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Declining Sperm and The New York Times

June 29th, 2011 by Alice Shabecoff

Declining sperm count?  Forget about it, declares the Science section of The New York Times.
Until this news blast, a great barrage of scientific studies, mostly from the U.S. and Denmark, had warned about a broad pattern of male reproductive troubles.  Studies concluded that sperm counts fell by nearly half between 1938 and 1990.  [...]

Radiation in Your Children’s Water

April 5th, 2011 by Alice Shabecoff

Radiation now pollutes the drinking water in Tokyo, far from the scene of the ruined power plants.  Could that happen in the United States, with our 104 active nuclear power plants, the most of any nation in the world?
In fact, it’s already happened, and goes on still, not the outcome of [...]

Pacifiers, Underpants, and other Unexpected Places to find Nano Particles

March 31st, 2011 by Alice Shabecoff

Have you noticed that many pacifiers contain nanoparticles of silver these days, and is that good? The manufacturers tell us this process makes the pacifier anti-bacterial, but why not just rinse it with soap and water?

What, come to think of it, are nanoparticles?
Manmade nanoparticles are groups of atoms manufactured from atoms in other materials, [...]

THIS BEATS AN APPLE A DAY: Food that Prevents and Heals Childhood Illnesses

March 29th, 2011 by Alice Shabecoff

The power of some foods to prevent and even heal childhood illnesses is nigh unto a miracle.
If Americans ate better, it’s pretty likely that you wouldn’t find, as you do today, that one out of three American children suffers from a chronic illness –asthma, birth defects, cancer, lead poisoning and mental-behavioral disorders. Mostly [...]

How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill

July 24th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

This article was originally published by Care2.com
As we watched each of our five grandchildren and their friends enter this world and begin their life’s journey, it became more and more clear that something is amiss with this generation.  How are your children and your friends’ children doing?
Most likely, one of three of [...]

Kvetching About Sick Children

July 23rd, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

Why do we write about, talk about, meet about and in general complain about children’s chronic illnesses in the U.S. when statistics show that, year by year, we Americans are living to an ever riper old age?
That’s a favorite got-cha question, intended to squash or at least minimize the impact of the [...]

Save Money and Your Family’s Health

July 15th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

This article originally appeared on GrinningPlanet.
No smart and caring parent would spend a small fortune to end up harming her child. But that’s just what we do every time we enter a supermarket and come out with an armful of products intended to spiff up our homes.
We buy air fresheners, toilet cleaners, drain uncloggers, laundry [...]

To Vaccinate Your Teenage Daughter or Son….or Not?

July 6th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

As soon as a teenage girl walks into her pediatrician’s office, he will suggest another vaccination, to be delivered through a series of shots spaced out over six months.  This time the vaccine is Gardasil, intended to protect her from being infected by the human papilloma virus, HPV, which might cause [...]

Kids in the Gulf

June 17th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

As the massive oil slicks from the BP Gulf spill advance upon shores and communities, everyone is worried about the effect on wildlife and the natural environment, but strangely silent about another unavoidable danger.  Substantial harm to the children of the Gulf Coast is now unavoidable.
If you can smell oil in [...]

A New Pediatrics to Heal Sick Children (and Keep Well Kids Healthy)

June 15th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

If your baby were suffering from colic, would you treat him with artificially dyed and sweetened simethicone (the chemical in drugs such as Mylanta and Mylicon) or first try an emulsion of fennel seed oil?  If your young daughter developed a persistent rash, would you prefer the doctor to prescribe antihistamines [...]