Risk Assessment
Harmful Toys – The Physical Risks
Harmful Toys - The Physical Risks

How can we be sure that the toys we buy for our children are safe?  What sorts of guidelines can we use to minimize risks?  The following article will discuss a few current products that could be present a risk of more than minor harm and provide some guidance on minimizing the risk of harm […]

Sorting Through Conflicting Information—Peer Review
Sorting Through Conflicting Information---Peer Review

For many health topics we read dueling headlines with contradictory advice, like “eat more fish” and “avoid eating fish.”  How can parents sort through this conflicting advice to decide which one to trust? One thing to look for is whether the advice is based upon work that has undergone a “peer review.” Peer review is […]

Lead in Paint & Old Houses – Risks to Kids
Lead in Paint & Old Houses - Risks to Kids

MGR, in Cincinnati, OH asks… Question:  My family and I live in an old house with peeling paint on the exterior. I have a 2 year old and a 6 year old. I’ve tested the pain and it contains lead. There is also lead in the dirt at the base the walls. I do not […]

Why is fluoride added to my drinking water?
Why is fluoride added to my drinking water?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in water and many foods.  In addition, fluoride is intentionally added to the public water supplies, because it has been demonstrated that communities with fluoride added to their water supplies have significantly reduced incidence of tooth decay in children.  Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to the acid formed by […]

To eat or not to eat… Is organic food safer to eat?
To eat or not to eat… Is organic food safer to eat?

Pick just about any newspaper or magazine, and during the course of a year it’s likely that one or more articles will be devoted to the benefits (or lack of benefits) of organic foods and the downsides (or lack of downsides) of “conventionally grown” food – food grown with synthetic pesticides and herbicides.  These articles […]

An Introduction to KIDS + CHEMICAL SAFETY
An Introduction to KIDS + CHEMICAL SAFETY

When most of us think about the word “safe” we usually think it means the same thing as “harmless” or “low risk,” as in “That’s a safe bet!”  But when it comes to chemicals and determining if we and our loved ones are safe, the information and advice can be confusing and sometimes contradictory.  Recall […]

Is it safe? Hazard, Exposure, and Risk
Is it safe? Hazard, Exposure, and Risk

We have all heard the saying “Too much of a good thing.”  This applies to foods, drinks and many kinds of activities.  This saying also applies to chemicals. In fact, all chemicals are toxic at some level – but many chemicals have very high levels that won’t cause any harm.  For example, dihydrogen monoxide1 has many […]

Shedding Light on Compact Flourescent Lamps
Shedding Light on Compact Flourescent Lamps

  What are the different types of household lamps? Incandescent lamps: The most common type of household light bulb.  An electric current passes through a thin filament, heating it and causing it to emit light. Halogen lamps: A modified form of incandescent lamp. They are more expensive to buy but last twice as long. Light […]