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Demand a Safe Alternative to BPA in Canned Goods

submitted by lawilcox

If you know me personally or follow my blogs, you may already know that I am passionate about issues pertaining to the countless chemicals and toxins we and our children are exposed to on a daily basis. When we found out that my sweet son who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome, like many other kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, wasn’t processing toxins out of his body as well as his typical peers; I became a serious “mom on a mission!”
Four + years later, one of the toxins constantly on my radar is BPA. (Read here for a previous post about dangerous BPA and how it threatens our children’s health.) Because BPA is linked to altered development of the brain and immune systems, hormone disruption, breast cancer prostate cancer, obesity, cardiac disease (and more) and is in many of the products we buy every week at the grocery store, it should be on everyone’s radar! But, many people still aren’t aware that BPA – found in so many of our products – can be dangerous to our health (and our children’s health). This is why we must all do what we can to spread the word!

Doctor Addresses the Environment's Impact on Children's Health

According to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch, Dr. Maida P. Galvez, M.D., of Mount Sinai Medical Center recently addressed the League of Women Voters (LWV) regarding the environment and the state of children's health today.

From the article: “Children are more vulnerable than adults, pound per pound,” said Dr. Galvez. “They process toxins differently, and have windows of vulnerability. Their brains are developing, and they have more years of future life after the exposure, meaning a longer shelf life for the risk of disease later in their adult life.”

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 11:27

Basic Nutrition – Elizabeth Strickland

submitted by lawilcox

My local National Autism Association Chapter recently hosted a nutrition seminar presented by Elizabeth Strickland. Elizabeth is a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition therapy for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Much of what Elizabeth shared pertained directly to my family as we are raising a child with ASD; but so much of what she shared pertains to all of my friends’ children (even neurotypical children), too, they just may not know it yet!
In our fast-paced society with many convenient “food” options for lives lived on the run, “We often forget about basic nutrition,” says Strickland.
She’s right. I don’t know many families who don’t eat fast food several times a week. With very concerning information out there about fast food, like the information found in this article about McDonald’s chicken nuggets, I think it is important to get back to the basics and set our children up for success with basic, wholesome nutrition.

BPA & Retail Receipts

submitted by lawilcox

Back in September, I wrote about banning BPA in infant food packaging here, but while organizing some paperwork in my home recently, I felt compelled to share another way BPA is making its way into our lives: receipts!
Even at very low levels, BPA has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, cardiac disease, obesity, diabetes, altered development of the brain and immune systems, lowered sperm counts and early puberty. So, even though the thermal paper receipts are more likely to have first hand affects on me (as the adult handling the receipts) or the clerks (working around them and touching them every day), it certainly isn’t something I want around my son. It is also something I feel all parents should know about; especially parents raising young children who might play with receipts and then put their hands in their mouths before washing.

Raise Your Voice – Ban BPA in Infant Food Packaging!

submitted by lawilcox

This month, the US Senate will vote on critical legislation that will affect the safety of the food supply in our nation. Recently here on AutismSpot I’ve posted about the dangers of BPA to our kids. In the past I’ve posted about the dangers of BPA on the Dallas Moms Blog part of the Dallas Morning News website, too. I repeatedly encourage families to eliminate as much BPA from our homes and lives as possible, but what can we do about the BPA that comes into our homes via something as seemingly harmless as the containers in which our babies’ formula or food is packaged?

Back-to-School Tips with a Focus on Toxins

submitted by lawilcox

With so many of us sending our kids back off to school this time of year (some of us actually THIS morning), I thought I’d share a few ideas and tips for making your child’s school experience less toxic and more environmentally friendly. Plus, I’d love for you to share a few tips in the comments section below, too.
First, let’s talk lunches.
Since my son, like countless other children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), is on a Gluten-Free and Casein-Free (GFCF) diet, he takes a homemade lunch with “safe” food every day to school. At some point last year I realized that though his foods were GFCF compliant and in my mind “safe,” I was putting them into plastic containers and baggies which are filled with quite questionable chemicals.
Some such chemicals found frequently in the spotlight the past several months are BPA (Bisphenol A), Phthalates and PVC. Phthalates are used to make plastics more soft and pliable; they have been found to disrupt hormones (and I imagine when studied further will be linked to many other debilitating diseases and disorders). BPA is a chemical often used in water bottles which is tied to breast and testicular cancer, hyperactivity and obesity. PVC has been studied in association with mothers who had PVC flooring in their bedrooms while pregnant. These mothers had higher rates of children with ASD diagnoses than mothers who had different flooring in their bedrooms.
All three of these frightening and scary chemicals were enough to give me pause and force me to reconsider what I was sending to school in my son’s lunchbox every day!

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