Dr Aly Cohen contributes to TLC health news report.
Flint, Michigan, has been in the headlines over the past five months because dangerously high levels of lead were found in the city’s water supply. According to reports, between 6,000 to 12,000 children in the area were exposed to lead, and the rest of the country has been watching, horrified.
… “The CPSIA reduced lead content in toys in 2008 to 600 parts per million,” explains Dr. Aly Cohen, an autoimmune disease specialist and founder of The Smart Human. “By 2012, the amount of lead allowed in most new products for children 12 and younger was 100 parts per million.”
Cohen uses The Smart Human to give tips on how to reduce exposure to everyday chemicals and radiation. When it comes to toys, she recommends only buying toys that are:
1. Manufactured after 2012
2. Made in the United States
3. Sold by a reputable company
“Toys really become an issue when it comes to choosing toys from other countries that have much more limited oversight,” she says. She also recommends you skip the dollar store, because they “don’t have very good oversight from a manufacturing standpoint.”