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Christopher Kassotis, PhD

Science Points to More Than Food Making Us Fat

You eat smartly, you exercise, you ask advice from your doctor.  Yet, you still seem to be fighting the battle of the bulge.  Sound familiar?  I don’t use the f word lightly; but I included it in the title of this post because apparently our battle against fat may be about more than simply calories […]

Continue Reading By on March 15, 2017 in health, Healthy Families, home, household, safe chemicals, safer chemicals, science
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Baby Your Baby with Beautycounter

Shop Beautycounter for yourself or for Baby! Remember when everyone used the same products that everyone else used, even for their babies, just because they didn’t realize there was a better alternative?  Now we know better, don’t we? Of course, all informed parents want what’s best for babies, and that applies to food, education, everything. […]

Continue Reading By on March 5, 2016 in baby, skincare

Imperfect Plans for Toxic Chemical Reform in US Capitol

Get my newsletter here so we can stay in touch! Time for an update on imperfect plans for toxic chemical reform: Who knew a harmful substance finally removed from children’s pajamas in the 70s would end up in our furniture decades later? That child safety devices could be protecting them from one harm while causing […]

Continue Reading By on July 13, 2015 in clean couponing, conscious consumerism, parenting, safer chemicals, toxic

Ecology Center Detects Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Car Seats

Could a federally mandated traffic safety procedure be putting your child at risk for a different sort of danger?  Independent research by consumer advocacy watchdog Ecology Center shows many children’s car seats are loaded with toxic chemicals that may be a risk to their long-term health! These same chemicals are being detected as accumulating in […]

Continue Reading By on July 8, 2015 in children, parenting, safer chemicals, safety, toxic

Moving Up to a Big Girl Bed for Safe, Healthy Sleep

*ad) Scroll down for entry form for Naturepedic giveaway below! “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”  My kids used to love reciting that rhyme over and over. They still love being silly and jumping on the bed.  I had to laugh when I came to the line in the 20-year limited warranty for Naturepedic […]

Continue Reading By on May 12, 2015 in babies, children, health, Healthy Families, home, organic, parenting, pesticides, safer chemicals, safety

Chemical Safety Reform Efforts Getting Mixed Reviews

It’s common knowledge that our babies are born pre-polluted with toxic chemicals in their cord blood. That even ideal mother’s milk can no longer be pure because every woman in North America is exposed to so many industrial chemicals.  That chronic disease is becoming more common. Astoundingly, this toxic invasion of our sacred spaces is […]

Continue Reading By on May 4, 2015 in baby, parenting, safer chemicals, toxic

Could Your Baby Be Crawling On Toxic Flooring?

Could the same harmful chemicals phased out of children’s toys more than five years ago still be lurking in the floor where your baby crawls?  A recent study says more than half of vinyl flooring tested from some major retailers contained phthalates. ***Update: now both Lowe’s and Menards have also announced they will also be […]

Continue Reading By on April 22, 2015 in baby, environmental health, health, Mind the Store, safer chemicals, toxic

The Housing Hour Features Home & Environmental Topics from a Mom’s Perspective

Have you heard the latest news about that popular product you may be putting on your lawn right now?  How about efforts to clear the air for kids’ health?  Or what you could say to your local store manager today that would forever change the way you look at shopping?  Let’s look at these things […]

Continue Reading By on April 9, 2015 in agriculture, air, ecosystem, environment, home, pantry, parenting, pesticides, shopping, simple living
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Who’s Playing Politics With Your Baby’s Health?

Maybe you’re expecting a baby or shopping for the children you already have.  You need to buy a crib mattress, food storage containers and toys.  You want to keep your baby’s play spaces comfy and clean.  You ought to be able to assume all of these products meet some measure of long-term safety for your […]

Continue Reading By on March 12, 2015 in conscious consumerism, motherhood, parenting, safer chemicals, safety, shopping