Toxic chemicals in receipts could be making you sick | New York Post

Toxic chemicals in receipts could be making you sick | New York Post

Yikes! –

There’s a very decent chance that the receipts in your wallet or purse are covered in chemicals that might contribute to autism, reproductive impairment and obesity.

An analysis from Michigan-based environmental non-profit The Ecology Center released Wednesday found that 93 percent of receipts tested positive for BPA or BPS, chemicals that are correlated with negative effects on hormones, metabolism and other bodily functions.

Researchers analyzed 207 receipts from a variety of businesses, including large retailers, major supermarket chains and fast-food restaurants, to produce the report. The report was produced in partnership with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a national coalition of environmental and health organizations.

What are BPS and BPA, and why should consumers be concerned? BPA (bisphenol A) and BPS (bisphenol S) are chemicals that are used as color developers. Many businesses don’t print receipts with ink, but rather employ receipt printers that use thermal papers. These chemicals are included within a heat-sensitive layer on this paper. So when a heated printer head in a receipt printer comes into contact with this layer, these chemicals produce the printed image.

Source: Toxic chemicals in receipts could be making you sick | New York Post

Alcohol, marijuana and more: What stays in breastmilk and what doesn’t

What goes in most definitely comes out, especially when it comes to breastmilk! –

ALCOHOL Your breastmilk alcohol level mimics your blood alcohol content, Riddle said. If the alcohol is out of your blood, it’s out of your breastmilk.A good rule of thumb is that if you feel buzzed, don’t breastfeed, Riddle said.What that means for a 150-pound woman is that if she has drunk two to two and a half drinks and then waits two hours to breastfeed, the alcohol is gone.There’s no need to pump and dump if you’re waiting two hours after drinking, according to the webinar.But it is important to wait because babies have a hard time metabolizing alcohol, Riddle said.

Source: Alcohol, marijuana and more: What stays in breastmilk and what doesn’t | News | cadillacnews.com

The probiotic hope for colic | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

The probiotic hope for colic | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

We are finding out more and more how important healthy gut bacteria is to allergies and eczema, and now that’s spreading to a whole host of other areas! –

An international study has found that a specific probiotic group is twice as likely as a placebo to reduce crying by 50 per cent after three weeks of treatment for colicky babies who are exclusively breastfed.

While we don’t know what causes colic, we do know it can be hard to handle.Babies who cry or fuss a lot and can’t be settled are often described as having colic. The condition is defined as “episodes of crying that last for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks, in an otherwise well-fed, healthy child”.

The condition, which affects one in five families, is most common in babies less than three to four months old – and typically goes away over time, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating and distressing for new parents.And, up until now, there’s been no effective treatment for colic.

Source: The probiotic hope for colic | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

Resolve to Become a Food Waste Warrior in 2018

Resolve to Become a Food Waste Warrior in 2018

Waste is one of the worse things on the environment! Why our workshop is a low-to-zero waste workshop and it helps that every ingredient we use is 100% biodegradable! –

Around the world, a third of the food we grow and process to feed people never reaches our plates (or our bellies). That has serious impacts on the planet’s water, energy and wildlife. Just think about it: If we make better use of the food already out there, we wouldn’t need to produce so much—and we could protect more habitats and feed more hungry people.

Plus, it’s the gift that keeps on giving—it will save you money! The average family of four loses between $1,365 to $2,275 each year on wasted food.Try exercising these tips to drop those food waste pounds:

1. Meal plan … for the planet! Well, sure, planning can be a little bit of a drag. But there are lots of tools and apps that make it fun and easier to save money. Use apps like Guest-imator to calculate how much food you need for each guest at those holiday parties. (Hint—it’s less than you think!) Buying more than we can use is a big reason behind food waste. With just a little bit of planning, you can avoid over-buying or make sure you have a backup plan for ingredients or dishes that go unused or uneaten. And it will give you more bang for your buck. Shopping with a plan will benefit your piggy bank.

Source: Resolve to Become a Food Waste Warrior in 2018

Skin Care’s Backlash Against Essential Oils – The New York Times

We’ve been warning against the use of essential oils for some while now! Why Nanna chooses so very selectively and only uses them in very safe dosages for even our littlest ones –

About two years ago, the San Francisco skin-care specialist Kristina Holey noticed a dramatic spike in patients all suffering from red, inflamed skin. Sensing a pattern, Holey — who studied cosmetic chemistry and plant science — delved into their beauty routines and found that many reactions could be traced back to one type of ingredient: essential oils. While these potent, highly active oils — found in an array of farm-to-bottle, natural lines — are often touted as being pure and beneficial for one’s complexion, Holey found the opposite to be true.

“Some constituents of certain essential oils, like those in bergamot, are transformed into chemicals and enzymes when exposed to sunlight, which can induce a photo-allergic response,” she explains. Moreover, Holey says, the volatile compounds in essential oils often disrupt the microbiome, or healthy flora, of the skin — weakening its protective abilities. Among sensitive types, this can be enough to trigger flare-ups and as Holey witnessed, “an exponentially rising rate” of reactions.

Source: Skin Care’s Backlash Against Essential Oils – The New York Times

What are Forever Chemicals? They’re in your body, in the air, and won’t ever go away. – The Washington Post

What are Forever Chemicals? They’re in your body, in the air, and won’t ever go away. – The Washington Post

Yikes! Why we all need to pay a lot more attention to what goes into the products we buy and use… –

They say nothing lasts forever. Nothing, that is, except a group of toxic chemicals that may be associated with testicular cancer, kidney cancer, high cholesterol and suppression of vaccine effectiveness in children. They are now in nearly all of our bodies, are found in the air and water around the globe, and they never go away. They are “Forever Chemicals.”

These are stain-repellent chemicals that we use in products throughout our homes, offices, schools, hospitals, cars and airplanes. They are characterized by a fluorine-carbon backbone. And the F-C bond, the Forever-Chemical bond, is quite amazing, representing one of the strongest bonds in all of organic chemistry.

When several F-C bonds are strung together, some really useful industry properties appear, including allowing air to pass through while blocking things such as grease, oil and dirt. This ability to act as a stain repellent is why we apply them to all sorts of products we like to keep clean, from carpets and furniture to camping gear. It’s also why we apply it to nonstick cookware — almost nothing can stick to the pan when we have a layer of these chemicals on the surface.The story must be told.Your subscription supports journalism that matters.Try 1 month for $1But this property comes with a pernicious dark side. The F-C bond is so strong that these chemicals never fully degrade. Ever. Like, for millennia ever.

Source: What are Forever Chemicals? They’re in your body, in the air, and won’t ever go away. – The Washington Post

A deluge of counterfeit toys is leaving children exposed to toxic chemicals, safety experts warn 

A deluge of counterfeit toys is leaving children exposed to toxic chemicals, safety experts warn 

A scary thought! Buying from someone you trust, and knowing as much about what you’re buying as possible, is key –

A surge in the number of counterfeit toys flooding the UK market has left children exposed to potentially toxic chemicals and at risk of choking, a leading industry body has warned. An estimated 10 to 12 per cent of toys sold in the UK in 2017 were counterfeit, with unscrupulous manufacturers circumventing strict safety regulations imposed by the EU to cut costs. The hugely popular L.O.L. Surprise! dolls and Fingerlings were both among the most counterfeited toys of 2017. The influx of counterfeit goods, coming primarily from China, was so great that Trading Standards seized tens of thousands of toys every month in a bid to prevent children in the UK coming into contact with them, the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) revealed.

Source: A deluge of counterfeit toys is leaving children exposed to toxic chemicals, safety experts warn – The i newspaper online iNews

Home Remedies From Your Refrigerator | Rodale Wellness

Home Remedies From Your Refrigerator | Rodale Wellness

What’s hiding in your fridge or cupboard could do a lot more good than you realise! That’s how Nanna began making her skincare recipes and if it’s good enough for the insides, it’s good enough for the outsides –

Vinegar Dandruff flakes on your blazer? Let vinegar, a natural home remedy, come to the rescue. After shampooing, rinse your hair with a mixture of 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 quart of water. The rinse normalizes the scalp’s natural pH balance, reducing the flakes.

Source: Home Remedies From Your Refrigerator | Rodale Wellness

3 Easy Tips to Prevent Nappy Rash!

Most babies will spend at least two years of their lives in a nappy – that’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Whether a cloth or disposable nappy, they’ll be changed multiple times a day and at each change, cleaned and then re-wrapped. It becomes such a ritual that most of us don’t give it a second thought, yet, if we did, we’d realise that we’re dealing with some very fragile skin.

A baby’s nappy area is constantly being exposed to moist, bacteria-laden substances and because it’s thinner than most other areas of the body it’s that much more prone to irritation and infection. And, instead of being treated with gentle care, it’s often exposed to the alcohol and synthetic fragrances commonly found in wet wipes, layered with creams that are loaded with strong fragrances and harsh preservatives, then wrapped up tightly. Is it any surprise nappy rash is something nearly every baby experiences 🙂 ?

So when you next change your little one’s nappy, give his or her fragile skin a break and a breather by –

1: Giving it some air-time. We all need fresh air, especially our skin! Air allows the skin to dry naturally, and to interact with its environment, all important factors in helping fragile skin repair and stay healthy.

2: Stay away from the wet wipes, at least sometimes, and especially if your baby is experiencing nappy rash. All wet wipes contain ingredients which act as preservatives, detergents and fragrances – just the things fragile skin really don’t need! Clean water and towels are all your baby’s skin really needs to be cleaned.

3: Choose natural nappy care products which are truly gentle on the skin. Fragrances, preservatives and thick oils all interfere with the skin’s ability to breathe, especially in the nappy area, which is often wrapped up tightly! So choose a nappy cream that uses light, natural oils and a protective and gentle formula so that it stays on baby’s most fragile skin without harming it.

The main ingredient in Nanna’s handcrafted Nappy Cream is premium extra virgin cold-pressed sunflower seed oil, which has been proven highly effective in preventing infection even in premature baby skin, the most sensitive of skins. With no fragrances and no additives, our completely food-grade, 100% natural Nappy Cream keeps baby’s most fragile skin at its best without exposing it to harmful chemicals or unnecessary ingredients. True to Nanna’s ethos, it’s nothing but the best in our Nappy Cream 🙂

To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate – The New York Times

To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate – The New York Times

Why no-one needs to feel bad about eating chocolate, the darker, the better!  –

In a small study in the journal Nature Neuroscience, healthy people, ages 50 to 69, who drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols for three months performed better on a memory test than people who drank a low-flavanol mixture. On average, the improvement of high-flavanol drinkers meant they performed like people two to three decades younger on the study’s memory task, said Dr. Scott A. Small, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center and the study’s senior author. They performed about 25 percent better than the low-flavanol group.

The findings support recent research linking flavanols, especially epicatechin, to improved blood circulation, heart health and memory in mice, snails and humans. But experts said the new study, although involving only 37 participants and partly funded by Mars Inc., the chocolate company, goes further and was a well-controlled, randomized trial led by experienced researchers.

Source: To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate – The New York Times

For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving – The New York Times

For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving – The New York Times

Why getting out and about is so important! Chasing goats and alpacas helps! –

Because we can never have enough reasons to keep exercising, a new study with mice finds that physical activity not only increases the number of new neurons in the brain, it also subtly changes the shape and workings of these cells in ways that might have implications for memory and even delaying the onset of dementia. As most of us have heard, our brains are not composed of static, unchanging tissue. Instead, in most animals, including people, the brain is a dynamic, active organ in which new neurons and neural connections are created throughout life, especially in areas of the brain related to memory and thinking. This process of creating new neurons, called neurogenesis, can be altered by lifestyle, including physical activity. Many past studies have shown that in laboratory rodents, exercise doubles or even triples the number of new cells produced in adult animals’ brains compared to the brains of animals that are sedentary.

Source: For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving – The New York Times

A Salad a Day May Be Good for Brain Health – The New York Times

A Salad a Day May Be Good for Brain Health – The New York Times

Why there’s always salad in Nanna’s veggie patch! And why eating your greens is important at any age –

Eating leafy greens may help slow mental decline. Researchers studied 960 men and women ages 58 to 99 who completed food frequency questionnaires and had two or more cognitive assessments over an average of almost five years of follow-up. Among many other foods, the researchers recorded the number of servings of lettuce, spinach, kale and collard greens. At least twice over the course of the study they administered cognitive tests covering memory, spatial ability and perceptual speed.

Source: A Salad a Day May Be Good for Brain Health – The New York Times