Friday Links: Traffic and Childhood Asthma, Michelle Obama, and a Contest


Living Near Heavy Traffic Increases Kids’ Asthma by 50%
This isn’t the first study linking auto emissions with asthma, but it’s the clearest connection I’ve seen yet. Munich researchers studied 6,000 four and six year-olds and after controlling for other risk factors, discovered the risk of asthma and allergies is 50% higher for kids living 165 feet or less from major roads.

On a related side note, I’ve had the misfortune to live in a state governed by our president’s brother from 1998 to 2007. In the year 2000, Jeb Bush ended car emissions testing in Florida despite its being credited with eliminating 60,000 lbs. of air pollutants like the ones mentioned in the study. He called the annual inspections, which generally run around $25, an “unnecessary burden” on Florida drivers.

It comes a surprise to no one who reads this regularly, I’m sure, that I questioned the wisdom of that particular move in light of the lung burden of emissions like VOC’s and particulate matter. (And he’s known as the *smart* Bush brother.)

Michelle Obama Discusses Her Daughter’s Asthma in New Healthy Child Healthy World Book
She’s one of multiple famous contributers to this guidebook for raising healthy kids and limiting their exposure to toxins by Christopher Gavigan, Executive Director/CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW). Formerly the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, HCHW is a terrific organization that aims to create healthy environments for children. Erin Brockovich Ellis of movie fame is the Director of Environmental Research. I haven’t read the book yet, but I want to.

Want to Win a Grass-Fed Cow?
Okay, not really a whole cow, but it’s possibly the best-named contest ever. La Cense Beef is giving away 3 different grass-fed beef packages, and if you don’t know much about this difference between grain-fed and grass-fed, check out whole site. It’s better for you, better for the Earth, and if you win the contest–it’s free.

The Global Food Crises and Its Health Effects on Kids

From my Celsias gig:

Whether environmental, social, or political, major catastrophes hit vulnerable populations hardest, and the global food crisis is no different. As the world watched events unfold during the United Nations’ hunger conference in Rome, life for children in places like sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti has reached crisis levels.

During the summit, the World Bank had identified three priorities. One, supply immediate aid and support to the 20 countries most vulnerable to current shortages. Two, “fast-track” seeds and fertilizers to the 15 developing countries where small farmers can increase crops immediately. Finally, lift food export bans and other restrictions that encourage food hoarding in rich countries, hoarding that trickles down to further impact already hard-hit poorer regions. The World Bank itself is streamlining $1.2 billion in grants and loans for immediate relief for vulnerable countries.
Read the whole article through the link above.

8 responses to “Friday Links: Traffic and Childhood Asthma, Michelle Obama, and a Contest”

  1. Asthmagirl says:

    So Jeb turned off emissions testing? Kind of flies in the face of logic, doesn’t it. Possibly he’s sharing a brain with W and the two of them and my dad form the axis of evil… non believers in global warming, VOCs and particulate matter in the air.

    By the way, Madeline made me say this. You know how she is!

    I reduced my meds today for the first time in a year to see how I do on less. Um, yeah… I’ll be going back to the full dose tonight.

  2. freadom says:

    Okay about cat allergies again. Have you seen that article about how when a mom is stressed during pregnancy that this can lead to an increase in childhood allergies?

  3. Amy says:

    She’s very clever, that Maddie. “Sharing a brain”—love it.

    Ugh on the meds. I know that weather probably isn’t helping any–I’d send you some of this heat (but not too much, of course) if I could.

    I have, actually. I wish studies like that would lead to better health care and more options for women around the world.

    Did you make a decision about the cat?

  4. freadom says:

    It’s funny, We just discussed these asthma studies, but the question about the cat was never asked. Go figure.

    lol. Before the cat thing, my wife and kids wanted a dog. This might be an everlasting battle for the both of us.

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