Hold the Plastic Please

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It's not just lead paint in toys parents are worrying about these days. A growing number are concerned about toxins in plastics, like Berkeley acupuncturist Celina Lyons, who's featured in this recent LA Times article. Lyons gives her thirteen-month-old daughter toys made of wood and cloth, drinks from an aluminum sippy cup, and teethes on kale stems and celery. Sound extreme? Perhaps not considering studies showing how ubiquitous plastics are in our lives - and ourselves. Some scientists believe plastics might be linked to reproductive problems, asthma, and even obesity, according to the article. But research is still inconclusive.

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