After reading a recent article at Inhabitots then looking around my house, I have decided the only way to keep my kids safe is to place them in either
a) an individual bubble
b) a group bubble so they can play together
It seems that every day there is a new study out or another recall warning of the dangers of pretty much every item my kids come into contact with.
The Inhabitots article I came across for example, warns of the toxins contained in some types of flooring and wallpaper. Our kids are surrounded. If not at home, at school, at the babysitters or at Grandma’s. The study found, among other things, toxic substances in flooring that negatively impact the immune system and brain development. Ahh, there goes my baby crawling on the floor, and I was worried about the dust bunnies he eats, turns out the kitchen floor is the problem. They go on to site a Swedish study that “found that children exposed to the vinyl flooring that emits phthalates, may be as much as twice as likely to develop autism.” Another reason to be weary of vinyl flooring and wallpaper? High levels of lead, you pregnant ladies are not in the clear either. Click here to read the full Inhabitots article.
So that is that, I don’t have the $$ to rip up my vinyl flooring, I guess I’ll just try to contain Mr. Baby Man in less toxic areas of my house for now. Maybe am incentive for more outside time?
While we are on the subject of toxic substances, lemme say a few quick things about BPA.
Upon reading various articles in The Globe and Mail, I have learned that
- Teenagers carry about 30 per cent more BPA than the rest of the population
- Men who are exposed to high levels of BPA are more likely to experience sexual-performance difficulties. Does that make you enjoy your daily can of Pepsi more? Realistically the amount of BPA in a can of pop is probably harmless, but when you add it to the masses of other places BPA is suspected to be reaching us from…
- Higher exposure to BPA = A significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 45% increased risk to be exact.
- Levels of BPA are so high in some waters, that people are banned from swimming . Too bad we can’t ban birds, fish or dolphins from swimming in certain parts of the ocean. The same study found that BPA levels were even higher in sand since BPA’s claim to fame is sticking to things and sand particles are the perfect candidate.
Great news for Canadians!
After a 4 year study we can all do the non-toxic dance because Canada has FINALLY declared BPA a toxic substance! The researched showed that 91% of us have BPA in our bodies. It is about time! When will everyone else follow suit?
( Shout out! Happy Wedding Day to Kim & Tommy!!)