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Babo on ABC News: Dr. Greene Speaks about Limiting Toxins in Children

Posted on June 17 2010

I was so excited that Dr. Greene chose Babo as a healthy and safe choice for moms on ABC News. Dr Greene is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and author of many books on raising babies green – a few most recent books are Feeding Baby Green (Wiley, 2009) and Raising Baby Green (Wiley, 2007). He also has an incredible website, www.drgreene.com, which is a wonderful resource.


Dr. Greene mentions three areas of ingestion that parents should focus on to keep their kids safe: mouth, skin, and air. Simple measures can be taken to reduce toxins.  He emphasizes the dangers of phthalates, hormone-mimicking chemicals that are used in many common baby shampoos.

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The reason why toxins are getting so much attention is that last month, the President’s Cancer Panel released an extensive report “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk – What We Can Do Now.” The extensive report discusses the harm from chemicals and toxins that we are exposed to in our daily lives and our “gross underestimation” of the amount of illness caused by these exposures, which “could have been prevented through appropriate national action.”  One of these is phthalates. Read the official report here: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/pcp.htm.

I hope to provide other great resources to mothers and caretakers, so we can stay on top of what is put into our children’s products. Here are some great resources to learn more about how to support your family’s health:

  • The National Library of Medicine’s online Household Products Database www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov - look up a chemical and find a list of consumer products containing the ingredient. There are also links to the latest toxicity and medical studies concerning the ingredient.
  • The Environmental Working Group's www.cosmeticsdatabase.com - highly informative database, Skin Deep. You can search for products for personal care and cosmetics. You can search by age group, product, ingredient, or company to find the very safest products available.

      

For more detailed information ingredients Dr. Greene recommends avoiding, please see: What's Not In..

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