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Tela .. Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
I manage a blog/website called babyminding.com which is "The Natural, Organic Child Care Resource for Discerning Parents". In today's toxic world, I use my blog to help parents make healthier, organic choices with regard to their children's nutrition, health and wellness. I also like to... Full Bio
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Top 8 Eco-Friendly Toys for Birthdays by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Our children deserve the best, especially on their birthday! Organic baby and children’s toys made with environmentally friendly, non-toxic materials are safe ... Read on »
How to Have a Healthy and Green Halloween by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Halloween is just around the corner. As you gear up for a fun and spooky holiday, here are several ways your family can celebrate this haunting night in a ... Read on »
Tics Gone Once Artificial Ingredients Removed from Diet! by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living The following is an email I received from a friend, that gives a first hand account of how artificial food dyes and other artificial ingredients can impact the b ... Read on »
Babyminding Review: PlanetBox Lunch System by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living PlanetBox Lunch System Like a lot of moms of school-aged children, I prefer to pack a healthy lunch for my kids most days of the week. This year I decid ... Read on »
Jacquelyn’s Story Part 6: A Final Diagnosis by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Jacquelyn’s Story is a series of posts about my daughter, who has a neuro-behavioral disorder. To start at the beginning, click here . As I enjoyed every ... Read on »
Get Down and Avoid the Dirty by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living While I believe it’s important for kids to play in the dirt (of the muddy sort), there are other types of “dirty” that I try to avoid in order to keep my family ... Read on »
Reduce Your Risk Of Having A Child With Autism by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living The CDC recently released new autism statistics stating that one in 88 U.S. children has some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. My daughter has Asperger Syndr ... Read on »
Top 3 Exercise Tips for New Moms by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living - By Katie Moore New moms may find that exercise is harder than ever. The postpartum period is a very sensitive time, but as long as the doctor gives the gr ... Read on »
Earth Day 2012: Going Greener as a Family by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Earth Day was April 22nd. We celebrated it as a family by being outdoors and exploring Mother Nature’s finest treasures. As we walked the trails looking for the ... Read on »
How Much Fluoride is in Your Local Water Supply? by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Fluoride is a drug so unregulated that the FDA’s official classification is “Unapproved New Drug.” And yet, it’s still pumped into the water supply of over 180 mill ... Read on »
Yet Another Increase in Vitamin D Supplement Dosage Recommendations by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living We’ve written about the importance of Vitamin D as it relates to health and the body’s ability to ward off illness in previous Babyminding articles . Vitamin D deficien ... Read on »
USDA Introduces the Food Plate! by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living PRESS RELEASE; CONTACT: USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623 First Lady, Agriculture Secretary Launch MyPlate Icon as a New Reminder to Help Consumers to Make H ... Read on »
Jacquelyn’s Story Part 5: Special Needs No More! by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Today Jacquelyn is seven years old, and this is a big day for our family for a couple of reasons. Not only is it our first child’s birthday, we are also one day away fr ... Read on »
Dare to Compare: Organic Produce vs Conventional Produce by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Each year Environmental Working Group puts out a list of the “ Dirty Dozen ” – the 12 types of produce that show the highest levels of pesticide residue based upon US Dep ... Read on »
Extreme Couponing and The American Diet by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living There is a new reality show on TLC called “Extreme Couponing” that follows a few self-professed super moms and dads who spend only a few dollars a month on grocer ... Read on »
Watch Robyn O’Brien on TEDx! Learn How our Food Supply is Making Us Sick. by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Watch this if you want to understand the rise in food allergies and cancer in the United States. Please, please, please watch this – only takes 18 minutes and will change t ... Read on »
Hormone Disruptors: Everything You Need to Know & More by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living
Who’s banning Bisphenol A (BPA)? Europe? Canada? United Arab Emirates? China? US?
Answer: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. NO!!!

Hormone Disruptors | BPA in Canned Food These other countries have banned the use of hormone disruptors such as BPA because of their unproven safety and the myriad of studies that show potential harm. The United States however, still refuses to regulate toxic substances such as BPA. Sarah Janssen, a scientist from the Natural Resources Defense Council writes :

Instead of protecting vulnerable populations,  corporate interests have continued to trump public health and common sense in the U.S.  BPA is a chemical known to mimic estrogen and which  has been linked to increased risk of cancer, altered brain development, early puberty and other metabolic changes. It really shouldn’t be in our food supply.

It’s time for all of us to start demanding changes in our chemical legislation and stop letting the chemical industry make decisions on our behalf. But in order to be advocates for a cause, we must first understand the issue at its core.

What are Hormone Disruptors?
Hormone disruptors, also known as endocrine disruptors, are fast becoming one of the biggest threats to human health. The endocrine system secretes hormones in response to environmental stimuli and orchestrates developmental and reproductive changes. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers and regulate various bodily systems to maintain balance. Hormone disruptors, on the other hand, are substances that mimic hormones and can bring about long term changes that disrupt the balance of the body’s various systems.

What substances contain potential hormone disruptors?

  • DDT & Other Pesticides - DDT is one of the most well-known synthetic pesticides.  It was banned by the US in 1972, but DDT is a persistent organic pollutant that is extremely hydrophobic and strongly absorbed by soil. Depending on conditions, its soil half life can range from 22 days to 30 years. Other pesticides, such as triclosan, are currently still in use and are of concern.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) – PCB’s were banned in 1979 but still remain an environmental toxin due to the total global production amount used (over 1.5 million tons) and it’s ability to persist in the environment over time.
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) – BPA is a plastic found in baby bottles, the lining of food and formula cans, polycarbonate plastic with the recycle #7.  BPA is currently being banned by many countries and is already banned in Canada, United Arab Emirates, Europe and China.
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE’s) – PBDE’s are flame retardants used in children’s pajamas, mattresses, sofas and other furniture.  Walmart recently made the decision to ban PBDE’s.
  • Phthalates (such as PVC) - PVC is used to soften plastic.  Phthalates are used in shower curtains, outdoor table cloths, pharmaceutical coatings on pills, detergents and surfactants, packaging, children’s toys, modeling clay, some personal care items such as perfume, eye shadow, moisturizer, nail polish, liquid soap, and hair spray - recycling code #3
  • Why are these hormone disruptors bad?
    Health effects attributed to endocrine disrupting compounds include a range of reproductive problems (reduced fertility, male and female reproductive tract abnormalities, and skewed male/female sex ratios, loss of fetus, menstrual problems); changes in hormone levels; early puberty; brain and behavior problems; impaired immune functions; and various cancers.

  • DDT is linked to diabetes, developmental and reproductive toxicity and cancer.  A recent study found that 30 out of 37 widely used other pesticides tested by the group blocked or mimicked male hormones.  And most of these pesticides are actually fungicides applied to fruit and vegetable crops, including strawberries and lettuce. Traces of the chemicals remain in foods.
  • Researchers have linked developmental exposure to BPA to reproductive harm, increased cancer susceptibility, and abnormalities in brain development.
  • PBDE’s bioaccumulate in blood, breast milk, and fat tissues.Published studies express concern because exposure to PBDE’s impairs development of the nervous system and has shown. PBDEs have also been shown to have hormone-disrupting effects, in particular, on estrogen and thyroid hormones. Studies have also shown that even a single dose administered to mice during development of the brain can cause permanent changes in behavior, including hyperactivity.
  • In studies of rodents exposed to certain phthalates, high doses have been shown to change hormone levels and cause birth defects.
  • Ways to Avoid:

  • Reduce use of plastics in favor of glass and natural fibers (organic).
  • Buy BPA-free
  • If you must use plastic in the kitchen, avoid heating foods in it.  Heat can cause the toxins in the plastic to leach into your food.
  • Switch to organic cotton sleepwear and a healthy mattress, such as Naturepedic .
  • Look for phthalate-free body care products.
  • Avoid using pesticides around the home and instead use an integrated pest management (IPM) approach or consider keeping spiders, ladybugs and even bats around to help control pests,  naturally.  There are also botanical based pesticides available that are safer than the toxic alternative.
  • Avoid conventional detergents and instead opt for organic or natural detergents such as Seventh Generation .
  • Eat organic!
  • How do you avoid harmful toxins such as hormone disrupting substances in your home?  Please share by leaving a comment!

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    Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living My very favorite children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisl would have been 107 today if he were still alive (he passed away in 1991). I particularly love his story “T ... Read on »
    Babyminding’s Favorite Kid-Friendly iPad & Smart Phone Apps by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living We’ve written about interactive websites for kids and now with the explosion of tablet computers and smartphones, it’s time for a list of our favorite apps and games for ... Read on »
    Are Hot Dogs Killing Our Children? The Link Between Processed Meats and Cancer by Tela .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Do hot dogs cause cancer? Sounds like a silly question, right? But you may be surprised to find out that nitrites added as a preservative to processed meats (those ... Read on »