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September 16, 2009
Searching for a new car? Back to school clothes shopping with the kids? Don’t miss out on the new Healthy Stuff database just because you’re on the go!
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CA Assembly Fails to Pass BPA Bill

September 14, 2009
As you all know, I and other members on the MomsRising team have been fervently working to pass a bill in California that would help eliminate the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby and toddler products like bottles and sippy cups. I thought I would let you know how the vote went on Friday. It had already passed the Senate and was favored by the Assembly 35-32. Unfortunately, it did not garner the 41 votes necessary to clear the Assembly. Here is how individual Assemblymembers voted . Here is a statement by Sen. Fran Pavley , who sponsored and fought her heart out for this...
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The Foxes Guarding the Chickens: BPA, EPA & the Chemical Makers

September 12, 2009
This week would have been a great occasion to have a camera crew at the National Institutes of Health, to capture EPA officials meeting with the densest gathering ever of the cream of America’s toxic chemical producers and users. They came together – with no sign that the new administration had lifted a finger to change business as usual – to “dialog” about how BPA and other chemicals will be tested from now on. They were there to give EPA their “guidance and assessment,” the conference material announces. BPA, bisphenol-A, is the best-known chemical in America right now, an ingredient in...

Urgent -- CA Toxics Bill Needs Your Help Now!

September 10, 2009
The California State Assembly has until today to pass a bill, SB 797, that would ban the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby products like bottles and formula cans. As the Los Angeles Times noted today , the formula and packaging industry have launched a ferocious campaign against this bill even though there are 200 peer-reviewed studies linking BPA with heart disease, diabetes, liver problems, brain damage, cancer and hormone disruption. We are currently six votes shy of passing this important piece of legislation. CA moms, can you help us protect our children from BPA by making a few...
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A New Pediatrics to Heal Sick Children (and Keep Well Kids Healthy)

September 10, 2009
A New Pediatrics to Heal Sick Children (and Keep Well Kids Healthy) If your baby were suffering from colic, would you treat him with artificially dyed and sweetened simethicone (the chemical in drugs such as Mylanta and Mylicon) or first try an emulsion of fennel seed oil? If your young daughter developed a persistent rash, would prefer the doctor to prescribe antihistamines or a diet rich in omega fatty acids? More and more, it’s likely you’d give the second choice a try. The big news is that mind-body pediatrics has come of age over the past generation. (Cite: Focus on Complementary and...

You are the Target of a Toxic Chemical's P R Blitz

September 4, 2009
This past spring, the companies that make and use the chemical bisphenol-A, BPA, convened a meeting in Washington, DC, to devise a reassuring media campaign, which they have just now launched. Young mothers aged 21-35, such as MomsRising members, are the target. The meeting minutes noted that their “holy grail” representative would be a pregnant young mother who would be willing to speak around the country about the benefits of BPA. Are they out there now looking for her? BPA is an ingredient in hard plastics, such as #7 polycarbonate baby bottles, sippy cups and reusable sports water bottles...

Lead in lipstick: FDA gives moms the toxic kiss off

September 3, 2009
It took nearly two years, but FDA has finally published its study on lead in lipstick, and the findings are not reassuring. FDA found up to four times more lead in lipstick than previous reports. Even less reassuring is the fact that FDA spent two years studying the problem, only to discover that, yup, there really is lead in lipstick – and then decide that, no, they’re not going to do anything about it. Wasn’t FDA once the world’s gold standard agency for consumer protection? Don’t they exist for the purpose of ensuring that America has the safest possible food, drugs and cosmetics? If so,...

Photos from BPA-Free Rally

August 27, 2009
Sacramento, CA -- Yesterday's BPA-free rally went well. It was attended by at least 125 people -- the 125 Kleen Kanteen kids' water bottles were quickly gone! -- and was very diverse with mostly mothers and kids of every hue and ethnic background. Anti-BPA signs were in Spanish and in English. The speakers on stage ranged from actress Amy Smart (Varsity Blues) and legislators to a prominent doctor named Dr. Greene and an advocate for low-income mothers who asked that BPA-free products be made available at the "99-cent store." In case you missed my previous posts, I was in Sacramento yesterday...
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Chemical Industry Trying to Influence CA Assemblymembers -- Please Help!

August 24, 2009
A California bill that would get rid of a requirement for toxic flame retardants in the foam of baby products is hanging by the skin of its teeth. It may be a coincidence, but lobbyists working for the chemical industry have been in Sacramento lobbying hard against this consumer-friendly, common sense bill. CA parents: We need your help! The bill, SB 772 , faces a tough vote in the State Assembly and must gain the signature of Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar to become law. Our immediate challenge is to keep the bill alive by changing the votes of three Assemblymembers who voted against it in the...
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Back-To-School Shopping? Don't forget PVC-Free School Supplies!

August 17, 2009
Ever notice those PVC free labels on products and think... I should know what that's about, but I haven't got the time to find out? Me too. Turns out that the production of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC—is incredibly bad for the environment. But there’s more! PVC is also a major source of phthalates, yes, the same dangerous plastic softeners we successfully banned from children's toys last year. Phthalates have been banned in children's toys, but they're still legal in PVC school supplies our children come in contact with on a daily basis. Phthalates harm children's health and development by...