Things We’ve Read: Week of Aug. 18th, 2013

Is There Danger Lurking in Your Lipstick?: Deborah Bluhm from NYTimes addresses the Boston University study which shows that in addition to lead, many metals exist in lipstick. What does the FDA say? Should people change their lipstick habits?

BPA, phthalates tied to kids’ weight, diabetes risk: Reuters’ Genevra Pittman covers a NYU and University of Michigan studies linking obesity in children to BPAs found in packaging for their food. The contributors clarify that the studies are based on urine samples, though blood-level analysis is required to prove that BPAs affect weight in children.

Another freaky side to infertility: Rodale’s Leah Zerbe shares infertility statistics as well as statistics about BPAs which show connections between the two. The article also features helpful tips on how to avoid BPAs.

Top 5 Natural Remedies During Pregnancy: offers helpful advice for the pains that ail pregnant women. Like fennel seed tea for heartburn!

The Re-education of My Perineum: Ruth Foxe Blader from the NYTimes sheds light on a good reason to keep seeing your midwife after you’ve given birth. And some helpful suggestions about how to get your perineal area back in tact and in shape in a health way.