Hi all, In an attempt to bring you original content, I conducted a question and answer session with holistic Dr. Martha Howard from Chicago Healers. Dr. Howard was particularly interested in taking our questions regarding our children’s exposure to toxins.
Please feel free to drop your questions here as she will follow up later this week. Thanks! -Elisa
MotherTalkers: I have a son with allergies to grass, weeds and oak trees. Is there a way for me to naturally get him accustomed to these things without allergy shots?
Dr. Howard: He can take allergy drops, under the tongue. These need to be made for him by an allergist who does this as part of their practice.
From Shenanigans in California: Aren’t those non-chemical sunscreens using nanoparticles? Do you have any concerns about nanoparticles on skin or in the environment? For example, we use sunscreen in the river, which is water used for fish and crops that are consumed by people, so nanoparticles that came off in the water would end up ingested in short order.
Dr. Howard: Nanoparticles means simply very small particles. The non-chemical sunscreens have zinc and titanium in them, both minerals which occur naturally in the earth and are not harmful. On the other hand, the gender-bending chemicals in the other sunscreens do not occur naturally, cause changes in the hormonal cycles and the genitals, and are very harmful.
From baker baker in Pittsburgh, PA: I’ve heard that fluoride for kids is bad, but why? I don’t give my kids fluoride treatments, and their toothpaste is fluoride free. We have a reverse osmosis filter for our tap water, so I’m assuming it filters out fluoride from the city water. But is this a good thing?
Dr. Howard: Fluoride is bad because it replaces natural dental enamel with more brittle enamel and makes it easier for teeth to crack. There are many more reasons it is harmful, which can be found on many online sites.
MotherTalkers: What do you see as the biggest toxin children are exposed to today? Why?
Dr. Howard: I think there are three worst toxins, rather than one. The first one is the chemicals like avobenzone, homosalate and octylmethoxycinnamate, all in sunscreens. This is especially harmful because parents believe that in using them for themselves and their children, they are protecting them. However, these chemicals have been shown to cause smaller penises in male children when used by pregnant women, and their estrogenic effects are thought to cause earlier onset of menstruation (sometimes as early as age 7 or 8) in girls. The second is MSG. It is hidden in many foods, including, for example, most common brands of canned tuna. The label says “vegetable broth” and somehow we are supposed to guess that this “broth” has MSG in it. MSG has been labeled a neurotoxin by Russell Blaylock, MD, a board certified neurologist, neurology professor, and author of the comprehensive book Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills. It is well worth checking out this book to see all of the toxic effects on the brain from MSG, and my third worst chemical, aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet, etc.) the artificial sugar. Both of these chemicals are widespread in foods, and have not been limited in any way by the FDA, despite their proven harmful effects. Again, people think they are simply making their food taste better, or using a calorie-free artificial sweetener, when in reality they are exposing their brains to harmful chemicals. Both of these chemicals, according to Dr. Blaylock, actually cause your brain cells to pop and die (the medical term for this process is “apoptosis.” I don’t know about you, but I believe that I need every brain cell I have!
MotherTalkers: The EPA is considering rules to regulate mercury emissions in our air. What can moms do to help pass this rule?
Dr. Howard: Moms can initiate email campaigns to their state and national Senators and Representatives, and to their Governors, and to the President. And media-savvy moms can create public awareness on social media and YouTube.
MotherTalkers: Pertaining to question No. 5, what can moms do to limit their children to air mercury and air pollution in general?
Dr. Howard: Air pollution is a tough problem. Knowledge is power, so it is important to find out about mercury emissions in your area. If they are an issue, the best temporary “fix” is to filter your indoor environment.
Here is a list of coal-powered plants, the No. 1 source of mercury emissions in the country. -Elisa