Scary Stuff: Oxybenzone

aveeno baby sunscreen

In this installment of Scary Stuff, guest blogger Rebecca Stern shines a spotlight on a chemical called oxybenzone, examines why it's scary, and provides easy tips on how to avoid it. What is Oxybenzone? Oxybenzone is a chemical that is able to absorb ultraviolet (UV) light. It is the active ingredient in many sunscreens, and is also added to cosmetics to prevent degradation from UV exposure. Why Oxybenzone Is Dangerous Oxybenzone toxicity has been cited in studies published over the last several years, and one of the chief threats to human health posed by this compound is its potential

Our Safe Sofa Guide Is Here at Last!


Thanks for your patience, you guys! We've finally wrapped up our research process, and I am happy to recommend four furniture companies that manufacture The Good Stuff! Maybe you didn't know that most upholstered furniture is teeming with noxious chemicals, but as always, I am here like a ray of sunshine--ready list some diseases that your favorite sofa can cause. What fun! In all seriousness, there is actually some very good news about the worst chemicals in sofas. I'm talking, of course, about flame retardants, which new legislation has rendered unnecessary. Unfortunately, we haven't

Honest Company’s Infant Formula Review

The Honest Company Premium Formula

As soon as Honest Company’s infant formula hit the market, we were flooded with emails asking, “Is this the Good Stuff?” After putting the Honest formula through our research and review process, our answer is…sort of. Essentially, Honest’s formula is the same as the rest of the Jessica Alba product line: definitely well-intentioned, definitely better than most conventional stuff, not quite Sneaky Stuff, but not quite Good Stuff. When it comes to this formula, here’s what we discovered: The Good It’s mostly milk. I like that Honest’s formula’s first ingredient is actual organic milk.

Grain-Free Chocolate Chunk Nut Butter Brownies

Grain-Free Chocolate Chunk Nut Butter Brownies

Just because Valentine's Day is over doesn't mean an end to Chocolate Month (aka February). These brownies, from the My New Roots cookbook, are so rich and yummy, and they don't contain gluten or grains of any kind. Warning: Don’t eat too many before bed or they might keep you up at night! This recipe makes 20 brownies.       Grain and Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Nut Butter Brownies Ingredients: 2 large organic eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup unsalted nut butter ( I used Almond) ¾ cup coconut sugar 2 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp fine grain sea

Questioning Vaccinations While Not Being a Kook


Let me start with this: I have chosen to vaccinate my children. That said, I’m annoyed by the media coverage of this issue and also by the viciousness coming from many pro-vaxxers. My anti-vax friends are pretty quiet these days (and I wish they wouldn’t be), but not so with the pro-vaxers. These moms are not only keeping their kids out of playgroups--even here in New York City where there is no measles outbreak yet--but they are also furious with anyone who admits any doubt about the long-term safety of the standard vaccination schedule. In fact, if you question the recommendations of the

The Pendulum Swings: Breastfeeding


You know how we feel about breastfeeding here at Gimme the Good Stuff. Our president, Maia James, breastfeeds her kids until they are pushing three. She has written about why she thinks the benefits of breastfeeding have not been overstated, despite headlines to that effect last year. And whenever we talk about the best formulas out there, it's always with the caveat that no formula comes close to being as good for your baby as breastmilk. On the other hand, we know that our readers include a lot of wonderful formula-feeding moms, and we also recognize the challenges of exclusive breastfeeding

Easy Snowstorm Soup

Easy Snowstorm Soup with Split Peas

If you're trapped inside because of the snow, here's a recipe for a nourishing split pea soup--and it couldn't be simpler! (You don't even have to chop the onion more than twice.) The ingredients are probably items you have in your pantry, so no need to brave the around-the-block line at Trader Joe's. Ingredients: 1 cup green split peas 2 carrots, chopped into thick coins 1 onion, quartered 1-2 tablespoons of miso (if you don't have this, you can use salt instead, but miso really adds a richness of flavor, plus a healthy dose of probiotics) optional: 1 small piece of kombu

What You Need to Know About Toxins In Your Water

Lemon Water

If you missed our Twitter party the other night (the one on toxins in your water with Dr. Alan Greene), here is the complete transcript. Need it even simpler? Here are the big takeaways: 1. Tap water--even in areas known for "good" water--often contains a range of contaminants. These might include heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, hormones, and of course chlorine and fluoride. The pesticide Atrazine is of particular concern, and can be found in the tap water of 30 million Americans. Animals who ate identical diets and burned the same amount of calories weighed 10 percent more if

HiPP Versus Holle: Which European Infant Formula is Healthier?


Below is an email I recently sent to a private client of mine. Since the number one question I receive is "What is the safest infant formula?," I thought some of you might be interested in my analysis of the two safest brands of baby formula, HiPP and Holle (both from Europe). Note that whichever formula you choose, you should always use a water filter to remove chlorine (carcinogenic) and fluoride (linked with lowered IQ). (Here's more on why you should get a filter and which ones I like.) Dear E.: So the bottom line is I would recommend Holle formula as the best option, but it's not

Why Organic Dairy is Toxic


This post originally appeared a guest blog for Dr. Alan Greene’s website. As a quasi-vegetarian, I eat a lot of dairy—dairy that I assumed was healthful, since it is always organic and often comes from grass-fed cows. Unfortunately, in addition to worrying about the nutritional value of the foods we eat, and whether they contain pesticides, and whether they’ve got trans fats or artificial colors/flavors/preservatives in them, we now also have to worry about invisible chemical contamination that happens during the production and/or packaging of our foods. Phthalates in Food I

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