Toxins – Why are babies and children more vulnerable?

Babies & children are exposed to higher levels of environmental toxins than adults. Children eat more food, drink more fluids, breathe more air, and have more surface skin compared to their body weight than adults. This causes a higher exposure to pollutants and contaminants in the air, their food, and care products.

Their bodies are more rapidly growing and developing, so chemicals that can harm development can do maximum damage at this critical time. Children also play on the floor, where allergens, such as dust, and heavier-than-air chemicals settle and collect.

Then there’s natural behavior: Putting everything in the mouth is a crucial part of normal development, the way a baby learns about the world. Many times, these toxic chemicals will cross the barrier from mother to child” — for instance, the main ingredient in deodorant ends up in breast milk.

Facts:

The cosmetics industry was de-regulated in 1938 allowing personal care product companies to use ANY raw material in their products without FDA approval.

Many companies commonly use toxic chemicals & pesticides in products because they are cheaper to manufacture.

Many US products have been banned in Europe due to the ingredients they contain.

Johnson & Johnson has been told to either add a warning label to their products or take the word “Baby” off of their Lotion if they wish to continue product sales in India.

70% of all personal care products contain toxins or cancer causing agents.

60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the body.

The FDA does not require studies on long-term health risks, only short-term irritancy tests (such as animal testing).

 

How to protect yourself/ your family:

 

1. Read ingredient labels

• Many companies market “natural” product lines containing lavender, chamomile, etc. however many also contain harmful ingredients.

• Don’t assume what you are buying at a “natural food store” is free of chemicals.

• Be aware of long words that you cannot pronounce that have the words “from coconut oil” in parenthesis. Natural ingredients that are broken down chemically are no longer natural.

• Look for the words “cold-pressed” or “organic” on the label

• Find out if the ingredients are organic. Very high toxicity levels of pesticides become concentrated in liquids extracted from plants.

2. Use Certified Vegan Products when available to reduce overall exposure

3. Educate yourself – Some sources for more information:

The Environmental Working Group – a government watchdog organization that tests many common household products and publishes their safety profiles online at (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com). Here you can:

a. Search product categories and sort them based on toxic concerns

(i.e., “Baby shampoo” search shows products of most concern to least concern)

b. Search specific products and companies for toxic ingredient information

(Aveeno, Johnson & Johnson, Gerber, etc).

c. Research ingredients for specific health concerns

(propylene glycol, polysorbate-60)

Healthy Child Healthy World (http://healthychild.org)

Is this your Child’s World?” by Doris J. Rapp, M.D.

Home Safe Home” by Debra Lynn Dadd

Natural News Network (http://www.naturalnews.com)

Scorecard (http://www.scorecard.org)

Advertisements

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Healthy Diet Lets Woman Lose Thirty Pounds in Thirty Days on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Hi, interesting post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be subscribing to your site.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: