Guest Posts

    Our invited Guest Bloggers share their Perspective on children's health and parenting. Their view point may be different than Dr. Greene's, but each guest has a valuable view point. Well worth reading!

    Test tubes of red and blue chemicals
    By: Natasha Merchant December 2, 2014 0 Comments
    Put Us Out of Business, Please

      At Protect Our Breasts, we believe in the power of information sharing. The moment someone is exposed to a piece of information concerning the future of their health, they have two options: the…

    Rows of plastic water bottles.
    By: Lia Delaney December 1, 2014 0 Comments
    Protect Our Breasts with Safer Products

      There are many everyday products on our grocery store shelves today that contain both environmental toxicants and chemical additives that can be harmful to our health. Not all products have the…

    Toy Wall-e surrounded by fish shaped cheddar crackers
    By: Maia James November 28, 2014 0 Comments
    Sneaky Toxin #5: Organic Baby & Kid Snacks

      When I was growing up, a “snack”—according to my mother the holistic health coach—could very well have been a slab of baked squash. My own children aren’t so lucky when it comes to sn…

    Pur kitchen sink water filter
    By: Maia James November 27, 2014 0 Comments
    Sneaky Toxin #4: The Filtered Water in Your Refrigerator

      If the water coming out of your faucet tastes vaguely like a swimming pool, then a pitcher filter, such as Brita or Pur, will likely eliminate the smell and taste of chlorine. Unfortunately, th…

    Four plastic clothes pins on an outdoor clothes line
    By: Maia James November 26, 2014 0 Comments
    Sneaky Toxin #3: “Gentle,” “Natural,” and “Free & Clear” Baby Products

      I am always fascinated by how many of my clients—even the ones eating organic food, ditching plastic, and switching to natural skincare products—use Dreft to wash baby clothes. The reason i…

    Cow being milked with a milking machine
    By: Maia James November 25, 2014 2 Comments
    Sneaky Toxin #2: Organic & Grass-Fed Dairy

      This series of blog posts is all about hidden and surprising sources of toxins, and this one REALLY surprised me when I learned about it a few years ago. It also scared me: as a quasi-vegetaria…

    Red sippy cup sitting alone in a park
    By: Maia James November 24, 2014 1 Comments
    Sneaky Toxin #1: BPA-Free Baby Bottles & Sippy Cups

      Have you ever ordered a “healthy” item from a fast-food menu? A salad at these places might consist of a pile of anemic iceberg lettuce topped with chicken fingers and drowning in ranch dre…

    Refrigerator Storage
    By: Beth Terry November 17, 2014 0 Comments
    From Bakeware to Blenders — Getting the Plastic Out of the Kitchen

    As I wrote yesterday, it’s impossible for us to know which plastics are absolutely safe to eat or drink from because plastics manufacturers do not disclose the chemicals added to their plastic p…

    Are There Any Safe Plastics
    By: Beth Terry November 12, 2014 1 Comments
    Are There Any Safe Plastics?

    Which plastics are safe to eat or drink from? Or to give our children? If you Google “which plastics are safe?”, you’ll find lots of articles on the Internet explaining the resin identification …

    By: Beth Terry November 11, 2014 5 Comments
    Top 10 Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

    Why should we reduce our plastic use? Isn’t that what recycling is for? Actually, recycling is the last of the 3 R’s — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – because it’s meant to be the last step, a …

    Photo by Beth Terry. Kahuku Point, the northern most tip of Oahu, on Coastal Cleanup Day, September, 2013.

Plastic continuously washes ashore from out in the ocean because of the nature of the currents. Cleaning it up is a Sisyphean task.
    By: Beth Terry November 10, 2014 1 Comments
    Why Go Plastic-Free?

    Photo by Beth Terry. Kahuku Point, the northern most tip of Oahu, on Coastal Cleanup Day, September, 2013. Plastic continuously washes ashore from out in the ocean because of the nature of the curr…

    Bowl of quinoa topped with blueberries.
    By: Jennifer Tyler Lee November 7, 2014 1 Comments
    Solution #5: Keep Trying: Keep Trying

      “I don’t like it [today]!” doesn’t mean “I won’t like it ever!” Remember, it takes many, many exposures to a food before your child might like it (upwards of 15 times). Food neoph…

    Mom and son cooking together
    By: Jennifer Tyler Lee November 6, 2014 0 Comments
    Solution #4: Reinstate the Kids’ Menu (With a Twist)

     The more you can involve your kids in everything from choosing food for your meals to preparing the dishes, the faster you’ll be able to make progress changing the way your family eats. The holida…

    Bowls of fresh fruits and veggies.
    By: Jennifer Tyler Lee November 5, 2014 0 Comments
    Solution #3: Bring on the Colors!

      “Colors are like instruments in symphony—the more you have, the richer the experience.” That’s the analogy I use with kids when I talk about the importance of eating your colors. The tr…

    Girl preparing Brussels spouts to cook
    By: Jennifer Tyler Lee November 4, 2014 0 Comments
    Solution #2: Cook With Your Kids, Not For Your Kids

      Home cooking may be the solution to the food challenges we face, but as busy parents how do we actually make it happen? And when we do find time to cook, how do we get our kids to eat the healt…

    A child holding a heap of Brussels sprouts
    By: Jennifer Tyler Lee November 3, 2014 0 Comments
    Solution #1: Getting Kids to Eat Real Food: A No Stress Guide

    Coming together around the family table for a home cooked meal is one of the most powerful things you can do for the lifetime health of your kids—and it starts as early as your little one can sit in…

    Children holding hands and dancing
    By: Lisa Ecklund-Flores October 31, 2014 0 Comments
    Art, Music and Child Development in the Age of Technology

      I have been writing all week about young children as quintessential artists – naturally curious and endlessly creative. I have also stressed the fundamental importance of physicality in art a…

    Child doing painting with a brush
    By: Lisa Ecklund-Flores October 30, 2014 0 Comments
    The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Art  

      As I stood looking at an exhibit of toddler art on the wall of my school one day, the parent standing next to me said, “This rivals an installation at the Museum of Modern Art”. It was true…

    Two girls playing a xylophone
    By: Lisa Ecklund-Flores October 29, 2014 0 Comments
    The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Music

      Ever since researchers discovered that fetuses respond to sound in the sixth month of pregnancy, there have been those in the baby biz that have tried to capitalize on this information. New par…

    Child drawing on a wall
    By: Lisa Ecklund-Flores October 28, 2014 0 Comments
    Creative Expression and Child Development

      At a recent get-together of parents, teachers, and community members interested in supporting the arts, we had a dynamic discussion about the importance of creativity in child development. Thos…