Mommy Greenest Approved: Detox the House


By Rachel Sarnoff For years, I’ve been helping people detox their homes by getting toxic chemicals out of the picture. We’ve talked abouteliminating pesticides, switching over to better laundry products, taking off your shoes at the door to reduce lead, dirt and pesticides by 85% and getting toxic chemicals out of your cleaning cabinets. As I shared earlier this […]

Maybe BPA Isn’t Bad For You?


By Rachel Sarnoff I am so confused about BPA. For years I trusted studies that linked the endocrine-disrupting substance—a chemical used to harden plastics like water bottles, as well as to coat cash register receipts and line aluminum cans—with obesity, anxiety and reproductive problems. Recently, a new study concluded thatprenatal exposure to BPA—before and just after birth—was linked […]

Autism Rate Spikes Point to Environmental Factors


By Rachel Sarnoff Photo: Rodale’s 10 Suspect Causes of Autism   What does autism have to do with the environment? Everything. Autism is America’s fastest growing developmental disability. Autism rates have risen nearly 600% in 20 years, to the point that now one out of every 88 children—or one out of every 70 boys—is statistically […]

Three Tips to Check Toxic Toys Off Your List


By Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff You’re making your list and checking it twice, but do you know what’s in the toys you’re stuffing in those stockings? Here are some quick tips to follow: 1. Avoid plastics made from or including BPA, PET, PVC and Styrofoam. 2. Look for toys made from natural materials like wood and […]

Safe Chemicals Headed To The Hill- 36 Years Late


By: Rachel Sarnoff Senator Lautenberg celebrates on Capitol Hill. Photo: Chicago Tribune Ready for some big news? The Senate voted to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This may sound like just more political posturing to some, but for those of us involved in children’s environmental health, it’s a ridiculously big deal. What’s the […]