Originally published July 24, 2019
Updated November 16, 2019
Tamara Rubin lives in Portland, Oregon and is a child health advocate, author, documentary filmmaker and mother of four sons. Her four sons are now 23, 17, 14 and 11. She has won multiple national awards for her Lead-poisoning prevention advocacy work (including two from U.S. government agencies).
As of November 2019 she has had more than 1.6 million unique individual readers visit her blog in the past 12 months – from more than 200 countries around the world! It is with the help, support and participation of these readers that she conducts and reports on independent testing of consumer goods for toxicants (Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium & Antimony) using X-Ray Fluoresence technology (read more about that here). She goes by #LeadSafeMama on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram and has over 2,000 separate posts of information (mostly consumer goods test results) on her blog at LeadSafeMama.com.
Tamara’s advocacy work has been mentioned in print in the New York Times, the New York Post, Mother Jones, Parents Magazine, Vice.com, MNN.com, TruthOut, WebMD, the Huffington Post, USA Today, Grok Nation and more (too many outlets to list!) – and in other media (T.V. and radio) on the Today Show, Kids in the House, Al Jazeera English, The Voice of Russia, CBS This Morning, and through news stories on CBS, ABC, NBC and even Fox News as well as in countless podcasts and other interviews.
#FunFact: Snopes has written up her work four separate times (!) – twice using her work to validate a point (Walmart Jelly Shoes & Fidget Spinners) and twice in an attempt to discredit her work (Vintage Pyrex and Tupperware)!