New Regulations for Phthalates in Toys
    January 8, 2009
    New Regulations for Phthalates in Toys

    Parents in California had more cause for celebration this New Year’s Day as we welcomed a new regulation that keeps our kids safer. In California now, the toys and products we buy for our children c…

    Chemicals in Your Environment
    December 4, 2008
    Chemicals in Your Environment

    Parents are often surprised when I tell them that a great number of the products we use in our homes are not necessarily evaluated and declared safe by a government entity. The paints that cover your …

    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Christmas Toys
    November 28, 2008
    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Christmas Toys

    I have wonderful news about toys! The exciting, groundbreaking CPSC reform act, overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and the House this summer, starts the countdown toward safer toys for your ch…

    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Holiday Toys
    November 28, 2008
    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Holiday Toys

    I have wonderful news about toys! The exciting, groundbreaking CPSC reform act, overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and the House this summer, starts the countdown toward safer toys for your ch…

    Wash Hands after Hanging Christmas Lights
    November 25, 2008
    Wash Hands after Hanging Christmas Lights

    With all of the news about finding lead in toys, one possible lead source that hasn't gotten much attention is the lead found in strands of holiday lights. Throughout the year, many of us keep our fes…

    BPA and the AAP
    October 30, 2008
    BPA and the AAP

    Like other pediatricians across the United States, today I received an E-Breaking News Alert from the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning news about bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in many ha…

    BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter
    October 1, 2008
    BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter

    There is an intense ongoing debate about the safety of bisphenol –A, or BPA, an ingredient found in many plastic products including many baby bottles and reusable water bottles. BPA acts like a horm…

    Eco-Friendly Baby
    September 5, 2008
    Eco-Friendly Baby

    I pulled this ParentsTV video out of the vault of oldies, but goodies. In it, host Juli Auclare asks, "What parent doesn't love making choices that are not only healthy for their kids, but safe for th…

    Lead, Synthetic Turf Fields, and False Reassurance
    August 3, 2008
    Lead, Synthetic Turf Fields, and False Reassurance

    The CDC issued an advisory on June 18, 2008, alerting consumers about the danger to children from lead on some (not all) synthetic turf fields – especially for young children on older fields with vi…

    Artificial Turfs May Contain Lead
    June 26, 2008
    Artificial Turfs May Contain Lead

    Clothes worn on the field should be taken off and turned inside out as soon as possible after using the field to avoid tracking contaminated dust to other places. In vehicles, people can sit on a larg…

    Know Your Plastics
    June 11, 2008
    Know Your Plastics

    Plastics are everywhere. Some are eco-friendly and appear to be very safe for kids. Most are made from non-renewable petroleum, much of which needs to be imported. Some plastics cause dangerous pollut…

    Let’s Put Artificial Dyes on Time Out!
    June 3, 2008
    Let’s Put Artificial Dyes on Time Out!

    I’ve joined with a number of distinguished physicians and research scientists to send a letter to the FDA urging them to begin proceedings to end the use of artificial food dyes, which mounting evid…

    Dry Dog Food Warning
    May 18, 2008
    Dry Dog Food Warning

    It’s time to add a new habit to pet care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have traced a lingering 19-state Salmonella outbreak to the handling of dry dog food and dog treats. There ha…

    Choosing a Green Pediatrician
    April 28, 2008
    Choosing a Green Pediatrician

    As you did when choosing an ob/gyn, you want to find a pediatrician who is top-notch medically. How much better if he or she is also on the journey to an environmentally sustainable perspective on ped…

    BPA, Baby Bottles… Just the Beginning
    April 21, 2008
    BPA, Baby Bottles… Just the Beginning

    One of the reasons I wrote Raising Baby Green was to help parents easily sort through and prioritize which baby products area healthiest and safest for their children. In the book I suggest alternativ…

    Cell Phones, Cigarettes, Cancer, and Children
    April 3, 2008
    Cell Phones, Cigarettes, Cancer, and Children

    Whether or not cell phones cause cancer remains very controversial, but a renowned neurosurgeon has released a provocative paper reviewing over 100 scientific and medical studies, and concluded that t…

    Safer Toys
    February 18, 2008
    Safer Toys

    As the annual American International Toy Fair opens in New York, two of the largest toy retailers have announced new guidelines to cut kids exposure to lead and to phthalates in their toys. (more&hell…

    Cough and Cold Medicines
    October 11, 2007
    Cough and Cold Medicines

    None of us want to see children feel miserable – for their sakes or for ours. We want remedies when they feel sick. In light of this, I am pleased with the decision of major pharmaceutical companies…

    Buy Fresh Spinach
    September 17, 2006
    Buy Fresh Spinach

    As soon as the FDA E. coli warning is over. This week, 'Don't eat spinach' headlines have been trumpeted appropriately across the United States. However, you haven't seen dramatic headlines urging 'St…

    A Parent's Worst Nightmare
    April 4, 2006
    A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

    Cancer is very scary for most people. Just the word 'cancer' makes us uncomfortable. Recently I met a mom who was just finishing treatment for cancer. It was her second diagnosis of cancer. The two we…