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How Toxins Are Changing Childhood

The number of (largely untested) chemicals in our environment is on the rise, as are the rates of autism, cancer, and other serious health problems affecting kids. KIWI investigates
 this “silent pandemic”—and reveals how parents can fight back.

…In 2014, Dr. Landrigan and Phillippe Grandjean, M.D., an adjunct professor of environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health, published a paper in the journal The Lancet calling the effects on children’s cognitive development a “silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity.”

…“You need to remember that there are things you can do to limit exposure and that healthy factors can counterbalance the harm of chemicals—most important, a loving, supportive family environment and a nutritious diet.” He and other experts say taking these steps can make a difference:

EAT ORGANIC…
DRINK FILTERED WATER…
PASS UP FOOD THAT COMES FROM ANIMALS TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS…
CUT BACK ON CANNED FOOD…
AVOID USING PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS…
VACUUM AND DUST WITH A DAMP RAG OR SPONGE EVERY TWO OR THREE DAYS…
USE NATURAL PEST-KILLING PRODUCTS…
TRYING TO GET PREGNANT? TAKE FOLIC ACID…

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“Researchers find that 5 trillion pieces of plastic are contaminating the oceans and threatening marine life.”

(Photo: Paul Kennedy/Getty Images)
The Oceans’ Plastic Pollution Problem Is Far Worse Than We Thought, and Here’s Why.
by Hannah Hoag, TakePart

The average American throws away roughly 185 pounds of plastic per year. The plastics of everyday life wind up in the ocean. That includes the milk jug, those flimsy grocery bags, and the laundry detergent bottle you finally emptied and discarded. Perhaps the best way to keep plastic from winding up in the ocean is to use less of it. ~ Hannah Hoag. Hannah Hoag reports on the environment, global health, science, and science policy for Nature, Discover, Wired, and others.

Avoid at all Costs – BPA, BPF, BPS plastics

Yet another reason to avoid plastics. (You are aware, aren’t you, that all canned and many boxed wet food are in containers lined with BP plastic.) This article posted on massreport.com details the risks, some pertinent supporting details, and some minor things you can do to mitigate the affects of the toxins.

 

“Companies use your ignorance on BPS and BPF to advertise plastics as BPA free. But what they don’t tell you is that BPF and BPS is far worse than the infamous BPA…Studies have shown the following risks to those who use BPA or items that have been contaminated with BPA:

Increased risk of breast carcinoma

Increased risk of prostate carcinoma

Increased risk of obesity

Increased risk of diabetes mellitus type 2

Increased risk of cardiovascular diseases

Increased risk of autoimmune diseases

Increased risk of asthma

Exposure associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Exposure associated with Attention deficit Hyperactivity disorders (ADHD)

Adverse effects of prenatal exposure for the brain

Adverse effects of prenatal exposure for behavior

Adverse effects for prenatal exposure on immune function

Association with male sexual dysfunction – See more at: http://massreport.com/100-times-the-damage-avoid-at-all-cost-bpa-bpf-bps/#sthash.lrVsC8UT.dpuf

Stop Using Plastic: 21 Ways to Quit

Natural Mothers Green Living Series: Stop Using Plastic by Rebecca Watkins (excerpt)

"stop using plastic"

“We can adopt these 21 ways to stop using plastics

  1. Take cloth bags with you when you go shopping. Why not make your own?
  2. Use a stainless steel drinks container to hold your beverages.
  3. Buy only the fruit and vegetables not packaged in plastic and lobby stores that refuse to sell loose organics.
  4. Use biodegradable bin bags for your rubbish.
  5. Use a stainless steel lunch box and place it in your cloth bag.
  6. Make your own loaves of bread.
  7. Only buy bread from bakeries that wrap in paper; help change the minds of the ones that don’t.
  8. Food leftovers can be stored in ceramic or glass containers.
  9. Don’t use air fresheners – use essential oils, candles or incense instead.
  10. Purchase food in glass containers; avoid food packaged in plastics.
  11. Buy milk in paper cartons.
  12. Buy bars of soap, not the liquid stuff, unless in a glass jar.
  13. Line small household bins with paper bags.
  14. Use a wooden cutting board.
  15. Use stainless steel sippy cups for children.
  16. Use rechargeable batteries.
  17. When ordering a drink, don’t accept the straw.
  18. Make your own yogurt in Kilner jars. It’s easier than you think!
  19. Use junkmail to line fragile gifts to post, rather than plastic bubble wrap.
  20. Urge your local stores to stop their dependency on plastic packaging and that of their suppliers.
  21. Share this article with all your friends and urge them to follow your lead in saying ‘no’ to plastics!”

Full scale of plastic in the world’s oceans revealed for first time

Only 5% of the world’s plastics are being recycled.
by Oliver Milman, theGuardian

More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found…
While spread out around the globe, much of this rubbish accumulates in five large ocean gyres, which are circular currents that churn up plastics in a set area. Each of the major oceans have plastic-filled gyres, including the well-known ‘great Pacific garbage patch’ that covers an area roughly equivalent to Texas…
But researchers predict the volume will increase due to rising production of throwaway plastic, with only 5% of the world’s plastic currently recycled…
…we need to get policy makers to understand the problem. Some are doing that – Germany has changed the policy so that manufacturers are responsible for the waste they produce. If we put more responsibility on to the producer then that would be part of the solution.”

Take Action:
Stop buying plastic disposables such as food storage bags, utensils, toys.
Wash and reuse any plastic that comes your way.
Use your own cloth bags when shopping.
Use non-disposable plates and utensils at community gatherings.
Can you suggest more?