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Keeping Your Child Safe from Harmful Toxins

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We live in a very toxic world today. Posions and dangers abound and keeping yourself and your children healthy can be very difficult. Minimizing risk to the embryo and fetus is important, as is ensuring that the infant and toddler - and older, affected children too - has a minimum of toxic exposures. Here are some general guidelines to help keep your family safer in this unhealthy time.


* Removal of fillings and possible chelation if needed
* Avoid chemicals like solvents, insecticides
* Don’t get dental work done that involves new or manipulating old fillings for 3 months prior to getting pregnant
* Do not get vaccinated for anything for 3 months prior to getting pregnant
* Decide if your faith demands that you not vaccinate (aborted human fetal cells in many vaccines)
* Avoid all diet or sugar-free products


* Avoid Tylenol
* RhoGAM – contains thimerosal
* Do not get vaccinated for anything during pregnancy
* Find a doctor willing to partner in your healthcare, rather than bully you, and is willing to stretch out vaccines to your schedule
* Do your research – find out which vaccines are worse than the diseases and when the diseases are most likely to cause damage and how long the vaccines last (Hep B should not be given until just prior to sexual behavior, mumps causes sterility in boys if they get it after puberty, vaccine lasts only 10 years.) Read What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave M.D.
* Avoid all “diet” or sugar-free products
* Consider starting the GFCFSF diet for yourself
* Read A How-to Guide for a Healthier Baby

Infancy & Toddler

* Avoid Tylenol
* Never get any vaccine within 2 weeks of ANY illness, including a runny nose
* Separate vaccines as much as you can between doses
* Prescreen for allergies/sensitivities to ingredients in the vaccines (eggs, etc)
* Avoid all “diet” or sugar-free products
* Research your vaccine exemption options at the National Vaccine Information Center

Older Children

* Avoid Tylenol
* Never get any vaccine within 2 weeks of ANY illness, including a runny nose
* Separate vaccines as much as you can between doses
* Prescreen for allergies/sensitivities to ingredients in the vaccines (eggs, etc)
* Only give subsequent doses of vaccines if child’s titers dictate.
* Avoid all diet or sugar-free products
* Research your vaccine exemption options at the National Vaccine Information Center

General Safety Issues

Aluminum – vaccines, antiperspirant, water, toothpaste, pans, aluminum foil, lined juice (i.e. Capri Sun) and lined broth-type box containers.

Arsenic in chicken - Arsenic is a recognized cancer-causing agent and many experts say that no level should be considered safe. Arsenic may also contribute to other life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes, and to a decline in mental functioning. It is used to kill parasites and to promote growth. Until 2003, arsenic was used in pressure-treated wood for decks and playground equipment. Human exposure to it has been compounded because the consumption of chicken has exploded. In 1960, each American ate 28 pounds of chicken a year. For 2005, the figure is estimated at about 87 pounds per person. In spite of this threefold rise, the F.D.A. tolerance level for arsenic in chicken of 500 parts per billion, set decades ago, has not been revised. Those at greatest risk from arsenic are small children and people who consume chicken at a higher rate than what is considered average: two ounces per day for a 154-pound person. The good news for consumers is that arsenic-free chicken is more readily available than it has been in the past, as more processors eliminate its use. Tyson Foods, the nation's largest chicken producer, has stopped using arsenic in its chicken feed. In addition, Bell & Evans and Eberly chickens are arsenic-free. There is a growing market in organic chicken and birds labeled "antibiotic-free": neither contains arsenic. View the full report on specific brands and fast-food ratings.

Arsenic is in treated wood too.

Bisphenol A – Toxic plastic chemicals in canned foods.

BPA is in the lining of Food and drink cans are lined with a BPA-containing plastic. Beverages appear to contain less BPA residues, while canned pasta and soups contain the highest levels. All U.S. manufacturers of infant formula use BPA-based lining on the metal portions of the formula containers.

Try to avoid #7 plastics. Plastics with the recycling labels #1, #2 and #4 on the bottom do not contain BPA. Find baby bottles in glass versions, or those made from the safer plastics including polyamine, polypropylene and polyethylene. Soft or cloudy-colored plastic does not contain BPA.

Excitotoxins – Strong scientific evidence suggests these substances could cause brain damage in children, adolescents and adults; with strong emphasis on children and elderly individuals. They could affect the development of a child's nervous system; resulting in learning and emotional difficulties later in life. It has also been determined that the placental barrier is not an absolute barrier to the passage of excitotoxins; some such as cysteine can easily pass through from mother to child, and damage the developing brain of the baby.

Excitotoxins include MSG, Aspartame and all other sugar substitutes, aspartate, Cysteine, cysteic acid. The following are other names for MSG -Monosodium Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Protein; Hydrolyzed Plant Extract, Plant Protein Extract, Sodium Caseinate, Yeast Extract, Texturized Protein, Autolyzed Yeast, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Calcium Caseinate. Things that help excitotoxin damage: CoQ10, acetyl-L carnitine, niacinamide, riboflavin, methylcobalamin, and thiamine. Read “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills” by Russell Blaylock

Fluoride – Fluoride is a neurotoxin and should not be consumed by children. Is implicated in thyroid disease, bone disease and arthritis. In the scale of toxicity, fluorides fall between arsenic and lead. Visit

Lead – computer monitors (must be recycled at a designated safe place, a typical 15-inch computer monitor contains 1.5 pounds of lead. Some larger television sets may contain as much as 15 pounds of lead. Lead pipes or copper pipes with lead soldering, brass alloy faucets.

Mercury in fish – Check the EWG’s for the most current information about fish and pollution.

Mercury fillings – this is an easy one. Get fillings removed by a mercury-free dentist specially trained to limit the exposure to mercury during removal. Visit this by state listing of specialty dentists.

Mercury in clothing and other products – button-type batteries, dryer sheets, kid’s light-up shoes, energy-saving and florescent lightbulbs, old thermometers, some oil-based paints, pre-1990 latex paints, flame retardants.

Mercury in light bulbs – the new energy-saving light bulbs on the market contain mercury. Called “compact fluorescent light bulbs” or CFLs, you must dispose of them at a facility that accept toxic waste, as it is illegal to merely throw them out with your household trash. Home Depot has started a recycling program for unbroken CFLs.

Mercury in vaccines –
Despite repeated statements by many agencies and news outlets, there is still mercury (thimerosal) in a number of pediatric vaccines including all shots that contain the tetanus virus and some flu shots. It is also still present in most all adult vaccines.

Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup –
Research by the IATP in 2009 shows a significant level of mercury in products that contain HFCS. HFCS is found in sweetened beverages, sodas, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. In making HFCS, caustic soda is used, among other things, to separate corn starch from the corn kernel. For decades, HFCS has been made using mercury-grade caustic soda produced in industrial chlorine (chlor-alkali) plants. The use of mercury cells to produce caustic soda can contaminate caustic soda, and ultimately HFCS, with mercury. Currently, there is no way a consumer can tell where the HFCS (or any other ingredient) in their processed foods came from, or how it was produced so avoiding all products containing HFCS is the safest course of action.

Please be aware that some honey is now being diluted with HFCS because of the bee shortages. Your safest bet is to buy honey only from a local bee grower and remember, real honey will crystallize, honey with HFCS won’t. A label that says “Pure Honey”, “Organic” or “US Honey” doesn’t mean it’s safe.
Article #1 from about honey and HFCS
Article #2 from about honey and HFCS

Mold – Mold can cause debilitating side effects including asthma, allergies, and chronic illness. Have a professional come in and test all levels of your house.

PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) - Fire retardant chemicals are in beds, pajamas, furniture, sofas, televisions and computers.

Sodium lauryl sulfate - a common inactive ingredient in toothpaste as well as shampoos, skin care and bubble baths. Studies report of allergies and outbreak of canker sores with this ingredient.

Sunscreen – watch out for these bad ingredients: Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3), Micronized Titanium Dioxide, Nano Titanium Dioxide, Nano Zinc Oxide.

Teflon in carpets, clothes and Pots and pans –
no nonstick or aluminum pans – glass, cast iron or stainless only. We're talking about Teflon, Stainmaster, Gore-tex, Silverstone. So if you buy clothing that's coated with Teflon or something else that protects it from dirt and stains, those chemicals can absorb directly through the skin. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, some of the highest C-8 levels were found in children.

Tylenol - shuts down the liver which detoxifies metals and poisons.

Water –
call your local county cooperative extension office (in the blue pages in your phone book) for testing. You are looking for parasites, arsenic, pesticides, lead, nitrate, and coliform bacteria. Well water should be tested every 3 years. Also, check for the rocket fuel contaminant “perchlorate” and organophosphate insecticides.

As you can see, there are many dangerous toxins that are in our everyday lives that can make our children sick. Living “greener” and healthier is the goal. Now that you know the major toxic items to avoid, you are on your way.


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