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Biocides???

Have any of you heard of this? Apparently nanosilver is used in many kinds of products as some kind of anti-bacterial/anti-fungal agent. It is a biocide. For instance, it might be added into toys, cutting boards, or sippy-cups to aid in killing bacteria and fungus.

I came across this information while I was reading the site The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. While the idea of protecting us from harmful bacteria and such seems like a great idea, there is also a lot of belief that using things like the nano-silver is preventing our immune systems form developing properly.

This reminds me of the “too clean” theory, and how many people believe this is what has led to the burst of food allergies. I always thought the “too clean” theory was a bunch of hoo ha, because I mainly thought it was linked to how I kept house, for instance. Don’t get me wrong, I do not live in dirty or trashy home, but I am not what I would consider to be obsessed with cleanliness… I have nothing but boys in my house for crying out loud…LOL!

My point is that there are obviously other factors in our daily lives that many of us do not even realize exsist. These things are affecting our health, and we don’t even know it! A lot of concerning statements have been in the news recently, like the danger of BPA. So, it is not surprising to me that there are other things as well.

I guess I am upset about all of this because I have been in the dark, so to speak. I think we take it for granted that we are being looked out for on these kinds of issues. It has become apparent that we have to look out for ourselves.

Some things can be avoided- eating unprocessed food, eating organic food, avoiding the use of other products with too many chemicals. But, some things are not so easy avoid. The use of the nano-chemicals is used in many things we would never think about. There is also know way of knowing it is present. The ONLY way to protect ourselves is to speak out!

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

Little R is now starting to collect donations for food allergy research.  All of the money raised will go to FAAN after Halloween.  Last year Little R collected about $100, so this year we are going to try and do more.  We will be sharing the box with some of our family members so they can help out by taking it to work and such, but if you would like to make a donation you can send a check to us written out to FAAN.  I will try to add updates on a weekly basis to keep you posted on our progress.  Thank you in advance!

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More Info on GM Foods

The topic of genetically modified foods is becoming a hot one- and for good reason!  I would like to recommend reading this entry on The Food Allergy Angel blog.  I find it very informative and eye opening.  Genetically modifying foods is a real problem!  Some countries around the globe will not allow them to cross over their borders.  Take the time to get informed.

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GMOs In Our Food Supply

Robyn O’Brien was on the CBS nightly news with Katie Couric recently to talk about genetically modified organisms in our food supply.  Most of us have either never heard of GMOs or just don’t understand them.  You can click this link to read the news article, or this link to play the video.

We take for granted that the FDA is keeping us safe.  They claim that foods containing GMOs are safe, but that leads me to ask- Why are GMOs NOT required to be listed on the labels? 

It is our right as U.S. citizens to a freedom of choice, but our freedom in essence is taken away when we are not given all information in regards to a particular situation.  It is as if the government is hiding something.  It is said in the video that the food manufacturers are afraid that if people see the words “genetically modified” on food labels, then they will not purchase the product.  If these foods are safe, why not back up the claim with real information- proof derivied from real studies- for instance. 

Most people have never heard of GMOs.  I would love to hear your opinions on the subject.  You can leave a comment and remain annonymous. 

 

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Allergykids.com

In light of the controversy that is being stirred up in the food allergy world, I would like to highlight a specific person who has been working hard to motivate more research into the cause of the problem. Her name is Robyn O’brien, and she developed the site allergykids.com.

On her website she writes about her theory of what causes food allergies. She zeroes in on all of the genetic modification, hormone adding, and chemical pesticidal use on our food supply in the U.S. While she may lack in the arena of scientific evidence to support her claims, currently there is no evidence to go against them either. I find it very interesting what she has to say.

Most people are not familiar with all that is involved with our food supply. For a more in depth explanation of things such as modern use of pesticides through injecting chemical toxins into seeds, you can go here to see the research section on the allergykids website.

O’brien gets a lot of media attention about her food allergy journey, and a comment was left on my blog with the link to the most recent article which was in the New York Times, January 9, 2008.

I find the points that O’brien makes to be fascinating. It almost sounds like some kind of common sense thing, and the fact that no effort has been made to research more into the matter only seems to support her conspiracy theory.

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Article in Science News 2003

I was doing some research tonight and I came across this very interesting article. What I find most interesting is that it was written just days before my son was born. I find that kind of ironic.

The focus of the article is on finding the cause for peanut allergy. I do find it interesting that it quotes research studies supporting a theory that says skin exposure to peanut oil early in life leads to developing a peanut allergy.

The article also says there is a link between children developing peanut allergies and babies that drank soy based formula. This is irrevelant to me because my son did not drink soy based formula. It did seem, though, that at about the age of two weeks, when we introduced formula for the first time, is when he developed a full body rash that was diagnosed as eczema.

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