be honest and say I tend to ignore it. Not because I don't care or think it's important. It just seems overwhelming to stay up on. I will be sure to check out the link! Good stopping by! :)

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  27. Thanks for the follow... Following you back... :)

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