Dr. Alan Greene is renowned pediatrician and father of four who has written many books on the subject of green parenting, and how to keep your family safe and healthy. He is on the board of Healthy Child, Healthy World and recently published two new books called Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green. I recently had the chance to interview Dr. Greene about some of my most pressing concerns about hidden household toxins and chemicals – check out the video above and the interview below to hear what he had to say on everything from toxic household cleaners, to autism, to concerns about endocrine disruption with BPA and soy products.
Jill: What products and chemicals should we be most concerned about for kids in our home?
Dr. Alan Greene: As a pediatrician, we often tell parents to lock up cleaning supplies, but despite that advice there’s 200,000 poisonings every year in the United States from cleaning products alone. My big concern is not just that but when they’re used as directed, they can leave residues on floors and tables and counters and the fumes can linger in our homes for a long time. It’s one of the reasons that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.
Jill: Are there alternatives to these harsh chemicals that we can use when we’re cleaning our home?
Dr. Alan Greene: Thankfully, green cleaners are really coming of age. There are alternatives without all the harsh chemicals that can really get the job done. Disinfecting is a great example of that. Parents often love disinfecting wipes to be able to clean up kids’ toys and even pacifiers and things like that, but up until recently the disinfecting wipes and sprays have contained chemicals I really don’t like. Now in 2010, there’s an EPA-registered disinfectant that is 99.99 percent effective at killing germs naturally and it’s one made by Seventh Generation.