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September 16, 2009
Searching for a new car? Back to school clothes shopping with the kids? Don’t miss out on the new Healthy Stuff database just because you’re on the go!
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CA Assembly Fails to Pass BPA Bill

September 14, 2009
As you all know, I and other members on the MomsRising team have been fervently working to pass a bill in California that would help eliminate the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby and toddler products like bottles and sippy cups. I thought I would let you know how the vote went on Friday. It had already passed the Senate and was favored by the Assembly 35-32. Unfortunately, it did not garner the 41 votes necessary to clear the Assembly. Here is how individual Assemblymembers voted . Here is a statement by Sen. Fran Pavley , who sponsored and fought her heart out for this...
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The Foxes Guarding the Chickens: BPA, EPA & the Chemical Makers

September 12, 2009
This week would have been a great occasion to have a camera crew at the National Institutes of Health, to capture EPA officials meeting with the densest gathering ever of the cream of America’s toxic chemical producers and users. They came together – with no sign that the new administration had lifted a finger to change business as usual – to “dialog” about how BPA and other chemicals will be tested from now on. They were there to give EPA their “guidance and assessment,” the conference material announces. BPA, bisphenol-A, is the best-known chemical in America right now, an ingredient in...

Urgent -- CA Toxics Bill Needs Your Help Now!

September 10, 2009
The California State Assembly has until today to pass a bill, SB 797, that would ban the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby products like bottles and formula cans. As the Los Angeles Times noted today , the formula and packaging industry have launched a ferocious campaign against this bill even though there are 200 peer-reviewed studies linking BPA with heart disease, diabetes, liver problems, brain damage, cancer and hormone disruption. We are currently six votes shy of passing this important piece of legislation. CA moms, can you help us protect our children from BPA by making a few...
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A New Pediatrics to Heal Sick Children (and Keep Well Kids Healthy)

September 10, 2009
A New Pediatrics to Heal Sick Children (and Keep Well Kids Healthy) If your baby were suffering from colic, would you treat him with artificially dyed and sweetened simethicone (the chemical in drugs such as Mylanta and Mylicon) or first try an emulsion of fennel seed oil? If your young daughter developed a persistent rash, would prefer the doctor to prescribe antihistamines or a diet rich in omega fatty acids? More and more, it’s likely you’d give the second choice a try. The big news is that mind-body pediatrics has come of age over the past generation. (Cite: Focus on Complementary and...

Lead in lipstick: FDA gives moms the toxic kiss off

September 3, 2009
It took nearly two years, but FDA has finally published its study on lead in lipstick, and the findings are not reassuring. FDA found up to four times more lead in lipstick than previous reports. Even less reassuring is the fact that FDA spent two years studying the problem, only to discover that, yup, there really is lead in lipstick – and then decide that, no, they’re not going to do anything about it. Wasn’t FDA once the world’s gold standard agency for consumer protection? Don’t they exist for the purpose of ensuring that America has the safest possible food, drugs and cosmetics? If so,...

Back-To-School Shopping? Don't forget PVC-Free School Supplies!

August 17, 2009
Ever notice those PVC free labels on products and think... I should know what that's about, but I haven't got the time to find out? Me too. Turns out that the production of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC—is incredibly bad for the environment. But there’s more! PVC is also a major source of phthalates, yes, the same dangerous plastic softeners we successfully banned from children's toys last year. Phthalates have been banned in children's toys, but they're still legal in PVC school supplies our children come in contact with on a daily basis. Phthalates harm children's health and development by...

Highest Ranking Senator to Hear Issues Facing Moms In Business

August 17, 2009
In September, The National Association For Moms In Business, is meeting with Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid to discuss issues most affecting moms who are in business. Senator Reid has shown a great interest and concern over the years in the issues affecting moms in business. We are really excited and grateful to have the opportunity to meet with him. Before the meeting, we would like to hear from our members. What's important to you that you would like us to address with Senator Reid? It can be the challenges you face in business or with family or both. Post your concerns, thoughts,...

Raising Children and Grandchildren in a Toxic World

August 11, 2009
As we watched each of our five grandchildren and their friends enter this world and begin their life’s journey, it became more and more clear that something is amiss with this generation. How are your children and your friends’ children doing? Most likely, one of three of the children you know in this generation suffers from a chronic illness. Perhaps it’s cancer, or birth defects, perhaps asthma, or a problem that affects the child’s mind and behavior, such as Downs Syndrome, learning disorders, ADHD or autism. Though one in three may sound exaggerated, unbelievable, the figures are there...

How You Can Help Reduce the Use of 100 Million Pounds of Toxics

August 7, 2009
They say an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure. I wonder what the prevention of 100 million pounds of toxic pollution equals? Can you put a price on not releasing toxics into the environment? Eliminating the need for future clean up? Eliminating the impacts these toxic substances may have on human health? It’s impossible to quantify, but I think it’s crystal clear that preventing pollution is wiser than paying for it later. So, why are pollution prevention programs going under the knife across the US? Case in point: The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) has been helping...

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