As a new mom, I do quite a bit of research on what to buy, what is safe, and not to mention, I get plenty of information from other moms who want me to be informed. Between BP in plastics, toxins in toys, vaccine concerns, and phthalates in our cosmetic products, my head is spinning.
If you have never heard of phthalates, they are chemicals found in a lot of our cosmetic products including shampoos, conditioners, makeup, lotions, and baby skin care products. Research has shown that after use of these products, urine tests reveal high levels of these chemicals in baby’s systems. Long-term effects are not certain but many researchers feel they lead to cancer and disease, as well as, reproductive issues. Here is a helpful guide to finding how your favorite products rate and which ones are safest: http://cosmeticsdatabase.com/.
As many of you have already heard, BP is another dangerous chemical that is leeched from plastic when it is exposed to high amounts or prolonged heat. It is recommended never to microwave plastics unless they are BP-free.
When it comes to vaccines, this is a very sensitive subject and debates will continue until more research is done. However, it is known that vaccines keep the majority of the population safe from diseases that are dangerous. If more and more children go without vaccines, it poses a risk for the population as a whole. I firmly believe continued research needs to be done on vaccines to make them safer. However, it is a relief to know that thimerisol has been removed from all vaccines. http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm
These are just a few things that we, as parents, need to be informed about and it seems we continue to find out more and more dangers everyday. In my opinion, the government needs to crack down on chemicals that are allowed in products that are introduced into our daily lives. Until then, we will continuously be exposed to them.
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