Thank you for the past six years

Today marks the sixth anniversary (blogiversary) of my blog! Six years of writing about a myriad of topics — some controversial, some very personal, some heartbreaking, some educational, and some just plain fun. Looking for an outlet to share my passions and ups and downs of parenthood, I started blogging when my daughter Ava was…

Common ingredient in sunscreen the “asbestos of the future?”

I recently read about a new Swiss study claiming that the ingredient titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles — widely used as a white pigment in sunscreen, toothpaste and cosmetics — provokes similar inflammatory effects on the lungs as asbestos. Yes, that asbestos. The stuff that can cause serious illnesses, “including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma (a formerly rare cancer strongly associated with exposure…

Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like Lead Poisoning

When you think of the holiday season, what comes to mind? Family? Friends? Christmas trees? Decorations? Presents? Candles? Food? Mistletoe? How about lead, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other toxins? In Danika Carter’s post All I want for Christmas is Lead-free Decorations, she points out that most artificial Christmas trees are made from PVC (vinyl) and the…

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