Chemicals in packaging and food.
"In July, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a letter that would stop almost any parent in their tracks: Chemicals in food colorings, preservatives and packaging can be dangerous to children, and they aren’t being suitably regulated by the government." Click here for the full article from the Washington Post.
When the AAP issues such a report, parents are right to be angry. But anger without action is unhelpful. What is helpful is to write to your senators and congressmen and let them know your concern. In Europe, only natural colors --made from plants--are allowed. The US needs to follow Europe's lead on this.
How can you protect yourself and your family?
One, when possible, don't buy food with added chemicals, and try to stay away from canned food unless marked "BP-A free".
Two, herbal hepatics can be very helpful for helping to clear chemicals from the body. Some names that you are probably familiar with are: dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale), gentian root (Gentiana lutea), milk thistle seeds (Silybum marianum), and chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita). This is just a small list and there will be more on this topic next week, so stay tuned!
Jayne Tamburello has a master’s degree in Herbal Medicine from MUIH and is founder of Invibe Herbal where organic herbal teas are created based on your needs. Jayne is also a licensed nutritionist (LDN), a certified nutritionist (CNS) and a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, RH(AHG).