Toxic Free Kids

Toxic-Free Kids is a cancer prevention campaign launched by Children’s Cancer Recovery to help educate children and their families on the dangers of environmental toxins. Through Toxic-Free Kids, we’re making it our mission to teach the world how to live a healthier and safer toxic-free life.

Environmental toxins have been linked to the increased occurrence of childhood cancer and many other childhood illnesses. Each year, as more children are diagnosed with cancer and other conditions, more families will suffer needlessly. By changing the way we live and the products we use, we can help protect our children—and it begins right in our very own homes, where we spend most of our time. Making simple changes by using toxic-free products, testing your home for radon, and making sure your drinking water is safe can truly make a difference. These changes could be the key to saving yours and your child’s life, and Toxic-Free Kids is dedicated to making it simple for parents and families to make these changes.

It is our hope to launch a full multimedia program in schools and large organizations to reach out to all children and their families. By providing educational materials, Toxic-Free Kids will give the public the knowledge to create a healthy environment and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Our programs are being developed with the goal that no child should have to suffer from childhood cancer or other illnesses, and our program will be designed to help children identify dangerous chemicals and to spark awareness of possible solutions. By providing a “toxic-free checklist” to use in every area of life, teaching kids the dangers of chemicals, and giving them the opportunity to help, we believe that real change can happen. And not only will they change their own lives, but also those of generations to come.

We understand that life is busy, so we’re doing our best to make going toxic-free as easy as possible for all families. We also realize that change doesn’t happen instantly, so making progress one step at a time is the easiest way to accomplish a toxic-free life.

As parents, it is our responsibility to protect our children and do our best to provide a safe and healthy environment. It’s not too late to make that change. If you’re the parent of a child diagnosed with cancer, we know the suffering that you and your child have endured. The hardest part for any parent is the possibility of knowing you could have prevented your child’s diagnosis. If this is your situation, we want you to know you’re not alone; many families are simply unaware of the dangers of environmental toxins.

We hope you’ll pledge to go toxic-free in order to provide a healthier, safer lifestyle for your family. We’ve created Toxic-Free Kids expressly for you with hope that you’ll never have to experience the pain of cancer, and with the goal of giving valuable, potentially life-saving information to every child and family. By making small changes today, you will truly be giving your family a healthier tomorrow.

Sun Block….The Shady Truth!

Summer is here, and oh boy it is going to be a hot one! Most of us will be hitting the pool or the beach which means rubbing on that  suntan lotion.  STOP, because you may want to get the facts before turning your child into that ghostly white figure covered in sun block.  It seems over the last few years we have become a lot more conscious of slathering on the sun block in order to protect our skin from burning.  Since we are no longer burning our skin most of us our under the impression that we  are protecting ourselves from cancer.  Turns out that all this time we may have just been chasing our tails because of the dangerous toxins in most sun block.

Many products that we have grown up with are not toxic free, so the more we slather on, the more we pollute our bodies with dangerous toxins.  This is especially harmful for children who are more susceptible to these toxins since their bodies are unable to break them down as fast as an adult.  Polluted with hormone disruptors and other harmful chemicals many sun blocks are just not measuring up.  Add in the fact that anyone can buy an approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation by giving a large donation and having an SPF of greater than fifteen, it just makes the whole situation mind boggling.

So what do we do?  Thank goodness the Environmental Working Group has once again come to the rescue providing a nice list of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!  Use the following link to see how your current sun block rates.

I was in serious shock at what I found.  I had been using the sprays (kids didn’t yell as much) and for me my good friends Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic I used since I was a kid.  Recently I had changed my kids to Aveeno Baby because of their sensitive skin (thinking that I was getting the best for them!) Boy I was wrong on all three of these.  None of them were on The Good list!  Coppertone (another common brand) made an okay appearance if you purchase non spray, but for the kids my recommendation goes out to Earth’s Best Organic, which is available at both drug and groccery stores (even Toys R Us).

Here’s the quick list of The Do’s and Don’ts of Sun Block!

  • Avoid sprays and powders because inhalation (breathing it in) is simply NOT GOOD
  • SPF needs to be 15-50 (anything over is just asking for trouble, you get a false sense of security)
  • Avoid ingredients Oxybenzone, Vitamin A, and insect repellent
  • Buy products with Zinc, Titanium Dioxide and Avobenzone or Mexorl SX (yes print this off or write it down because you will forget it!)
  • Buy Mineral Products because of their high UVA protectors
  • Always reapply often and liberally

The General Do’s and Don’ts of Sun Exposure!

  • Always wear protective clothing (swim shirts, hats, sunglasses)
  • Stay in the shade when possible (beach umbrella, canopy, tree)
  • Avoid peak hours when possible from 10-2
  • Remember that a certain amount of sun exposure daily with NO SUNBLOCK is needed to get your daily dose of Vitamin D.  Plan on a little early morning playtime outside and soak in a few natural rays for 20 minutes.