I am disgusted.
Today I came across this article.
It told me that despite my best efforts to protect my children from carcinogens, I have failed them.
We eat only organic foods.
I won't let my children within ten feet of a cellphone.
Don't allow wireless internet in my home.
Don't use chemicals on my lawn or in our house.
We play primarily with wood toys PROVEN to be free of lead paint. Any plastic toys are BPA, lead, and phlalate free.
I spent $130 on a bamboo playmat to keep them from breathing in the toxins known to off-gas from the much cheaper (and easier to come by) foam mats.
My kids do not, and WILL NOT, eat anything containing Red Dye #40, Blue #2, Yellow #5.
I am vigilant.
So imagine my disgust - my absolute disgust, to read that not one, not two, but THREE products that my children use or used regularly have been found to contain frighteningly high levels of the fire retardent TDCPP - a chemical that was banned in the 1970's from pajamas, because they knew back then that it caused cancer.
A chemical that is also a known hormone disruptor.
Imagine my disgust when I read that the My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow was coated in it.
A fucking breastfeeding pillow!
Are you kidding me?!
Are there THAT MANY irresponsible and moronic mothers smoking a cigarette WHILE breastfeeding their child that it needs to be sprayed in fire retardent chemicals?
Imagine how I felt to learn that the Arm's Reach mini co-sleeper that my twins spent their first six months of life sleeping at least part of the night in was coated in it.
My Graco Snugride carseats.
I want to scream.
More than that, I want to march into Arm's Reach, Graco, and My Brest Friend, grab their CEO's by the collar and yell "SHAME ON YOU!"
I want to sit them down and force them to hear every horrific detail of what cancer does to a baby. To walk them through every painful moment of Peyton's life. Shove the REALITY of what these chemicals could possibly do in their irresponsible faces.
I am sick to death of carcinogens being taken lightly. Sick to death of hearing, "everything causes cancer."
That's somehow okay?!
We are supposed to just accept that even though natural alternatives are available, it is somehow acceptable practice to use carcinogens on these products just because "everything causes cancer"?
How dare a company that makes it's bread and butter on infant products, INFANT PRODUCTS! knowingly be exposing these children to these chemicals?
California statutes set the standard for the whole country. They require that products meet certain flammability thresholds, yet irresponsibly do NOTHING when the retardants being used to meet these thresholds are dangerous, and carcinogenic.
I have contacted these companies by twitter.
I have written to my Senator.
Something needs to change.
We need to stop putting dollar signs before child safety. Period!