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Let's Work for Toxic-Free Kids

January 15, 2014
I can remember vividly the day that I first realized there are toxic chemicals in cosmetic products. I was in shock and quite frankly quite pissed off. It was (and still is) crazy to me that there is very little regulation of the chemicals used in products we use on our skin & hair, let alone the products we give our children (like toys, bubble bath, play furniture and the like). Now that I'm helping with the newly branded CT Campaign for Toxic-Free Kids and am doing a bit of their social media, every time I post a link on our Facebook page about a new study that shows yet again that...
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10 Ways to be Healthy, Green and Toxin-Free in 2014

January 11, 2014
How can you make 2014 your family's healthiest yet? That was the topic of this week's MomsRising tweet chat. The guests and participants in #EcoTipTue had lots to share about making 2014 healthy, green and toxin free. It's each week at 9pm ET, and we'd love to have you join us. We discuss all things health, environment, toxics, and climate related. Here are 10 ideas for a healthy, happy new year. Please add yours in the comments. 1. Our special guest Leah Segedie shared several ways to start 2014 off right! "Make 2014 healthier for ur family by shopping organic, BPA free, and buy natural...
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Is the Polar Vortex Another Glimpse of Our Future?

January 9, 2014
Already in these first days of 2014, my spirits are dampened by the vision of a frightening climate future coming at us at warp speed. Like in a science fiction story, Arctic winds have been swooping in from the far north, grabbing regions as far south as the bayous of Louisiana in an icicle grip, and plunging thermometers across the country far into the freezing zone. The phenomenon even has a sinister name, like what you might hear in a sci-fi movie: “ POLAR VORTEX .” In some places, wind chills have dipped to 10… 20… 30… even 6o° F below, just like average temperatures on Mars . This kind...
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On Pesticides, Soap and Common Sense

January 9, 2014
Scan the ingredient list of many "antibacterial" soaps and body washes, and you'll find triclosan. This pesticide — yes, I said pesticide — is so widely used that it's now found in most of our bodies. And after decades of thinking about it, FDA is finally saying "enough." It turns out some significant risks are linked to triclosan, including altering how hormones work in our bodies, undermining our immune systems and making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Oh, and according to FDA experts, it doesn't seem to get hands or bodies any cleaner than good old soap and water. Two things bubble up...
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ICYMI: Our picks of the week! #Top5 Must-Read Posts #TBT

December 20, 2013
There are so many compelling, interesting stories published on the MomsRising blog every week. Below is a selection of posts we especially hope you didn't miss! Check them out; we'd love to hear which were your favorites in the comments below. Thanks! #RADIO this week! - Creating Change! From music to legislation to social media and more From gun violence in America and updates on the goings on of Congress to the campaign that led to Marissa Alexander being released from prison and FairVote with Krist Novoselic of the band Nirvana, there's an awesome lineup of topics and speakers on this...
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10 Tips for Non-Toxic Pregnancy

December 11, 2013
Oh, the pressures of being pregnant! So many people telling you what to do. Eat this, not that! Don't worry about weight gain. Worry about weight gain. Worrying about weight gain will give your baby anxiety. Ahhhh! It can be so overwhelming at times. Thankfully, there are many things that pregnant women can do to reduce their exposure to environmental toxins. MomsRising partnered with the Reproductive Health Technologies Project this past week for our weekly tweet chat called #EcoTipTue. Sara Alcid was our special guest and she shared lots of important information for pregnant women, their...
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Protecting kids around the world

December 4, 2013
Earlier this week our partners in Asia released an in-depth, global study on children and pesticides. As a mom, I'm both deeply thankful for this report and profoundly frustrated that it needs to be written at all. Dr. Meriel Watts reviewed hundreds of scientific studies from around the world, and found that children across the globe face serious — and growing — health harms from exposure to pesticides. Her report then outlines clear, doable steps to making real change. Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Asia-Pacific's Executive Director Sarojeni Rengam makes the urgency of the problem very clear...
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The EPA Listened to #MomsOnClimate - a Storify

December 3, 2013
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Chemical Safety. Someone Should Care a Whole Awful Lot.

November 23, 2013
It’s March 2001 and a British man steps out of a blue police box and says that I will someday be grateful for the acute myelogenous leukemia (Agent Orange- related cancer) that has just killed my father. He promises that the next half-dozen years my mother and I will spend spinning in the revolving door of the Veteran’s Administration (VA) will benefit me later. He whispers that I need to pay attention to the draft Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) legislation in 2013. If only, right? Almost 13 years and two children after my father’s death, I can appreciate how much that past informed...
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Avoid Toxic Jewelry this Holiday Season (especially for children)

November 20, 2013
What’s in your child’s jewelry box? If you anything like many parents, its full of various play jewelry, presents from friends and family, and your own cast offs. Is anything in your child’s collection from Walmart, or Claire’s? Our friends at Washington Toxics released an alarming report about jewelry specifically from Walmart . Turns out, much of it is loaded with toxic heavy metals—like lead and cadmium. In some cases, the amount was more than 1,000 times the recommended level for lead. Now, should there even be a “recommended level for lead” ? Not when doctors and researchers regularly...
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