Episode 50: Children's Health

Sandra Steingraber copyright Frank DiMeo/Cornell University.

Photo of Sandra Steingraber copyright Frank DiMeo/Cornell University.

Nothing is more important to parents than the health of their children, and advances in chemistry and pharmaceuticals have made it possible for children to receive the best care that science has to offer. However, chemical hazards in everyday life still pose hidden risks to children. On this week’s show, we’ll take a look at a common drug that may have latent side effects for children. Next, CHF’s Jody Roberts talks with ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber (pictured above) about the potential chemical hazards in our environment that can affect children’s health. And finally, Sarah Reisert will explain the danger that could be lurking in the plastic of your baby’s bottle in Chemistry in your Cupboard. Element of the Week: Lithium.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:33 Introduction
00:58 Element of the Week: Lithium
02:49 A Conversation with Sandra Steingraber
08:38 Chemistry in Your Cupboard: Bisphenol A
11:18 Closing Credits

Resources and References

Visit Sandra Steingraber’s Web site to learn more about her and her work.
The EPA offers information about environmental hazards that could be putting your family at risk.
Check out the Complete Children’s Health Web site for ways to reduce BPA exposure.


Special thanks go to Jody Roberts for researching and to Eleanor Goldberg for writing the show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music is “The Cool Lullabye,” by Catya Maré, “Lullabye,” by Dr. Awkward, and “Duermete Nino Columbian Lullaby,” by LucyTunes Lullabies.

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