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Issue 8, July 8, 2000:
Dangerous Substances in the Environment

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The Nursing Mom's News
News
Health: Is the EPA Endangering our Children's Health?
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Infant Massage
Tips and Tidbits
Health: Dangerous Chemicals
Neat Idea: Easy Bubble Fun
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The Baby Lane
Resources
Web Site: The Physicians Committee for
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For Parents-Web Site: Information on Hazardous Chemicals
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NEWS
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Is the EPA Endangering our Children's Health?

Kids' Food Shouldn't be Toxic

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not doing what needs to be done to protect our children from dangerous chemicals in the environment.

According to the PCRM, instead of helping families avoid hazardous substances in our air, water and food, the EPA proposes to run animal (rodent) tests to estimate what levels of toxins our children should be exposed to. This new plan, the Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program, has several problems, including:

*We already have extensive information on many of the chemicals that are planned to be tested. For example, benzene is a known human carcinogen with a safe level of exposure of zero. Despite this, it is still legal to release this chemical into the environment and nearly 9 million pounds were released in 1998. (For more information about some of these chemicals, read "Dangerous Chemicals" in the Tips section, below.)

*The proposed tests will kill at least 100.000 animals in the pilot phase alone. Not only is this cruel to animals, but many scientists feel that animal tests are not an accurate way to test for human toxicity.

*The program looks at individual chemicals to determine a safe level for children for each chemical. But we're exposed to many chemicals at the same time and looking at them individually can't give a real-life picture of their potential danger.

For more information:

Background Information on the EPA's Deadly Delaying Tactics

Questions & Answers On The EPA's Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program

PCRM’s Comprehensive Report on the EPA’s Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program

EPA’s info about the Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program

The PCRM suggests that you call or write EPA Administrator Carol Browner and tell her that you want programs that really protect children, not rodent tests that set levels of toxic exposures children are supposed to tolerate:
Carol Browner
Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 3000 Washington, DC 20460
T: 202-564-4700 F: 202-501-1450

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Dangerous Chemicals

Benzene is a known human carcinogen, and has a strong association with leukemia and cancers of the blood. In 1948 the American Petroleum Institute published a toxicological review of this chemical, stating that the only safe exposure is zero. But more than 50 years later, benzene is used in many industries to make products such as plastics, nylons, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. It is also found in crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke.

You and your children are most likely to be exposed to benzene by breathing contaminated air. This can happen at gasoline stations and in areas with heavy traffic, or places where there is cigarette smoke.

Chloroform has been classified by the The International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable human carcinogen. It may also be a neurotoxicant and cause developmental and reproductive effects. The main way you and your family can be exposed to this chemical is by drinking or swimming in chlorinated water, but you can also contact it by breathing contaminated air. The PCRM believes that children could be protected from its potential toxic effects by the use of other, non-chemical, methods to purify the water supply.

Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) has been shown to have toxic effects on unborn children, and may be a neurotoxicant and a carcinogen. MEK is used for a variety of things, including as a fragrance and flavoring agent in candy and perfumes, and in fabric coating, lacquering, varnishing, paint removers, adhesives and cleaning fluids.

Women who work in industries where MEK is used can be exposed to a dose hundreds of times higher than the “reference dose” set by the EPA (which may not be safe in the first place). If you don’t work in such an industry, you can be exposed through the use of consumer products, especially paints and adhesives, or through contaminated food, water or air.

Naphthalene is classed as a possible human carcinogen. There is also extensive evidence of its toxicity, including toxic effect and death in human babies. This chemical is found naturally in fossil fuels. It’s most common use is in the making of moth balls, but it is also used for making substances such as dyes and resins. It has been found in human breast milk.

Your family can be exposed to this chemical if you use mothballs or if someone in your household smokes tobacco. There have been medical reports of babies who developed liver problems after being dressed in clothing that had been stored in naphthalene mothballs The PCRM recommends using other, non-chemical, methods to deal with moth and insect problems.

Styrene is a possible human carcinogen. Other toxic effects, such as neurotoxicity, have also been observed in humans. Styrene is used to make items such as rubber, plastic, insulation, food containers and carpet backing. You are most likely to be exposed to styrene by eating food that has been packed in polystyrene, drinking contaminated water, breathing contaminated air, or inhaling cigarette smoke.

These are just a few of the toxic substances discussed in PCRM's Comprehensive Report on the EPA's Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program: http://www.EPAStopStalling.org/report.htm


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Easy Bubble Fun

For easy bubble fun, find a baby bathtub- or any large receptacle- and fill it partly with bubble solution. (easy mix: 1 part clear or yellow dishwashing liquid, 2-3 parts water; a dab of glycerine if you've got it) Once the tub is ready, experiment making bubble wands with different objects- for example: pipe cleaner, those plastic rings from stacking ring toys, anything a bit porous that you can make round. My kids' favorite bubblemaker is an old belt; leather or cloth belts make very large, incredible bubbles. Just remember to gently wave the looped belt- don't blow. And make sure that what the kids find to make wands with is clean- any dirt will wreck the solution.

This tip is by Leilah McCracken, a homeschooling, homebirthing, breastfeeding mother of seven. Visit her website for parenting articles, birth stories, and information about her book, "Resexualizing Childbirth". http://www.birthlove.com

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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) http://www.pcrm.org/

This excellent site deals with subjects like ethics in human research, animal experimentation issues. pregnancy and smoking, and vegetarianism. There's an article about the ”milk mustache• ads and how their health claims may violate federal advertising guidelines.

According to information on the site, PCRM promotes preventive medicine through innovative programs, has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies, opposes unethical human experiments, and promotes better medical care for disenfranchised groups, including minorities, women, persons with AIDS, and homeless persons.

You can join this group and basic membership is just $20 a year. (As far as I could tell, membership is not required to use the web site.)

For more information, visit the web site, or contact them: PCRM Membership 5100 Wisconsin Ave.
N.W. Suite 404
Washington, D.C. 20016
Phone: 202-686-2210 Fax: 202-686-2216
E-mail: pcrm@pcrm.org

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Information on Hazardous Chemicals

TOXNET
http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov
The entryway to a group of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.

One of these is
The Hazardous Substances Data Bank
http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?HSDB
which provides information on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals.

This URL takes you to the basic search page, where you can enter the name or part of the name of the substance you're interested in. The main entry for a substance will include information on human health effects, emergency medical treatment, animal toxicity studies, environmental fate and exposure, environmental standards and regulations, and more.

This site is not light reading, but is a valuable source of information.

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Underwear!
by Mary Elise Monsel and Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)

Zachary Zebra and Orfo the Orangutan LOVE underwear -- all kinds of underwear! Every year they go to the World's Greatest Grassland Underwear Fair, where they buy as much underwear as they can, including orange spotted underwear, zebra stripped underwear and underwear with kangaroos, flowers, palm trees and bananas. Zachary even bought some underwear with pictures of underwear on it!

But Bismark the Buffalo doesn't like underwear. He doesn't like much of anything and sits alone getting grumpier and grumpier and lonelier and lonelier while Zachary and Orfo are having fun wearing all that fabulous underwear. Read the book to find out how they trick him into laughing and learning to love underwear, too!

The illustrations are humorous and colorful. Olivia enjoys counting things such as how many pairs of underwear Zachary is wearing or how many flowers on the pair Orfo is wearing. We also like to try and find a picture of each kind of underwear mentioned in the book.

For more information or to buy this book, please click here.

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No. 1, May 20 ,2000: Lead Poisoning
No. 2, May 27, 2000: Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
No.3, June 3, 2000
No. 4, June 10, 2000: Fire Safety
No. 5, June 17, 2000: Playground Safety
No. 6, June 24, 2000: Toy Safety
No. 7, July 1, 2000: Car Seat Safety
No. 8, July 8, 2000: Dangerous Substances in the Environment
No. 9, July 15, 2000: Summer Health and Safety
No. 10, July 22, 2000: Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting
No. 11, July 29, 2000: Fun and Games
No. 12, Aug 5, 2000: Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun
No. 13, Aug, 12 2000: Everyday Safety
The Rest of the Issues