Although my focus is on food, my goal is to support clients as they improve their overall health and wellness.
In my past life (well, until just a few months ago!), I was an analyst for a mutual fund
company. My work was evaluating the social and environmental performance of food and consumer products companies. I also did my master's research on corporate responsibility in the food industry. In short, this means I know a thing or two about environmental health, and food and product safety.
Cosmetics, household cleaners, carpets, clothes - everything around us has the potential to be harmful - if the manufacturers prioritize cost over public health. And unfortunately, this is far too often the case.
For a simple, easy to use, well researched and exhaustive guide to consumer product safety -- making sure your sunscreen, shampoo, baby lotion, kitchen cleaner and even cereal are top quality, and health supporting - check out this website www.goodguide.com. Its an amazing resource, and I highly recommend punching in your favourite brands for info about ingredients and safety!
Yesterday, at my Baby Steps Workshop, I had a couple of questions specifically about baby care products- sunscreens and other creams. For a comprehensive sunscreen safety guide - check this out http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/. This credible group of some of the world's top scientists - called the Environmental Working Group finds, that most brand-name sunscreens either don’t sufficiently protect skin from sun damage or contain hazardous chemicals — or both. So check out the site, research your brand, and learn what to look for in these products.
And in the mean time, remember that shade, and a sunhat are really the best
sunscreens...especially in this heat!