May 27, 2009What comes to mind when you think of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo? Images of your kids playing in the tub, or memories of your own mom suddsing you up as a child? Maybe you think of the company’s famous taglines- “No.1 Choice of Hospitals” and “No More Tears.” Whatever you think of, it probably isn’t caution signs and cancer-causing chemicals - but now that might change. On May 26th, parents and nurses said “no more toxic tears” to America’s leading manufacturer of baby shampoo. MomsRising, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and nearly 50 other organizations representing more than 1.7...
May 19, 2009I support equality for the sexes, but this wasn’t what I had in mind! Adding to the mounting evidence against the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), a study released last week ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2009.03.005 ) found male monkeys exposed to BPA while in the womb display behaviors unique to female monkeys once they’re born. Yes, this is the same BPA still used to make baby bottles, sippy cups, reusable water bottles, and other food containers. In fact, more than 200 studies have linked BPA exposures at very low doses to breast and prostate cancer, obesity, diabetes, altered...
May 12, 2009I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the campy, B-movie, The Toxic Avenger , but the plot line is eerily analogous to many modern moms. The movie in a nutshell: weakling janitor is taunted and falls into a vat of toxic waste, which turns him into a radioactive monster with superhuman strength who becomes a local crime fighter. Here’s the plot line for modern mom (particularly the special breed of moms that end up joining a community like MomsRising). Mom starts out as an “average” woman and gets pregnant which transforms her into a new life form with superhuman abilities who becomes an advocate...
April 16, 2009I still cant get over that there are so few and no federal law preventing the building of schools on or near sources of pollution no matter how many times I say it out loud or write it down.
April 3, 2009When I became a mother, I always thought that I could trust products that I purchased for my children. Now, every day, it seems, a new scientific study emerges showing chemical exposure in products we once thought to be safe. How did this happen?
April 2, 2009I'd love to feed my kids knowing that the food and water I give them are safe. You? But I can't. Why? Because the safeguards in this country are so weak that there's rocket fuel in infant formula. I mean, how bad can it get?
February 16, 2009Any day now, President Obama will name the head of the Food and Drug Administration, and the question is: Will the new FDA revive its passion for the public interest, or continue giving consumers the toxic kiss off?
February 13, 2009February 10th was a big day if you’ve got toxics on the brain - as I do. Why? Because, as Ariana Kelly wrote here that day , it was the day the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) went into effect. And while this new law has some kinks to work out on the road to implementation, it is indeed something to celebrate.
February 10, 2009Today we celebrate the implementation of a bi-partisan triumph! It is now illegal to sell toys with dangerous lead and chemical content to children. And millions of American parents and children can breathe a bit easier.
January 29, 2009We said we’d never do it, but of course we do. Like millions of Americans, we sometimes feed fast food to the kids. And yes, we do let the kids keep the toys! As the parent of a toddler who will chew on anything, I fear these toys. Remember the dangerous lead levels found in toys from China, leading to massive recalls in 2007?