Removing Toxic Fluorinated Chemicals From Your Home’s Tap Water | EWG

Removing Toxic Fluorinated Chemicals From Your Home’s Tap Water | EWG

All water used on the farm & in the range is rainwater collected & purified right here, so is thankfully free of any impurities! –

The family of fluorinated compounds known as PFAS chemicals includes more than 4,700 chemicals – some linked to cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and developmental defects, and others whose health effects are unknown. One thing’s for sure: You don’t want them in your body.Drinking water is one of the most common sources of exposure. PFAS chemicals could contaminate the drinking water for 110 million Americans nationwide. EWG’s interactive map shows areas of known contamination. If you know or suspect these chemicals are in your tap water, the best way to protect yourself is by installing an in-home water filter. But which kind? Based on information from state health agencies, testing labs, scientific researchers and water filter companies, the most effective choice for in-home treatment of PFAS-tainted tap water is a reverse osmosis filter, followed by an activated carbon filter – a slightly lower-cost option.

Source: Removing Toxic Fluorinated Chemicals From Your Home’s Tap Water | EWG

Wearable baby monitors don’t reliably read vital signs, study finds – Motherly

Wearable baby monitors don’t reliably read vital signs, study finds – Motherly

Important to know! –

Parents would do just about anything to ensure their baby is safe and sound during the night. A new study, however, found popular wearable baby monitors don’t live up to their promises.”There are lots of reasons parents should probably not be using consumer vital sign monitors,” study leader Dr. Chris Bonafide of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia tells Reuters. “There is no evidence that these monitors prevent SIDS. And the issues with accuracy… make me concerned that they could not just be unhelpful but that they could also create problems.”

The Owlet missed nine times when an infant’s oxygen levels were low, accurately detected low readings 71 times and sounded a false alarm 26 times. The Baby Vida performed significantly worse, missing 102 times when an infant’s oxygen was low.

Source: Wearable baby monitors don’t reliably read vital signs, study finds – Motherly

New Research Says How Much You Talk with Babies is Linked to Their IQ in Adolescence 

New Research Says How Much You Talk with Babies is Linked to Their IQ in Adolescence 

Why talking to your bubs (even when it seems as if they don’t understand what you’re saying!) is so important! –

A 10-year study by LENA researchers confirms that the amount of talk with adults that babies experience in the first three years of life is related to their verbal abilities and IQ in adolescence. Two-way conversations in the 18- to 24-month age range may be particularly important. These findings were released for the first time today through advanced online publication in the Journal of Pediatrics. The publication marks the longest-term longitudinal study on the relationship between interactive talk in early childhood and later life outcomes. To collect data for the analyses, researchers enlisted 146 families who had participated in the first phase of the study in 2006.

Source: New Research Says How Much You Talk with Babies is Linked to Their IQ in Adolescence – Press Release – Digital Journal

Asbestos, benzene and other dangerous chemicals found in children’s school supplies, report says | The Independent

Asbestos, benzene and other dangerous chemicals found in children’s school supplies, report says | The Independent

Even if legal, it’s wrong! Why getting to know the products our kids are surrounded by is so important –

A public interest group said this week that it had found toxic substances in a number of school supplies, including asbestos in a Playskool crayon and another carcinogen, benzene, in a dry-erase marker. The findings were detailed in a report published on Tuesday by the group, the US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, which had an independent laboratory test 27 back-to-school products. Four tested positive for dangerous chemicals. “It’s insane for us to be finding asbestos in kids’ products, whether it’s technically legal or not, and parents shouldn’t have to worry about this in 2018,” said Dev Gowda, an author of the report who also directs the group’s campaign to persuade manufacturers to drop toxic substances from personal care products.

Source: Asbestos, benzene and other dangerous chemicals found in children’s school supplies, report says | The Independent

Weedkiller found in wide range of breakfast foods aimed at children | The Guardian

Why getting to know the products we buy and bring into our homes is so important! –

Significant levels of the weedkilling chemical glyphosate have been found in an array of popular breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars marketed to US children, a new study has found. Tests revealed glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller brand Roundup, present in all but two of the 45 oat-derived products that were sampled by the Environmental Working Group, a public health organization. Nearly three in four of the products exceeded what the EWG classes safe for children to consume. Products with some of the highest levels of glyphosate include granola, oats and snack bars made by leading industry names Quaker, Kellogg’s and General Mills, which makes Cheerios.

Source: Weedkiller found in wide range of breakfast foods aimed at children | Environment | The Guardian

Fake cosmetics found to contain ‘toxic’ chemicals – BBC News

Fake cosmetics found to contain ‘toxic’ chemicals – BBC News

Why knowing the origin of what you’re buying is so important! –

People are being warned about fake cosmetics after “toxic” chemicals such as mercury were found in seized goods. Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit beauty products had been uncovered by councils, the Local Government Association said. It said the products could “pose serious health risks”, as well as defrauding consumers and businesses.Some of the products being sold included counterfeit versions of well-known brands MAC, Chanel and Benefit. The LGA said some of the chemicals found in these copycat products could cause chemical burns and skin rashes.It also warned that exposure to mercury in fake cosmetics could have “toxic effects on the nervous system, digestive and immune systems, lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes”.

Source: Fake cosmetics found to contain ‘toxic’ chemicals – BBC News

How About A Baby Poop Cocktail To Help Prevent Disease?

Why even baby poop can make a difference! –

Bottoms up. Would you try a cocktail made from baby poop?In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of researchers created “a human-origin probiotic cocktail,” from the diapers of 34 healthy infants. In other words, they collected poop bacteria from babies.

And that poop can include lots of good bacteria because they haven’t yet done the things that older children and adults do to mess up their microbiomes. The microbiome is the huge city of bacteria that live in your gut, your gastrointestinal tract. Remember, you are never, ever truly alone, and next time you get an award, you should also thank your bacteria. These bacteria can perform a number of useful functions for such as help with metabolizing food and regulating your bodily functions. However, the food that you eat, the medications that you take, and the exposures that you have can change the type of bacteria in this microbiome.

So the researchers wondered, what would happen if they took baby poop, because who doesn’t want to handle baby poop, and search for some good bacteria?

Source: How About A Baby Poop Cocktail To Help Prevent Disease?

Heavy Metals in Baby Food: What You Need to Know – Consumer Reports

Nothing beats freshly made! –

You’ve probably heard that lead has been found in drinking water, that certain kinds of fish contain high levels of mercury, and that worrisome amounts of arsenic have been found in rice. But you may not know why that’s a problem—or that these elements (and others, such as lead and cadmium), commonly known as “heavy metals,” are also in many other foods. This includes foods made just for babies and toddlers, such as popular snacks, cereals, prepared entrées, and packaged fruits and vegetables.

Over time, exposure to heavy metals can harm the health of adults and children. One of the biggest worries: cognitive development in very young children. “Babies and toddlers are particularly vulnerable due to their smaller size and developing brains and organ systems,” says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports. “They also absorb more of the heavy metals that get into their bodies than adults do.”

Source: Heavy Metals in Baby Food: What You Need to Know – Consumer Reports

Study: Children Have Better Nutrition When They Live Near Forests

Study: Children Have Better Nutrition When They Live Near Forests

Even more reason to spend more time in nature! –

Spending time in nature is known to boost mental and emotional health. Now, a new global study has found that children in 27 developing nations tend to have more diverse diets and better nutrition when they live near forests. The paper, published Wednesday in Science Advances, provides evidence that forest conservation can be an important tool in promoting better nutrition in developing countries, rather than clear-cutting forests for more farmland. “The data show that forests aren’t just correlated with improvements in people’s diets,” said lead author Ranaivo Rasolofoson, a scientist at the University of Vermont (UVM), in a press release. “We show that forests cause these improvements.”

Source: Study: Children Have Better Nutrition When They Live Near Forests

Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain – The New York Times

Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain – The New York Times

 

Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health. But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every half-hour seems to stave off this decline in brain blood flow and may even increase it.

Delivering blood to our brains is one of those automatic internal processes that most of us seldom consider, although it is essential for life and cognition. Brain cells need the oxygen and nutrients that blood contains, and several large arteries constantly shuttle blood up to our skulls.

Because this flow is so necessary, the brain tightly regulates it, tracking a variety of physiological signals, including the levels of carbon dioxide in our blood, to keep the flow rate within a very narrow range.But small fluctuations do occur, both sudden and lingering, and may have repercussions. Past studies in people and animals indicate that slight, short-term drops in brain blood flow can temporarily cloud thinking and memory, while longer-term declines are linked to higher risks for some neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia.

Other research has shown that uninterrupted sitting dampens blood flow to various parts of the body. Most of those studies looked at the legs, which are affected the most by our postures, upright or not. Stay seated for several hours, and blood flow within the many blood vessels of the legs can slacken.

Source: Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain – The New York Times

Study Suggests Dads Who Do THIS Will Have Healthier Babies | Brides

Study Suggests Dads Who Do THIS Will Have Healthier Babies | Brides

We’re waiting to see if this translates to humans but it makes sense to us! –

When it comes to pregnancy, there’s a lot of focus on the health of the mother-to-be, and rightfully so. After all, she is nurturing an entire human being into existence—she deserves that peanut butter and banana sandwich she’s craving at 3 in the morning, dammit.

But growing a healthy baby starts long before sperm meets egg—and it’s not just about how fit or healthy the woman is either. In a recent study published in the journal Cell Reports involving mice, researchers in Germany found that the physical and mental benefits male mice gleaned from exercise can be passed down to their tiny mice offspring too.

In an experiment involving genetically identical mice, the study’s authors found that the group that lived an active life—that is, their cages were filled with running wheels and toys to stimulate their brains—had developed stronger connections between neurons, compared to the mice that laid around all day, and performed better on cognitive tests. They found similar results in their offspring as well, despite the fact that none of the young ran, and confirmed through tests that because the fathers’ lifestyle had changed, so had their sperm.

Source: Study Suggests Dads Who Do THIS Will Have Healthier Babies | Brides

How to Minimize Repetitive Stress Injuries From Carrying a Baby – The New York Times

How to Minimize Repetitive Stress Injuries From Carrying a Baby – The New York Times

Why it’s so important that new mums get extra help in those early days! –

During pregnancy, as a woman’s abdominal muscles are stretched, the rectus abdominis begins to pull apart, causing a separation — a diastasis — between the two sides of the abdominal muscle. “You have basically no core after giving birth,” Dr. Sutton said.

That diastasis decreases your core stability, said Anna Ribaudo, a physical therapist at the Hospital for Special Surgery who sees many postpartum patients, and “decreasing stability may put more pressure on someone’s back or someone’s hip or someone’s knee.”

Aggressively working out too soon can actually make everything worse, Dr. Sutton said, but even the basic lifting and carrying activities around the house with the new baby can be problematic. Women need to adjust to lifting less weight than they were perhaps previously accustomed to, right at the same moment they may be carrying baby strollers up the steps.

Source: How to Minimize Repetitive Stress Injuries From Carrying a Baby – The New York Times