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The Environmental Links to Breast Cancer

Listen to my June 17th interview on Progressive Radio Network with Dr. Sabrina McCormick, sociologist, documentary filmmaker and author of the new book “No Family History: The Environmental Link to Breast Cancer.” […]

By |June 23rd, 2009|Articles, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|0 Comments

Honey Laundering

I love honey. I love that it is a natural product that has been around forever. So, I found it upsetting to learn that much of the honey sold in stores is contaminated with antibiotics like Chloramphenicol, which is banned by the FDA.

By |March 16th, 2009|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|5 Comments

Cell Phones and Kids: Not a Safe Combination

Studies from around the world are now being released with some startling news about using cell phones. A Swedish study reports that radio waves from mobile phones penetrate deep into the brain not just around the ear. Researchers found that using your cell phone for 10 years or longer will double the risk of getting an acoustic neuroma – a tumor on a nerve connecting your ear to your brain – and children, because they have thinner skulls than adults and nervous systems that are still developing, are particularly vulnerable to it. […]

By |December 7th, 2007|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|Comments Off

Making Sense of Scents

If you are buying scented air fresheners and household cleaning products, chances are you are exposing yourself to chemicals that are bad for you. For example, The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) recently found that 12 out of 14 popular air freshener brands contained phthalates, chemicals that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive [...]

By |November 13th, 2007|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|Comments Off

This Halloween: Know Where Your Chocolate Comes From

Sure the costumes are cute, and the house decorations clever, but let’s face it, for kids, Halloween is all about the candy. If you’re like me, and your kids bring home way too many treats, you might want to consider mailing the chocolate ones back to Nestlé, M&M/Mars and Hershey. Why? Because, according to media reports, these and other chocolate makers buy cocoa from plantations that use child slaves in the harvesting of cocoa beans. The reports have unveiled stories about boys, as young as 9 years old, who were tricked or sold into slavery, to work on cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire) in West Africa. This small country is the world’s major supplier of cocoa, providing 43% of the world’s supply. […]

By |October 13th, 2007|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|Comments Off

Safe Makeup

By the time you walk out the door in the morning, after slathering, and spritzing yourself with toner, moisturizer, eye cream, foundation, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, gloss and perfume, you may have put enough chemicals onto your body to be hazardous to your health. Many of the chemicals in makeup have been linked to cancer, hormone imbalances and skin irritation. […]

By |September 13th, 2007|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|Comments Off

Eggs Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

It’s not so simple to buy eggs anymore. Choices abound, from organic, cage-free, farm-raised, free-range, omega-3, biodynamic, local, pastured, fertilized, vegetarian, and natural, to the other end of the spectrum – irradiated. Then there’s shell color: white, brown, speckled, and if you’re lucky enough to find them, blue. What’s an omelet-eating, soufflé-making, frittata-loving, eggs-over-medium person to choose? […]

By |August 13th, 2007|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|Comments Off

My Farmer

Most of us have our own doctor, dentist, and lawyer – so why not a farmer? Many locally owned farms offer fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, eggs from free roaming chickens and beef that has been raised on a green pasture instead of in a crowded, manure-filled feedlot. […]

By |July 13th, 2007|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|Comments Off

It Really Bugs Me

Imagine picking a fruit or vegetable from your garden, spraying it with bug spray, and then handing it to your child to eat. Does that seem absurd? Well, that’s exactly what we do each day with store-bought non-organic produce. The chemicals are invisible, odorless and tasteless. We do it because most of us are unaware. For example, the teenage daughter of a friend of mine babysat for my eight year old for the first time the other night. I felt comfortable leaving my child with her; I told her to please feel free to help herself to any food she wanted in my refrigerator or pantry. The next day I touched base with her mom who said all went well, except that her daughter had phoned her from my home and exclaimed: “Mom, everything in their kitchen is organic. It’s so weird!” I was stunned that a 16 year old would find a kitchen filled with healthy, organic* food to be weird and then I realized that “weird” to a teenager usually means something they haven’t seen before, or been told about. […]

By |June 13th, 2007|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|Comments Off

Squeaky Clean, But Is Your Soap Safe

Most of us don’t realize how the chemicals in the bottles that are lined up on our sinks and shower stalls impact our health. For example, here’s a dirty little secret about soaps and shampoos: most that are commercially made contain chemicals called parabens used as antimicrobial preservatives. The Environmental Protection Agency states that all parabens – methyl, propyl, and butyl – are endocrine disruptors. In other words, they interfere with the function of the endocrine system (the thyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries and testes) which regulate hormones. The Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York says that endocrine disruptors have been suspected of contributing to reproductive and developmental disorders, learning problems (like ADD), and immune system dysfunction. […]

By |April 13th, 2007|Healthy, Wealthy and Wise|Comments Off