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What we can learn from lead.

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While you were ignoring the elephant in the room, a zoo moved in.

Just this month the CDC has decided that the current acceptable level for lead in children is too high. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/health&id=8490910 This conclusion comes 40 years after the lead reduction to gasoline and paint.  While lead is regulated in many consumer products, it is still unregulated and widely used in lipstick.  The Environmental Working Group found that 1/3 of the lipstick they tested had lead levels above the FDA limit for candy. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/fashion/28skin.html  This year’s Healthy Child Healthy World’s “Mom on a Mission” has pioneered a feature length documentary highlighting the continuing problem with lead poisoning in children across America.  Watch a trailer of her film, America’s Secret Epidemic, at the following link: America’s Secret Epidemic

If lead is the big grey elephant in the room that has taken over 40 years to establish child safe levels, then we need to open our eyes to the entire zoo which has walking into our homes in the past 40 years without any similar safety levels for children.  Lead is a widely known and studied neurotoxin which has been around since 4000 BC.  Modern chemistry has created a whopping 80,000 chemicals in use here in the US, and the number is continuing to grow.  The EPA’s has had limited ability regulating even the most studied modern chemical toxins, such as Dioxane, Asbestos, or Formaldehyde.

We can not continue to live under the assumption that chemical ingredients are safe until proven harmful.  During the time period that we have let lead go unregulated, countless children and adults have been harmed.  When we are faced now with 80,000 chemicals untested for safety in children, we are not only living with an elephant, but with the entire zoo.  And even though there are a few animals which will prove to be totally harmless and even possibly friendly, don’t close your eyes to the lions, tigers and bears.  For some of these animals can cause fatal harm with only one chance encounter.

The Safe Chemical Act is currently before congress.  This legislation will help keep the zoo animals out of our kitchens and family rooms until they are proven safe.  It aims to place the burden of proof back on manufacturers and strengthen the backbone of government regulators.  I urge you to share this with everyone you know and contact your local representatives to let them know that you want them to support safer chemical regulation starting with The Safe Chemical Act.  To ask your representative for their support of The Safe Chemical Act go to http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6639/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6777.  For information on protecting your family from lead visit: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadpdfe.pdf

To find lead free lipstick visit www.MiBetterChoices.com

For more on the Healthy Child Healthy World Mom on a Mission visit http://healthychild.org/get-involved/mom_on_a_mission/

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Author: Better Choices

I am a mother, wife, dancer who works as an organics and eco-business consultant. My passion is to find healthier, sustainable options in everyday living and share them with others. I believe that individuals can be agents for change in both the quiet privacy of their homes, and in the noisy public forums of communities and the world at large. I created Better Choices to be a positive agent for change, hopefully inspiring others to do the same. I offer education through seminars, blogs, social networking, and private home MiSpa Parties. I provide support to a team of Miessence Independent Representatives who are fulfilling their own goals through building businesses to support a sustainable future.

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