Rachel Sarnoff is executive director and CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World.
Blog Post List
May 22, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director & CEO www.healthychild.org After the CDC lowered the threshold at which a child is at risk for lead poisoning by half last week, the number of children under six who are now considered at risk jumped from 77,000 to 442,000, according to the Huffington Post . The article quoted Dr. Phil Landrigan, Healthy Child Honorary Board member and chairman of the department of preventative medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City: “There is no safe level. Lead is toxic to the developing brain at low levels. Prenatal exposure causes...
May 15, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director & CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org TIME raised a ruckus recently with a profile of “attachment parenting” guru Dr. Bill Sears, highlighted by a cover photo of a mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son, according to the Huffington Post . Healthy Child believes breast is best—especially for the first year, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics—and welcomes the discussion these photographs have incited (although not the flaming, that’s just plain mean). Some additional information to add to the chatter:...
May 2, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director & C.E.O Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org Potential Autism Causes Identified What causes autism? Dr. Phil Landrigan, professor and chair of preventive medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York and Honorary Board member of Healthy Child Healthy World, recently released a comprehensive list of environmental triggers, published in Environmental Health Perspectives and concisely presented in a slideshow on Rodale News . This powerful research looks at environmental factors—including lead, mercury and pesticides—and connects...
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April 25, 2012
by Rachel Sarnoff, Executive Director & CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org Happiest Babies Are Soothed by 5 S’s Can simple soothing take the place of sugar? That was the takeaway from a new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics. In a study involving more than 200 infants, researchers found the “5 S’s” baby-calming tactics worked better than the sugar-water supplements traditionally given to infants after experiencing pain, according to ABC News . The 5 S’s tactics were developed by Dr. Harvey Karp, a founding board member of Healthy Child Healthy World and...
April 18, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director and CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org On the heels of last week’s CDC report that found higher rates of autism than ever before—now affecting 1 in 88 children and representing a 78% increase in the last 10 years— a new study published last week in the journal Clinical Epigenetics is especially interesting. The study looked at how substances such as high fructose corn syrup can lead to mineral deficiencies, how deficiencies in minerals such as zinc can reduce the body’s ability to eliminate toxic substances such as mercury and...
April 10, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org There was a time when doctors told pregnant mothers it was okay to smoke and drink alcohol because their babies were protected. Obviously, now we know otherwise—but many women are still misinformed about the dangers of the common contaminants that their fetuses are exposed to. Last week, a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that “an expectant mother's exposure to commonly used pesticides might pose risks to her developing fetus comparable to those long associated with...
April 3, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org So many news stories that relate to children’s environmental health, it’s hard to keep up! The FDA Rejects BPA Ban in Packaging Late in the day last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)announced that it would not place on ban on BPA in packaging because there wasn’t enough scientific evidence that it harmed humans. We wonder whether they’ve missed the volumes of studies finding BPA associated with some cancers, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive disorders. Manufacturers...
March 30, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World Cleaning used to be a simple thing. You learned what to use from your parents and bought the same products when you moved into your own house. But new reports just emerging may make you rethink choosing some of those brands. Earlier this month, a report conducted by the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, MA and published in the online Environmental Health Perspectives journal revealed chemicals linked to linked to asthma and hormone disruption in 200 common household products. Personal care products such as soaps and...
March 20, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director & CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org I remember the first time I saw someone breastfeed. I was 27 and had just gotten married; one of my best friends had her baby the same year. We all sat around marveling at this amazing little being she had created and when he started to fuss, she fed him. It was miraculous. A year later, I had my own baby to feed and I remembered what she told me: Put your baby on your breast the minute he is born. Even if there’s nothing coming out, keep doing it until there is. I was lucky to have that...
March 16, 2012
According to First Lady Michelle Obama, in a piece she wrote for the Healthy Child Healthy World book , when her daughter Malia was about three years old, they took a family outing to the circus where Malia’s breathing became more and more strained. The Obamas rushed her to the emergency room where the doctor diagnosed her with asthma. It’s all too common of a story these days. In fact, asthma is the most common chronic disorder of childhood impacting nine million children under the age of 18 —a more than 200% increase over the last 30 years. Everyone who's been through it knows that an...
March 13, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Saroff Executive Director & CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org Thanks to everyone who helped us “Celebrate Colette” this week, where we kicked off our Spanish Translation program with a bang. We raised more than $11,000 to begin translation of our 5 Easy Steps and “A Wake Up Story” video, to support Healthy Child Party Kit Scholarships, and to contribute to our ongoing Website and Mobile App Update. Speakers included “The Happiest Baby on the Block” Dr. Harvey Karp, Board Chair Rene Jones, and Mom on a Mission finalists Andrea Pett-Joseph and Martha...
March 6, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org I spent the past few weeks poring over the Healthy Child archives and I’m amazed at what I found. I knew this organization was powerful, but I didn’t really comprehend the extent of our impact. The reason my children’s school has to notify me before spraying pesticides is thanks to legislation that was introduced by Barbara Boxer, who dedicated the Children’s Environmental Protection Act of 1996 to the memory of Colette Chuda. And though the Act was not passed in full, the Chudas and Healthy...
March 1, 2012
by Ashley Hernandez Communications & Strategic Partnerships Coordinator Healthy Child Healthy World What if you could host a party that would change the world? National Healthy Child Party Week is a week-long celebration, in which parents will gather at kitchen tables, parks, offices and school nationwide to discuss ways to create healthier, non-toxic environments for their children. In honor of our 20th Anniversary, Healthy Child has created a brand new party kit that empowers parents with resources and tools to educate their friends and family. The 2012 Healthy Child Kit, sponsored by...
February 21, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org Last week’s findings of arsenic in organic brown rice syrup may be even more frightening to parents than last year’s discovery of the cancer-causing substance in apple juice . That’s because organic brown rice syrup is ubiquitous in natural products—it’s used as a substitute for high fructose corn syrup. MNN reported on the Dartmouth study, which found concentrations of arsenic of 23 to 128 parts per billion (ppb)—12 times the Environmental Protection Agency's safe drinking water limit of 10 ppb—...
February 14, 2012
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director & C.E.O Healthy Child Healthy World On Valentine’s Day, the last thing you want to think about is whether toxic chemicals will prevent you from starting a family. But with rates of infertility on the rise and testosterone levels in decline, we may need to factor in chemical exposures to the future of our love lives. Infertility affects one in eight couples in the United States—that’s 7.3 million people who have trouble with pregnancy , according to the CDC. And although it was once thought that infertility was a “female problem,” medical evidence...
January 31, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org Last week Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Rachael Ray announced new nutrition standards for school lunches , the first major change in school meals in over 15 years. The program allots an additional six cents per school lunch—the first real increase in 30 years. The new standards call for more whole grains and produce, as well as less sodium and fat, and are the first to be enacted as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 , part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!...
January 24, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World When is a salmon not a salmon? It sounds ridiculous, but that’s one of the most important issues in the food world, where the gloves are off in the fight about genetically engineered foods. Genetically engineered or modified foods—known as GE foods or GMOs—have been unnaturally altered at the molecular level. The DNA from different sources or even different species are combined together to create a new set of genes that are thought to confer an advantage, such as more rapid growth or resistance to cold. And,...
January 17, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www . healthychild . org Think the flame retardant Tris is a thing of the past? Think again. Last week the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States released a study that found 80% of new baby and children’s products tested positive for chlorinated Tris (TDCPP) , a chemical voluntarily removed from children’s pajamas in the 1970s because it was found to cause cancer. The Hidden Hazards In the Nursery study tested 20 products—including nursing pillows, changing pads, bassinet pads and car seats—for traces of Tris...
January 10, 2012
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org Is there a link between the environment and illnesses such as pediatric cancer, asthma, allergies and behavioral problems? According to the s cientists and doctors who advise Healthy Child Healthy World, the answer is yes. For example, we believe it makes sense to reduce children’s exposure to chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), which last month the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) acknowledged has a “biological plausibility” for causing breast cancer. When encouraging parents to avoid cans lined...
December 20, 2011
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director/CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org Have you checked your toy list twice? Wait, let me rephrase that: Have you checked the list of what’s in your toys twice? I just discovered the toy database at HealthyStuff.org , which ranks more than 20,000 toys or toy components, organized from “none” to “high” levels for dangerous chemicals. I checked my list against theirs—my daughter’s coveted Baby Alive is a low, thank goodness—and crossed off a few, noting the irony of Target’s “green baby” shirt weighing in with dangerously high levels of...
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