June 11, 2009

Doctors Advise Patients to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

doctor.jpgThe American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) is advising:
Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.
AAEM was founded in 1965 and is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to expand "the knowledge of interactions between human individuals and their environment." Specifically, AAEM is calling for:
  • A moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term safety testing and labeling of GM food.
  • Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community and the public to avoid GM foods.
  • Physicians to consider the role of GM foods in their patients' disease processes.
  • More independent long term scientific studies to begin gathering data to investigate the role of GM foods on human health.
AAEM has found that there is a causation between GM foods and serious health risks, such as "infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system." Over 70 companies have responded to the dangers of GM foods by pledging to avoid sugar from GM sugar beets in their products.

Via: Seeds of Deception
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May 13, 2009

Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray Protects Your Family From Plastic Chemicals

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We all know that the chemicals in plastics are bad for our health and our environment. Recent studies have even shown a correlation between phthalates in plastics and childhood obesity. It's easy to replace your plastic water bottles with stainless steel alternatives, but what about your plastic ice cube trays?

I remember stainless steel ice cube trays from my grandmother's house. These throwbacks from the 50s provide a modern day safe alternative to plastic ice cube trays. My kids think the handle that releases the ice is super cool, and I like how the metal actually seems to make the ice harden faster. At $25 a piece, these ice cube trays are more expensive than their plastic counterparts, but the stainless steel ice cube trays will last a lifetime (I bet my grandmother's trays are still in her home).

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May 6, 2009

Children and Pharmaceutical Drugs: Generation RX

Generation RX is a powerful movie that shows how children are being over medicated and dying from antidepressants and stimulants. Information on the serious side effects of these medications has been hidden by drug companies, and children have died as a result of this unscrupulous behavior. Drug companies have "made patients out of normal children for profit", and four out of 100 children die while on psychiatric medicine. These drugs were never intended to be used on children.
By employing the expertise of internationally respected professionals from the fields of medicine, ethics, journalism, and academia, GENERATION RX investigates collusion between drug companies and their regulatory watchdogs at the FDA and focuses on the powerful stories of real families who followed the advice of their doctors - and faced devastating consequences for doing so.

GENERATION RX is a film about families who confronted horror and found nowhere to turn for help - and how scores of children have been caught in the vortex of mind-bending drugs at the earliest stages of their growth and development. This powerful documentary also questions whether we have forced millions of children onto pharmaceutical drugs for commercial rather than scientific reasons.

Every family who is considering placing their child on psychiatric medicine should see this film.

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April 27, 2009

Spry Gum Contains Xylitol to Prevent Dental Cavities

spry gum.jpg I first discovered xylitol when my son was diagnosed with Early Childhood Caries. Xylitol, a sugar substitute, prevents tooth decay.
An overview of studies about xylitol and dental caries suggests potential clinical dental applications for xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring, low-calorie sugar substitute with anticariogenic properties. Data from recent studies indicate that xylitol can reduce the occurrence of dental caries in young children, schoolchildren, and mothers, and in children via their mothers. Xylitol, a sugar alcohol, is derived mainly from birch and other hardwood trees...Commercial xylitol-containing products may be used to help control rampant decay in primary dentition.
My children chew Spry Sugarfree Gum, which contains xylitol. Fortunately, my children have never had a cavity since we started chewing xylitol gum, but I can't say for certain it is the cause of our success. We have also become more vigilant in our toothbrushing and flossing to prevent further decay. Please note, xylitol can be harmful to dogs.
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April 21, 2009

Kleenex Continues to Log Old Growth Forests for Tissues

Kleenex brand tissues logs old growth forests, including the Boreal Forest, in order that its customers can blow their noses. Remember handkerchiefs? My dad always had one in his pocket ready for our childhood runny noses. They are softer than tissues, and old growth forests do not need to be logged in their production. Of course, alternatives to Kleenex, such as Seventh Generation Facial Tissue, exist.

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April 16, 2009

Salt May be the Key to Happiness

Physiologist Alan Johnson of the University of Iowa has discovered that salt intake may be linked to happiness. By depriving rats of salt, Johnson observed rats had less pleasure and desire to perform daily activities, such as pushing a bar to release sugar water. Once the rats were given salt, they became "happy" again. National Geographic explains:

He points to one study of people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Many of the patients were found to have reduced their sodium intake for health reasons. Increasing sodium in their diets alleviated many of the patients' symptoms.

Most people get more salt than the need in their diets, and there is a link between salt and heart disease, but Johnson's findings are interesting.

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February 17, 2009

Wellness Bags Made from Recycled Designer Fabrics Provide Therapeutic Heat Naturally

divine therapy collection.jpg Handmade in Pasadena, CA, Wellness Bags provide heat therapy to relieve stress, pain, and muscle tension. Made from designer recycled fabrics and filled with rice, the Divine Therapy collection uses exclusively environmentally responsible fabrics.

To use a Wellness Bag, simply heat in a microwave for two minutes. The bag will stay warm for close to an hour and can be used anywhere on the body. Since I don't have a microwave, I wonder if there is an alternative method for heating the Wellness Bags. Of course, the rice bags can be used for cold therapy as well by placing it in the freezer!

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January 21, 2009

Killer Whales Being Poisoned by Eating PCB Tainted Salmon

killer-whale.jpg A new study of orca whales living off the coast of British Columbia has revealed their dwindling populations are being negatively affected by eating salmon that is tainted with PCBs. Although PCB use has been largely banned in the United States since 1977, this persistent organic pollutant is still present in our environment. Salmon are the staple of killer whale's diet, and even though the amount of PCBs in chinook salmon is relatively low, even small amounts pose a significant risk to the whales.

In fact, the whales have become the most contaminated marine mammals in the world.

Peter Ross, supervising researcher on the study published in the current issue of the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, explains:
Killer whales are long-lived, top-of-the-food-chain animals. They have small, isolated populations. They have very large habitat needs. If we're trying to protect 84 animals in an area where we've got 8.5 million people, we've got a bit of work to do.
One out of every 2000 Pacific orca whales have dangerous levels of pollutants that damage their immune systems, affect reproduction, and lead to developmental abnormalities.
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January 16, 2009

Looking for an Alternative to Fluoride? Try Ayurvedic Toothpaste

vicco toothpaste.jpg Many people are concerned about the safety of fluoride, especially in water. For years, I have relied on Ayurvedic toothpaste as a fluoride alternative and never experienced a cavity while using it. The Chopra Center describes Ayurveda medicine:
Ayurveda is a 5000 year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India...More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body mind and spirit.
The Ayurvedic toothpaste I love is Vicco.
Vicco Pure Herbal Toothpaste is the original Ayurvedic toothpaste. Vicco cleans your teeth, refreshens your breath, stimulates your gums.

Every tube of Vicco contains 20 pure herbal extracts long established by Ayurvedic herbal tradition to be good for teeth, mouth and gums.

Ayurvedic practice, centuries old, actively involves those elements in nature most beneficial to the individual. Vicco toothpaste is made from herbs, barks, roots and flowers, no artificial ingredients or refined sweeteners, no harsh abrasives fluoride just the best ingredients for dental care. Vicco's concentrated formula lasts longer and tastes great.

Vicco is not only great for your teeth, but it special herbal formula keeps your gums healthy too. I love the gentle tingling I feel in my mouth when I brush my teeth with Vicco, and of course, it is cruelty-free.
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January 7, 2009

Prevent Heart Disease and Diabetes with COLORED BPA-Free Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottles

coloredkleankanteen.jpg BPA is nasty stuff, and it has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. According to Science News, the FDA has failed to protect Americans from this chemical used as a starter material in most plastic manufacturing:
Urine levels of the chemical bisphenol A, found in many plastics, are strongly linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and liver enzyme problems, a new study suggests. The study, which examined a representative sample of the adult U.S population, appears in the Sept. 17 Journal of the American Medical Association.

"This is good news and bad news," comments Richard Stahlhut, an environmental health research fellow at the University of Rochester. "The good news is these are man-made exposures. If the findings hold up, we could get rid of BPA and hopefully people get better. The bad news is it would mean that our system by which we determine risk is really flawed. It's evidence that the regulatory system is inadequate in very important ways."

The good news is there is a safer, stylish water bottle options. Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottles now come in color! No more boring silver, instead you can have a pink, orange, brown, green, black, or blue bottle. Best of all, they are toxin-free dishwasher friendly!
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