Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How can we escape?

Toxins are unavoidable in modern society. They are in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. This sad fact is even more serious for today's youngest generations, as toxins are exceptionally dangerous during developmental stages. According to the Environmental Working Group, a baby born today may have over 200 various toxins already present in their blood stream. Celery, a common snack for kids, can contain up to 67 different pesticides (CNN). It was recently discovered that Johnson & Johnson infant shampoos contain toxic carcinogens such as formaldehyde (

What can we do to protect our youngest loved ones? has a few suggestions. First, they suggest breastfeeding. The amount of nutrition obtained through breastfeeding simply cannot be matched by formulas or synthetic food substitutes. When children are ready for food, shopping organic is the surest way to avoid pesticides and other harmful environmental contaminants. Several all-natural companies also produce hygiene care for infants.

It's really scary to think that my sister Lucy's cancer could have been caused by these invisible dangers all around us. Even once we're educated about the dangers of various chemicals, avoiding them seems impossible in modern society. What's a big sis to do?


  1. I think it's important to be aware of environmental toxicity but at the same time, we run the risk of becoming neurotic over these issues. Remember that stress is one of the more damaging things we can subject our body to.

  2. Formaldehyde in baby shampoo... That seems logical.