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En vivant, a French term, when translated into English means “while living.” En vivant was established to address the various subtle and diverse influences in our lives and how they impact our health and transform and change us. The impact of diet, lifestyle, and exercise on health has been well- established. I speculate that there is a relationship between subjects as disparate as technology, environment, design, music, art, culture, and human health. En vivant will explore the far-reaching health effects of such diverse topics. However, this is not a medical consultation site. The information here is not intended to substitute good, comprehensive health care. If you have any specific questions regarding your condition, I advise you to follow up with your health-care provider.


  jo wrote @ May 28th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

when I used the nature baby care diapers on my baby, gel leaked from them.Is the gel unsafe for the baby?I have since discontinued using nature baby care.

  neelam wrote @ May 29th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Hi Jo,

I understand your concern. The gel you speak of is called sodium polyacrylate gel, and has been used in modern disposable diapers to increase their absorbancy. The gel absorbs water and can hold up to 500ml of fluid. Cloth diapers and traditional disposable diapers can hold about 100ml of fluid. There was an association of the sodium polyacrlylate gel, which was found in tampons, with Toxic Shock Syndrome, but from what I understand, this has not been scientifically proven. That being said, I try to limit the amount of exposure baby has to the sodium polyacrylate gel because the long-term effects are unknown. There is a brand called Tushies, which is a biodegradable diaper, with out the sodium polyacrylate gel. It is important to frequently change baby if you use Tushies, as they are not as absorbant. Another alternative is cloth diapers. I did read something about the link of sodium polyacrylate and asthma, but I can not find the study. If I find any more information regarding the sodium polyacrylate gel, I will let you know.

Here are some abstracts from Pubmed which may be of interest:

Also on the gDiapers website, there is a link to an article if you click on 400studies, you will be able to read a complete article in Contemporary Pediatrics about the safety of sodium polyacrylate in disposable diapers. here is the link:

  James wrote @ November 21st, 2009 at 1:26 pm

After reading, I thought this might be a useful resource for your site:

The site is free, and perhaps the most comprehensive biomedical site on the web. It has all PubMed and MedLine documents, plus mililons more including full-text journal articles and a large database of theses and dissertations.

And, you don’t have to register but if you do you can use portfolios to save documents, share documents (and comment on them) between users, and set up automatic alerts.

  Monique Buckner wrote @ January 4th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I would not use Nature Babycare diapers/nappies at all. They are made in Israel and so help fund the ethnic cleansing and other crimes against Palestinians. Purchasing Nature Babycare is not a vote for human rights.

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