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  • Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010

    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and tick repellent that is safe, effective, and easy to use. It also helps if it doesn’t smell like bug spray.

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  • Is Organic Food Really Different?

    Is Organic Food Really Different?

    A 2012 analysis estimates that today’s children age 0-5 in the US have lost more than 16 million IQ points from exposure to organophosphate pesticides. They’re exposed to these pesticides almost entirely from our food. Organic foods are grown without the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, artificial hormones, or genetic engineering. They depend on […]

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  • How People Got Pepsi to Change its Mind: A Recipe

    How People Got Pepsi to Change its Mind: A Recipe

    The last chapter of this story starts with one 15-year-old girl named Sarah Kavanagh, a vegetarian who had gotten into the habit of reading foods labels to be sure there weren’t any hidden animal products.  In Gatorade, one of her favorite drinks, she came across an ingredient she didn’t recognize – brominated vegetable oil, or […]

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  • Pesticides and Herbicides in Children

    Pesticides and Herbicides in Children

    Parents are often torn between the perceived health benefits of eating an “organic” diet and the increased cost of organically grown or raised foods.  It is important to discuss the potential health effects of pesticides and herbicides, also fungicides, on our children.

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  • Environmental Health Concerns for Kids

    Environmental Health Concerns for Kids

    Every parent wants their child to be healthy.  One of the biggest barriers to this today is the fact they are born on planet Earth.  We humans have polluted this planet to such an extent that every baby born today almost certainly has more than one thousand (more likely many thousands) man-made chemicals in its […]

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  • Dietary Advice to Address Arsenic Concern

    Dietary Advice to Address Arsenic Concern

    I’d like to thank co-author Ashley Koff, RD for her initiative on this issue. More of her work can be seen at AskleyKoffApproved.com. You’ve heard the news, and in sets panic. Have I been inadvertently poisoning my family with arsenic? We share your concerns and as such created the following to help you where it […]

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  • My Take on Arsenic and Brown Rice

    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 some infant formula and food bars. Here’s my take:

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  • Stress and Environmental Toxins

    Stress and Environmental Toxins

    Of course reducing toxic exposures is an important way to reduce risks from unhealthy chemicals, but a growing body of research suggests paying attention to positive habits – such as good food, healthy sleep and active play can often reduce or even eliminate harm when exposed. An update on this emerging field of research appeared […]

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  • What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: A green solution.

    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: A green solution.

    Here is the fifth take-home lesson from The Environmental Health Perspective article, Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women. Lesson 5: A green solution. Leafy green. Yes, we want to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy, both through simple personal choices and through public policy. But there’s also growing evidence that certain potent nutrients found in […]

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  • Dr. Greene’s Parenting Predictions for 2011

    Dr. Greene’s Parenting Predictions for 2011

    I remember being a child and hearing my parents talk about how fast time was moving. Now I’m the parent and I know what they were talking about. But not only is time moving more quickly for us as adults, today things around us are actually changing more quickly. Here are five trends (and a […]

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