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FDA Issues New Fish Guidelines for Kids and Pregnant Women


A new U.S. government guideline classifies fish into three categories of safety to help pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and parents of young children make healthy choices.

The 62 types of fish and shellfish included in the guideline are sorted into: best choices: eat two to three servings a week; good choices: eat one serving a week; and fish to avoid.

Nearly 90 percent of fish eaten in the United States fall into the best choices category, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Fifty percent of pregnant women eat fewer than 2 ounces of fish a week, which is far less than the recommended amount, the FDA said. Fish offers nutritional benefits important for growth and development during pregnancy and early childhood, the agency said.

The FDA and EPA recommend two to three servings of lower-mercury fish per week, or 8 to 12 ounces total. Twelve ounces is the recommended maximum weekly consumption, according to the new guidelines.

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EcoFriday: Fight Fall Allergens with This Tiny-Silent Air Purifier (REVIEW)


So we are officially into the Fall allergy season and my family are suffering! We live in an official tree city (as designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation) which also means that we are exposed to lots of tree pollen and other seasonal allergens. We are fighting fall ragweed pollen season over here.

And we’re not just dealing with outdoor allergens, but indoor ones too.

For us, Autumn is also the season that we wash and put away old clothes, give away items to Goodwill and do some dusting of the fans and airing out the rugs. All of these things accumulate airborne particles, and contain microbiological antigens that make up our household air pollution.

We utilize air purifiers to circulate the air in the home so dust doesn’t settle but the one we have are a bit on the noisy side, and they are pretty large and look like a portable air conditioner unit.

We partnered up with the makers of AirFree, a tiny purifier that sterilizes the air without the use of a filter and allows air to flow in and out while safely and effectively eliminating  dangerous dust particles. They provided us a unit to test out for our opinion.

Recent literature from the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy can cause adverse birth outcomes and health problems for the mother and child.

So, we handed off the unit to our reviewer, Lauren C., who is expecting a third baby this November, to test it out in her room. She plans to transfer it to the baby’s nursery when he arrives.

One thing Lauren pointed out was how quiet the Airfree unit was. “You can’t even tell it is on.”

But it is on and according the makers, which claim that Airfree is the most tested purifier on the market, it does its job almost silently.

Airfree takes in our indoor air and uses high heat to destroy all airborne particles, allergens, mold spores and microbiological antigens and returns it to the environment, providing you with clean, sterile air.

A louder unit may disturb baby as he sleeps so it’s pretty cool to know that Airfree is on the job and keeping the room fresh and pure every day, around the clock.

That’s some great assurance and I may need to order a few units for a few rooms in our home as well!