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What You Need to Know About Pesticides to Protect Your Child For Life

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Ever since I heard Healthy Child Healthy World co-founder Nancy Chuda’s story of losing her five-year-old daughter Colette to cancer caused by pesticide exposure, my mission has been to build awareness of this issue so I created this five-minute guide to protecting your kids from pesticides.

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Here’s why protecting kids from pesticides is so important:

  • Pesticide exposure has been linked to asthma, allergies, autism and even cancer—rates of which have risen 30% in 30 years and now kill more kids than asthma, diabetes, AIDS, cystic fibrosis and birth defects combined.
  • Most of our children’s pesticide exposure comes from the foods that they eat—but just one day of eating differently can remove most pesticides from their bodies completely.
  • Household exposure to pesticides—from pest eradication products and food—is now shown to have the same negative effects on pregnancy as cigarette smoking: lower birth weight and earlier labor.

Meanwhile, take five minutes to learn a few simple steps that you can take in your own home to protect your kids from pesticides — for life.

Follow Rachel on Twitter at @rachellsarnoff for her updates on breaking news as it relates to children’s environmental health.

About Rachel Sarnoff

Rachel blogs as, founded, is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine — before she had kids.

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