October 29, 2012 by Warren Wilkinson
I want healthy kids, so I’d organized notes based on my readings. It occurred to me that if I didn’t publish, there may be no brain-normal children for my future kids to play with.
This is non-exhaustive. I’ll update it as I know more.
Here are the things you don’t want. By the way, they are everywhere.
- Get rid of Pthalates
- Get rid of Lead
- Get rid of Carbon Monoxide
- Get rid of Pesticides
- Get rid of Mercury
- Get rid of Perfluoro compounds (PFBs, PFOAs, PFNAs)
- Get rid of Plastic (Bisphenol A and other things)
- Get rid of Non-wool or Cotton fabrics (Bromine & and other flame retardants)
They are in everything, from food, clothes, and storage containers to garages, fragrances, paint thinner and paint. Assume guilty until proven innocent. Keep asking yourself: “What do I know about this product, how do I know it, and can I trust that source?”
For the home
I’ve arrange these in what I think is an appropriate order of importance.
- Detached or open garage
- The warm garage air and the cold outdoors makes a barrier to carbon monoxide. Your car’s off-gassing will flow into your (warm) attached home.
- No Teflon
- They’re a source of perfluoro compounds.
- Milk Paint
- Non-toxic paint. You don’t want lead paint, nor VOC (volatile organic compound) paint. Milk paint is neither.
- No wood burning
- Many dangerous chemicals released.
- No Gas Stove
- Unless there is a chimney. Modern stoves just have a fan that blows the carbon monoxide into your face.
- No storing toxics in the basement
- Toxic paint, paint thinners, etc off gas into the house. If you have an attached garaged, it also isn’t safe.
- No power lawn care tools
- You should be gardening. But gas powered mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers make you a little carbon monoxide cloud
- Check the air quality index
- In Alberta, check it here. Summary reports are here. In Calgary, 96% of the time air quality is good. Bad times mostly due to natural events, like forest fires.
- Learn about your tap water
- Some cities water pipes are made with lead or coated in plastic. Calgary is nearly first in line for mountain fresh water, and the results show in our annual water quality report. I don’t know what our water pipes are made with though, but it isn’t lead.
- Water filter to remove chlorine
- carbon filter can remove the chlorine added as part of the cleaning process.
1 Year before Pregnancy
- Get ‘mom’ a mercury test
- With T-Minus one-year there is still time to correct a too-much-mercury problem (hint: what kind of fish are you eating?)
- Better yet, a body burden test
- This will test for dozens of contaminants. Then you’ll know which ones are a problem for you.
- Stop buying cosmetics
- Most store bought cosmetics have pthalates, but don’t list it on their ingredients. It makes your future son’s penis open at it’s base rather than it’s tip.
- Stop buying commercial cleaners and soaps
- For the same reasons as the cosmetics.
- Get rid of plastic
- Especially in food preparation. It leaks BPA (Bisphenol A).
For the child
- No toys
- store bought ones often have lead or plastic
- Nothing but wool and cotton
- These are natural materials. Avoid any kind of flame retardant, the only thing it will retard is your kid.
- Organic Food
- Keep pesticides away. Afaik the most important foods to buy organic are:
- Baby food
- Sweet bell peppers
Check out my reading list on All Consuming.