Follow Those Links! A List of Lists

by Ellen

I’m sharing some of my favorite sources of health and safety information.  These are go-to lists for looking up everything from where to find great local produce to how to avoid GMOs.  Whether you’re trying to find a good source of local blueberries or the safest teething toy, I hope you’ll find these resources useful.

List o’ Lists:


1.  Local Harvest

When you’re looking for a farmers’ market, the best place to buy locally-raised grass-fed meat, or a community supported agriculture (CSA) share, Local Harvest has the answer!

2.  Non-GMO Shopping Guide

It’s difficult to find foods that are free of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), because there are no labeling requirements.   Here’s a handy list of GMO-free foods that you can take along on your shopping trip.  There’s even an iPhone app.

3.  Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database

Every time I try a new shampoo or sunscreen, I look it up first on the Environment Working Group’s “Skin Deep” cosmetic safety database.  EWG rates the safety of thousands of products and explains the potential health hazards of each ingredient.

4.  EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides

Do you really need to buy the organic version of that fruit?  The Environmental Working Group provides another useful list rating conventionally-grown produce according to pesticide levels and health risk.  The “Dirty Dozen” are the worst offenders.

5.  Sierra Magazine’s Logo Land

What does that logo mean?  Sierra Magazine explains several logos you might encounter.   Read to the bottom of the page for a note of caution about non-regulated terms such as “rBST-free.”  See also the USDA definitions for the different “organic” seals.

6.  Cell Phone Radiation Levels

How much radiation does your mobile phone emit?  You can check its specific absorption rate (SAR), which measures the radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by your body when you use the handset.  If your phone is one of the top 20 radiation emitters, what can you do?  Use the speaker, turn off the phone when you don’t need it, or use an air-filled ear piece.  (Learn more.)

7.  The ZRecs Guide to Safer Children’s Products

Check baby products by brand name or category to see whether they contains toxins such as lead, BPA, phthalates, or PVC: ZRecs Guide.  Everything from baby foods to car seats can be found on this list.

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Betsy March 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Thanks for sharing such wonderful resources. You have been so helpful in my quest for healthy living.

Ellen March 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Thank you for your kind comment, Betsy! I’m so glad you’re finding these lists useful.

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