Nothing Rhymes with Phthalates
Excuse the title. I'm a bit punchy this morning. Still recovering from nine days of single parenthood while the husband was off covering the Super Bowl. (Direct quote from the hub: "I'm surrounded by professional football players and half-naked women. It's terrible!")
Despite my sleep deprived state, I managed to read Susan Morse's story in Health on a new study in the journal Pediatrics that found infants and toddlers who use shampoo and lotions were more likely to have higher concentrations of phthalates in their urine.
Phthalates are the latest chemical boogey man on the block. They are used in the manufacture of lubricants, cosmetics and plastic products including children's toys and have been linked to reproductive problems in male infants exposed in utero. The authors of the study are recommending people reduce infants' exposure to phthalates as much as possible. The personal product industry disagrees. You can read the industry's response in Susan's story.
When confronted with such news as a consumer, you have to make the decision: to buy or not to buy. Or as often is the case these days: to throw out and buy something different.
I couldn't tell whether our body wash/shampoo had phthalates or not, so to be on the safe side I bought some Burt's Bees product that is phthalate free. It works fine but boy, was it pricey. Yeesh. Like those Born Free bottles, which I didn't get.
How are the rest of you handling the daily barrage of everything-you-touch-has-some-bad-unpronounceable-chemical-in-it news?
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