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Helping Parents Avoid Toxic Chemicals, Use Natural Remedies and Eat Real Food



Last Build Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2017 17:02:22 -0000

 



Re: Why Filtering Your Tap Water is Important + Which Water Filters Really Work

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 17:02:22 -0000

I bought a ZeroWater water cooler. Maybe it filters things out of the water, but the taste of the "purified" water was awful. It had a chemical taste to it and even after using the filter daily for 30 days the taste was very strong and very bad. ZeroWater refunded the purchase prce and paid for the return of the filter as well. That was nice, but I'm still left with poisoned water in the pipes.




Re: Air-Chilled Chicken vs Water-Chilled Chicken: Is There a Winner?

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:57:25 -0000

Thank you for this article. I saw an article elsewhere about the UK ban on imported US chickens because of hormones, antibiotics, and chlorination and was AGHAST - thinking I had the whole Chicken profit contaminates under control. However, please let your readers know apparently Mary's DOES NOT chlorinate http://www.maryschickens.co...




Re: DIY Dandelion Citrus Lotion Bars with Homemade Dandelion-Infused Oil

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 03:27:38 -0000

Indeed but be aware that cocoa butter should not be used in case of cocoa allergy and acne




Re: DIY Dandelion Citrus Lotion Bars with Homemade Dandelion-Infused Oil

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 03:26:36 -0000

Recipe looks fine. Essential oils should only be added once the mixture is cool enough (it will destoy their properties). Check the level of furanocoumarins in your essential oils before adding them as these essential oils may have a phototoxic property and could react with the sun and leave your skin with spots/patches,sunburn




Re: Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:39:09 -0000

Hi Soft Landing Sisters,

We use the same stainless steel as some of our competitors (ie Hydro Flask) as we use the same manufacturers. We have our stainless steel sent for FDA testing to be sure they are food-safe.

Ben




Re: Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:50:46 -0000

AHHH got it... Wow I didn't even pay attention. Thanks for pointing that out.. I might cancel my order now.




Re: Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:35:54 -0000

Hi Ben, we're glad to hear that you've found a trustworthy manufacturer, but we'd like to hear what you're doing in the way of heavy metal testing to ensure safety.




Re: Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:33:43 -0000

Check out Welly Bottle (wellybottle.com)! I founded the company and our first production run is on its way to us. Unfortunately it is coming from China. When starting the company I searched in the US exclusively, but quickly learned that there was no one who could produce a vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle. I thought about creating our own facilities but the capital costs were way too high for us.

I travelled to China a few months ago to visit all of our manufacturing facilities and make sure that all employees were treated and paid fairly, that working hours were monitored and that the space was clean and safe.

We will be ready to start fulfilling orders in mid-March and will be donating $1 for every bottle sold to clean water projects in developing countries. I hope you'll join our mission to provide clean water to those in need while staying hydrated!

Feel free to email me with any questions at ben@wellybottle.com.

Ben




Re: Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:52:07 -0000

Hi Ron, have they added stainless steel? When we last checked Liberty Bottles were made with aluminum which requires an epoxy liner (see below in an older thread).

We asked about whether any testing has been done to look specifically for estrogenic activity (EA) and heavy metal leaching in their bottles and they've never responded (it's been 4 years now). ~Alicia







Re: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing Safer Kitchen Appliances

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:49:34 -0000

Hi Soft Landing Sisters,

I have been looking for a little glass / stainless steel chopper for a while and I was just about the pull the trigger on the Black and Decker EHC3002b glass bowl chopper when I found the following warning
" California Residents -- Proposition 65 warning:
We are providing the following California Proposition 65 warning for products linked to this page:
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. About California Proposition 65:
California's Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to special warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm if those products expose consumers to such chemicals above certain threshold levels. We care about our customers' safety and hope that this information helps with your buying decisions."

So I checked with Black and Decker and got this responds

"In regards to your inquiry concerning the lead warning on the line cord, according to California Preposition 65 - All products with a line cord will have this warning. Spectrum Home Appliances can not deny or substantiate the claims noted on Preposition 65. Consumers must use their own judgment pertaining to this matter."

Should we be concerned about this at all or is it really just a warning to keep food away for the power cord?

Thanks




Re: How Do You Remove Toxic Fragrance Chemicals from Clothes?

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:29:30 -0000

After trying a product called bio d which claimed to be fragrance free and only contained 4 chemicals i was finally able to discover the exact chemical causing it and why its so sticky. We just had to replace our dryer as even bleach wouldnt remove the smell. It is found in all softeners made by proctor and gamble and i found their patent application from the 80s for the chemical. The chemical is listed on the product as " cationic surfactant" and they somehow get away with this vague description of what it is when its actual name is "dibenzyl ammonium chloride." Think about it that is 2 particles benzene 1 ammonia 1 chlorine. Not only that but ammonium chloride is what president Assad dropped on the rebels that killed abunch of people from respiratory failure. Obviously this is a far less concentrated version and wont kill you outright but these crazy people are covering their clothes with a diluted chemical weapon! The reason you cant get it off is because the "cationic" part of the description means that they have found a way to charge the particles negatively so they are literally magnetised to inane materials like fabrics and can even permeate rubber. You can remove the ammonia part of the equation with distilled vinegar as vinegar kills ammonia but good luck getting the chlorine out as the only thing that kills chlorine is UV light and in thicker fabrics every single fibre is magnetically coated with this and the UV cant penetrate the fibres at the center of the garment on something thick. I have foudn limited success with bashing the clothing against a wall or floor to physically disturb the sticky ming but doesnt work fully. Also proctor and gamble use a higher concentration of limonene than most other companies which is what converts to formaldehyde when exposed to ozone present in the air. A worrying thought given how hermetically sealed the modern home is. The only hope i have is that public awareness will grow and some investigative journalist may be able to find a link between people using this disgusting chemical and serious illness. Or that by informing the public of the affore stated facts people may choose to act differently although im not holding my breath as these crazy misguided fools are already not bothered by the mixed smell of ammonia and chlorine. Perhaps if the company were at least made to list the chemical name rather than its description of "cationic surfactant" some peope might wake up. Ammonia would usually be found repellant and is even used in smelling salts to wake unconscious people up because it smells so foul. Its bizarre that anyone wouldnt find this smell repellant. If anyone doubts what i have written here is the address of the site with the patent application on it. It also lists the companies which use this chemical including palmolove and colgate. Most of the rest are chemical companies. Even more disgraceful is that proctor and gamble manufacture allergy medication then sell it to the people who react to this stuff. Perverse. They are the tobacco comapnies of the new millenium. Heres the links:
https://www.google.com/pate...
and

https://www.google.com/pate...




Re: Pumpkin Seeds: Safe and Natural Worm Prevention for Chickens

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:34:52 -0000

Great article! I also feed my chickens pumpkins, squash, garlic, apple cider vinegar. It's that whole ounce of prevention thing....




Re: Is Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Plastic Toxic?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:25:54 -0000

I looked this up to see if it was okay to make aquarium decorations with my new 3Doodler pen i got for Christmas! this is so helpful! thank you so much!




Re: Safe Nursing Pillow Shopping Guide {NO Fire Retardants, Polystyrene or Polyurethane Foam}

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:37:03 -0000

I went ahead and ordered it. I received a message back detailing all of their materials which are from the US, gots certified and usda organic buckwheat hulls from South Dakota. Nothing is treated with chemicals pesticide or flame retardant. I'll let you know what I think!




Re: Safe Nursing Pillow Shopping Guide {NO Fire Retardants, Polystyrene or Polyurethane Foam}

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:20:54 -0000

The MoonWomb looks very promising with all organic materials, although we haven't researched it in depth. We encourage you to contact them directly to ask about flame retardants or other possible fabric treatments. Let us know!




Re: An In-Depth Guide to Detoxing Your Dangerous Cookware

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:46:33 -0000

It's definitely good to check the credentials of each individual company. Le Creuset is a well known company with good quality standards, but you may want to contact them directly to address your concerns.

Have you ever heard of leaded glass? It was the really colorful, crystal-like glassware from decades ago, so yes, there was definitely a time when glass contained lead. You'll need to find out what brand your cookware is to be able to determine if it contains lead or not. And yes, we tested one of our slow cookers with a lead test swab. It was negative, but you should do a swab on your own cooker to determine its safety because lead can definitely leach into food during cooking. We used a 3M test kit readily available online or in most hardware stores.

As for your cast iron pans, we'll advise you to contact Cuisinart directly with your questions since we haven't researched that specifically.




Re: An In-Depth Guide to Detoxing Your Dangerous Cookware

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:39:32 -0000

Stainless steel is actually a combination of metals. It's pretty tough, although it can be gouged which means there could potentially be minute leaching that occurs at that time. The good thing is that stainless steel is self-repairing which means it closes back up unless it's surface is broken again and again over years of use.




Re: Stainless Steel Cookware Made in the USA

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:36:51 -0000

Our inquiries showed the steel is manufactured and assembled in the US. Feel free to contact the company you're interested in purchasing from to confirm the details of their production processes.




Re: How to Treat Your Baby’s Cold, Cough and Fever Naturally

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:31:40 -0000

Thanks for your input, Jenny. While we believe the two oils can be used safely in small doses (externally), we went ahead and updated the information in our article to err on the side of caution.




Re: Safe Nursing Pillow Shopping Guide {NO Fire Retardants, Polystyrene or Polyurethane Foam}

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:56:07 -0000

Any opinions on the MoonWomb?




Re: How and Why to Avoid Toxic PVC (Vinyl) Plastic in Every Day Products

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:11:56 -0000

Hi,

I received a wool rug for my baby which is completely natural and free of chemicals. The problem is they shipped it in a soft, smelly plastic container and I can still smell it on the wool rug. Should I be concerned? I've tried airing it out and it's getting better. My baby slept on it a few times before I noticed.

~Sarah




Re: How to Treat Your Baby’s Cold, Cough and Fever Naturally

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:53:42 -0000

Yes, eucalyptus and peppermint are BIG no's in young children. Too many sources to name. Readers please google this topic before using these oils on your children.




Re: Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:46:40 -0000

QUOTE: "now they have little-to-no competitors they can charge whatever they like to turn a profit"

No, Chinese manufacturers cannot charge whatever they like. The natural equilibrium of the free market means when they begin charging more than the market is willing to bear, manufacturing inside the USA (or in other countries) becomes competitive enough for the industry to begin manufacturing there. Chinese manufacturers are forced to hold their prices below what would be competitive in other countries.




Re: Stainless Steel Cookware Made in the USA

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:40:51 -0000

Is the steel used by these companies manufactured in the US or China?