sf_bay_area_resourcesFor SF Bay area local resources to help with testing 


  1. 1 Testing your stuff
    1. 1.1 Toxin: Mercury
    2. 1.2 Toxin: Lead
    3. 1.3 Toxin: Aluminum
    4. 1.4 Toxin: Antimony
    5. 1.5 Toxin: Arsenic
    6. 1.6 Toxin: Asbestos
    7. 1.7 Toxin: Bismuth:
    8. 1.8 Toxin: Boric acid, Borates
    9. 1.9 Toxin: Cadmium
    10. 1.10 Cobalt
    11. 1.11 Copper
    12. 1.12 Toxin: Manganese
    13. 1.13 Platinum
    14. 1.14 Toxin: Tungsten 
    15. 1.15 Toxin: Uranium
    16. 1.16 Toxin: PFOA
    17. 1.17 Toxin: Estrogenic chemicals: bisphenol A, Dioxins. PCBs, etc
    18. 1.18 Toxin: PDBE
    19. 1.19 Toxin: formaldehyde
    20. 1.20 Toxin: perc
    21. 1.21 Toxin: Chlorine
    22. 1.22 Air purifier and Indoor Air Quality
    23. 1.23 Outdoor Air Quality
    24. 1.24 MSG
    25. 1.25 Trans-fats vs healthy oils
    26. 1.26 Carcinogens
    27. 1.27 Sunscreen
    28. 1.28 Latex
    29. 1.29 Water bottles, containers, and plastics
    30. 1.30 Bedding
    31. 1.31 Kitchen towels
    32. 1.32 Pesticides
    33. 1.33 BBQ caution
    34. 1.34 Building Remodelwww.buildingforhealth.com books: perscriptions for a healthy housewww.healthyhomeplans.com.  www.saferremodel.com  www.buildingforhealth.com www.ecoproducts.com http://www.environmentalhealth.ca/fall01plan.html book: home planning for health
    35. 1.35 Carpet, upholstrey, furniture
    36. 1.36 Flooring 
    37. 1.37 Organic
    38. 1.38 Water
    39. 1.39 Cleaning- household avoid anything containing alcohol, ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde, acids, lye, bleach, or propellants
    40. 1.40 Personal care avoid anything containing alcohol, ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde, acids, lye, bleach, or propellants
    41. 1.41 Cosmetics
    42. 1.42 Toys
    43. 1.43 Organic gardening
    44. 1.44 Additives to avoid
    45. 1.45 Cookware
    46. 1.46 Serveware and dishes
    47. 1.47 Bags - lead free
    48. 1.48 Sedation
    49. 1.49 Medicine Cabinet
    50. 1.50 Traveling
    51. 1.51 EMF
    52. 1.52 Vaccines
    53. 1.53 Other
  2. 2 Other- more
  3. 3 Vitamins and supplements – where to buy

Testing your stuff

www.heavymetalstest.com home kit for heavy metal testing, $10 per test in a ten pack
www.enviroprolabs.com lab that tests for metals and also other environmental toxins 
www.leadcheck.com/metal-summary.shtml test kits for mercury, cadmium, arsenic, etc
http://www.getipm.com/products/toxicology.htm  testing for soil, etc
testing in your home with a portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device www.thesmartmama.com  and http://www.leadfreeoc.com/ 
Nominate toys to be tested www.healthytoys.org

Toxin: Mercury

"how to clean up a home mercury spill"
 Broken mercury thermometers account for 10% of the SF Bay's mercury pollution. http://temp.sfgov.org/sfenvironment/facts/mercury.htm  Quick, before you experience a mercury spill - please place any old mercury thermometers or flourescent bulbs (!) that you own into a sealable plastic bags and label them "Mercury - hazardous waste" and dispose of them as explained below. Now you can read the rest of this just in case a neighbor or friend has a home mercury spill :-) If you break a mercury thermometer or flourescent bulb anyway, here's what to do... Evaculate the house (pets and people). Note: if any of the clothing came in contact with the mercury, remove it and place it in a sealable plastic bag labeled hazardous waste. “Lower the temperature by turning down the thermostat to less than 72 degrees F. The cooler the temperature, the less mercury vapors will be released into the air. Mercury vapors are odorless and colorless” Seal off the other rooms if possible and turn off any fans that would take the vapors to other parts of the house. “VENTILATE THE ROOM WITH THE SPILL TO THE OUTDOORS by opening windows and any exterior doors. Place fans, facing out, in open windows or doors to speed up ventilation” Wear gloves, disposable clothing, goggles (if available), and remove any metal jewelry. Pick up the mercury beads using tape, medicine droppers, syringes, cardboard ie index cards. Place all mercury into a sealable plastic bag and label the bag “Mercury – hazardous waste.” Dispose of anything that touches the mercury in a double sealed ziplock bag and label the bag “Mercury – hazardous waste.” Take the hazardous waste to your local hazardous disposal location (in the phone book under waste management or call IDEM 1-800-988-7901 or www.greenlight-recycling.com ). Keep the house evaculated for 48 hours following the spill, this will give the mercury vapors time to disapate. If any mercury spilled on carpeting or other porous surface, remove the surface and dispose of in a bag labeled “Mercury – hazardous waste.” Take a shower and dispose of your clothes. Take the hazardous waste to your local hazardous disposal location.

Never ever use a vacumn cleaner or a broom on mercury spills, it will just spread the contamination. “Never use household cleaning products because they may react violently with the mercury, releasing toxic gases.”

Sources: http://www.uspharmacist.com/index.asp?show=article&page=8_1235.htm  http://www.altcorp.com/DentalInformation/homemenace.htm http://www.deliciousorganics.com/Controversies/mercury.htm  http://www.newmoa.org/Newmoa/htdocs/prevention/mercury/smallspills.doc  

High Fructose Corn Syrup can be high in mercury http://www.ehjournal.net/content/8/1/2 

Coal is high in mercury
www.nwf.org search on "mercury products guide"
www.epa.gov/region01/steward/neeat/mercury/invent.html in a healthcare environment
www.sustainablehospitals.org  see mercury and other toxins
http://www.sustainablehospitals.org/HTMLSrc/IP_mercury_removelabs.html#table1 must see table of thimerosal tradenames
http://www.h2e-online.org/tools/merc-item.htm very good page of links to mercury containing items`and how to avoid

http://www.fda.gov/cder/fdama/mercury300.htm Mercury in Drug and Biologic Products

batteries (most contain nickel, cadmium, and mercury)
www.healthy.net search mercury
www.scitoys.com old mirrors (1900) contain mercury, maybe it leeches out as the edges lose their silver?
Before 1990 mercury was added to latex paint as a fungicide. It was removed from latex paint because it released 2-3 mcg/m3 into the room air.

3M Tartan flooring used widely in the US in public buildings, schools, gymnasia, etc. from approximately 1950 through the early 1970's contains mercury as a stabilizer and with aging and mechanical damage, the mercury can escape as mercury vapor.

www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm  Pigments, neon sculpture, lustre glazes, old clock pendulums, old mirror backing, thermometers

www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/02-10.pdf  The mercury compounds used to coat the back of old mirrors can break down to drops of free mercury that can collect in the edges of old mirror frames. This mercury can also off-gas toxic fumes

dilation drops used for eye exams may contain mercury (thimerisol)- read the package insert!

http://www.organicgardening.com/feature/0,7518,s1-4-55-453,00.html avoid paints that contain mercury compounds as fungicides. These are often sold as "bathroom paint" or "kitchen paint." ... can be emitted as the paint dries

http://mercuryexposure.org/index.php?page_id=29  long list of mercury containing items

Contact Lens Solution Fabric Softeners SEAFOOD Calomel (Talc) Cinnabar (Jewelry) Cosmetics (Mascara) Wood Preservatives Floor Waxes/ Polishes Coal Burning Plants

"SALT LAKE CITY - Mercury-laden clouds from gold mine smokestacks near Elko, Nev., are floating east and could pose a health threat and damage the ecology of the Great Salt Lake. The mines account for as much as 11 percent of total Mercury emissions in the United States."

www.fda.gov/cder/fdama/mercury300.htm Mercury in Drug and Biologic Products as of 1998 and updated 2004 includes nasal sprays and Ophthalmic Ointment

And more than you wanted to know about mercury in the sf bay area... 
http://www.ice.ucdavis.edu/hg/default.htm  mercury pollution in northern california http://www.ice.ucdavis.edu/hg/hgproblem.html  
www.smartlifeforum.org/felixletter/issue123.htm  http://www.dartmouth.edu/~toxmetal/TXSHhg.shtml 
http://www.mindat.org/loc-8175.html  redwood city cinnabar 
www.treatycouncil.org/MercuryReportLoRez1.pdf  Stulsaft Park, just south of the San Francisco Bay, in Redwood City. 
http://www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov/public/   search on zipcodes where your children live or attend school...

In some: Aalgaecides, antiseptics, battery manufacturing, body powders, burning newspapers and building materials, calomel lotions, cereals,  diuretics, felt, floor waxes, fungicides, germicides, grains, industrial waste, insecticides, laxatives, lumber, manufacture of paper and chlorine, medications, mercurochrome, paper products, photoengraving, polluted water, psoriasis ointment, sewage disposal, soft contact lens solution, suppositories, tanning leather, tatooing, water (contaminated), wood preservatives www.detoxamin.com/index.asp?pgid=88

In some: Adhesives, air conditioner filters, all fish, batteries, calomel body powders, cinnabar (jewelry), cosmetics, dental amalgams, drinking water, external salves, fabric softeners, fertilizer, floor wax, hemorrhoid supplements, laxatives, paints/pigments, pesticides, processed foods. seafood/seawater, skin lightening creams, thimerosal (vaccines and more), wood preservatives  (from The power or RNA by Yasko/Gordon)

http://www.ehponline.org/press/022806.html Careless replacement of older gas regulators can result in household mercury contamination... units made before 1961 contained an average of 2 teaspoons of elemental mercury and were often installed in basements. When these older units are replaced, the mercury can spill onto the floor, and residents can inhale the mercury vapor



Mercury vapor meters are rented by

Toxin: Lead

Leather couches http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/03/05/testing-berkeley-homes-for-hazards-what-we-found/ "Surprisingly almost all leather couches and chairs contained high lead levels — around 1,800 ppm.  For lead, 90 ppm is the upper limit mandated by Federal law.  The painted pine antique collection from one home also showed extreme high levels of lead. This family had already tested these antiques with a lead testing kit purchased from the hardware store, but that test yielded no findings"

Older computers, appliances, anything electrical with a cord, (pre 2005 ?) all have lead, contact office depot, staples, or your local disposal place for safe disposal...we don't want this in our water supply or ground. You can ask the manufacturer of any new product that you buy to tell you their california "proposition 65" warning and also supplier specification and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) or IT ECO Declarations for the product. For example, HP explains here  "as subject to this specification, the concentration of lead (Pb) in the PVC coating (outer jacket) of any PVC coated cable, wire or cord must not exceed 300 parts per million (ppm) by weight. 2.2 All PVC coated cables, wires and cords present in any of the following parts, components and products are subject to this specification 2.2.1 Computer mouse, roller ball, and joystick cords 2.2.2 Computer peripheral wires and cables, AC adapter cords, interface cables and PCMCIA card cords for portable computers or portable peripheral devices 2.2.3 Computer peripheral wires and cables designed to plug into portable devices, computers and the front of desktop computers (e.g., USB cords) 2.2.4 Computer speaker cords used with portable computers 2.2.5 Computer power/patch/pin cords designed to plug into front of desktop computers 2.2.6 External CD/DVD and tape drives for portable computers 2.2.7 Laptop and notebook computer cords 2.2.8 USB, FireWire, telephone, LANand other cables, wires and cords "

Lead crystal should also be avoided as even after one hour, a significant of lead may leech into acidic food or drink.

Use a lead test kit (from a hardware/home improvement store) to test: Lead test kits have a stated level of sensitivity, some tests are more sensitive than others. 
- your child's lunch box
- bath tub
- drinking water (please give your kids filtered water to drink)
- any ceramic container used to store food or soap 
- paint inside
- soil that they play with/dig in, esp if near a place that may have had a painted structure pre-1970's - think old buildings and old playsets

lead in telephone cords pubmed 

Turmeric may be adulterated with lead chromate 
http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?/topic/112120-turmeric/  see the posts near the bottom

http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/state/15089804.htm "...Asian products decorated with lead paint are increasingly being sold in America. In recent years, products ranging from Chinese toys to Indian jewelry have been pulled from U.S. department store shelves because they contained dangerous levels of lead."

www.illuminations.com candles with lead-free wicks
http://www.ourlittleplace.com/article4.html Inhabitants of homes in which lead wick candles are burned could be exposed to substantial incremental quantities of lead which, if continued on a regular basis would pose a significantly high risk to health, especially among children."  

Coal is high in lead

http://www.naugatuckglass.com/mirror.htm mirrors can have lead in the backing, this site offers lead free mirrors

www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm Don't eat or drink from ceramic ware or lead crystal unless lab tests show that items such as cups, casseroles, and pitchers do not leach lead or any other metal into food. Low-fired ware may leach metals such as lead or boron into your food. in Ceramic glazes, glass, solder, art paint, ink, casting / welding alloys, paint removal

www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/02-10.pdf Beware of lead in items such as sculptures, stained glass windows, food cans, and old bullets. Lead corrodes rapidly forming a white powder that is easily inhaled, ingested, or trapped in clothing. Ceramics may have been covered with lead glazes. Damaged glazes can break up into flakes or powder that can be inhaled or ingested.

http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1997/7/97.07.05.x.html in the U.S., the major sources of lead exposure culpability have shifted from gasoline to paint and water distribution systems and fixtures.Exposure of children can also be the result of lead in household dust while there are obvious sources of lead in homes, such as peeling and other non-intact lead paint, there are also some not so obvious sources as well. Dust in homes can contain lead from lead painted surfaces that rub against each other. Windows and doors are a large source of this type of lead dust. This dust has been danger to children who play in the dust and put things in their mouth. Other lead exposure can result from sources such as toys, furniture, and older linoleum. It may be found in tableware as diverse as: ceramic dishes, bean pots, crystal, pewter, brass and enamel metal-ware. certain types of glazed and pewter dinnerware, and lead paint decorated drinking glasses. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set strict limits for the lead content on products made or sold in the United States. China and lead crystal can leach dangerous amounts of lead into food....lead can come from foods grown in soils with a high lead content. Lead compounds were also once used as insecticides for certain fruits and vegetables. Lead has also contaminated foods from improper canning procedures, cooking foods in cans with soldered seams, and serving foods in plates or containers that contain lead or have lead containing coatings on their surfaces...Tap water can be contaminated by lead pipes, copper pipes with lead solder or bronze and brass faucets contaminating lead

Lead can be high in mexican candy wrappers or candy - esp if chili powder is an ingredient. Search the internet for current status on this as California has passed sronger legislation to disallow these products.


http://www.danasview.net/metals.htm See this site too!

"food accounts for 55 to 85 percent of a person's lead exposure. " lead solder in cans banned...some comes from industrial pollution released into soil and water and then enters our food chain...Inorganic lead is used in battery manufacturing and reclaimation, radiator repair, printing, firing ranges, copper smelting, paint manufacture, plastics and rubber industry....Soil as far as 10 ft from a building may be lead contaminated...Lead levels higher in water in morning after water has sat in pipes all night...Natural Detoxification by Krohn & Taylor

Some calcium supplements are high in lead , see consumer lab report

Do you live near a high traffic road?

Lead solder...banned...but still may be used in some plumbing

Lead flashing for roofs or bathroom floors, lead headed roof nails, red layer on the bottom of old linoleum tiles, some cast figures, stained glass, older pewter ware, older lead weights, piston engine aviation fuel, some hair colorings - ie grecian formula, lead arsenate was an agricultural pesticide previously esp for apples wine tobacco...Hair Test Interpretation by Cutler

plaster, newsprint, ceramic glaze, some herbal sources ie herbs from China, even modern faucets have lead containing joints Health and Nutrition Secrets by Blaylock

Cheap "silver" appearance children's jewelry may be lead contaminated. Vinyl blind dust may contain.

I noticed at a local store that there was a whole shelf of products with a warning label (state of california....lead warning). They were all red glazed ceramic. One was a container for dish soap, another a container for large cooking utensils, etc. I had bought the matching style blue ceramic dish soap container a week earlier. It tested OK, but I replaced it with an all glass one. I try to test everything now. I am at least glad that the state of California has a labeling law...but some stores just state at the entrance "products in this store may contain lead levels etc" and that rather defeats the purpose!

Some door handles, plumbing faucets, plumbing handles, will test high for lead. Ironically it often seems that the more expensive models are more apt to test high.

Excellent spread sheet on lead sources and alternatives http://www.turi.org/content/content/download/2716/26616/file/Lead%20use%20prioritization%20matrix%20-%20all%20uses%2010_21_05.xls.

Ash,battery manufacturing, coal combustion, colored inks, eating utensils, electroplating, household dust, glass production, hair dyes, industrial emissions, lead pipes, liver, mascara, metal polish, milk, newsprint, organ meats, paint, pencils, pesticides, produce near roads, rain water, refineries, smelters, snow,  tobacco, toys (esp if PVC) www.detoxamin.com/index.asp?pgid=88

auto exhaust, bone meal, car batteries/tires/brakes, ceramics, cigarette smoke/filters, cookware/utensils, drinking and rain water, lead shot, mascara, cosmetics (esp marcara), milk, newsprint, colored print, organ meats, paint/solvents, painted glassware, stained glass, pencils, pesticides. plumbing, processed foods, putty, pvc containers, toothpaste, wine, beer (from The power or RNA by Yasko/Gordon)

Paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found: In homes in the city, country, or suburbs. In apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing. Inside and outside of the house. In soil around a home. (Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint, or other sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars.) Household dust. (Dust can pick up lead from deteriorating lead-based paint or from soil tracked into a home.) Drinking water. Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder. Call your local health department or water supplier to find out about testing your water. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling your water will not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might have lead in it: Use only cold water for drinking and cooking. Run water for 15 to 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if you have not used your water for a few hours. The job. If you work with lead, you could bring it home on your hands or clothes. Shower and change clothes before coming home. Launder your work clothes separately from the rest of your family's clothes. Old painted toys and furniture. Food and liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain. Lead smelters or other industries that release lead into the air. Hobbies that use lead, such as making pottery or stained glass, or refinishing furniture. Folk remedies that contain lead, such as "greta" and "azarcon" used to treat an upset stomach.

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/113-10/ss.html#lead lead in cocoa ...most contamination occurs during shipping or processing of the beans and in manufacturing. Further research on those stages of the process will help to isolate the source.

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2004/112-14/forum.html#swee California and FDA officials have also found lead in a common ingredient in many Mexican candies--chili powder. Several potential contamination sources have been suggested: soil residue from fields, air-drying or storage where the chilies can accumulate dust from exhaust emissions, metal particles accumulated during the grinding process, and drying over open petrochemical fires...candies--specifically certain ones made in Mexico--may also be a source of toxic lead

Best prevention: http://www.checblog.org/2006/10/tip_18_get_the_lead_out_wash_y.html 
Wash your hands well

Fertilizers made from recycled industrial byproducts and waste may contain heavy metals, including lead. 

Lead can be especially high in soil near highways and busy streets due to leaded gasoline emissions before 1995. Soil around homes painted....Contaminated soil can also be tracked indoors and deposited on carpets and floors, where children may come into contact with it....Vinyl deteriorates in sunlight, releasing lead used as a “binder” for the pigment in some mini-blinds
Lead used in the inks used on plastic bags
Candles with metallic wicks or wick-cores (that stand up straight) may contain lead, which can be inhaled when the candle is burned

http://www.checblog.org/2006/09/tip_1_keep_keys_from_kids_1.html many keys, even brass keys, contain lead



lead testing in your home with a portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device www.thesmartmama.com

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/pbvitami.html check lead levels in vitamins

Toxin: Aluminum

Cookie sheets and muffin tins and pie "tins" are generally aluminum. If you use aluminum (NOT non stick – as non stick can release toxic fumes) then please use parchment paper. Better yet, use stainless steel bakeware or glass or enameled steel

With aluminum cookware, avoid cooking acidic foods (ie anything with fruit, including lemon and tomato) or even flouridated water (ie city Tap water may contain flouride) as these will leech aluminum faster into the food. Note: buy all tomato products fresh or in GLASS jars (not in cans). 
Read more here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?itool=abstractplus&db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=abstractplus&list_uids=7712341

Some processed foods are cooked in aluminum vats.

A small amount of Al was found to have leached from coupons during preparation of tea. Tea leaves, were found to be a rich source of Al and a maximum of 2.2% Al is extracted in tea infusions. ...Baking powder was found to be a rich source of Al ... (25 g). Toothpaste also contains a significant quantity of Al, more so, when packed in Al tubes

Migration of aluminum (Al) from packaging materials and cooking utensils into foods and beverages was determined at intervals during cooking or during storage by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy. High amounts of Al migrated into acidic products such as mashed tomatoes during normal processing in normal, non-coated Al pans. After 60 min cooking an Al content of 10-15 mg/kg was measured in tomato sauce. Surprisingly, the Al concentration was also increased up to 2.6 mg/L after boiling tap water for 15 min in Al pans. Storage of Coca-Cola in internally lacquered Al cans resulted in Al levels below 0.25 mg/L. In contrast, non-coated Al camping bottles containing lime blossom tea acidified with lemon juice released up to 7 mg Al/L within 5 days.

Very small or undetectable levels of aluminium leached from packaging materials into foodstuffs. In boiling tests with neutral porridge no migration of aluminium into the test matrix was observed from the pan. When boiling milk, the leaching of aluminium was 0.2-0.8 mg/kg. The aluminium content of tap water in aluminium pans when reaching boiling point was 0.54-4.3 mg/l and increased with increasing boiling time to 6.3-17 mg/l. Aluminium dissolved in foods based on acidic fruit juice rose to levels of 2.9-35 mg/kg when the foods were boiled in aluminium pans. Steaming of currant berries in an aluminium vessel gave aluminium concentrations of 19-77 mg/kg in the resulting juice. The highest aluminium concentration of 170 mg/kg was measured in rhubarb juice prepared in the steaming vessel....

May be used as a preservative in vaccines. (as Aluminum hydroxide )

Also in aluminum foil and in the lining of some juice boxes. Look for aluminum-free baking powder, too. In most deoderant too. Look for aluminum free baking powder! Aluminum is in many beverage/food cans (esp the cans with rounded edges), tap water may contain, cooking and serving utensils may contain, some cosmetics, some toothpastes.

Weston A Price foundation states that soy is high in aluminum www.westonaprice.org/soy/index.html as does the book www.thewholesoystory.com

Some teas contain aluminum www.mercola.com/forms/tea_extract.htm 

Greger, J. L. (1992). Dietary and other sources of aluminium intake. Ciba Found. Symp., 169, 26–35; Discussion 35–49.

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 53706, USA.

Aluminium in the food supply comes from natural sources including water, food additives, and contamination by aluminium utensils and containers. Most unprocessed foods, except for certain herbs and tea leaves, contain low (< 5 micrograms Al/g) levels of aluminium. Thus most adults consume 1–10 mg aluminium daily from natural sources. Cooking in aluminium containers often results in statistically significant, but not practically important, increases in the aluminium content of foods. Intake of aluminium from food additives varies greatly (0 to 95 mg Al daily) among residents in North America, with the median intake for adults being about 24 mg daily. Generally, the intake of aluminium from foods is less than 1% of that consumed by individuals using aluminium-containing pharmaceuticals. Currently the real scientific question is not the amount of aluminium in foods but the availability of the aluminium in foods and the sensitivity of some population groups to aluminium. Several dietary factors, including citrate, may affect the absorption of aluminium. Aluminium contamination of soy-based formulae when fed to premature infants with impaired kidney function and aluminium contamination of components of parenteral solutions (i.e. albumin, calcium and phosphorus salts) are of concern.

PMID: 1490425, UI: 93145766

2. Koo, W. W., Kaplan, L. A., Krug–Wispe, S. K. (Mar.–Apr. 1988). Aluminum contamination of infant formulas. J. Parenter. Enteral. Nutr. (JPEN), 12 (2), 170–173.

Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

This study aims to determine the extent of aluminum (Al) contamination in whole milk, milk formulas, and other nutrient products commonly used for infants. Similar products from different manufacturers and different lots were measured for Al using electrothermal atomic absorption technique. Aluminum measurements were made directly from the samples or after reconstitution or dilution with Al-free water. Aluminum content was lowest (less than 50 micrograms/liter) in human milk, whole cow milk, and products that appear to require minimal manufacture processing and have few additives such as skim milk, cow milk with 2% fat, bottled glucose water, and sterile water. Highest Al levels (up to 2346 micrograms/liter) were found in highly processed and modified formulas including soy formula, preterm infant formula, and formulas for specific metabolic disorders. Aluminum content of humanized cow milk formula and bottled glucose–electrolyte solution were between the two ranges and usually less than 400 micrograms/liter. There were no significant differences in Al content of similar products from different manufacturers. Liquid formula stored in glass bottles has highest Al content compared to that stored in steel cans or powder preparation of the same product (p less than 0.05). Thus there are marked differences in Al loading depending on the type of formula, whether it is a powder or liquid preparation and the type of storage container. We speculate that raw materials such as soybean, additives such as calcium and phosphorus, manufacturing processes and storage containers are potential sources of contamination of infant formulas.

PMID: 3361685, UI: 88200505

Tri-calcium phosphate is made from bone ash; the synthetic (cheaper) version of bone ash is made from aluminum.

Salt *may* contain aluminum, read more here http://www.curezone.com/foods/saltcure.asp and http://www.curezone.com/foods/salt/understanding_salt_and_sodium.htm

More on aluminum http://www.heavymetalstest.com/aluminium.php Sodium aluminium phosphate is a food emulsifier in processed cheese. Potassium alum is used to whiten flour (bleached flour), and sodium silocoaluminate and/or aluminium calcium silicate are added to common table salt to help it run freely and not cake.

Aluminum is in some: antacids, auto exhaust, ceramic, pottery, cigarette smoke, cookware, utensils, dental amalgams, drinking water, external salves, food color additives, kaopectate, milk, nasal sprays, pesticides, toothpaste, vanilla powder (from The power or RNA by Yasko/Gordon)

animal feed, aspirin, auto exhaust, beer, cheese, construction materials, cosmetics, drying agents, dust, insulated wiring, medicinal compounds, pollution  

“natural” deodorant, lotions and hair spray, soaps, beverage cans, lipstick, pickles, aluminum foil, baking powder,, aluminum door handles.

http://www.causeof.org/salt.htm Table salt sometimes contains additive elements such as aluminum silicate...aluminum silicate, a substance found in non-dairy creamers and nonprescription antidiarrheal medications...

Aluminum silicate in common table Salt, water softener


http://www.danasview.net/metals.htm See this site too!

Toxin: Antimony

www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm in Pigments, glass / glaze / enamel ingredient, solder / brazing metals, fire retardant

As a "required by law"  flame retardant: in most mattresses (see bedding) , children's sleepwear (use organic cotton long johns instead - from hanna or sleepwear that says: "Wear snug fitting, not flame retardant"), and carpeting 

Fragrance in lotions, colognes, eye liner, mascara, cosmetics, Noxema skin cream, after-shave lotion, soap and other body products such as baby oil. It is used in a wide variety of alloys, especially with lead in battery plates, semiconductor devices

antimony is used as a catalyst in the production of plastic bottles. Despite it’s role solely as a facilitator of a chemical reaction, there’s always a minuscule bit of antimony that is left over in the resulting bottle.http://www.fooducate.com/blog/2010/03/08/whats-that-poison-in-your-juice-antimony/

Toxin: Arsenic

Although residential use of a common arsenic-based wood preservative was phased out in 2003, new research indicates that leaching from products treated with it could impact soils and groundwater for decades to come. http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2005/dec/science/kc_arsenic.html 

Arsenic treated wood even contaminates the soil/ground near where it used to sit, even after the wood itself is removed. It was commonly used in playgrounds for years.

As a "required by law"  flame retardant: in most mattresses (see bedding) , children's sleepwear (use organic cotton long johns instead - from hanna or sleepwear that says: "Wear snug fitting, not flame retardant"), and carpeting

In some, but not all, rice and rice products.

In some, but not all, chicken..because chickens are often fed grain laced with arsenic. Organic chicken is the safest.

www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm in Stained glass and enamel opacifier, old pigments, historic specimen and taxidermy preservative

Some seafood contains arsenic (depending on it's source).

Some drinking water, depending on where you live, naturally contains arsenic. 

Ferns take up arsenic from soil...
Because the fern accumulates 90 percent of the arsenic in its fronds and stems, the strategy would be to grow the plant on toxic sites, then harvest the fronds and stems -- its "above-ground biomass"

Pesticides (esp. ant/roach products)
Auto exhaust
Colored chalk
Glass manufacturing
Paint pigments, solvents
Wallpaper, plaster
Weed killers
Well water
Wine, beer
(from The power or RNA by Yasko/Gordon)

Burning of arsenate treated building materials, coal combustion

 “treated” carpets and furniture (for stain resistance),  various alloys.

www.ewg.org/arsenickit/ test your playground at home or school

Toxin: Asbestos

Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:  

STEAM PIPES, BOILERS, and FURNACE DUCTS insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. These materials may release asbestos fibers if damaged, repaired, or removed improperly. 

RESILIENT FLOOR TILES (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on VINYL SHEET FLOORING, and ADHESIVES used for installing floor tile. Sanding tiles can release fibers. So may scraping or sanding the backing of sheet flooring during removal. 

CEMENT SHEET, MILLBOARD, and PAPER used as insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves. Repairing or removing appliances may release asbestos fibers. So may cutting, tearing, sanding, drilling, or sawing insulation. 

DOOR GASKETS in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves. Worn seals can release asbestos fibers during use. 

SOUNDPROOFING OR DECORATIVE MATERIAL sprayed on walls and ceilings. Loose, crumbly, or water-damaged material may release fibers. So will sanding, drilling, or scraping the material. 

PATCHING AND JOINT COMPOUNDS for walls and ceilings, and TEXTURED PAINTS. Sanding, scraping, or drilling these surfaces may release asbestos. 

ASBESTOS CEMENT ROOFING, SHINGLES, and SIDING. These products are not likely to release asbestos fibers unless sawed, dilled, or cut. 

ARTIFICIAL ASHES AND EMBERS sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces. Also, other older household products such as FIREPROOF GLOVES, STOVE-TOP PADS, IRONING BOARD COVERS, and certain HAIRDRYERS. 


Where Asbestos Hazards May Be Found In The Home 
Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement. 

Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation. 

Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977. 

Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos. 

Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds. 

Walls and floors around woodburning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets. 

Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives. 

Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape. 

Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.

Furnace insulation, Clothes dryer belt, hair blower, paint on radiators

Used also for fireproofing, electrical insulation, building materials, brake linings, and chemical filters


Toxin: Bismuth:

In many cosmetics ie blush, foundation, lipstick. Also in ceramic glazes that have a blue or yellow hue.

has replaced toxic lead in many applications such as plumbing, bullets, birdshot, metal alloys, soldering, and other applications. Bismuth compounds are used in stomach-upset medicines (hence the trademarked name Pepto-Bismol), treatment of stomach ulcers, soothing creams, and cosmetics...Bismuth replaces lead in some ceramic glazes and paints

Causes gene expression/growth problems in rats

Toxin: Boric acid, Borates

www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm  in Wood preservative, glass / glaze / enamel ingredient, solder fluxes, fire retardant, pesticide

Toxin: Cadmium

See discussion in the Lead section under computers and electrical products

Cadmium is also used in many paints, pigments, and inks. So anything painted or printed, especially (I think) with bright yellows and blues. You can ask the manufacturer for their California proposition 65 warning, or their MSDS.

NiCd batteries contain cadmium

www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm Middle range and high-fired pottery may leach other metals such as barium and lithium. Colored wares may leach colorant metals such as cadmium, cobalt and manganese. in Paint / ink pigments, stained glaze / enamel / glass ingredient, jewelry solders

cigarette smoke 
dental prosthetics
bleached flour
drinking water
fountain type soft drinks
organ meats
paint pigment, solvents
polyvinyl plastics
processed foods
rubber carpet backing
silver polish
well water
(from The power or RNA by Yasko/Gordon)

Airborne industrial contaminants, candy, copper refineries, copper alloys, food from contaminated soil, fungicides, incineration of tires / rubber / plastic, instant coffee, iron roofs, kidney, liver, marijuana, processed meat, evaporated milk, motor oil, oysters, pesticides, galvanized pipes, processed foods, refined grains / flours cereals, rubber, sewage, smelters, soft water, solders (including in food cans), tobacco, tools, vapor lamps, welding metal www.detoxamin.com/index.asp?pgid=88

http://www.ehponline.org/members/2006/9028/9028.html a widespread nephrotoxic pollutant—via food and tobacco smoking


Cadmium is a toxic and carcinogenic nonessential metal released from mining, smelting, battery manufacturing, and coal burning. Among other routes, humans are exposed to cadmium by smoking cigarettes and eating contaminated seafood or plants grown in contaminated soil.

http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2001/109-4/forum.html#food sewage sludge can pick up agricultural, roadway, and industrial contaminants via runoff--contaminants such as cadmium, which can cause major human health problems when it enters the food chain through plants grown in soil treated with the fertilizer... chiefly the application of cadmium-contaminated phosphate fertilizers, certain animal manures, sewage effluents, sewage sludge, and composted biosolids. Cadmium, like other metals, binds strongly to soil particles and persists indefinitely in the environment...

http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2006/114-6/ss.html#putt cadmium is retained mainly in the kidneys. Exposure mostly comes from cereals, vegetables, shellfish, and tobacco, all of which absorb cadmium. Some cadmium occurs naturally, and more is released in industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust....

Fruit juices, soft drinks, etc. in contact with cadmium plated vessels or equipment. Cadmium contaminated water and shell-fish

http://www.danasview.net/metals.htm See this site too!


www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm Middle range and high-fired pottery may leach other metals such as barium and lithium. Colored wares may leach colorant metals such as cadmium, cobalt and manganese. in Paint / ink pigments, stained glaze / enamel / glass ingredient, jewelry solders



acidic liquids in copper vessel
animal & industrial waste
copper cookware & utensils
dental prosthetics
drinking water (copper plumbing)
ice makers (if copper tubing)
copper pumbing (which we all have, so filter your water!)
seafood, seawater
swimming pools
supplements (will list on label)
wine, beer
(from The power or RNA by Yasko/Gordon)

For foods high in copper see http://www.nutritiondata.com  use the tool for nutrient search, hi in copper, by 100gram serving

synthetic foods dyes. Copper sulfate algaecide in pools & hot tubs may be absorbed through the skin

Note: your body needs a certain amount of copper http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnutrition/mineralprimer.html, but many of our kids have a zinc copper imbalance and need more zinc and less copper

Flouride can act as a neurotoxin also. 
Americans get fluoride from fluoridated water (which is also likely used to steep the tea), toothpastes, Teflon-coated cookware, some wines and sparkling mineral waters and chewing tobacco

Flouride occurs naturally in green tea and is not affected by the growing process (other than soil makeup) though you should drink organic anyway to avoid the DDT
The fluoride in green tea is calcium flouride and the flouride in toothpaste, water and similar unnatural addings, are natrium flouride. http://www.naturalchoice.net/articles/flouride.htm 
the youngest tea leaves contain the least fluoride, so the fluoride content of white tea is likely to be less than green tea

Rodent studies show excess fluoride in the water leads to oxidative stress, DNA damage and apoptosis.

Fluoride content in tea and its relationship with tea quality. J Agric Food Chem. 2004 Jul 14;52(14):4472-6. Department of Tea Science, Zhejiang University, 268 Kaixuan Road, Hangzhou 310027, People's Republic of China

And some studies of animals and humans have linked ingestion of fluoride in drinking water to an increased risk of a osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. ...In an effort to settle the controversy, the National Academy of Sciences is reviewing the toxicity of fluoride in a report due out in 2006

in tea 

Body Ecology Diet's brand new Green Tea Extract contains virtually no fluoride

http://www.enviroblog.org/2007/08/ask-ewg-what-can-i-do-about-fl.htm good discussion of fluoride in our water

To help your teeth repair and stengthen naturally see this info on Weston A Price and this and also a helpful book is "Cure Tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel available from Amazon orwww.curetoothdecay.com  this

See Water section for filters to remove from drinking supply

Hexavalent chromium
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060223/NEWS11/60223006 Hexavalent chromium, the chemical featured in the 2000 movie Erin Brockovich, is used in chrome plating, stainless steel welding and the production of chromate pigments and dyes.

Toxin: Manganese

www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm  in Glaze / glass / enamel ingredient, clay colorant, welding fume, paint pigments


http://www.danasview.net/metals.htm  jewelry, fertilizers, high-octane gasoline, explosives, and nitric acid

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=2586359 The fact that catalytic converters emit platinum into the environment is well known. Other possible sources such as plastics, fertilizers or tyres are being considered. However, the detectable concentrations of platinum in the environment are higher than those calculated from experiments with isolated engines testing these emissions. Another possible source of platinum is effluents from hospitals which contain platinum from excreted anti-neoplastic drugs, cisplatin and carboplatin. The concentration of platinum in the sewage...

http://www.eoearth.org/article/Platinum In the United States, the only mines producing platinum group metals (PGM) are in what geologists call the Stillwater Complex of Montana...Significant amounts of platinum are recovered annually through recycling
...exhaust passes through the catalytic converter that contains platinum and iridium

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=9779&tid=282&cid=987&ct=162 in recent surface sediments in Boston Harbor up to five times local pre-industrial sediment concentrations. ... The researchers say the most likely source of these enrichments is the use of automobile catalytic converters, as well as some waste from the chemical, jewelry, electrical, medical and dental industries entering the Harbor through the sewage system


http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19426051.200-earths-natural-wealth-an-audit.html grime and litter they sweep up off the streets is laced with traces of platinum, one of the world's rarest and most expensive metals. The catalytic converters that keep exhaust pollutants from cars, trucks and buses down to an acceptable level all use platinum, and over the years it is slowly but steadily lost through these vehicles' exhaust pipes. Prichard, a geologist at the University of Cardiff in the UK, reckons that tonnes of the stuff is being sprayed out onto the world's streets and highways every year,

Book: Air Quality Guidelines for Europe By World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization
Platinum in road dust enters the food chain

http://www.articlesbase.com/finance-articles/platinum-and-its-uses-242804.html platinum is also being used in electronic devices like iPods and computer hard discs. Asian manufacturers are using the metal to create flat-panel glass in computer and television screens

http://www.nd.edu/~ndmag/w2001-02/grit.html as the converters age, they expel tiny amounts of the very materials that make them work...These catalysts aren't supposed to go out the tailpipe, but as a converters ages, tiny amounts of them do...

Biocompatibility of Dental Materials By Gottfried Schmalz  in bridges and gold dental materials, foils

From "hair test interpretation" by Andrew Hall Cutler: absorption only likely when present as a salt or something special dissolves it. Does not corrode or dissolve in most acids. also used in surgical implants

HEPA auto air purifier http://www.foustco.com/airpurifiers.html

Toxin: Tungsten 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tungsten Tungsten is also in Lamp Filaments, contact in tungsten bar sintering 
http://www.itia.org.uk/  The main use of tungsten (in the form of tungsten carbide) is in the manufacture of cemented carbide
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/clusters/Fallon/faq-tungsten.htm Tungsten is a naturally occurring steel-gray to tin-white metal or fine powder that comes from more than 20 different tungsten-bearing minerals. It is used primarily to increase the toughness and strength of steel and to make filaments for electric lighting and electron tubes such as TV and radio tubes. People can be exposed to tungsten through both natural processes and human industrial activities. Trace amounts are found in seawater, and very small concentrations are present in the atmosphere. Large amounts of dust can be released into the air from industries that make tungsten.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts186.html  good FAQs, Other tungsten compounds are used in ceramic pigments, as fire retardant coatings for fabrics, and as color-resistant dyes for fabrics...Urban air generally contains more tungsten than rural air. Tungsten metal and metal alloys occur in consumer products such as electronics, light bulb filaments, cemented tungsten carbide grinding wheels, carbide tipped tools...residents of the European Community, beverages significantly contributed to the total dietary intake of tungsten. The average concentration of tungsten in beverages ranged from 0.31 to 7.4 micrograms per liter of water ..
http://www.waterquality.crc.org.au/hsarch/HS29a.htm  Residents were found to have elevated exposure to both arsenic and tungsten through local drinking water supplies, and possibly other environmental sources.

http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/TUM_VAN/TUNGSTEN_symbol_W_atomic_weight.html used as a mordant in dyeing and  calico printing, and also for making textiles non-inflammable

From "hair test interpretation" by Andrew Hall Cutler: welding fumes, fabric that is fireproofed, filaments and heaters in scientific apparatus, etc

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/of03-019/of03-019.pdf military firing ranges are converting to tungsten bullets in response to environmental concerns

Other sources; Corroded electric water heater rods, toaster, hair curler, electric frying pans, tea kettles, all electrically heated devices.

http://store.yahoo.com/annieappleseedproject/treeschilleu.html   cancer clusters

http://www.danasview.net/metals.htm See this site too!

Toxin: Uranium

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/garden/24granite.html granite can emit radiation at low levels and radon

http://wjllope.rice.edu/saxumsubluceo/LLOPE_StoneRadRn.pdf uranium On average, we receive about 360 mrem per year (0.04 mrem/hr) from natural and man-made sources. The natural sources include radon emanating from the soil around our homes and the cosmic rays entering our atmosphere from space. Man-made sources include dental and medical X-rays, and appliances such as television sets and smoke detectors. Flying on a commercial airplane results in approximately 1 mrem per 1000 miles travelled, so every round trip from New York to Los Angeles results in about 6 mrem
of additional exposure. Sleeping next to another person for 8 hours per night results in
approximately 2 mrem per year due to the natural levels of radioactive potassium in our
bodies. People that work in Grand Central Station in New York City are exposed to 120
mrem/year from the high Uranium content in the granite walls. Brazil nuts have 1000
times the radioactivity of most foods due to their radium content. So, we live in a world
filled with radiation

Toxin: PFOA

www.thegreenguide.com "when heated, the fluoropolymers used in Teflon degrade into several undesirable substances including trifluoroacetate (TFA), a substance highly toxic to plants, and perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA), used in Teflon and Gore-Tex and formerly released from Scotchgard"

PFOA stands for perfluorooctanoic acid, a synthetic (man-made) chemical that does not occur naturally in the environment. PFOA is sometimes called "C8." Companies use PFOA to make fluoropolymers, substances with special properties that have thousands of important manufacturing and industrial applications. Consumer products made with fluoropolymers include non-stick cookware, and breathable, all-weather clothing. These products are not PFOA, however.



Toxin: Estrogenic chemicals: bisphenol A, Dioxins. PCBs, etc

www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm  (partial source) www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/chem4.asp

Bisphenol A, in some epoxy resins, other plastics, and in flame retardants, also in the plastic resin lining of many canned foods, and in baby bottles, plastic water bottles, dental sealants...

http://www.enviroblog.org/2008/04/cheatsheet-bisphenol-a-bpa.htm limit canned foods, Ditch your polycarbonate water bottles in favor of a stainless steel bottle

phthalate - in plastics, nail polish, perfumes, toothbrushes, pesticides, paint, Plastic shower curtains; vinyl flooring; food packaging and cling wraps; air fresheners, and the coating on time-release pills

To reduce phthalates in the body: vacumn frequently with a hepa vacumn and also run a hepa air filter. 

http://www.enviroblog.org/2008/05/cheatsheet-phthalates.htm don't put hot food into any plastic container

From Mark Schauss presentation on http://www.carbonbased.com/modules/mydownloads/ at AutismOne 2005 Di-ethyl phthalate: Toothbrushes, auto parts, tools, toys, food packaging, insecticides, mosquito repellents, aspirin and volatile components of cosmetics -- perfumes, nail polishes and hair sprays. 
Di-n-butyl phthalate: Cellulose plastics, solvents for dyes, solvents for cosmetics (i.e., nail polish), food wrap, perfumes, skin emollients, hair spray, insect repellents. 
Benzyl butyl phthalate: Plasticizers in adhesives, PVC flooring, wood finishes, biodegradable tampon ejectors

Dioxins and PCBs which contaminate some dyes and pigments, in waste oils, in old electric equipment (e.g., transformers and fluorescent light ballasts), or which are used to mount slides in art conservation (Arochlor),

Nonyl phenol, octyl phenol and their derivatives, found in epoxy resins, some latex paints, and special detergents and

Tung oil, found in many varnishes, coatings and inks

"As many as half of all new breast cancers may be foisted upon woman by pollutants in the environment, triggered by such items as bisphenol-A lining tin cans or radiation from early mammograms, according to a review of recent science by two breast cancer groups." "Bisphenol-A, originally developed as a synthetic hormone in the 1930s,
today is used as an additive to make plastic shatterproof and to extend the shelf-life of canned goods. Nearly 6 billion pounds are produced annually."

adipates and phthalates (pronounced "tha-lates"), used to soften PVC can leak out into foods. The risk of leaching is especially high with fatty foods and at higher temperatures 
look for the #3 or the letters "PVC,"

Plastics (even plastic wrap) contain dioxin that is more easily transferred  with heat (ie microwaving) or extended storage. And since it is more easily transfered to fatty foods. 
http://www.mercola.com/2003/apr/16/food_storage.htm .

So it is best to use glass, Corning Ware or ceramic containers for heating food or long term storage or fatty foods. 

Phthalates (pronounced THAY-lates) are petroleum-derived plasticizers that are used to make PVC plastic soft and pliable and to release synthetic fragrances into the air. .. found in shower curtains, toys, food wraps, fingernail polish, air fresheners and even hair sprays. They leach out of the product, so we inhale or ingest them if we eat foods stored in PVC containers or plastic wraps. also found in household furnishings such as flooring, furniture and countertops...Some food-storage products have less toxic materials. Choose containers labeled with recycling codes 2, 4 or 5. They still have phthalates but not as much as other plastic containers. Some plastic wraps are phthalate-free, including Glad Cling Wrap, Saran Cling Plus and Best Yet Clear Plastic Wrap. If the product says "stretchy" or "flexible," it probably contains phthalates. When purchasing household cleaners, read the labels and choose cleaners that specifically list plant-essential oils. Those do not contain phthalates.

PCBs are mixtures of man-made chemicals with similar chemical structures. PCBs can range from oily liquids to waxy solids. Due to their non-flammability, chemical stability, high boiling point and electrical insulating properties, PCBs were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications including electrical, heat transfer, and hydraulic equipment; as plasticizers in paints, plastics and rubber products; in pigments, dyes and carbonless copy paper and many other applications. More than 1.5 billion pounds of PCBs were manufactured in the United States prior to cessation of production in 1977.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health_medical/article1523035.ece ... phthalates - found in
objects and everyday products all around us. They are in plastic, carpets,fabric, make-up, food packaging, perfume, cosmetics, milk, vegetables,pesticides and sun cream. Known as endocrine disrupters,...may result in hypospadias ...Items such as footwear, electrical cables and stationery, as well asmedical devices such as tubing and blood bags. The larger-molecule varietyis what gives flexibility to some vinyl flooring and children's toys. Thesmaller-molecule type serves as a fixative for perfumes to slowevaporation and help the scent to linger. Nail varnishes, adhesives andsafety glass gain more supple textures thanks to phthalates

Toxin: PDBE

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).= flame retardant
Upholstered furniture, mattresses, carpets, plastic casings around electronics might contain...
To avoid dispersing Brominated Flame Retardants:
Well ventilated
Dust covers
Turn off electronics that are not in use. Standby mode maintains temperatures that can result in continuous offgassing

http://www.enviroblog.org/2007/09/7-ways-to-reduce-your-exposure.htm Avoid contact with decaying or crumbling foam sold 2005 or earlier, choose PBDE-free electronics. Replace couches, stuffed chairs, automobile seats and the like that have exposed foam

Toxin: PVC
PVC free yoga mats: eco-Yoga mats www.organicauthority.com 

http://www.thegreenguide.com/reports/product.mhtml?id=65  Companies that have gone PVC-free include Brio, Ikea, Lego, Primetime Playthings, Early Start, Sassy and Tiny Love. Greenpeace's 2003 "report card" on toy manufacturers and retailers also provides a list of companies that do and do not use PVC

Toxin: formaldehyde

in foam rubber
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formalde.html Sources of formaldehyde in the home include building materials, smoking, household products, and the use of un-vented, fuel-burning appliances, like gas stoves or kerosene space heaters..., it is used to add permanent-press qualities to clothing and draperies, as a component of glues and adhesives, and as a preservative in some paints and coating products....most significant sources of formaldehyde are likely to be pressed wood products made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins. Pressed wood products made for indoor use include: particleboard (used as sub-flooring and shelving and in cabinetry and furniture); hardwood plywood paneling (used for decorative wall covering and used in cabinets and furniture); and medium density fiberboard (used for drawer fronts, cabinets, and furniture tops). Medium density fiberboard contains a higher resin-to-wood ratio than any other UF pressed wood product and is generally recognized as being the highest formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood product. Other pressed wood products, such as softwood plywood and flake or oriented strandboard, are produced for exterior construction use and contain the dark, or red/black-colored phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resin. Although formaldehyde is present in both types of resins, pressed woods that contain PF resin generally emit formaldehyde at considerably lower rates than those containing UF resin.

Clean walls with vodka to remove scents and formadehyde

In nail polish remover

Toxin: perc

http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/ppc/cleaner_near_you_north.htm wet cleaning (instead of dry cleaners)




Toxin: polyurethane when reacting to an agent like sweat




Toxin: Combustion byproducts (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitrous oxide) 
any appliance running on gas or natural gas

Toxin: xylene
Markers containing this can cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, and balance and breathing problems



Toxin: Mold 
If you suspect moisture is coming into the house from the crawl space, cover the bottom of the floor joists with Tyvek, a building wrapping paper. This will breath but will also block much of the moisture from entering the house.

If you have condensation inside of the house (on the inside of the window panes) then consider changing your single pane windows to double pane. If you decide to do this, then be aware that a "retrofit" window installation of double pane windows will likely use your "old" frames (the .25 to .5 inches of metal next to the walls), which may have mildew on them. If the frames have mildew, use a mildew remover such as TBD (not bleach unless area is WELL ventilated. and if the mildew and dirt are stubbornly not coming off (often because the frames have old cracking paint too) then use a wire brush. They sell wire brushes at the hardware store in the cleaning dept or in the barbeque dept.

http://www.landofvos.com/articles/NutNutrition.html safe storage of nuts - avoid mold

Vent all bathrooms and dryers, cooktops. All vents must be vented to the outside, not into a crawlspace or attic!

http://moldrecovery.blogspot.com/p/where-do-i-begin.html I used to buying petrie dishes (mold test kits) and setting those out first. But there are relatively inexpensive dust tests that are much more accurate now. We did air sampling - We sampled air only in my son's bedroom and they measured outside so they could compare. I had suspected the bedroom because of a faint mold smell and also some replaced floor boards and ceiling patching that indicated a past water damage repair. The faint smell left after replacing the windows and also the window sills in three rooms. Then I did the testing which gave us the all clear. So we don't have remediation experience. 

Try hydrogen peroxide that works for me. Or a paste from oxyclean (in laundry dept) which is what I use on our deck with some scrubbing. Also checkout the new uv wands. Costco apparently sells. I have one from gaiim. . 

http://moldrecovery.blogspot.com/p/where-do-i-begin.html Great tips: Olive Leaf Extract, Pau d'arco, Garlic, and Grapefruit Seed Extract are a few of the natural anti-fungals.
The importance of mold remediation is talked about in the Old Testament. It is clear in Leviticus 14 that mold is hazardous
Add borax and/or white vinegar and/or baking soda to your laundry. These are all excellent anti-fungal agents.
Chlorine bleach will not kill the toxins produced by mold. In fact, the chlorine makes the toxins more lipid soluble. The toxins then penetrate the skin more readily.
Ventilate your home whenever possible. If you have an opportunity to open a window even for an hour it is healthy. Stagnant air is like stagnant water.
In 1999 the Mayo Clinic released a study implicating fungus as the primary cause of chronic sinus infections. 96% of those studied showed high counts of mold spores in their nasal passages.
Do not ignore any water intrusion in your home.
WHERE DO I BEGIN? You suspect mold in your home. Someone in your family has symptoms that baffle doctors. Where do you start? Here are some suggestionsTreatment options: There are a wide variety of treatment options for mold exposure. Here is an overview to provide a starting point for further research. If I must leave a contaminated environment, what can I take with me? What must I leave behind? What can be cleaned? Some thoughts, based on our experience, here

http://www.concrobium.com/ see this product - looks interesting

Some people use those very hot steam machines in the bathroom areas. But they add moisture too.

My son is sensitive to the toxic smell of mold. We had two incidents of turning pale and throwing up. Anyway, now we also run two www.foustco.com  air purifiers (with hepa filters). 

UVC Germicidal lights can kill mold spores on contact. But they contain mercury. Google UVC bulb and Mercury. Also these lights are highly damaging to look at (eyesight can be lost). 


Airfree air sterilizer looks interesting- it heats the air to sterilize, no fan, no maintenance
www.alwaysbrilliant.com has an interesting closet "heater" $49

"Even a little movement in air quickens evaporation," ....existing mold? combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle wait 12 hours....

Google "rising damp"

www.stopmold.com us nationwide mold detection and remediation, uses dogs that detect the mold, good articles

http://www.stopmold.com/don_t_finish_your_basement.php Dens-Armor Plus by Georgia-Pacific, a fiberglass-faced gypsum board with no mold-friendly nutrition source for the mold to grow.....Johns Manville makes a Formaldehyde-Free fiberglass batt insulation that is great for families concerned about indoor air quality. You’ll know you’ve found it because it is white, fluffy and encased in plastic...Ceramic tile is the preferred choice. ... Pergo, as with all laminate flooring, is made by taking fiberboard planks with decorative laminate sheeting around it. The fiberboard inside is a favorite on the menu mold likes to eat from most. If you insist on carpet don’t overspend, seal the slab with an epoxy-based concrete floor sealer, use no carpet padding, and install Dri-Core (www.dricore.com ) or Sub-Flor (www.subflor.com ) raised-floor systems on the slab.

http://www.secretofthieves.com/thieves-diffuser.cfm use thieves oil in a "dry" oil dispenser . I have some of this and it is a good blend. Because of the cost, I bought 
ingredient oils from mountain rose herbs to use. I am very sensitive to some 
mold/mildew. I am not able to stay long in places where I can smell 
mold/mildew either. I learned about it first from Dr John Hicks and his wife 
Betsy (website is pathways to wellness - a DAN practice). They use it 
topically as a preventative. I also diffuse into the air during flu...

http://www.thegreenguide.com/blog/tow/1772?source=email_gg_20080910&email=gg  Undiluted white vinegar kills 82 percent of mold strains...resilient mold colonies, ...two teaspoons of tea tree oil and two cups of water...

For SF Bay area local resources to help with mold testing and remediation see SF Bay area resources

www.iaqcouncil.org American Indoor Air Quality Council
www.iaqa.org Indoor air quality assn


www.dri-eaz.com see articles on remediation

A very interesting idea for mold remediation - used in Katrina http://dld123.com/q&a/index.php?cid=905 CM (cultured molasses), EM (Effective Microorganisms), http://www.gobeyondorganic.com/

http://www.allergybuyersclub.com/solution-mold.html?psysVid=08czz5k7 mold solution products 

Be careful with re-usable water bottles/canteens that they do not develop a red film inside - which I guess may be yeast after reading this articlehttp://www.nbc4i.com/target4/2191190/detail.html 

Clean mold off of nonpermeable surfaces using vinegar - the acetic acid will kill mold. For permeable surfaces I have only found that lots of sunshine + hat water washing helps. Do the sunshine first - can take days of sunshine. Do not leave outside at night at the moisture from the morning dew and humidility at night will regenerate the mold.


http://www.survivingmold.com/store1/online-screening-test One test to see if mold is affecting someone is the VCS test 

See also bedding section.

Toxin: Chlorine

Before swimming:
oil up (ie coconut oil) - to help protect the skin

After swimming:
Mag sulfate cream
Lemons in water (drink) or lemon oil to soles of the feet

Air purifier and Indoor Air Quality

We use www.foustco.com 's hepa air purifiers ...they are all metal (no plastic) and are recommended for MCS patients (with multiple chemical sensitivities)
See also, mold section

http://www.aeha.ca/focus-help-with-allergies.htm ideas for cleaner air inside your home, esp use of candles

Trane CleanEffects (whole house filter)

If construction/remodeling: make sure that the air return ducts to the HVAC system that point to the part of the building still under construction are CLOSED/BLOCKED. And here is a great tip from http://www.immuneweb.org/articles/healthyhome.html "After construction is complete - everything caulked and painted - allow the house to air out for at least 2-3 weeks (preferably 4 weeks) with all windows open and fans running. Most building materials when newly installed, off gas various VOCs, and other chemicals. This airing out period will allow much of these pollutants to off gas and be vented away before you move in. In addition they will be less likely to adsorb into and onto the interior surfaces and off gas later."

Proper Ventilation is very important ...see books by  John Bower for example Healthy House Building for the new Millennium(many are out of print but worth finding). Here are some  articleshttp://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC35/Bower.htm http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/housingandclothing/DK7284.html

Walls and flooring that are offgassing may need to be sealed with AMF Safecoat if either has a high VOC finish. Or re-painting? See this article http://www.afmsafecoat.com/Tokyo.html 

Here are the tips related to best choice of crayons and art supplies http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc.mhtml?i=116&s=artsupplies 

Any new furniture that has a finish with an odor or that is made of particle board can he placed outside in the sun for several days to help it outgas. The particle board can also be sealed with AMF Safecoat. http://www.ehcd.com/websteen/sealing.htm  http://dld123.com/q&a/index.php?cid=674

No chemical pesticides should be used, or chemical weed killers (even Roundup is a problem). This is VERY IMPORTANT. See Pesticides

Please don't use aerosol products , especially not air fresheners

Anything with any odor at all should (ideally) be stored either in an air tight box and only taken out when needed or it can be stored in a locked shed outside. Any chemicals (chemical based cleaners, solvents, or petroleum products - gas oil etc should be stored in a locked shed outside). A good way to check is to place the item in a tightly sealed container for 48 hours, open and then quickly take a whiff - if it smells chemical - it's outgassing something.

Ask people to refrain from using fragrance, including scented hair spray and lotion. You can call it a Fragrance Free zone.

Use natural cleaners - this can make a very big difference.

Many times things that are new and soft plastic will outgas. Leave these things outside or in your garage for several months if possible to outgas. Even newly dry cleaned clothes will outgas chemicals.

Plants can help - see book How to Grow Fresh Air by Woverton http://dld123.com/q&a/index.php?cid=366 

If there are soft goods like blankets or pillows around, these can outgas also, occasionally tumble in the dryer on high for 20 min, this will help outgas and also will help chase away dust mites, too. Also, Presoaking washable bedding in a solution of water with eucalyptus oil will eliminate dust mites.

Heat treatment can help. For details about how to heat treat see http://www.precisionenv.com/dry_heat.shtml  http://www.thermapure.com/geyer_paper.php  This is also discussed in Debra Lynn Dadd's excellent book - Home Safe Home, she calls it "Bake out" ...and recommends it for VOCs in both new construction and sick buildings.

There is also another air purifier that is special for VOCs called the GC VOC http://www.healthgoods.com/Shopping/Indoor_Air_Quality_Products/IQAir_GC_Series_Air_Cleaner.asp 

Check that Radon and Carbon Monoxide levels are safe.

Also, volcanic rock is sold in net bags and it absorbs toxins from the air. You activate it with occasional doses of sunshine. This is similar to the way that zeolite works in the body.

http://dld123.com/debraslist/list.php?topic=Air  Very helpful site, and author http://dld123.com/q&a/index.php?cid=674 

book: prescriptions for a healthy house, a practical guide for architects, builders, and homeowners

If you have a forced air HVAC (heating or air conditioning) be sure that a clean and high quality filter is in place. Often it is possible to use filters in several places: the intake, the furnace, and the individual room vents. Use the highest quality filters available. The activated charcoal filters are good for removing many things (but not formaldehyde) and they are able to work with almost any forced air system  http://filters-now.com/. If you need to remove even more VOCs, including Formaldehyde you need a filter with a specially treated carbon, like Activated Alumina, here is one OdorGuard Plus http://www.dmarkinc.com/p4.htm however such a filter would require an HVAC engineer to access the fan motor power requirements.
It is also helpful to occasionally open the windows, to change out the air in the building (unless your building already uses a balanced fresh air intake system)). It is best to do this when the air is cleanest outside, for example in the middle of the night.
It is also possible to make a safe room - using Dennyfoil to seal the walls www.foustco.com this approach is used in extreme MCS cases.

http://www.drrapp.com/products.html  helpful books

See also on this page Mold , EMF and all of the Toxins discussed in sections above - all can affect indoor air quality

Outdoor Air Quality

Check daily air-quality levels at www.epa.gov/airnow/where/

Check ozone levels http://lungaction.org/reports/stateoftheair2005.html


Carrageenan is made from seaweed and usually contains enough free glutamate to cause reactions. http://www.notmilk.com/carrageenan.html  Xanthan gum is another no-no; and the other gums also likely add some additional glutamate

From:  http://www.allfoodbusiness.com/food_additives_preservatives.php  www.enabling.org/ia/celiac/al/acln9604.html  http://www.zoeticzone.com/p/articles/mi_m0876/is_n54/ai_9252151 

 http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nutrition.categories.allergens.index.html#1  fries are clear of "added" msg, but meat patty has gluten! Here are fries ingredients (nothing healthy here): Potatoes, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavor (beef source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (to preserve natural color). Cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated corn oil and/or partially hydrogenated canola oil and/or cottonseed oil and/or sunflower oil and/or corn oil). all the hydrogenated oil is bad news though, and the natural flavor (beef source) is suspect.

here is a new site - looks helpful http://www.eklhad.net/manage-amines.html

I have been researching/trying to figure out a good strategy for excitotoxins. We need to be aware of what an excitotoxin is and how to avoid triggers with our kids. But we can't avoid all glutamic acid, and aspatic acid. We CAN avoid all MSG proper though -but it's super hard. Making food at home from scratch is the best bet...(no I don't do that, just try as much as possible). Here are some sites to help explain more:

http://www.healthfullivingsf.com/Newsletter/Newsletter5.html great article by Julie Matthews http://www.autismanswer.com/articles/yasko/role_of_excitotoxins.html  The Role of Excitotoxins in Autistic Type Behavior by Dr. Amy A. Yasko

Books: Excitotoxins, the taste that kills and MSG Myth 
www.truthinlabeling.org  long lists of high processed free glutamic acid items

www.nutritiondata.com  lists the amounts of glutamic acid and aspartic acid in foods.

www.dogtorj.com  has a section on recommended food for people who are trying to avoid high levels of glutamate and aspartate

Trans-fats vs healthy oils

Can buy Grapeseed oil from some Persian grocery stores in half gallon containers  
www.tropicaltraditions.com sells sesame oil and coconut oils in larger sizes 


See the excellent article on grilling meats at this link, marinade, reduce flareups, cook at a lower heat...


We use California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen, which relies on titanium dioxide for UV protection, and is benzophenone-free, PABA free, GFCF and salicylate free. But it does leave a bit of "white" on your face

I only put it on him when I think that he'll be in the direct sun for longer than an hour. If he's at the park and spending lots of time in the play structure, etc then I don't apply it. I agree with the idea that more chemicals on your skin can ultimately lead to more cancers. I myself had a squamous cell skin cancer on my face - on a birthmark ...But I fully believe it was because it was a time in my life when I was heavily using one of the original flip phone/cell phones that would become actually hot to touch after you talked for a while. I always held the phone right over the area that developed the cancer.

Here are the calif baby ingredients: Active Ingredients: Micronized Titanium Dioxide

Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Coconut Fatty Acid:alkylbenzoate (moisturizer), Silicone, Cyclomeythicone (water repellant), Vegetable Glycerin, Dipolydycocystearate (works to emulsify), Candelilla Wax (Protects against moisture loss), Vitamin E (Antioxidant), Coconut Oil infused w/Gardenia flowers, Squalane (from olive oil), Proprietary Aromatherapy Essential Oil's(Lavender,Lemongrass&other essen.oils), Japanese Green Tea (anti-oxidant), Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate), Vitamin B Complex Factor, Panthenol, Allantoin, Magnesium Stearate, Ethyl And Propylparaben (food grade preservative, anti-bacterial)

It was recommended by the greenguide, that's where I learned about it and other sunscreens. Here is a quote from an article http://thegreenguide.com/doc.mhtml?i=103&s=deodorants:  Choose zinc oxide, which is safe. Unlike such chemicals as benzophenone, which easily permeates skin, mineral UVA/UVB blocks such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide lie on top of the skin and are not absorbed. Some better blocks: lists Zinc Oxide Ointment (no parabens), etc.... best active ingredients titanium dioxide or zinc oxide

Another helpful link

BirchTrees Daily Guard http://www.birchtrees.com  "no titanium"

www.uvnaturalusa.com  zinc based formula with Grapeseed and Green Tea Extract etc. New Beginnings now carries the Sport Version that offers SPF30+ protection plus its waterproof for those that have kids who love the water. Call.... www.nbnus.com note: contains Zinc Oxide NDM which one site says is Zinc Oxide (and) Dimethicone.

Skin Deep Cosmetics Report http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep2 is very helpful!!!

Keys Soap Solar http://www.keys-soap.com is titanium free

Great article http://www.seventhgeneration.com/making_difference/newsletter_article.php?article=472&issue=72 now we have to worry about nano and microlized zinc oxide and titanium...basically these



''Lavera'' www.lavera-usa.com  


may be a problem for some people...in balloons, gloves, etc. I brought 2 dozen latex balloons filled with helium in my car and the odor was VERY strong.

http://www.allergybuyersclubshopping.com/latex-foam-pillows.html?psysVid=08czz5k7 good Q&A ...Foam pillows are not recommended for people who have multiple chemical sensitivities. While most of our testers could not detect an odor, a couple said they smelled a slight sweet odor. To eliminate this odor, simply remove the cotton cover and air the pillow out for a few days before using it. ...Latex foam pillows have many inter-connecting air channels for excellent air circulation. Foam rubber is a sterile, hygienic product (which normally does not require washing). The pillow cover can be removed and washed separately. If the latex foam pillow needs washing, use a lukewarm solution of mild soap and water. Dry at room temperature away from heat and light. Never place in mechanical home dryer.

Water bottles, containers, and plastics

Look for denser water bottles. Don't reuse a water bottle that was only manufactured for one time use because it is #1 and the plastic particles can leech into the water. 
Don't put distilled water into plastic, because the distiller water is mineral free and will try to pull more stuff from the plastic into the water?

http://www.environmentalobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=77083 Smart Plastics Guide.

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_4_35/ai_n13592298 alkaline water

Plastic and foods http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/articles-detail.asp?Main_ID=188

"klean kanteen"  www.greenfeet.com is great because it is #304 electropolished steel, comes with an optional stainless steel cap, is tested to be toxin-free and nonleaching, dishwasher safe, guaranteed for life, read more at www.kleankanteen.com  www.reusablebags.com  also REI carries

small stainless steel "bento" style boxes available at oriental grocery stores and some camping shops

amazing article - getting away from plastic http://mindfully.org/Plastic/Alternatives/Alternatives-Plastic-Goettlich3aug05.htm

PH of the body - if your body is acidic then Calcium will be released from the bones into your blood. Maintain blood sugar level to stop acid. Ph should shift during the day. Breathing exercise 10x in the morning.

Planes flying overhead = Jet fuel solvent exposure


flame retardants

http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2006/jan/science/kb_dechlorane.html U.S. Great Lakes have detected significant quantities of Dechlorane Plus ... persistent, bioaccumulative, and potentially toxic. Dechlorane Plus is used for coating electrical wires and cables and in computer connectors and plastic roofing material



all mattresses are susceptible to mold and mildew if they become wet and the moisture becomes trapped in the mattress. If your child sweats or wets the bed, it is critical that you use a waterproof mattress cover so that the mattress will not become wet or use an absorbant cover and wash the cover frequently. It is also recommended to air your mattress (all types) in the sun several times a year. According to http://www.consumersearch.com/www/house_and_home/mattresses/fullstory.html , “Some experts even recommend buying a new one every seven years for hygiene sake, which isn't a bad idea considering the average sleeper secretes half a liter of perspiration a night, and up to double that when ill.”. No mater what type of mattress that your child sleeps on, it should be turned regularly, and occasionally aired out (left for a day in a well ventilated area with no covering. Even a futon mattress needs this type of care, according to  Australian Consumers' Association: “You need to keep the (futon) fillings well-ventilated and fluffed-up, and they must be turned regularly to avoid mildew…”

http://janices.com/  organic cotton pillows and more. Recommended!


Here is a site that describes foil or plastic wrap for baby mattresses. http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/print.asp?fetch=babycare I guess foil is ok to sleep on, but not ok to cover your food with? hmmm maybe it's not great to sleep on...because as moisture/sweat happens then it conducts down to the foil and ...boy this stuff is confounding...someone else needs to chime in here!
Also, on the arsenic and antimony yahoo list there is mention often of a "baby safe" barrier cloth that is popular with parents on the list.

Rubber mattress from www.lifekind.com are great...several mom's have/recommend, the did get a prescription from their DAN! Doctor to have no fire retardant.

For a waterproof shield, one mom bought the Babe Safe plastic cover that they use for cribs to prevent SIDS (it is plastic but is supposed to let off less fumes than regular plastic). It does make a little noise when he moves around but it doesn't seem to bother him. This cover is really to wrap a crib mattress, but I just lay it on top of his twin mattress.http://www.thediaperlady.com/BabeSafe.htm  On top of that, add a flannel mattress cover from www.lifekind.com

Basic organic sheets from www.gaiam.com  (pretty much the cheapest I have found)

A really soft organic cotton blanket from www.ecobaby.com or www.gaiam.com 

A good site to check out for buying is http://dld123.com/debraslist/list.php?topic=Textiles#L00698 ., its a site by Debra Lynn Dodd, the woman who wrote Home Safe Home.http://www.debraslist.com/specialty.php?subtopic=Beds%20and%20Bedding

Special foods (with a strong environmental set of recommendations) sells mylar to cover beds etc. Caution, I believe that if you decide to wrap a mattress you should only wrap the sides and the top, leave the bottom to breathe- else the little bit of humidity in the mattress will be trapped and may grow mold.  http://www.specialfoods.com/helpful_items.html here is a web page about mylar http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/encyclopedia/M/My/Mylar.htm
You can also buy denny foil from www.foustco.com and metal tape too. You can call foustco and ask them about the mattress wrapping idea.
If you do want to wrap a mattress, I believe that it should be a brand new mattress and the humidity should be low when you wrap it.
Meanwhile, I still like the air mattess (select comfort). When we bought ours I was pregnant and super sensitive to smells - I couldn't even be in an office supply store. Anyway, the select comfort mattress was perfect for me then and still has been good. We use (non organic, water resistent mattress pads). So far so good.

See the helpful article here that discusses mattresses (among other things) http://www.insidebayarea.com/bodyburden/ci_2603026 

According to this article and according to the greenguide, Ikea foam and latex mattresses are pdbe free...But not all of our kids will sleep well on latex......maybe foam is ok though.

As for me, we have a select comfort - but it is an air mattress with a cover. and there are some report of mildew on select comfort mattress..not many reports, but a few. One person who reported went on to become or was a university professor in an environmental area of research. He believes that the mold on his daughter's mattress was because she went to bed with long wet hair every night. and there was a heater vent under her mattress (I hope I'm recalling this faithfully). Anyway, what I like about the select comfort mattress is that you can open it up and check every so often and air it out, etc.

I found lots of references on organic cotton sites that explained how easily an organic cotton mattress could mildew also, because we perspire at night (an don't even realize) so the trick is that ALL mattresses benefit from the following: 
1) being aired out in the sun (or germicidal uv light) to kill mold etc

2) having a cover over the top or top and sides - at least a wool or organic cotton or something barrier between you and the mattress...ideally more than just one thin sheet
3) should be rotated now and then
4) NOT being covered on ALL sides with any sort of vapor barrier - because this would "lock in" the moisture and over time would encourage the mattress to mildew. ALL mattresses carry some amount of moisture -even straight from the factory. 

BTW - wool has some concerns related to where the sheep are raised. ie new zealand has lots of volcano's etc. Well it seems that no where is completely clean anymore. You get the idea.

Here is some more info (I've been gathering info for our book) 
Most commercial mattresses include at least some flame-resistant material. However, there are alternatives like untreated organic cotton mattresses or futons that are available with a prescription. Also, some manufacturers use a different chemical (ie borate powder) to make their mattresses flame resistant. For example, as of 2004, SelectComfort’s air based mattresses did not include antimony. And as of 2005, White Lotus Futin uses no antimony. With a doctor’s perscription, you can order a completely untreated organic cotton mattress from Nirvana Safe Haven ( www.nontoxic.com ) or Royal Pedic ( www.royal-pedic.com ) or www.abundantearth.com 
 or www.whitelotus.net  . Phoenix Organic www.phoenixorganics.com  sells an organic cotton and pure grow wool mattress that does not contain flame retardants and is naturally flame resistant according to their website. Vivètique Sleep Systemswww.vivetique.com  also offer untreated organic cotton mattresses with a perscription and naturally flame resistant untreated organic cotton and wool mattresses without a perscription. All cotton or wool mattresses and pillows are generally HEAVIER to carry than their synthetic alternatives.

http://makura.com buckwheat pillows with organic buckwheat, good Q&A - I want one for me :-)

www.allergybuyersclub.com latex pillows, silk towels, Airfree P1000 and Platinum P2000 air sterilizers - NEW TECHNOLOGY! These air sterilizers use heat to incinerate mold spores, bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Totally silent, no ozone and maintenance free! Airfree air sterilizers are suitable for single room use up to 550 sq. feet. Eliminates up to 90% of airborne microorganisms , aquasana water whole house filter,

http://www.coyuchi.com/about/storelocator.html#online more bedding stores online 

Cotton Batting with Boric Acid http://www.natbat.com/docs/boron.htm

www.daxstores.com see Vivetique mattress and the Pacific rim bed frame  and see also www.gogreenisland.com

www.simplybunkbeds.com hardwood bed frames

www.thefutonshop.com/  hardwood bed frames and organic mattresses

Kitchen towels

http://www.ahappyplanet.com/ahpstore/house/organic%20kitchen%20towels.html 8 +
http://www.hankettes.com/qs/product/8/149/23407/0/0 10 made in canada 
http://www.powerbandits.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=94 10 



www.foodnews.org in produce
http://www.mercola.com/2000/dec/24/chemicals_pop.htm persistent organic polutants

Ants? Use soapy water or citrus oil & water as a spray. 




Here is a very helpful termite faq site http://dld123.com/q&a/index.php?cid=54 
Debra Lynn Dadd's excellent book - home safe home -discussions some screens and other preventative measures. The product mentioned above in the Q the one used in australia - is boric acid based. She also says just to call around and ask local termite companies for their non toxic termite approaches. ...prefer boric acid (
Timborhttp://www.epestsupply.com/Termiteinfo.htm ) based or no chemicals at all be used.

This site says that http://www.pesticidereform.org/article.php?id=140  Prevent termites by creating an eight inch buffer zone between soil or vegetation and all wooden parts of the building, fixing leaks, and eliminating hiding places such as shrubs. Non-chemical treatments include using natural predators and natural termite diseases. Many pest control companies offer heat, cold, electrical and borate treatment alternatives to toxic fumigation

beneficial nematodes  could work... one person said she used them along a fence with success. 
http://www.biconet.com/arbico/biotermiticide.html can be useful for subterranean termites, but not a guarantee

www.termiteprotectiontreatment.com interesting termite mesh

http://termites.tamu.edu/publications.html many ideas/publications

...Heating an entire structure or selected area to 120 degrees Fahrenheit will destroy termites and their eggs. ...Freeze them. Pumping liquid nitrogen through tiny holes drilled into infested wood will also eliminate termites. ...Tallon Termite and Pest Control in Redondo Beach, California has been using the Blizzard System to freeze termites since 1988. ...Microwave treatments involve a machine that looks like an oven without the door and essentially "cooks" the termites. It is used to treat unexposed areas, like walls or a stucco column. ...Shock theme. The electrogun is a hand-held device with a 90,000-volt electric current that penetrates wood to electrocute termites. ...Oil them. Oil made from orange peels can kill termites on contact. The oil is injected into wood timbers or, if wood is unpainted, applied topically to soak in. Not only is it effective, but it smells good too. CONTACT: Pesticide Education Center, (415)391-8511, pec@igc.apc.org; Ecola Services (electrogun and microwave treatments), www.ecolater mite.com; Tallon Termite and Pest Control (freezing, orange oil, heating and microwave treatments), (310)376-0249

http://www.getipm.com/articles/letters/terpene_d-limonene.htm Caution, if you sign a company up to come freeze your termites, be sure that you completely understand and document any and all chemicals that they plan to use on site. One family had severve raection to the orange oil based persticide

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA333878 good overview

good overview

Alternative termite soil treatments include termite baiting, stainless steel mesh, or basaltic sand.

Bracelet that keeps flying insects aways - "Bugoff" by Stinger citronella

http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/news/seventh-generation-guide-safe-pest-control Repair broken screens, holes and cracks in foundations and eaves, and poorly sealed doors and windows

BBQ caution


Building Remodel
books: perscriptions for a healthy house
http://www.environmentalhealth.ca/fall01plan.html book: home planning for health

books: perscriptions for a healthy house
http://www.environmentalhealth.ca/fall01plan.html book: home planning for health
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/tfs/checklists/renrepairchklst.doc checklist
http://dld123.com/homesafehome.html great book!!!!
www.coopamerica.org national green pages directory 
Tip – For painting or refinishing, I highly recommend a low-VOC or, even better, VOC-free, no-VOC, or "zero-VOC paint be used. It your child has a sensitivity to milk, also check that the paint that you choose doesn’t contain milk or casein. 
Tip – For painting or refinishing surfaces or remodeling, I would HIGHLY recommend that they stay over in a motel or in a friend's house on the painting sanding and woodfloor refinishing days and for at least 3 days after the bulk of the painting or floor refinishing. The fumes and the sanding dust are unbearable and they can cause health issues for anyone who is sensitive.


Carpet, upholstrey, furniture

Careful, some places use a spinning thing to clean the carpets, that leaves the carpets very wet.and hey don't suck anything up out of the carpet- the pad they use on the spinning thing leaves behind tons of fibers. In our case, their were things that looked like small burrs (half the size of a pea), about a dozen in each room. Also, the water that is released into the carpet is alot - be sure to only do this if your indoor humidity is below 50% or so, otherwise may take a while to really dry out, and this would risk developing mildew / mold.  

www.anaturalhome.com organic furniture, quilts 


http://www2.townonline.com/marblehead/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=350981 http://chec.greenhome.com/products/home_improvement/flooring/  Cork based flooring is soft to walk on, has give and is coated (ie with amf safecoat)
Hardwood floors are great, if they are to be finished or resanded in your home, just be sure to ask for the dustless sander to be used (not 100% dustless, but close) and use AMF Safecoat's 
Polyureseal (NOT polyurethane) www.afmsafecoat.com  sealer (no/low VOC).
Prefinished hardwoods? Look at Pergo presto or any other brand that does not use glues during instalation
Marmoleum is a natural type of linoleum that is interesting (google the name)

http://www.ecobydesign.com/shop/cork/corktiles.html cork flooring

http://www.livingreen.com/greenproducts/flooring.htm cork

http://www.thegreenguide.com/reports/product.mhtml?id=70 great flooring article , also search on carpet
See building section
http://dld123.com/q&a/qandatemp.php?id=Q41 and do a search on her site on flooring for more helpful tips
Make sure that any carpet you buy has no formaldehyde in the backing
if the rug is wool, beware. It could have some amount of arsenic in it. Some countries, like New Zealand, have a lot of arsenic in the soil due to volcanic origins of the soil
Tip- to keep your home free of pesticides and residues from outside…ask your guests to remove their shoes at the door. 
Tip- one parent reported using a special non toxic carpet sealer from www.nontoxic.com  to keep the VOCs in the carpet from outgasing into her home. If installing new carpets, ask for carpeting that is free of stain protector.

http://www.flooringalternatives.com/cork/cork2.html local bay area cork and bamboo flooring. They suggest that cork is not good over concrete

www.greenfusiondesigncenter.com bay area design firm with events in marin 

http://www.naturalfloors.net/ one more in bay area


http://www.landofvos.com/articles/kitchen4.html foods have more nutrients 
www.diamondorganics.com watsonville
www.glorybee.com organic honey in glass jars
www.naturalzing.com raw cocoa beans, roobios $14/lb, marble mortar and pestle, 
www.naturesflavors.com organic cocoa butter $9/lb, freeze dried fruits, roobios $17/lb
www.phoenixorganics.com/ gardening 
www.nearseanaturals.com fabrics and sewing supplies
www.nearseanaturals.com socks, blankets, 
www.lotusorganics.com  clothes !! http://organicclothing.blogs.com/ 
www.organicauthority.com  cool free newsletter
http://www.thegreenguide.com/reports/product.mhtml?id=32&sec=2 organic clothing article

The Organic Connection New Rochelle, NY 
Owl’s Nest Plantation 
Aloha Natural Foods 
The Living Source www.livingsource.com  
Earth Fare Charleston, SC 
Health Nuts Charleston, SC


If you want distilled or RO water and don't have a setup at home, you can take containers to whole foods and fill them up at machines there. Personally, this is what I do now as I am researching what water system is best to buy. I use old glass juice bottle and old glass mineral water bottles to refill.

The water our kids drink makes a big difference to their possible intake of toxins including heavy metals.

We used RO water for about 5 years. Then we switched to a mult-pure unit http://www.foustco.com/waterfilters2.html  to get more minerals. I can tell with my nails health and hair. We are  very happy with this decision. 

After you switch to filtered or RO you will have a very hard time drinking regular tap water. Taste!!!

To re-mineralize or alkanilize your water (ie if it is RO or distilled water) see these products:
www.nbnus.com  electrolytes
http://www.traceminerals.com/products/drops.html  ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops http://www.ionlight.com/water/waterdrops/waterdrops.html potassium/sodium 
www.wateroz.com  various minerals, Body Alkalizer

To both filter and alkanilize water: 
http://www.gobeyondorganic.com/  system combines filtration and alkanizing
http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/sec.cfm/ct/7 system combines filtration and alkanizing 

If you would like to have your drinking water tested here are some ideas:
www.mercola.com (search on water testing)

We have have filters on all of our tub/shower water to remove chlorine.chloramine.

Ideal water source would be spring water bottled in glass. 
Rocky Mountain Water in Salt Lake City 
Mountain Valley Spring Water

Glass is best - plastic leaches phalates into the water

http://www.allergybuyersclubshopping.com/aquasana-whole-house-water-filters.html?psysVid=08czz5k7  activated carbon 

Steam distilled water at home:

Cleaning- household 
avoid anything containing alcohol, ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde, acids, lye, bleach, or propellants

avoid anything containing alcohol, ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde, acids, lye, bleach, or propellants

GSE http://www.herbalhealer.com/grapefruitseed.html  http://www.nutribiotic.com/  http://www.landofvos.com/articles/kitchen7.html http://www.dirtworks.net/Grapefruite_Seed_Extract.html http://www.holisticat.com/gse_arch1.html hmmm one brand has ammonium chloridehttp://www.terressentials.com/truthaboutgse.html

See book: Better Basics for the Home : Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living

Bon Ami cleanser (powder)

Trader Joes Laundry soap

interesting looking dryer ball and laundry ball http://www.plowhearth.com/product.asp?pcode=9979&crs=9981&ref=product

Favorite liquid dish soap: Meyer's clean day. www.mrsmeyers.com , good price and free shipping at www.drugstore.com ingredients: Water, Surfactants Derived from Plant Sources, Essential Oils of Geranium, Rose And Clove, Preservative, Natural Colors. But I also like Seventh Generation Free and Clear Natural Dish Liquid.

Homemade dishsoap: use a foam dispenser from Pampered Chef
To the bottom "soap" line add: 1/4 cup liquid castille soap (Mountain rose herbs sells), 1 Tbsp vinegar and 2 drops of your favorite essential oil
Then add filtered water up to the fill line

http://www.ourlittleplace.com/nontoxic.html White Vinegar (cleans windows, counter tops, chrome, grease, floors, etc.) Borax (toilets, tubs, floors) - disinfects, deodorizes, kills mold and mildew, and great for laundry - in the detergent aisle; hair gel: Plain Aloe Vera gel,

Steam cleaning (vapour cleaning) http://www.aeha.ca/vapour-cleaning.htm 

www.nosefilters.com personal air filter system 

amazing green cleaning ideas http://www.grizzlybird.net/2005/10/natural-cleaning-and-green-cleaning.html 

Personal care 
avoid anything containing alcohol, ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde, acids, lye, bleach, or propellants

avoid anything containing alcohol, ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde, acids, lye, bleach, or propellants

Favorite bar soap: Kirk's original coco castile soap, trader joes sells, www.kirksnatural.com ingredients: Coconut Oil, Soap of Coconut, Glycerin, Water, Fragrance Soap of Coconut is coconut oil plus sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or caustic soda. Kirk's bar is made by a centuries-old, time honored process by mixing coconut oil with caustic soda. Caustic soda is made from sea salt. Coconut oil is thus converted to coconut soap, which is technically called sodium cocoate. During the process of making coconut soap, glycerin is also produced since glycerin is a part of natural coconut oil. This glycerin is left in Kirk's soap to give moisturization properties and make it less harsh to skin compared to other commercial soaps in which this natural glycerin is removed by a chemical separation process. Kirk's soap is the most natural process soap made in the USA today. 
Unscented, uncolored glycerin soap is another good product to look for - many Health Food Stores carry! 
www.pangeaorganics.com great organic soap
http://www.drbronner.com/drb_sai_liquids.html Baby mild liquid soap: Ingredients: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut & Olive oils (w/ retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E

www.terressentials.com see their soap, shampoo, chapstick etc. 

I am a big coconut oil (VCNO) fan too. use in place of cream for any skin irritations, face, on GFCF toast, etc. 

Don't use antibacterial soap http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/articles-detail.asp?Main_ID=780

Favorite toothpaste

New favorite is http://roseofsharonacres.com/inc/sdetail/368/24736   spray tooth cleaner 

Burts Bees for Children NO fluoride, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or sodium lauryl sulfate! Ingredients: Purified water, vegetable glycerin, calcium carbonate (chalk), bentonite (clay), orange oil, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), yucca schidigera extract, beta carotene, xanthan gum. 
Homemade toothpaste http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/08/going-fluoride-free.html 
More interesting products (that I have not tried): Xyliwhite, by Now Products, "Foli-rince" , DGL wafers.  and probiotics as a toothpastehttp://www.drgloriagilbere.com/pdfs/articles/Sink%20Your%20Teeth%20into%20This.pdf . I am using (for myself) the coconut oil based toothpaste from 
www.tropicaltraditions.comand I like it!
Here is another interesting looking product: http://www.inspiredliving.com/mouth-care/
Perfect Prescription Tooth Soap Shreds: saponified coconut, palm and extra virgin olive oils, filtered water and pure essential oils in a glass bottle
Perfect Prescription Liquid Tooth Soap: saponified coconut, palm and extra virgin olive oil, filtered water and pure essential oil in a glass bottle
This is another interesting looking company www.miessenceproducts.com for a stevia sweetened toothpaste: Organic aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice, purified water (aqua), sodium bicarbonate, non-gmo xanthan gum, *organic bitter orange (citrus aurantium) extract, sea salt, *organic spearmint (mentha spicata) essential oil, *organic peppermint (mentha piperita) essential oil, *organic grapefruit (citrus paradisi) seed extract, *organic cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum) leaf essential oil, *organic clove (syzygium aromatica) bud essential oil, stevia rebaudiana extract.: 
More ideas http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc.mhtml?i=ask&s=toothpaste 
http://www.awildsoapbar.com/product.asp?productid=420635 toothsoap


Favorite deodorant: Baking soda is a safe, non-toxic deodorant. 
See NutriBiotic makes an effective aluminum free deodorant with GSE www.nbnus.com  www.nutribiotic.com 
See www.tropicaltraditions.com they sell a non-toxic deodorant. Ingredients: Purified water, organic Virgin Coconut Oil, emulsifying wax (plant based - non-soy), grapefruit seed extract, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), organic essential oils of rosewood, geranium, cedarwood, and patchouly.
Here is a related article: 
This is another interesting looking company www.miessenceproducts.com for deodorant: Purified water (aqua), *organic aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice, sodium bicarbonate, *organic bitter orange (citrus aurantium) extract, non-gmo xanthan gum, *organic grapefruit (citrus paradisi) seed extract.

Favorite shampoo for child
California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash www.californiababy.com ingredients: 
Aloe Vera, 100% Decyl Polyglucose (extracts of corn, coconut & palm oil)., Vitamin E, Vegetable Glycerin, Citrus Seed Extract, Very Small Amt. (.15%, this is less than 1/4 of 1%), Of food grade methyl/propylparaben.

Favorite bubble bath for child
www.californiababy.com California Baby Super Sensitive Bubble Bath , ingredients: 
Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Soapbark, Yucca, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Vegetable Glycerin, Citrus Seed Extract, Food Grade Methylparaben (see Product Details, more information)

Favorite liquid hand soap: Pure Liquid Castille soap (mountainroseherbs.com and other places also carry) diluted about 1 part to about 3 parts water in a foaming pump soap dispenser. Can add a few drops of essential oil like tea tree oil or lemon oil also at mountainroseherbs.com

Hand cream: this looks interesting, but I haven't tried it. I use VCNO, though it is a bit greasy.  
I like the thicker body cream from www.tropicaltraditions.com to use as hand cream

Hair spray: For light support you can use lemon juice in a spray bottle. Rinse the spray nozzle after each use - or it will gum up. 

Hand Sanitizer
 Trader Joes had a great one but they discontinued. Here is an alternative recipe: 
1/4 cup aloe vera gel, 1/4 cup distilled water or witch hazel, 1 drop of GSE, 10 drops tea tree oil or vit e oil or thieves oil. Mix. I prefer to use a
foaming soap dispenser, but a spray bottle also works. 
I also like just using straight virgin coconut oil - though it is melts in the summer heat. and add a few drops of Young Living Thieves oil
http://www.youngliving.us  thieves oil hand sanitizer works great
and one more do it yourself 

Lip balm
Tropical traditions has some nice ones
My favorite is www.terressentials.com 
Burts bees is pretty good too
http://www.roseofsharonacres.com/lip_balms1 great honey beeswax

Cosmetics / Makeup
See here www.ewg.org
 this is a VERY GOOD and informative site!!!!

More great ideas http://moldrecovery.blogspot.com/2011/09/all-natural-personal-care.html includes skin toner (ie witch hazel etc) suggestions

Dechlorinate your bath water: see http://www.inspiredliving.com/shower-filters/ 
DE-CHLORINATING BATH CRYSTALS:Chlorine Removing Bath Salts ((Crystal-chlorgon {mineral salt}, epson salt and sea salt)
KDF Bath filters (there are even bath balls)

Air freshener (if you have to use one, here is a good one - free of toxins): http://www.thelifetree.com/organichousehold.htm  Rainforest air freshener: *Organic aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice, purified water (aqua), *organic bitter orange (citrus aurantium) extract, *organic tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil, *organic blue mallee eucalyptus (eucalyptus polybractea) essential oil, *organic citronella (cymbopogon nardus) essential oil, *organic catnip (nepeta cataria) essential oil, pennyroyal (mentha pulegium) essential oil, *organic lemon-scented tea tree (leptospermum petersonii) essential oil, natural gum, *organic grapefruit (citrus paradisi) seed extract, neem (azadirachta indica) extract, thyme (thymus vulgaris) essential oil, pine (pinus sylvestris) essential oil, *organic peppermint (mentha piperita) essential oil, *organic lemon myrtle (backhousia citriadora) essential oil, *organic lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil.

Glass cleaner: Put 1.5 cup of white vinegar in a 32oz spray bottle, then fill with 2 cups water. Optionally add 10-15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Cleaner for bathtubs, sinks: spraying some vinegar water (above) and then shaking on some baking soda then scrub.

Cleaner for toilets: pour in 1/2 cup vinegar. Then sprinkle in 1/2 cup baking soda, Then scrub.


www.ewg.org see skin deep database

This looks like an interesting line "The Organic Make-up Company" available on www.amazon.com  and www.theorganicmakeupcompany.com 
Lipstick contains: organic castor oil, mineral pigments (iron oxides, micas), organic palm oil, organic shea butter, candellila wax, organic jojoba oil, carnauba wax, natural fragrance. 
Blush: organic cornstarch, kaolin clay, (mineral pigments: iron oxides, micas), d-alpha tocopherol, organic jojoba oil, organic tea tree essential oil
Foundation: organic castor oil, organic cornstarch, kaolin clay, organic palm oil, organic shea butter, organic tea tree essential oil, non-gmo tocopherol, (mineral pigments: iron oxides, titanium dioxide)
Hand cream: alcohol-free witch hazel, organic aloe vera juice, candellila wax, organic shea butter, xanthan gum, cocoa butter, organic jojoba oil, kaolin clay, non-gmo tocopherol, citric acid, soya lecithin, organic lavender essential oil, natural fragrance

This is another interesting looking company www.miessenceproducts.com for cosmetics






Debra Lynn Dadd's advice www.dld123.com 


You can also sign up for the recalls list here www.cpsc.gov



www.cehca.org search on toys


Organic gardening


Additives to avoid

http://www.nbc17.com/health/3280244/detail.html DEA 


I use Visionware glass cookware, pyrex or arcoroc glass for baking, stainless steel, and, rarely, non-stick (ie Foreman grill). Avoid ceramic - unless you have testing reports (ie MSDS) from the manufacturer, as the glaze may contain heavy metals in trace amounts that may leech into food. 

Grill pan and press: perfect for re-heating frozen burger patties 
Cast Iron Grill Press (6.75x4.5) Logic by Lodge http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=304583 
Cast Iron Fajita Platter Set (3-pc.) by Mr. Bar-B-Q http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=208928 
Love the product! I am using it with a grill press to re-heat frozen, precooked dinners for my son who is on a special diet. Works great, holds the heat. I bring the skillet right to the table and place it on the wooden platter. I seasoned the pan as advised in the instructions that came with the product, and am finding it easy to clean and relatively easy to release the food from the surface. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that they wooden plater is coated with a shellac and it is already flaking. Given that it is a "hot trivet" it should not have been coated (imho).

http://cookware.mercola.com/Cookware.aspx case for lightweight ceramic glazed cookware

stainless steel rice cooker http://www.miracleexclusives.com/Miracle_Rice_Cooker.html  or http://www.discountnaturalfoods.com/shopnew/pages/me8.html 

Glass liner, slow cooker 
Ultrex See-Through 4-Quart
http://www.epinions.com/pr-Ultrex_See Through_4qt_Crock_Pot/display_~latest_prices 
it is rare , you'd probably have to put in a "watch and email me" on ebay to find it.

slow cooker that is lead free: Slow cooker that I have used is a safe pot (I like visionware - glass pots) sitting on an electric pancake griddle. First I calibrated the pot by filling with water, setting a thermometer into it, covering, setting it to a med temp on the griddle and waiting 30 min. You are looking for a minimum cooking temperature of (I recall) about 200 F. Then mark that temperature setting with a piece of masking tape. Anyway, this simulates the way that one of my slow cookers works (it's a westbend multifunction). Alternatively, you can buy a traditional ceramic crock pot (not a hightech one like rival) and then you can use a kit like www.heavymetaltest.com  or other lead test kit. It's hard to find the Ultrex See-Through Slow Cooker to buy - it's not even usually for sale on ebay. So this tip above is a way to get the same effect without buying a slow cooker.

Thermal cookers  - Nissan is one brand. A stainless steel crock pot without electricity 

Pots and pans: Here are some sets with a magnetic steel (18/0) interior
http://www.stainlesssteelcookwarestore.com/compare.php  and
www.healthcraft.com  ...they are made by the same company. I think that the
first site gives a much better deal.

Haven't seen a breadmaker without non-stick. But here are ideas for no non-stick bread pans Stainless steel bakeware from Hamilton Beach at the KitchenConnection outlet and web stores www.kitchencollection.com  and also from http://www.urbanhomemaker.com  (but they don't list the brand) 

Le Creuset  has a steel enameled stockpot! Looks really interesting, especially for cooking tomato based sauces. 

Enameled Cast Iron by Le Creuset is safe. But cast iron is a bit heavy - will strengthen your arm muscles!

Another brand of enameled cast iron http://www.staubusa.com 

www.eleanorhoh.com  preseasoned cast iron wok

Tip – Glass, (Pyrex and Anchor Hawking) and Corning Wear are good options for baking cakes and casseroles.

Pampered Chef stoneware (dedicate one to use only for GF baking) 

Carbon steel wok http://www.simply-natural.biz/cookware-japanese-cookware.php

Stainless steel wok (not non-stick) http://www.simply-natural.biz/cookware-japanese-cookware.php 

Stainless steel and glass container blenders http://www.bearsinthewoods.net/shop/miscappliances.html ...you can also buy a stainless steel container vitamix on ebay

More stainless steel cookware:






and restaurant supply stores may carry stainless steel bakeware

Texsport cast iron waffle iron www.CampingStation.com

Great place for lots of non-toxic cookware and more http://lifewithoutplastic.com/  ****

http://onibasu.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?query=corelle&submit=Search%21&max=20&sort=score&idxname=am dishes

Serveware and dishes

Glass plates and dishes are great - because they have no ceramic coating...
Dishes from a reputable company are probably fine too. Older ceramics, or ceramics manufactured outside of the US might have high lead. Check with the manufacturer or test. 

http://hoeggergoatsupply.com/xcart/product.php?productid=3331&cat=80&page=2 . stainless steel jugs also very easy to pour from

FRIGOVERRE JUG http://www.celticseasalt.com/Storage_Containers__C42.cfm 



Bags - lead free

www.reusablebags.com  klean kanteen, stainless steel thermos, cloth lunch bags, insulated grocery bag

Here are two very very interesting archived radio programs on autism and dentistry... (see Betsy Hicks hosts. Dr. Jeff Cantor will discuss "Autism and Dentistry," on Aug 25 2005 and Sept 20 2005. Side note: many of Betsy's radio interviews are really really good 

To prepare your child ahead of time before the visit to the dentist. See the videos from Special Kids (http://www.special-kids.com) called "Let's Go To..." also read books like Michael goes to the dentist, Barney goes to the dentist has real pics or make your own going to the dentist scrap book  or social story - visit the dentist ahead of time and take photos.

Finding local mercury free (biological or holistic) dentists:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/dentalcleanse/message/499 (you have to join that yahoo group to read the message)
www.iaomt.org (call or email for referrals to mercury free dentists in your area code)
http://dwp.bigplanet.com/Delicate1/toxicteeth/ (call or email for referrals to mercury free dentists in our area)
Also, for finding amalgam-free dentists, the "throw away" papers at Heath Food Stores can be quite helpful; many dentists advertise in these little newsprint publications with "alternative" ads.

Here are some great tips from Lynne Arnold: 
Give yourself plenty of time. Get there early and let your child look around and get comfortable. Have you spoken with the dentist and hygienist so they know your son/daughter might need a different, maybe slower approach? --Let the little things go: skipping the bib on the chain is okay. --Take a highly desirable toothbrush: whatever she likes best. Like an electric type, or favorite character, one that lights up, etc. --Keep the expectations realistic. I would consider the visit successful if the child simply stays in the chair and lets the hygienist brush her teeth (or even just place the toothbrush in the mouth). Sometimes those dental instruments are scary. If he/she doesn't want them in her mouth, maybe that can be a goal for the next visit. --Don't let them do fluoride. You might want to bring your own gfcf toothpaste, especially if your daughter is sensitive to taste. --We did ours with three in a row: first me, then my daughter and then my son so that he could watch us first. --If they have a tv/vcr in the hygiene room, bring a *favorite* or new video. Talk to them about this in advance. --Be sure he/she gets a BIG reinforcer if she does well (or just tolerates it) at the visit. Tell her she gets to go pick a new toy or go to her favorite place to eat afterwards, whatever will make a big impact. I've never let them x-ray my kids; seems unnecessary. Their teeth are in great shape and I can't see any signs of decay. I brush their teeth myself twice each day and they get very little sugar. I think it took two years of going every six months for my son to really do a complete hygiene appointment (scraping, polishing, etc.). I remember at one appointment, the most he would do is lay on the floor and open his mouth! LOL, the dentist is tall and had to stand to peer in my son's mouth. But the gentleness and patience of the dental team really helped to make my son comfortable. At our last appointment, my son insisted on being first in the chair and was a perfect angel. He likes going to see the dentist these days and it's a good experience. He was very enthusiastic when his ABA tutor took him on a full tour when they were working on where people work.

See also the bay area section for specific dentist referrals



Medicine Cabinet

Hydrogen peroxide can be used as an antibacterial, pour a few drops in each ear at the first sign of colds and flu.Or you can use the ear drops below or the ones in the Clenzology kit. More background: http://www.mercola.com/2002/mar/13/hydrogen_peroxide.htm  

http://stfrancisherbfarm.com/product.aspx?ID=33  ear oil

Here are a few ideas for getting better from lingering cough, cold, or flu:

Use a saline rinse - www.neilmed.com is a good product - their is a pediatric size for kids - I think Riteaide carries. Or use garden of life Clenzology® Advanced Hygiene System, this includes cleansers that will keep your body from re-infecting itself. It is VERY useful for lingering illness http://www.gardenoflife.com/detail_clenzology.shtml

We nasal rinse kids with either 
1 cup warm sea salt filtered water and a dropper of Clenzology facial solution (Garden of Life, WF can order for u ) 
Or, 1 cup warm sea salt filtered water and 2 drops of Lugol's 5% iodine. 
For myself, if sick I add 1 drop of oregano oil to 2 cups of warm sea salt 
filtered water (which is already diluted with olive oil). Very strong. Too strong for kids.

Use a Personal humidifier several times a day http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000TN7MY  Most drug stores carry 
Take vitamin C to bowel titration (high dose). The best form is Magnesium Ascorbate or buffered C (Whole Foods or Health Food store) because the buffered C is less acidic and doesn't lower your body's PH 
Take lauricidin or echinacea to boost your immune system, so it can effectively fight the illness (Whole Foods or Health Food store) 
Drink a lemon herb tea several times a day sweetened with honey. My favorite is Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger. 
Get extra rest.

You will be better within days if you do all the things above !!!! 
If you do wind up taking antibiotics, please eat lots of yogurt (or probiotic if you are casein free) every day to repopulate your gut with good bacteria. Prayer and mediation are very helpful too.
You can also take a natural antibacterial / antifungal like oregano oil. http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/anti6.php 

More viral  (flu and other) ideas: echinacha, kudzo, garlic - esp in oils, probiotics, vit A (ie CLO), zinc, selenium, electrolytes, broth - ie beets peas chicken,

Headache: maybe low blood glucose & serotinin, avoid msg nitrates caffeine phenols soy. Eat small snacks frequently, don't let stomach be empty, lots of water, exercise, enzymes, prayer, sauna
Close your eyes, relax and take a few deep breaths through the nose into the belly. Scan your upper body for tension and tightness and consciously allow it to release and relax. Adjust your posture: reach the crown of the head up to lengthen the spine, let the shoulders drop down and back to open the chest. Gently press and lightly circle on the tops of the shoulders, the back of the neck, the third eye and temples. Do yoga postures and breathing... restorative postures like child, puppy dog, seated forward fold, supine bound angle, bridge, plow and knee down twist, Try spinal twists (seated and knee down twist), forward bends (seated forward bend, seated angle, seated head to knee) and inversions (half shoulder stand, plow, standing yoga mudra).shavasana with small, folded towel placed over the eyes. 
If headaches are frequnet - keep a headache diary to help pinpoint possible causes, then remove the possible causes!. 
Peppermint oil applied topically to the forehead and temples and back of the neck. 
Chiropractic or Acupuncture may help. 
Stretch head and neck (gently )
Book: Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief by Peter Van Houten, M.D. & Rich McCord, Ph.D.
aromatherapy - add a few drops of essential oil to warm water and inhale. Eucalyptus- sinus, Sweet Marjoram- tension, Peppermint, Geranium- hormone, Lavender- stress. 
Massage web area between thumb and index finger
http://www.ehow.com/tips_1964.html really helpful tips on massaging away a headache

hyper? epson salt
inattentive? jumping, brushing

Dry cough? 
Salt on the tongue may stop it...

excess saliva? 
may indicate a salt shortage 

Quercetin spray from Thorne
Local honey
Herbs - rosehips and

Try a magnesium flush (take magnesium to bowel tolerance) or a C flush (natural form of C is preferred ie 
Acerola or take bioflavinoids with the Vit C). To bowel Tolerance means take a bit with a glass of water every hour  til diarrhea - once diarrhea is seen then back down the mag or C til two bowel movements a day are achieved then stay at that dosage.

Dental pain? toothache? 


Here is a site full of great resources and a directory of safer places to stay 


www.sageassociates.net  805 969-0557

cordless phone emf is very high. use corded phones when possible . If you have to use a cordless - buy a 900MHz analog cordless from ebay because the base station will only emit when the person is on the phone.

Put wireless router and other high emitters onto a power strip. Keep turned off during sleep.

order a sensor from www.needs.com

a ferrite bead on the pwr brick cord will help sometimes, but is not a sure bet..ferrite beads help only at a some frequencies because of the permeability of the ferrite material

Best bet: filters from www.stetzerelectric.com  ...
Basically the filter the power in your house to make it less spikey, less dirty. With a cleaner signal you will have a little less of the spikes of EMF. Put a filter on the same circuit as any device that might spike a power surge - like blow dryer or a refrigerator. 

Electrical fields are everywhere. There is no magic bullet that will protect your whole house. There are many small steps that you can take though. 

Here is a great site to help learn more 


www.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/health/03well.html?_r=1  several brain surgeons go on record with cell phone cautions

more good reasons to take care with cell phone usage http://www.feb.se/index_int.htm

Products to counter and measure Electro smog www.safelivingtechnologies.ca  www.lessemf.com

Book:  The Invisible Disease buy from lessemf.com



Microwave cooking



Here is the book to read with the alternative vaccine schedule

And a helpful site from a mom on her delayed vaccine schedule

and more interesting links 
  shows many pro and con sources of info

California waivers http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/california.htm

http://www.drgreene.com/21_644.html  hidden ingredients
Tetanus immune globulin

http://www.909shot.com/state-site/state-exemptions.htm  To get a formal exception needed by some schools and programs

From Dana on the am list http://onibasu.com/archives/am/144116.html

Basically you can check the ingredients here http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/thi-table.htm  this one has aluminum and formaldehyde etc.

The other hard part of the decision is that giving all those vaccines at once can be very hard on the body already stressed (in this case by ASD).

You can also consult with http://www.nmaseminars.com  Dr Tenpenny who studies vaccines for kids - she can talk you thru the decision

use lots of hydrogen peroxide as tenaus can only survive under limited conditions

and from another parent on the autismanswer site: http://www.autismanswer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=12818&highlight=tetanus+shot#12818

Check titers - may still have immunity


More resources 
See the book by Debra Lynn Dodd, Home safe Home, it's great

http://chec.greenhome.com/products/  safer products , organic cotton socks $7/each,









http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_4_35/ai_n13479461 tmj






The N.E.E.D.S. Company of Syracuse, New York (1-800-634-1380 www.needs.com) provides a host of products for the chemically sensitive.


Eco Design Resources in San Carlos, Cali 650.591.1123 www.ecodesignresources.com

Finding local resources http://www.afmsafecoat.com/WESTCOAST1.html

http://www.h3environmental.com/html/learn/reading_environ.cfm  more books to read

www.theecoshopper.com helps you find anything green


Other- more

http://www.nottoopretty.org/goodbad.htm  cosmetics which cause reactions
Children's Hospital of Boston on Molds
http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/quicklist-detail.asp?Main_ID=647  mold and moisture control tips
Clean any "allergy causing" surfaces with baking soda (and water if a hard surface) then cover with aluminum foil or a special allergy case (ie for mattresses).

Evoked potential EEG and MRI

Dr Fernando Miranda at www.brightmindsinstitute.com 

Vitamins and supplements – where to buy

www.barleans.com pure borage oil
www.kirkmanlabs.com Kirkman's CLO uses a synthetic vitamin E...
www.IllnessIsOptional.com cost effective, E-lyte, Thorne (Thorne Research's Pic-Mins are highly absorbable minerals that don't contain calcium.), methyl pyruvate, 
www.Needs.com discount, Thorne, mag citrate powder, trisalts, recancostat $95, fast ship, sherry rogers books, bath ball refill, biosil $18, AMF Grout Sealer, EMF gauss meter ALLER AIR $28, Lumina cell food $22/oz, concentrace, now e-400 d-alpha dry
www.Bayho.com discount, Thorn, ribose $55/250g, BioEnergy NADH & ATP spray $28/1 oz, liver life$28/2oz, carnitine fumarate 60caps/500mg/$24 250 mg 120 cap $19 , Fumarate 340 mg 120 vcap $43, DMG (N,N-Dimethylglycine) 125 mg 180 cap $24, Creatine Pyruvate 3 g 250 g
www.unitoday.net/randigoldman mom of special needs kids sells usana vitamins, gfcf ff toothpaste etc
www.biogro.us/wateroz.html trace minerals in water
http://www.aboutbreathing.com/articles/vitamin-c.htm  Vitamin C
http://www.doctoryourself.com/immune.html  Vitamin C for Immune system
http://www.orthomed.com  Dr. Cathcart on Vitamin C
http://www.painstresscenter.com/mall/Teenlink.asp amino acids for teens
www.vrp.com Zinc Monomethionine  (zinc that Dr JM recommends) and Bromelain (for headaches)
www.myvitanet.com discount, Vit C powder, Carlson Amino Blend
www.beyond-a-century.com powdered supplements, ie TMG and D-Glucarate powder
http://www.iherb.com : Free shipping for $20 or more
http://www.vitacost.com : Flat rate $4.95, but very low costs, use 5% off code WE56A6 
http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/products.php?cat=26&PHPSESSID=c651c4c0c89fa7e176e5d8cb1c9e3a50 : some items are free ship
www.metabolicmaintenance.com/contactus.html 800-772-7873 custom amino acids, custom mult vit powder
http://www.ez-fitness.com  B-Nase, B-12, CO enzyme B-12, ATP and Alpha GPC oral spray
jarrow ribose $14/100g, 
There is more info related to supplements on the 
biomed page