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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...

Protect our Kids from Toxic Chemicals!

July 30, 2009
Want to say goodbye to those ever increasing parental worries about toxic chemicals used in everything from sunblock to beach balls, and even canned peaches? So do we! We're sick and tired of reading report after report about dangers associated with the products we use everyday: Biphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles, soda cans, and other everyday products; phthalates in toys and pacifiers; formaldehyde in baby shampoo. In fact, dangerous chemicals are found in everything from cosmetics to bedding to school supplies. Really, enough is enough! That's why MomsRising has joined a growing movement of...

80,000 Chemicals in Everyday Products, But Who's Counting (No one)

July 28, 2009
How many chemicals are in everyday products? How much of them do we make every year? What could they do to the environment and health? No one knows and no one's really trying to find out, but we can put an end to the idiocy.

California Doctors Reject BPA Findings

July 16, 2009
UPDATE: There were some questions on my diary at Daily Kos as to the science that was presented. Research had been released by California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment . The scientists presented their evidence before the "science advisory board's developmental and reproductive toxicant identification committee," which composed of eight doctors from various fields of medicine. The doctors heard testimony from almost 30 people, including myself -- an environmental advocate -- and members of the canned goods industry. -Elisa OAKLAND, Calif...
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The REAL Opt-Out Revolution

July 8, 2009
From Your Woman In Washington Written by MOTHERS volunteer Kelly Coyle DiNorcia (ahimsamama.blogspot.com) I recently took a ride down to Princeton, NJ to see a talk given by a woman named Shannon Hayes. It was about what she calls Radical Homemaking, or Enlightened Homemaking. Radical Homemakers are those who eschew many modern conveniences ("necessities") and choose instead to live a simple, low-tech lifestyle. In her research that led her to write a book about these Enlightened Homemakers, she has found that people can follow this lifestyle anywhere - in a city, in the suburbs, on a farm,...
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