The Link Between Farms, Foodborne Illness, and Antibiotic Resistance
    March 19, 2012
    The Link Between Farms, Foodborne Illness, and Antibiotic Resistance

    Here's a scary statistic: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 48 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States every year, causing 3,000 deaths and 128,000…

    My Take on Arsenic and Brown Rice
    February 16, 2012
    My Take on Arsenic and Brown Rice

    You may have seen headlines based on a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives about arsenic and organic brown rice syrup. Many of the headlines mention concern about the implications for…

    Early Puberty in Girls
    January 18, 2012
    Early Puberty in Girls

    Question: My 8 yr old daughter is showing signs of premature onset of pubery; she has adult-grade underarm odor, blemishes, headaches, and a few hairs under her arms. I have researched out the possibl…

    Nature-Deficit Disorder
    January 6, 2012
    Nature-Deficit Disorder

    Dr. Andrew Weil argues convincingly1 that we, as a nation, are suffering the ill effects resulting from a disconnection from nature.  Apparently, there are a wide range of behavioral problems in chil…

    How to Stay Sane in a Toxic World
    December 29, 2011
    How to Stay Sane in a Toxic World

    As parents, we want nothing but the best for our children. We are bombarded by products touting the benefits of being ‘all natural’ or ‘green’.  While our goal is very simple: to make good ch…

    Natural Beauty Part 2
    December 22, 2011
    Natural Beauty – Part 2

    In Part 1 of this article, we focused on why you should reduce your exposure to toxins and a few resources to help you get started. Now, let’s dig a little deeper and discuss some ways to reduce our…

    Natural Beauty Part 1
    December 21, 2011
    Natural Beauty – Part 1

    This holiday season take a moment to think about the personal care products on your gift list and the products you're using to make yourself extra beautiful for holiday parties. Take a good look at th…

    What Are Budget-Friendly, Safer Bed & Bedding Options? Part 2
    December 16, 2011
    What Are Budget-Friendly, Safer Bed & Bedding Options? Part 2

    CRIB/BED FRAME Cribs and bed frames are often made of pressed wood or particleboard. These engineered wood products and their finishes can contain formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). F…

    The Magic of Trees All Season Long
    December 15, 2011
    The Magic of Trees All Season Long

    I believe trees have magical healing power. If you’ve ever read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, you know what I mean. If you have fond memories of sitting in a tree fort as a child, or climbing…

    What Are Budget-Friendly, Safer Bed & Bedding Options? Part 1
    December 15, 2011
    What Are Budget-Friendly, Safer Bed & Bedding Options? Part 1

    At Healthy Child Healthy World, we get asked almost weekly about how to find safer mattresses on a budget. And, it’s no wonder when you look at the premium prices on organic and eco-friendly options…

    Men need to avoid toxic chemicals in their Personal Care to protect themselves and their children
    December 2, 2011
    Men need to avoid toxic chemicals in their Personal Care to protect themselves and their children

    When we think about the negative heath effects of the chemicals in beauty products, we often think of their effects on women, especially those of childbearing age, and children.  However, men are at …

    Borax: Is it really a safe and green alternative cleaner?
    November 17, 2011
    Borax: Is it really a safe and green alternative cleaner?

    It’s tough to be the bearer of bad news, but we need to shine a light on a widely-held misconception when it comes to safer ways to clean your home. Borax is not a green cleaning ingredient, as many…

    Slimy Not Soft: Your Clothes on Fabric Softener
    November 16, 2011
    Slimy Not Soft: Your Clothes on Fabric Softener

    Fabric softeners and dryer sheets, considered laundry room staples by many, are a relatively new invention. They were designed to make our clothes feel a little softer and less staticky - and to line …

    Our not-so-fresh conclusion about air fresheners
    November 15, 2011
    Our not-so-fresh conclusion about air fresheners

    A quick spritz of air freshener may seem like the perfect quick fix for funky odors from the diaper pail or the bathroom. Unfortunately, that pleasing smell is just more indoor air pollution. (more&he…

    Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe
    November 14, 2011
    Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe

    It seems like that handy canister of antibacterial cleaning wipes is everywhere these days. Grocery stores dispense them for dabbing at the handle of your cart, gyms park them conveniently for wiping …

    Eco-friendly Thanksgiving Craft Center Piece
    November 4, 2011
    Eco-friendly Thanksgiving Craft Center Piece

    Last year, I read the delightful book, The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule.  This is an inspiring, motivating book full of wonderful ideas for developing creativity as a family.  In it, Amanda…

    Halloween
    October 31, 2011
    Halloween

    "Lead poisoning remains the number one preventable environmental health concern for children in America today. " 5/11/11 letter from Louise M. Slaughter & Robert A. Brady, Members of Congress From…

    Green Post-Halloween Tips
    October 28, 2011
    Green Post-Halloween Tips

    Halloween, like the seasons, is a sure thing. And it will come again next year. Knowing this, when the holiday is over, it’s a great idea to take a few minutes to consider how to “recover” from …

    No or low-cost solutions for Trick or Treat
    October 26, 2011
    No or low-cost solutions for Trick or Treat

    One of the issues sometimes raised when we talk about offering healthier alternatives to trick—or-treaters is that buying better choices tends to be more expensive. That can be true, but it doesn’…

    Costume Mania, Green Style
    October 25, 2011
    Costume Mania, Green Style

    When Lynn’s three children were young, she made their Halloween costumes, preferably from materials she didn’t have to buy. Admittedly there were a few misses, like the year the Star Wars craze ha…