LD and Breast Cancer have More than October in Common

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that exposure to some toxic chemicals have been linked to both breast cancer and learning & attention issues? With our partners at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, we are working to increase awareness of these toxic chemicals and how to reduce the risks for you and your families.

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Baby Food & Heavy Metals

94 percent baby food, fruits and vegetables tested contain heavy metals  that can harm kid’s brains * No child should be exposed to lead or

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Don’t Bug Me: Choosing Safer Bug Repellents

It’s summertime and for many people that means more time outdoors. People aren’t the only ones that come out more in the summer though. Insects do too. So, we turn to bug repellents like sprays to protect our skin from pests like mosquitos and ticks. But, did you know that the active ingredients in most bug sprays are pesticides? Yes, with many bug sprays, we are actually putting pesticides on our skin – and on our children’s skin, but we don’t have to.

Here are some tips for choosing safer bug repellents for your family this summer from Tracy Gregoire, LDA’s Director of the Healthy Children Project, and Sydney Cook, the Director of Science and Research at MADE SAFE.

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Lead

When it comes to chemicals, lead has one of the strongest links to neurological harm. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that can cause learning disabilities,

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BPA (Bisphenol-A)

What is BPA? Bisphenol-A, or BPA for short, is a common chemical found in many consumer products such as the plastics used to make baby

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Amalgam (mercury) dental fillings

Pregnant women, children and people with neurological disorders need access to mercury-free dental fillings. Like lead, mercury is a neurotoxin that can harm children’s brains.

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PFAS Chemicals

PFAS chemicals are contaminating water supplies across the US, adding to known neurotoxins in water like lead and arsenic. PFAS chemicals are linked to all sorts

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Chemicals in Food

Early-life exposure to phthalates is linked to lower IQ, ADHD, behavior issue and even autism and these harmful chemicals are in our food. Parents need Kraft

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