Environmental Health Related Articles & Blog Posts
A Huge Idea About Organics
Young babies and elderly adults are living at important times of transition. They share some common vulnerabilities and possibilities. For example, the otherwise healthy people most at risk for serious problems from the flu are the very young and the very old. On the positive side, getting omega 3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, in the […]Read full story
Pine-fresh Scent: Depressing?!
Air fresheners and aerosol sprays can lead to sicker babies, sicker moms, and moms who are depressed, according to an October 19, 2004 announcement from the University of Bristol. This is the latest news from the ‘Children of the 90s’ study (The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children — ALSPAC, where 14,000 children have […]Read full story
Crippling Our Children
What can take otherwise vibrant, healthy teens and permanently give them the lung capacities of 50-year-olds? Air pollution! Perhaps spare the air days should be called spare the children days. The air in some cities is so dirty that it hinders normal lung development.Read full story
Common Fumes Cause Asthma?
Could it be that how you clean or how you decorate your home might influence whether your child develops asthma? Could the smell of new wall-to-wall carpets be linked to asthma risk? A provocative study in the September 2004 issue of Thorax suggests there is a strong connection. Researchers from Australia analyzed air quality inside […]Read full story
Healthier Babies and Insect Sprays: A Change That Worked
Women who wouldn’t consider smoking while pregnant might not think twice about putting flea collars on their pets or spraying to control cockroaches. Thankfully, somebody did. While revelers were celebrating at midnight on New Year’s Eve 2000, a new federal regulation quietly went into effect banning an insecticide, chlorpyrifos, at least from products that say […]Read full story
Baby Waking at Night?
A SIDS Silver Lining Breastfed babies have longer sleep cycles than formula-fed babies, according to a study in the January 2004 Archives of Diseases in Childhood, but the breastfed babies are also more easily awaken. This might help to prevent SIDS. In the study, researchers used nasal air jets of varying force in an attempt […]Read full story
Why Coal is an Issue for Families
About 630,000 babies are born in the U.S. each year with dangerous levels of mercury in their blood, according to the shocking 2004 figures of the Environmental Protection Agency. In the past, people have often assumed that the blood levels in newborns would be the same as the levels in their mothers. It turns out, […]Read full story
High levels of a potentially toxic flame retardant have been found in the breastmilk of US women, according to a September 23, 2003 study released by the Environmental Working Group. The average amount in American women’s milk was 75 times the average found in European women. This is not a reason to hesitate about breastfeeding. […]Read full story
Asthma and SARS
There has never been a better time to be sure your asthma is under control. With a proper treatment plan, most asthma symptoms can be prevented or minimized. Uncontrolled, the linings of the airways in the lungs can remain inflamed. This is not healthy for the lungs. It can also mimic symptoms of SARS, or […]Read full story
Shaping the Future of Life
Each year on April 7, the world celebrates World Health Day. I am excited that the 2003 theme is “Shape the Future of Life: Healthy Environments for Children”. Often, children’s homes (and the homes of their friends and relatives), their schools, and their communities are sources of love and nurture. But these same places can […]Read full story