Coronavirus – “Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2020)

As usual there is a lot of false information currently circulating on the internet about the current coronavirus pandemic. A recent example is the information which is purported to have … Read more

Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is known by many names including (2-Hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)-phenylmethanone, benzophenone-3, and 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone. It may be found in sunscreens, facial moisturizers, lip balm, lipstick, anti-aging creams, hair conditioners, hair spray, nail polish … Read more

Octocrylene

Octocrylene is known by many names including 2-Ethylhexyl 2-cyano-3,3-diphenyl-2-propenoate, 2-Ethylhexyl 2-cyano-3,3-diphenylacrylate, UV Absorber-3, 2-Propenoic acid,2-cyano-3,3-diphenyl-,2-ethylhexyl ester and octocrilene and is found in many cosmetic products including sunscreen, lip balm, face … Read more

Octinoxate

Octinoxate is known by many names including octyl methoxycinnamate, ethylhexylmethoxy cinnamate, escalol, neo heliopan, etc and is found in many skin and cosmetic products, including makeup foundation, hair dye, shampoo, … Read more

Acrylamide

Acrylamide is a chemical that naturally forms in starchy foods during cooking at high temperatures, including frying, baking, and roasting. This chemical process ‘browns’ food and affects its taste. Acrylamide … Read more

Perchlorate

Perchorlate, in large amounts, has the ability to interfere with thyroid function as it interferes with iodine uptake, and individuals exposed to excessive amounts of perchlorate for a long time … Read more

Iodine

The human body needs iodine to make the thyroid hormone. This hormone is critically important during foetal development, infancy, and childhood, for the brain and nervous system to develop normally. … Read more

Phthalates

Phthalates are not a single chemical, there is an entire family of them and they do not behave in the same way.

Phthalates are plasticizers which are added to make … Read more

Biomarkers

A biomarker is something that can be measured and evaluated to examine normal biological processes. It is a substance obtained from the blood, body fluids, or tissue that reflects processes … Read more

Sleep discrepancy

Sleep discrepancy is the difference between between self-reported sleep duration and actigraphy-measured sleep. Actigraphy is increasingly being used to determine sleep patterns in normal, healthy adult populations, infants and children, … Read more

Wine – red vs white

The main components of wine are water, carbohydrates, organic acids, minerals, alcohol, polyphenols, and aromatics. Polyphenols have an antioxidant activity which is necessary for good cardiovascular function.  

The polyphenol … Read more