By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org Three U.S. government agencies have teamed up to investigate the safety of widely used crumb rubber surfaces on playgrounds and playing fields. To date, safety studies of crumb rubber – tiny “crumbs” of old tires that […]
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Nothing gives parents and caretakers more joy than seeing their children live happy, healthy lives. Creating a safe non-toxic home for your family is one of the most important things that a parent can do to promote an environment in which they can flourish.
Feeding them nutritious food (free of pesticides, hormones and genetic engineering), taking the chemicals out of their home and baby care products, letting them play with safe non-toxic and lead-free toys and eliminating environmental dangers are all crucial roles in living a Green eco-friendly lifestyle. Meanwhile, it instills in them an appreciation for their natural surroundings and their impact on the world around them.
Sadly, many food and non-food products are saturated with dangerous chemicals. With skyrocketing increases in children’s cancer, asthma, autism, diabetes, and so many other diseases, green families know that they must be involved consumers. Gone are the days of picking a random product off of the store shelf and confidently bringing it into the home. The basis for protecting your family is education. LuxEco Family will help parents verify the advertising claims, find trusted resources and brands and give tips and ideas for a vibrant, healthy home.
By Nancy Chuda founder of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World In 1991, we lost our only child to a rare non-hereditary cancer called Wilm’s tumor. Colette was only 5 years old when she died. But it was the love of her soft furry white adopted pet named Cricket that kept her feeling […]
By Nancy Chuda, co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World, and Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a ban on a harmful chemical that kills fleas and ticks on household pets. The chemical in question, tetrachlorvinphos, or […]
By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article entitled “Fragrance Chemicals and the Scent of Suspicion,” the fragrance industry has been keeping vital chemical information from the public. The article says two recent reports, one by the EWG and one by Women’s Voices for the Earth, have caused a stir amongst researchers, environmental groups, consumers, and industry legislation. These reports reveal that on the label of any given personal care product, bottle of perfume, or cleaning agent the word “fragrance” is loaded with unknown meaning. Manufacturers have used this one word, a nondescript listing among the other ingredients, as a catch-all to legally mask the dozen-or-more chemicals not actually listed.
By Nancy and James Chuda, founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World Dr. Bojana Jankovic, Celebrating 23 years at the fabulous Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills was a milestone event. Healthy Child Healthy World and the Environmental Working Group empower parents to make healthier choices. Together they are saving children’s lives. Healthy Child Healthy […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World, and Dawn Undurraga, Nutritionist, Environmental Working Group Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org. Your kids rush home after school, sports practice or a busy day at the park, searching for food to replenish their empty tanks. They’re ready to devour a pizza, but parents know […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org. Are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant? Now’s the time to start limiting your exposure to pesticides. Over-exposure to pesticides may cause an array of health problems; at worst, nerve damage, impaired intelligence and cancer. […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org. Those small, attractive objects in many families’ laundry rooms could pose a big danger to your children’s health. Effective, convenient and popular, laundry detergent pods are small packets of concentrated liquid detergent that dissolve quickly in […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org. As parents, we do the best we can to give our children a healthy diet. We read ingredient lists, shop conscientiously, pack healthy lunches and cook meals at home whenever possible. But big holes in government […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org On Oct. 1, advocates for children’s health gathered in Beverly Hills, Calif., for the 23rd Annual Healthy Child Healthy World Gala. Laura Turner Seydel, an international environmental advocate, eco-living expert and chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, […]
Did you know that Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) can lead to early death?
By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World We had a terrible scare!!! Journey, our 18 month old adopted yellow lab ate rat poison. There were no sign at first. We had no clue how sick he was or would become until we heard these words from our local […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org When it comes to food, we know what “organic” means. The USDA-certified organic label ensures that foods have been grown without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and are free of artificial preservatives, colors […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org They’re cheap, appealing and easy to find. They even smell nice. It’s no wonder that disinfecting and antibacterial cleaning wipes are so popular. Last year Clorox executives reported that about half of U.S. homes use their […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group, www.healthychild.org. When choosing the right school for their children, many parents ask about topics like class size, community, learning objectives and schedule. But what about everyday exposure to chemicals? Next to the home, children spend more time in […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group, www.healthychild.org. For parents, feeding a new baby can feel like a full-time job. Add to that the stress and complications of airplane travel, and it can feel like a downright headache, whether you’re breast- or bottle-feeding. So before […]
By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group, www.healthychild.org. From shampoo to toothpaste, sunscreen and lotion, the average child is exposed to numerous chemical ingredients every day through common body care products. Where can concerned parents start to reduce that exposure? Here are the five most […]
By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief LuxEcoLiving co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Nina Montée Karp is the youngest person to receive Healthy Child Healthy World’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th Annual Mom on a Mission Gala “In a world where wealth dictates altruistic virtue there are few self made individuals who […]
By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Colette Chuda 1989 photo credit Irene Born Newton-John “When a parent loses a child, there really are no words. There are no words to describe this grief, and there are no words to mend the broken heart that remains forever after. […]
By Nancy Chuda founder of Healthy Child Healthy World and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving The Hamptons, Long Island New York, Los Angeles and Santa Ynez California Sweet charity! Healthy Child Healthy World is expanding its national and global horizons… Event host Erica Reid and Gigi Lee Chang in […]
By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World Backstage at The Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas Nevada She sings with Grace and Gratitude for her special friends…. Wednesday Moms Denise Truscello photo credits The English Garden provided the beautiful arrangement for Olivia… a gift from WM’s. […]
By Nancy Chuda, Founder of LuxEco Living and Healthy Child Healthy World I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand forever -Chinese proverb In 2005, when James Chuda built his third case study environmental home he envisioned the structure would become an Earth Institute and provide an educational […]
By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World For most people the diagnosis of cancer is a daunting reality. They have to deal with the diagnosis, treatment and hopefully a positive prognosis. Their reality has an affect on family and friends who share the roller coaster of emotions […]
Cancer Patient’s Best Friend By SULEIKA JAOUAD reposted from The New York Times Blog Suleika Jaouad writes about her experiences as a young adult with cancer. When I was growing up, my dream was to one day become a veterinarian. In fourth and fifth grade, I volunteered every day after school at a veterinarian’s clinic. […]
by avflox in Health courtesy of BlogHer First, and most important, is the question of whether doctors, for the most part, die differently. One of the clearest indicators we have is a survey from Johns Hopkins University. It’s called the Johns Hopkins Precursors Study, and it’s based on the medical histories and decisions of students […]
by Lori Alper, Founder, Groovy Green Livin’ Courtesy of Healthy Child Healthy World After the birth of my third child I suffered from insomnia that lasted well beyond the newborn phase. For those of you who haven’t experienced insomnia it’s pretty awful. During that year (yes, 12 months) of sleepless nights there were times when […]
Irresponsible Care: National Children’s Study faces changes which may put children’s health at greater risk
Introduction by Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World In 2000, many children’s health advocates applauded Congress’s decision to direct the NIH to study “the effects of both chronic and intermittent exposures on child health and human development”. Law-makers specified that the exposures should be biological, chemical, physical and […]
Sweet Charity for a Mom with a Mission: Health Child Healthy World Arms Parents with Information about Environmental and Chemical Pollutants By Nancy Chuda Founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Last year First Lady Michelle Obama selected Healthy Child Healthy World as one of her favorite causes. […]
By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Saying goodbye to a feathered friend We lost her yesterday. It was very strange. A sad, sweet and funny event in our lives. It was raining like cats and dogs. The weather gal had predicted and she was right. […]
By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World. It seems that most parenting books are written by big name brands. Doctors who gravitate towards and write about an issue that becomes polarizing, like whether or not vaccines are safe and if not can they lead or contribute […]
By Lorri Ballance Laird, Writer and LuxEcoLiving Advocate Since 1978, lead paint has been banned in the United States. But even today, in 2012, the dangers of lead poisoning remain a reality for many children, especially for those living in older housing. Now, for the first time in twenty years, a federal panel has recommended […]
An introduction by Nancy Chuda Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEco Living and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World.
In the last two decades, Healthy Child Healthy World has sounded many alarms to awaken parents to the prevailing problems of chemicals in our environment. With an influx of untested chemicals in commerce, coupled by a regulatory system that is stymied by scientific knowledge, the time is now for a complete overhaul of the laws which permit the inhumane testing of chemicals in our air, water and food which affect our most vulnerable citizens. Children are suffering due to these exposures and their health and life expectancy is being altered by an inept system of governance which supplies the demand for agriculture and consumer products without oversight. Years ago, many of us testified in Congress to prevail upon
By Lacey Szczepanik, LuxEco Living Editorial Assistant
I have two beautiful pet babies; Diggs, my proud, empathetic and cautious boxer, and Mo, my silly, sleepy Staffordshire terrier. I take my role as their guardian very seriously. When my pet Diggs was two years old, he was diagnosed with mast cell tumors, a form of cancer prevalent among boxers. I was devastated. I went through all the stages of grief. Denial; “Excuse me Mrs. Veterinarian, my dog has a small ‘bump’ on his side. Bump. Not lump. Lumps are scary. This is simply a ‘bump’.” Anger… directed more at God than anyone in particular. I lost Diggs’ brother much too early in life and found it cruel to be faced with another premature goodbye. Bargaining. Depression; full on who-needs-food and why-would-I-get-out-of-my-pajamas-or-leave-the-house-when-I-could-sit here-and-stare-at-my-beautiful-dog kind of depression. And finally Acceptance, and by acceptance I mean he’s alive today and he’ll be alive tomorrow SO THERE. Maybe the anger and denial are still sprinkled on top of the acceptance. A shocking 20-25% of our furry four legged pets end up dying prematurely due to Cancer. (Perdue University Department of Veterinarian).
By: Janelle Sorensen, courtesy of Healthy Child Healthy World
Looking for a pediatrician is no easy task, especially if your concerns and parenting methods aren’t exactly the same as mainstream America. My husband and I scoured the city for a full year before finding the right one for our daughters. But, it totally paid off.
We found an amazingly supportive and brilliant pediatrician whose philosophy was to tell us everything she knew and then let us choose what to do. She had only one provision; if she ever thought the results of a treatment were sub-par, then she would intervene with an alternate recommendation. That never happened and I was always overwhelmed with how much she knew. She could rattle off statistics about best practices in the EU, pertinent studies regarding alternative remedies, and recent outbreaks that could put my children at risk. She was a dream come true. But, alas, we moved. Now we are on the hunt again.
By Rachel Sarnoff, Interim Executive Director, Healthy Child Healthy World, Founder of EcoStiletto and LuxEco Living Advocate
Steep yourself in information about rates spiking to epidemic proportions in childhood autism, asthma, cancer and more, and you’re bound to become a maternal hypochondriac…..At this point, I must sound like a broken record. But believe me when I tell you that the more I learn about the connection between a child’s environment and his or her health, the more I understand how incredibly high the stakes have come to be.
This is about our children. It’s about their right to breathe. It’s about their right to live. It’s about doing everything that we can to prevent the nightmares that Nancy, Jim and Christine endured.
If this is what we’re fighting for, I’m all in.