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BPA-Free Bottles, Sippy Cups Still Release Hormone-Like Chemicals, Study Says

Many bottles and other plastics release estrogen-like chemicals, a new study finds. Credit: Getty
Are hormonal imbalances running rampant in your family? Blame it on bottles and sippy cups.
New research reveals most plastic products...
Most plastic products are releasing chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen.

Protect Your Kids From This Toxic Ingredient

Dear Karla, Some friends of mine have been talking about toxic ingredients that can change the natural levels of hormones in our children, especially in products that we put on their skin. Do you know what they are talking about? Is there something ...

Melamine Found in U.S. Baby Formula

How much of a toxic, even deadly chemical can be in your baby's formula and still have it be okay? If you said "none," than you and I are on the same page. Unfortunately, it seems not everyone agrees. "The levels that we are detecting are extremely l...

Parents sue baby bottle makers

Remember how it came out that the bisphenol-A found in many baby bottles was, according to one study, was dangerous and linked to cancer, obesity, diabetes? Now a group of parents in Ohio have sued five companies, claiming that the manufacturers knew...

The danger of... shower curtains?

If you've spent even a few minutes reading the news over the last few months, then you've probably become familiar with the oddly-spelled and hard to pronounce word phthalates. Phthalates (pronounced thal-late)are used to make hard plastics flexible ...

Scientists paint picture of infertility

Sure, he can paint your bedroom like a pro -- it's what he does for a living, after all -- but can he father your children? Perhaps not, according to a British study. According to the research, men who work with glycol solvents -- painters and decora...

Diet Coke gets a little healthier

Did you know that Diet Coke isn't the healthiest beverage choice for your kids? No? Well, surprise, surprise, it isn't. At least it wasn't. It seems that Diet Coke -- a staple in our house -- contains sodium benzoate, a preservative that prevents mol...

Think there must be something in the water? There is.

When several women I worked with revealed their pregnancies in a short period of time, we joked that there must be something in the water. While you can't actually get pregnant from a public water source, it turns out you can get trace amounts of pre...

Nail polish for pregnant moms

Gosh, I need a manicure. Since like, at least a few months before I got pregnant--the first time. Between getting pregnant, being pregnant, breastfeeding, getting freaked out by everything I've read about toxins in nail polish and getting pregnant...

Prewashing new clothes and other oddities of the new mommy

Recently a friend who was about to give birth called to ask me if I'd pre-washed all of Mr. Pickles' clothes before he was born. She wasn't sure if she was crazy, nesting hardcore, or just doing the mommy thing before she was actually a mommy. I tol...

Nail polish and pregnancy

Recently a newly pregnant pal of mine took the day off from work to pamper herself. As a new mommy with little time for such things these days I heartily agreed she should get the time for herself in while she was able. She decided to get a manicur...

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