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What Parents Can Do About Today's Dangerous Chemicals

Posted Mar 22 2012 5:31pm

When I read the article in the March 15th New YorkTimes about all the chemicals to whch babies and chidlren are exposed, I  can understand parents' concerns. However, instead of spending time making their own cleaning agents, soaps, and many other things, I would suggest that parents organize and put pressure on the FDA and other Federal  agencies  responsible for checking on dangerous ingredients.  Yes, we have far too many chemicals in use today, but are parents making themselves and their children neurotic by not allowing them to sleep in a bed that hasn't been especially made or checking on the contents of every single thing a child contacts? 

The article notes that one to three thousand new chemicals are introduced each year. This is certainly scary, but there is just no way a parent can check every single thing they use in their homes or that a child touches. What about when a child is in school, at a friend's house,  or out in the community? Certainly contacting news services, federal agencies and legislators could accomplish much more than reading labels and becoming upset. Parent groups can exert tremendous pressire on manufactures and the government if they use their energies that way.

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