I know this blog is supposed to be about what to feed your kids, but other issues keep on coming to my attention and I can’t resist blogging about them and getting the word out to other parents about the environmental dangers that seem to be everywhere. Low voltage light bulbs were sold at my […]

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  • Johnny 5 - As someone who sells light bulbs for a living, I am less enthusiastic than most about compact fluorescent bulbs. This is due to the fact that the ones currently available contain significant amounts of mercury. If one of these bulbs should break inside of a person’s home, it could cause a challenging disposal situation. It is my belief that the technology should progress to a point at which the mercury levels are low or nonexistent before people changeover their entire homes. Another consideration is that as these bulbs burn out, they will most likely be thrown away as though they are normal rubbish and landfills will have incredibly high levels of mercury in their soil as a result.ReplyCancel

  • Krissy - Most CFLs today on the market contain less than 5mgs of mercury and there are CFL options out there that contain as little as 1.5mgs of mercury- which can hardly be called a “significant amounts of mercury” considering that many item in your home contain 100s of times more of mercury including your computer. Mercury levels in CFLs can never be “nonexistent” since mercury is a necessary component of a CFL and there is no other known element that is capable of replacing it. But CFLs actually prevent more mercury from entering the environment. According to the Union of Concerned Scientist, “a coal-fired power plant will emit about four times more mercury to keep an incandescent bulb glowing, compared with a CFL of the same light output”.ReplyCancel

When Alex had no words and was diagnosed with a “language processing disorder” at 18 months, we scoured the city to get him help. He no longer has a language delay and is now is (like most city kids quite verbal. Besides changing his diet, an important part of our intervention was a speech therapist, […]

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My son was having Hamantashan at his school so I made a gluten free version. It was easier than I thought it would be. And the cherry filling made them like little cherry pies. 1 cup sugar1/3 cup oil1/3 cup shortening3 eggs1/3 c. orange juice or lemonade4 cups gluten-free flour blend (1/2 finely ground rice […]

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  • Faye - Good morn. I googled gf hamantashan and found your blog. I’ll add you to my blog and check often! Meanwhile, I did find the post about the Say and Play Program. I am an SLP in South Florida and I teach 3-5 yr. old Developmentally Delayed kids. Very interesting program and I’d love to hear about it! I might contact Stephanie. Take care and Happy Purim!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - we really enjoyed the hamantashan i made from your recipe! they were yummy and i didn’t even miss the gluten.ReplyCancel

  • jordanandallison - we really enjoyed the hamantashan i made from your recipe! they were yummy and i didn’t even miss the gluten.ReplyCancel

A friend with a five month old baby asked me what type of water you should mix in formula and so I tried to find the best choice for mothers who are formula feeding. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that the health benefits of fluoridated water are based on outdated research. Adding […]

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  • nyscof - In a statement first released August 9, 2007, over 1,500 professionals urge Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted. They cite new scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. (http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html)

    Signers include a Nobel Prize winner, three members of the prestigious 2006 National Research Council (NRC) panel that reported on fluoride’s toxicology, two officers in the Union representing professionals at EPA headquarters, the President of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, and hundreds of medical, dental, academic, scientific and environmental professionals, worldwide.

    Signer Dr. Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine, says, “Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It’s really obsolete.”

    An Online Action Petition to Congress in support of the Professionals’ Statement is available on FAN’s web site, http://www.fluorideaction.org/congress .

    “The NRC report dramatically changed scientific understanding of fluoride’s health risks,” says Paul Connett, PhD, Executive Director, Fluoride Action Network. “Government officials who continue to promote fluoridation must testify under oath as to why they are ignoring the powerful evidence of harm in the NRC report,” he added.

    The Professionals’ Statement also references:

    — The new American Dental Association policy recommending infant formula NOT be prepared with fluoridated water.
    — The CDC’s concession that the predominant benefit of fluoride is topical not systemic.
    — CDC data showing that dental fluorosis, caused by fluoride over-exposure, now impacts one third of American children.
    — Major research indicating little difference in decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities.
    — A Harvard study indicating a possible link between fluoridation and bone cancer.
    — The silicofluoride chemicals used for fluoridation are contaminated industrial waste and have never been FDA- approved for human ingestion.

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a DC watchdog, revealed that a Harvard professor concealed the fluoridation/bone cancer connection for three years. EWG President Ken Cook states, “It is time for the US to recognize that fluoridation has serious risks that far outweigh any minor benefits, and unlike many other environmental issues, it’s as easy to end as turning off a valve at the water plant.”

    Further, researchers reporting in the Oct 6 2007 British Medical Journal indicate that fluoridation, touted as a safe cavity preventive, never was proven safe or effective and may be unethical. (1)

    In New York State, Cobeskill stopped 54 years of fluoridation in 2007, the Central Bridge Water District stopped fluoridation in 2006, Homer in 2005, Canton in 2003. Oneida rejected fluoridation in 2002. Ithaca rejected fluoridation in 2002. Johnstown rejected it in 1999. Before that several towns in Nassau County stopped fluoridation. Suffolk County rejected fluoridation in the 1990’s.

    On October 2, 2007 Juneau Alaska voters rejected fluoridation despite the American Dental Association’s $150,000 political campaign to return fluoride into the water supply after the legislative body voted it out.

    Many communities rejected or stopped fluoridation over the years. See: http://www.fluoridealert.org/communities.htm

    SOURCE: Fluoride Action Network http://www.FluorideAction.Net


    (1) “Adding fluoride to water supplies,” British Medical Journal, KK Cheng, Iain Chalmers, Trevor A. Sheldon, October 6, 2007ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Interesting post. My sister in law grew up in Idaho – a town close to hers had water with too much fluorine and many of the children ended up with brown teeth….. and who knows what else will develop as they get older.ReplyCancel

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