Dr. Manasa Mantravadi explains how Plastics are Disrupting our Planet and our Children's Health
As moms, we want to take the best possible care of our children. Here to discuss how plastics may be affecting your children, and what you can do about it, is Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, a board certified pediatrician who launched the world’s first colorful stainless steel dishes for kids, Ahimsa. Tune in to hear about endocrine destructing chemicals and how they are considered to be the second greatest threat to human health, and the science behind how the endocrine system supports overall health. Dr. Mantravadi reveals some of the health problems she is treating in children that historically only affect adults and she tells us why we can’t leave environmental factors out of the conversation about children’s health. She assures us that small incremental change at a mass scale is a powerful tool to change the world, and tells us the story of how Ahimsa was started, with the philosophy of doing no harm as a hero product to champion the movement towards a plastic-free world. Join us today to hear all this and more!
Key Points From This Episode:
- What is meant by endocrine destructing chemicals and what this means for global health.
- The global health organizations that consider endocrine disrupting chemicals in plastic to be the second greatest threat to human health.
- How hormones create a communication pathway in the endocrine system.
- Some of the health problems she is treating in children that are new to this generation.
- Why we can’t leave environmental factors out of the conversation about children’s health.
- The oversights in the food industry, with 60 percent of 6,000 chemicals having been tested.
- How you can speak with your wallet to enact change in children’s products.
- Small incremental change at a mass scale as a powerful tool to change the world.
- The story of how Ahimsa was started with the philosophy of doing no harm.
- How Ahimsa was created with intentionality at a design, material, and concept level.
- Why, when you teach children healthy habits at a young age, they stick.
- Giving a big picture perspective to moms as a tool to empower them to make good choices.
- How Dr. Mantravadi sees Ahimsa growing: to create a movement as a solution to the plastic problem, Ahimsa Home as a way to make your home cleaner and greener.
- What school cafeteria systems look like at the moment and how they need to change.
- The kids as the reason for doing anything.
- Dinner time at Dr. Mantravadi’s house: the children are involved in cooking dinner, plant-based food, and a lot of Italian and Indian food.
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