Women’s Retirement Planning – WISER

Women’s InstituteWomen's Retirement Planning Women's Institute For A Secure Retirement Improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy. For A Secure Retirement (WISER) provides Women’s Retirement Planning,  improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy.

Women are 2 times more likely to be poor in retirement than men. We make financial decisions every day, and there are lots of opportunities to make positive changes for long-term financial security. WISER gives hope to women who need basic financial and retirement education to improve their lives. What a wonderful help for women!

“Start small and make a Big difference! Women earn less and live longer. Plan for it! Know your numbers, how much will you need in retirement? Make your own personal retirement plan to allow for financial security during the 3 to 10 years many of us live alone as we age.” Lara Hinz, Director of Programs at WISER

Women’s Retirement Planning:

A 1-Stop Gateway for Retirement Planning: The National Resource Center On Women And Retirement Planning. The Center’s goal is to assist the Aging Network in educating women of all ages about planning for their future financial, health and long-term care needs. The core of the Center’s work is the direct impact we have on women in communities across the country. Every year, WISER reaches tens of thousands of women with our workshops, trainings, print and electronic materials, and website.

Women's Retirement Planning - WISERA Simple Guide to What Everyone Needs to Know About Money & Retirement: This guide will provide you with the basic information you need to know to start making decisions about your retirement. Make sure you are getting the most you can from your employer-sponsored pension plan. If you don’t have a retirement strategy yet, it’s time you started! Use this guide to develop a strategy for your retirement. It’s never too late or too early! This publication is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Vietnamese here.

Researched and detailed answers to questions. WISER partners with other organizations to produce research on issues surrounding financial security, retirement, aging, and related topics. They provide free researched published that focus on these important issues related to women and retirement here.

Women's Retirement Planning -Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Money and Retirement Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know about Protecting Your Money and Retirement is designed to help you identify financial decisions you may face as a caregiver. These decisions can affect both your short-term and long-term financial security, including your own retirement.

Financial Elder Abuse Resources: In an effort to combat elder financial abuse and educate all women about this devastating problem, WISER compiled a list of helpful resources here.

WISER’s Newsletter: WISER’s latest newsletter includes a feature on reverse mortgages and reverse mortgage scams, offers tips for choosing between a monthly payment or lump sum pension payout, and highlights recent research on caregivers. You can also learn more about new resources available including the Administration for Community Living’s new campaign focused on brain health, and the Department of Health & Human Services new site, www.aging.gov.

Women's Retirement Planning -Nurses' Investor Education Project WISER Report Highlights Effective Financial Education Project for NursesNurses’ Investor Education Project: WISER’s Report Highlights Effective Financial Education Project for Nurses- A multi-year financial education initiative aiming to improve nurses’ financial security using educational tools, resources, and peer-to-peer training and workshops. “Changing Investment and Savings Behavior of Nurses” helps identify nurses’ specific financial information needs and provide them with tools to help them successfully manage and build their wealth into retirement. Read the report here.

Women's Retirement Planning - A New Way to Save with myRA Do you know about MyRA (my Retirement Account), a government-backed retirement plan launched nationwide that provides a savings option for the tens of millions of U.S. workers whose employers don’t offer a retirement savings plan. The MyRA accounts are open to anyone earning an annual salary of less than $131,000, or $193,000 if they are married and file taxes jointly. There is no minimum or fee to open an account. Payments can go into the plan automatically, either directly from a checking or savings account, or from an employer’s payroll system, via direct deposit. Learn more at myra.gov.

WISER helps women retire with dignity and security by educating us to avoid poverty in old age with many helpful resources: Publications, website, blog, workshops, trainings, research, rural grassroots education, and press.

WISER gives hope to women who need basic financial and retirement education to improve their lives.

“I feel empowered to make the right and good decisions for retirement security.”

for WISER’s 20th year? I did!

By giving $20, you can help extend their reach to even more women like yourself.


Women's Retirement Planning -Women's Institute For A Secure Retirement Improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy.
We interviewed Lara Hinz, Director of Programs at WISER. Listen to her free interview here. 

Lara says, “Start small and make a Big difference! Women earn less and live longer. Plan for it! Know your numbers, how much will you need in retirement? Make your own personal retirement plan to allow for financial security during the 3 to 10 years many of us live alone as we age.”

Women and Money Telesummit In this Telesummit, you'll learn financial strategies that fit your lifestyle.

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COP21 Highlights – Women and Action

Cop21 HighlightsWorld leaders and global activists have met to finalize a climate agreement at the Paris Climate Summit COP21. This is a pivotal point for environmental politics and  how individuals and communities can take action to support the planet. Here are some COP21 Highlights:

Women and Gender Constituency – Over the past several years of international climate change negotiations, it has been established and agreed by governments across the world, who are Parties toCOP21, that gender equality and ensuring women’s human rights are necessary to effectively act on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Women were active at COP21 both inside the meetings and outside in the streets and many organizing meetings that brought global activists together in protest and negotiations.

North Dakota indigenous leader Kandi Mossett: “We are sacrifice zones” – Man camps are where thousands of men live in hovels. They’re FEMA trailers or RV parks or wherever they can find space. Man camps are in what used to be wheat fields or a sunflower fields that are now oil-fracking operations. As a result, we’ve seen an great increase in crime, violence, and drug abuse. I have buried two young girls, my friends, this last year, who got addicted to the heroin, because we now have organized crime. As far as the environmental toxins, we won’t even feel the effects for 20 years. And I’m so worried that at this COP21 my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter won’t have a say, but she will be experiencing the worst impacts. And it just doesn’t make any sense to me that this is the 21st COP and we are considered sacrifice zones in my community.

COP21 HighlightsClimate Justice Movement “Extremely Disappointed” in COP21 Draft’s “Failure to Set Up” – Chee Yoke Ling, legal adviser to the Third World Network, based in Beijing: “There’s no agreement, actually, because the question is: How do we share? How do we share the responsibility of doing the actions that will bring us to 1.5? Many vulnerable countries, small island states, and even some of the bigger developing countries want strong action. But the 1.5 has to be in the context of actions that are fair, so that the rich and those who can do more should do their share, and then the poor should be helped to actually do their share. So what we see here, to get to the 1.5, where everybody is treated the same, where we see the rich countries, like the United States and the European countries or Japan, saying that they will try to do their best, on a voluntary basis, and they’re backing off from what they agreed to do 20 years ago. They are not cutting emissions at home, in Europe or North America. They are not going to give money to help other countries do it. So, 1.5 is a nice number, but how do you get to 1.5 in terms of real actions?”

Young Feminist Day at the Women and Gender Caucus: Alina Saba – Thailand, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development: “Living with climate change is a reality, it keeps us awake at night. Climate Change is further pushing us into a cycle of inequality. We are trading away our life.” Report from WEDO *Women, Environment & Development Organization begun by Bella Abzug): The room was filled with engaged participants eager to hear the voices of young feminists who participated and hope to continue the conversation and establish a young feminist working group in order to ensure that all generations are included in climate change negotiations, international policies, and advocacy spaces.

Cop21 Highlights naomi kleinNaomi Klein Decries Climate Deal as Extraordinarily Dangerous – “We know, from the paltry levels of financing that wealthy governments have brought to the table, that COP21 is going to steamroll over equity red lines, which means that wealthy countries that have been emitting fossil fuels on an industrial scale for a couple hundred years will continue to fail to do our fair share of emission reductions, or pay our fair share for the impacts of that, for loss and damage caused by climate change, and also the resources that are badly needed so that poorer countries can leapfrog over fossil fuels and the car culture, and go directly to renewable energy, community-controlled renewable energy, energy democracy. It takes resources and technology transfers to happen. We also know that it’s going to steamroll over our legal red lines, because the U.S. has come to these negotiations announcing that the deal cannot be legally binding. Any talk of penalties was off the table before it even began.

Which is why on December 12th many activists will be in the streets of Paris peacefully demonstrating against the violation of these red lines. We will also be mourning the lives already lost to climate disruption…”   Check out Naomi’s newest book here: Capitalism vs. Climate.

Jane Goodall at COP21: “I’m Here to Save the Rainforests” COP21 Highlights– “Our misuse of fossil fuels, the emissions—from agriculture, from industry, from households—the vast impact that’s being made by this intensive farming of animals. And in order to feed the billions and billions of cows and pigs and chickens, even if you don’t care about the cruelty, even if you refuse to admit that these are individuals with feelings, who feel pain and have emotions, even if you don’t admit that, you have to admit huge areas of forest are cut down to grow grain to feed them. Intensive cattle grazing is turning forests to woodland, to scrubland. And food in one end, gas out both ends, that’s methane. And that’s an even more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. It’s about 36 percent of all methane emissions come from this intensive farming.”

Greenland Glaciologist Says, Voluntary Pledges Aren’t Enough 
“What we need to be talking about is the atmospheric carbon level that we can tolerate. And unfortunately, it’s too high now, so the conversation, the missing conversation, is also about atmospheric drawdown of carbon. And that’s why I bring up trees and grasslands and restoring growing parts of our planet. We’ve lost one-third of arable land on our planet in the last 50 years. We need to start reversing that. And we can bring humidification back to the Mediterranean. The Roman Empire began deforesting the Mediterranean long ago, and that desertification trend is behind the drought. And we can actually begin reversing that. And it actually—besides bringing moisture back to some of these places and sequestering carbon, it also gives people hope. And it can be a gesture of peace that we can offer around the world.”

COP21 HighlightsGreenpeace commissioned 80 activists from Germany, France and Belgium to paint a large, yellow sun on Paris’ Etoile — the roundabout that encircles the Arc de Triomphe. They used washable paint that isn’t environmentally harmful.

Today, 12/12/15, climate activists are protesting in the streets of Paris, calling all of us to action.

Paris isn’t the end of the story, but a conclusion of a particular chapter. Now, it’s up to us to strengthen these promises, make sure they are kept, and then accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and toward 100% renewable energy. Videos from Paris here.

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan DietThe UN reports: “Less consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.”

– The UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet because a substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”

– Moving to Meat & Dairy-Free Diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change as the global population surges toward a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050. Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products.

– U.S. diets rich in meat and dairy are unsustainable. Rising affluence is triggering a shift in our diets toward more meat and dairy products. Environmental impacts rise roughly 80% with a doubling of income. Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet Biomass (animal waste) and crops for animal food are as damaging as burning fossil fuels. Livestock consumes much of the world’s crops and a great deal of freshwater, fertilizers and pesticides. Animal products cause more damage than producing construction sand or cement, plastics or metals.

The UN report cites the following pressures on the environment as priorities for governments around the world: climate change, habitat change, wasteful use of nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers, over-exploitation of fisheries, forests and other resources, invasive species, unsafe drinking water and sanitation, lead exposure, urban air pollution and occupational exposure to particulate matter.

See the entire U.N. Report “Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production: Priority Products and Materials” here.

Listen Here to our interview with Carol J. Adams. “You can get all your protein needs from plant-based foods. No cholesterol in a Vegan Diet.”

Green and Healthy Holiday Kitchen Tips

winter owl We are all trying to eat and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. Here are some green and healthy holiday kitchen tips for you and your family during this wintery time of the year:

 
Choose recipes that call for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat the Rainbow of antioxidant colored foods. Wash them with water and a few drops of vinegar or lemon.
Choose organic foods when you can, these are also non-GMO which is a big plus until we get more labeling legislated.
 
Green and Healthy Holiday Kitchen TipsKitchen clean-up can be green too! Try natural alternatives like vinegar, baking soda and water. Make your own DIY cleaner or buy it healthy. An easy and very economical cleaner that I use for kitchen counters, mirrors, etc., is turning your vinegar bottle into a spray cleaning bottle by attaching a sprayer from an empty spray bottle. They fit the glass vinegar bottles! Add water and a small amount of any vinegar and you have a very effective, versitile and economical cleaner.
 
Select organic meats and dairy to limit exposure to hormones and antibiotics creating resistant strains of bacteria. Meat production is the biggest creator of climate change and the destruction of our lands and seas, so limit eating meat and dairy and consider becoming a vegan. See our favorite book on this subject below.
 
Use cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic cookware. Non-Stick pans release Perfluorochemicals into food and air, and have been linked to cancer.
 
 
Buy foods packaged in glass rather than plastic or cans to reduce your family’s exposure to endocrine disrupting BPA – bisphenol A, also linked to cancers.
diy freeze in glass jarsStore leftovers in glass. The chemical additives in plastic can migrate into foods and liquids. You CAN freeze in glass jars! You can see here that I have frozen hot peppers that I got at the Farmer’s Market. Too many to use immediately, so I froze them. The secret is keeping the lid off until the food is frozen. When you defrost, make sure you do it slowly so you don’t crack the glass.  Do not immerse the cold glass jar into hot water.
 
Never microwave in plastic, even if it says “microwave safe.” Heat can release plastic chemicals into your food and drink. Living an anti-cancer lifestyle requires never letting your food touch plastic!
 

Enjoy the smells and the togetherness of this Winter Season. Take a walk outside and breathe in the Joy!

Remember: “No Bees, no pumpkin pie, cranberry relish, stuffed celery, or green bean casserole! Help the bees, don’t use garden pesticides.” Center for Food Safety 

 

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags

How to Say NO to Plastic BagsIt’s time to re-think the faceless, disposable, environmentally harmful plastic bags you’ve been using for produce and everything else — Say NO to Plastic Bags! — and reduce your carbon footprint.

Quickly used, and even more quickly thrown away, plastic bags are not so easily disposed of — they are NOT biodegradable for 500 to 1,000 years. Every plastic bag ever manufactured, is still on this planet today.

Another important fact is that to live an anti-cancer lifestyle, you don’t want your food to touch plastic. The chemicals in plastics mimic estrogen and your body takes those toxic chemicals everywhere in your body that you use estrogen. A big contributor to environmental cancers. You can sign up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit here.

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. bunch bags reusable produce bags for everythingWe suggest using reusable Bunch Bags. They store more product, are easier to carry, and can even be used to prevent the seemingly inevitable loss of socks in the dryer!.

amy ferguson ceo of bunch bagsBunch Bags began as Amy Ferguson’s way to cut down on the amount of one-use plastic bags that thousands of shoppers toss away every day.

Ceo, Amy Ferguson, is dedicated to consumer awareness to reuse, recycle, and refuse to use plastic bags. Amy has been a volunteer for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida, working closely with the rehabilitation of sea turtles, and is also involved in community beach cleanups.  Amy is very passionate about marine life and animals, and helping to protect them from environmental harm. Bunch Bags is a 100% woman owned business.

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. REUSABLE BUNCH BAGS FOR EVERYTHING

Here are some facts about one-use plastic bags

Plastics now comprise one of the biggest threats to marine environments.

Plastic does NOT biodegrade.
Over a trillion plastic bags are consumed each year. Scientists estimate that it takes 500 to 1000 years for a plastic bag to break down.

100,000 marine mammals and turtles
die per year because they eat, swallow, or get tangled up in plastics.

Using reusable bags could replace roughly 1.3 trillion plastic bags in our life time! 

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. BunchBags Reusable Produce Bags

Isn’t it time to make Bunch Bags part of your reusable bag habit?
You can make a difference!

Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary General

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALThe United Nations is 70 years old. Lets make sure that the next UN leadership includes women of merit and nerve, significantly gifted to make the United Nations work —  It’s time! Join the Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary General.

There have been 8 male Secretaries General, but never a female — though women represent half the world’s population. The current UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, will step down at the end of 2016. You can get involved with this Campaign to elect a woman in 2016.

There are female presidents, prime ministers, chancellors and foreign ministers, distinguished diplomats and others with deep experience in foreign affairs who deserve to be considered.  The excuse that there are not enough qualified women to choose from is no longer valid.

– Add your voice to this Campaign by signing up online: http://www.womansg.org

– Meet the core group launching this campaign, including Charlotte Bunch here!  A group of like-minded women have come together representing academia and civil society with long records of engagement with the UN. These women decided that the time had come for a woman to lead the UN. They welcome others — YOU — to join the campaign. It’s time!

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALOne of the U.S. organizers is Charlotte Bunch. She has been an activist, writer and organizer in the feminist, LGBT, and human rights movements for over forty years. A Distinguished Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and a founder of Washington DC Women’s Liberation, The Furies, and Quest: A Feminist Quarterly.

Charlotte, has served on the Board of Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the MS Foundation for Women, and the Global Fund for Women. She was actively involved in feminist organizing for the 1980 Copenhagen, 1985 Nairobi, and the 1995 Beijing World Conferences on Women, and was the coordinator for the CWGL led Global Campaign for Women’s Human Rights at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993. She has been advocating for the creation of UN Women where she serves on the Global Civil Society Advisory Board.

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALAnother organizer is Shazia Z. Rafi, former Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action. She was the first woman on the ballot and runner-up finalist for the Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General election. Shazia was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and lives in New York City.

Carolyn Gage interviewed Shazia Rafi on “Diplomacy at the Highest Levels” for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to our interview with Shazia here. Shazia talks about her work on Abortion Rights, Environmental Law, and How to Strategize for Change. (Sign Up for the entire Telesummit Here).

Shazia Rafi is a SheSource Women’s Media Center Expert on international security, arms control, international law, international treaties, international women’s rights, international human rights policy and violations, political Islam, Africa, Asia, diplomacy, environment, international issues, Middle East and North Africa, politics and religion.

The next U.N. Secretary General will be chosen by the U.S., Russia, China, England and France. Please contact President Obama: “You must not allow any nomination for U.N. Secretary General to go forward unless the nominations include at least 50% women on the ballot.”

– Call President Obama: 202-456-1111

– Write President Obama: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.

– Email President Obama: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALWe’ve learned recently with the TPP, marches on campuses, GMO legislation, etc., that our voices make a difference. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the world — outside our own borders. Our domestic policy mirrors our U.S. foreign policy, so international law effects us greatly. And it’s important for women — as World Citizens — to have a voice at the highest levels. These women workiing at the U.N. are our voices. Let’s support them as they support us!

Give Peace a Chance:) Elect a Woman U.N. Secretary General in 2016! Download the Women for Secretary General Brochure here. 

Water Filters and Endocrine Disruptors

Good and effective drinking water filter systems can play a vital role in a comprehensive strategy for reducing a person’s exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds found in our local water supplies.

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Water Filters and Endocrine Disruptors – Connecting the Dots:

Endocrine disruptors are known to mix up signals in the body and trigger unwanted actions such as increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.

MultiPure Water Filters - Water & Endocrine Disruptors - Connecting the Dots

Multipure’s Solid Carbon Block Filters reduce a broad spectrum of harmful contaminants.

If you do not have a water filter, YOU are the water filter!

The Multipure drinking water systems have been certified for the widest range of contaminants.  You are not just getting any water filter, you are getting the best filtration system available on the market today.

We never know when contamination is going to happen.  In the news, we are constantly hearing about pollution in our water.   Having a Multipure in your home will ensure that your family is getting the best quality of water for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, steaming and cooking foods and making beverages like juice, tea and coffee.

The Environmental Working Group has identified 12 noteworthy endocrine disruptors (The Dirty Dozen):

BPA – Multipure NSF 401 Certified for the reduction of BPA
Dioxin – mostly found in food supplies
Atrazine – Multipure NSF 53 Certified for the reduction of Atrazine
Phthalates – Found in plastic food containers, and personal care products
Perchlorate – Multipure RO system NSF 58 certified for the reduction of Perchlorate
Fire Retardants – Multipure NSF 401 certified for the reduction of TCPP, a fire retardant
Lead – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Lead
Arsenic – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Arsenic
Mercury – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Mercury
Perfluorinated Chemicals – No certification available.  Although exposure comes from cookware (and some water resistant products), the carbon block has shown effective at reduction of PFOAs
Organophosphate Pesticides – Multipure NSF 53 certified for some Organophosphate Pesticides such as Carbofuran
Glycol Ethers – exposure from cleaning products, paints and cosmetics

For a detailed contaminant reduction list for Multipure Water Filters, click HERE.      

Your body is 70% – 80% water, doesn’t it deserve the best quality water?

We spend thousands of extra dollars each year for gym memberships, organic fruits and vegetables, foods that are GMO free.  But healthy living has to start with the cleanest water.

MultiPure Water Filters - Water & Endocrine Disruptors - Connecting the DotsPollution Can Happen anywhere..

The EPA reports that 44% of streams, 64% of lakes and 30% of bays and estuaries are not clean enough for fishing and swimming (let alone drinking)

Bottled water is expensive, of unknown quality and bad for our environment.

Two million tons of plastic bottles end up in landfills each year. The cost of bottled water is about $3.55 per gallon, it’s inconvenient to use, and no one opens bottles of water to cook with or wash fruits and vegetables — it’s just too inconvenient!

MultiPure is your best choice:

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MultiPure Water Filter Systems for Above & Below Your Sink.

Just 9 cents per gallon or 19 cents a day! No bottles to store or dispose of.

Easy to use for cooking, washing fruits and veggies and making beverages.

Certified to reduce widest range of contaminants..

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New Certification – MultiPure Water Filters reduce Pharmaceuticals from the water like ibuprofen, hormones, deet, and more.

 

Live an AntiCancer Lifestyle

I am convinced that in this day and age with chemicals in everything we eat, breathe and wear, that in order to prevent cancer, we want to Live an AntiCancer Lifestyle.

It is possible, and a lot of us are already doing it. Take the fear out of the word “Cancer” by ridding your life of carcinogens and strengthening your immune system. By eating well, exercising and consuming consciously, we can cure the disease if it does occur, or prevent it entirely. With the fear of cancer gone, we won’t be forced into surgery, chemotherapy and radiation before we have a chance to investigate the alternatives. We can research natural remedies that are specific to different cancers, or are overall cancer cures. We can witness the stories of people around the world who have used these cures and be profoundly strengthened through our own process by knowing we are not alone in this journey.

Here are some tips for Living an AntiCancer Lifestyle:

  • living an anticancer lifestyleEat the Rainbow – the colors in foods fight and prevent cancer. It’s true that the colors in our fruits and vegetables are indeed cancer curing, cancer fighting, and add to our longevity and overall health. This time of the year, many colorful fruits and vegetables come available that weren’t there in the Spring and Summer. Enjoy learning new recipes for winter squash and add many new spices and herbes to soups and salads. Tumeric, green tea, and Resveratrol fight cancer at it’s stemcell root so it doesn’t metastasize. Eating the Rainbow adds a whole new palate to our meals every season!
  • Eat locally grown organic foods in season. Of course, organic foods are preferred, and some foods are especially important to buy organic, like apples, strawberries and potatoes. (See the whole “Dirty Dozen” list here.) Buying organics in bulk help us to get the price down, and growing as much of our food ourselves that is absolutely possible adds to the quality of our life and our connection to Mother Nature.
  • look for non-gmo certification to live an anticancer lifestyleEat GMO-Free foods – look for certification. GMO foods are created by adding carcinogenicchemicals and organisms of other plants and animals. Our own DNA can be altered by these genetically modified frankenfoods. They are also designed to blow open the bellies of the insects that might eat the plants. The result is that today we have a much higher rates of gluten sensitivity and leaky gut syndrome in humans and livestock than ever before.
  • Sugar feeds cancer cells – eat as little of it as possible – and NO artificial sweeteners. Cancer cannot live without sugar, and each of us consumes large amounts of sugars unless we mindfully decide to limit our consumption. For me, this is my most difficult journey. Eating gluten free also adds a lot of useless sugars to our diet if we are not careful. And please research artificial sweeteners if you are not already aware of their serious health effects, including obesity.
  • Good fats are a better form of energy than sweets. Good fats like coconut oil give us a much better afternoon energy spurt than any candy, ice cream, or pastry ever will.  If it’s energy you are looking for, go for the good fats.
  • exercise regularly for an anticancer lifestyleOxygen kills cancer cells so exercise regularly. Cancer cells cannot live in oxygen nor an alkaline environment. Many of our foods are acidic, so it’s very important to balance our Ph through our diet. Exercising is a great way to oxygenate every cell in our body, as well as drinking filtered and even alkaline water.​
  • Cook with stainless steel, cast iron, and ceramic – NOT non-stick or aluminium cookware. The manufacture of non-stick cookware even destroys our ozone, so you know it can’t be good to cook in. We only have to look at how our grandmothers cooked using cast iron skillets and ceramic bakeware to see how they lived to  be old and wise! Add these wonderful olde cooking tools to your kitchen, along with stainless steel — and toss out the aluminium and non-stick cookware — and you will be serving up delicious and healthy meals.
  • reusable produce bags for an anticancer lifestylereusable bags for an anticancer lifestyleNever let your food touch plastic! For me, this is the most important take-away from our Lean Into Green Telesummit. Wax paper is available again in healthy food markets, and with the help of saved rubber bands, it is possible to keep leftovers fresh in the fridge. Wax paper or cloth food bags also work for lunches and food storage. This isn’t as difficult as it may seem, and it adds to the mindfulness of our eating and food prep activities.
  • Be really particular what you put on your face and body, it’s all absorbed into your liver and other organs. This includes hair products and nail polishes. There’s a lot of carcinogens in these products. Shop carefully and read labels. Check out our natural beauty products here. 
  • Since we are talking about cancer, protect your kidneys and all your vital organs from carcinogenic materials by drinking and cooking with Multipure Drinking Water Systems. These systems are tested and certified to reduce the widest range of contaminants than any other filter in the industry.Genny, hope this helps women connect the dots a bit more to protect from breast cancer and other cancers.

audra conklin on live an anticancer lifestyle

 

We interviewed Audra Conklin for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit. You can listen to her free by clicking here. She has a wealth of information that will enhance your knowledge base as you gear up for your Cancer Free Lifestyle.

Preventing Cancer Telesummit Sign UpSign up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes here. You will learn how easy it is to control what you can, your home and your consumer choices.

Bee well, and please share your AntiCancer Lifestyle tips with us!

Preventing Cancer in Your Home

Beth Greer on preventing cancer in your homeWe interviewed Beth Greer, an environmental health expert and best-selling author of “Super Natural Home.” Beth shared practical and affordable ways to eliminate carcinogens and other toxic chemicals found in everyday products.

“A Healthy Home Creates a Healthy Body!” 

Beth’s first-hand experience of eliminating a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery by making small but significant lifestyle shifts is a great example for us all that Cancer can be healed, and that we have the power and the tools to do just that.

We do have to make safe and healthy product choices. We do have to read labels on food, personal care products and cleaning products. And we do need a greater awareness that what goes IN, ON and AROUND us, radically impacts our health and vitality.

“The average woman uses 9 personal care products a day, containing over 100 unique ingredients, some of which are linked to cancer and reproductive harm. Start giving your personal care products a safety makeover.” Women’s Voices for the Earth

Especially important is our use of safe and natural menstruation supplies, water filters, and EMF radiation protection. Diet plays an important role as research teaches us that some sugar replacements cause and feed cancers. I remember going to a friend’s memorial who had died of cancer, and seeing that the foods served by her family were full of carcinogens. She was a mother who wanted to live, and who wanted her family to be healthy. She didn’t have the benefit of the information we have today.

We interviewed Beth Greer, a woman who has personal experience with making lifestyle changes for family and mother health. We learned a lot. We know you will too.

Join us on this collective quest to find real cures, our lives and our family’s health depend on it.  LISTEN HERE Preventing Cancer with Beth Greer: Good Health Starts in Your Home: Learn How to Purge Your Home of Products that Have Health Risks   

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Sign-Up for our entire series on Preventing Cancer: Exposing and Exploring the Environmental Risks here.

You will hear from Scientists, Environmental Researchers, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors. Meet Your Experts here. 

Learn steps you can take to help prevent cancer and its recurrence.

 

 

Preventing Environmental Cancer – Protecting Those You Love

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comOctober is Cancer Awareness Month. 51% of all cancers are environmental, an astonishing new statistic. At Green Woman Store, we believe it’s important to increases our awareness of the environmental causes of cancer — to expose and explore the growing evidence of cancer’s environmental connections.

We interviewed Kristi Marsh, a Breast Cancer Warrior and a Rockstar Advocate! She was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 Cancer, and has become a nationally recognized advocate for women’s environmental health. She also wrote a book, “Little Changes” sharing what she learned and steps she took that can help us all deal with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products — and preventing environmental cancer.

kristi marsh interview on preventing environmental cancers“In 2007, I just wanted ‘just’ to build a better body for my children and myself and it was books that filled my mind. It was books I turned to when I had no more than two people in my life talk about things like endocrine disrupters or GMOS. Too afraid to think everyone else would observe me as woo-woo, out there, or maybe on a crazy post chemo warpath. At the time, I had so many questions and no answers. I had frustrations and few options. And even less options that were hopeful.” Little Changes, 2014 Evergreen Gold Medal Winner!

Preventing Environmental Cancer with Kristi Marsh – Protecting Those You Love. LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW HERE

When Kristi was diagnosed, she had 3 children at home. She started with a spreadsheet full of facts about toxins that cause cancer.

little changes by kristi marshIn Kristi’s interview and in her book, she shares woman to woman, the “Little Changes” she made that help us move through the emotions of dealing with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products. We’re all advocates when we share articles, books, emails, etc., with our friends, family and colleagues. Advocacy is something women do naturally, because we care.

In Kristi’s case, advocacy also means marching on City Hall and Washington D.C., bringing the attention of the press, elected officials, and mainstream women to these issues.

Kristi will encourage you in small meaningful ways to become a role model for others and an advocate for a healthier environment. The good Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comnews she shares is that you don’t have to do this alone. She shares tools, resources, and lessons she learned from her journey from mainstream mom to advocate and educator. She assists us all in creating not just a healthy home, but a better world.

Click on the green box to your right and Sign Up for our Free Telesummit on Preventing Cancer and learn steps you can take to prevent cancer and its recurrance.

You will hear from Scientists, Environmental Researchers, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors. Meet Your Experts here.

 

Preventing Cancer & Its Recurrence

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Green Woman Store, we are advancing awareness about the environmental causes and steps you can take to prevent cancer and its recurrence.

New scientific evidence is emerging daily, making it clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It’s clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our cancer risk.  But we rarely hear about this new scientific evidence.

It is difficult to examine and address the effects of individual chemicals and their risks for a disease as complex as cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades. We may not know which chemicals we’ve been exposed to, and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comWe invite you to sign up for our free Telesummit on Preventing Cancer. We Expose and Explore the Growing Evidence of Cancer’s Environmental Connection & Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Cancer & Its Recurrence:

As an informed consumer, you can begin to control your exposure to chemicals and radiation through personal and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to cancer and take action to reduce your risk.

Here are some interviews from the Telesummit:

Preventing Cancer with Connie Engel at the Breast Cancer FundConnie Engel is Science and Education Manager at the Breast Cancer Fund.

Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Here are some points from her interview:

  • Breast Cancer is 5 different diseases.
  • Focus on chemicals and radiation.
  • How you can reduce your risk.
  • Mamography alternatives.
  • Low-dose exposures.
  • Cosmetics without cancer.
  • Questioning BPA alternatives.
  • Working to stop this disease before it starts.

Watch Connie’s Breast Cancer 101 Video here.

 

Preventing Cancer with Kristie Marsh Protecting Those You Love with Kristie Marsh, a Breast Cancer Warrior! Diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 Cancer, she has become a nationally recognized advocate for women’s environmental health. Hear the “Little Changes” she made that help us deal with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products.

Woman to woman, Kristi shares the “Little Changes” she made that help us move through the emotions of dealing with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products. We’re all advocates when we share articles, books, emails, etc. Advocacy is also marching on City Hall and Washington D.C., bringing the attention of the press, elected officials, and mainstream women to these issues.

Kristie will encourage you to become a role model for others and an advocate for a healthier environment. The good news is that you don’t have to do this alone. Kristi Marsh will share tools, resources, and lessons learned from her journey from mainstream mom to advocate and educator, creating not just a healthy home, but a better world.

 

 

 

Why Vegan? There’s More to Climate Change than Fossil Fuels

Why Vegan? Animal Agriculture and Forest DestructionDid you know that the key actors in climate change are cows, pigs, and chickens! Animal Agriculture is THE leading cause of environmental destruction, ocean dead zones, habitat destruction, and species extinction.

I thought that if I drove less and showered less, if I ate organic and used fewer plastic bags, I could turn climate change around for my daughters and future generations. What I really need to do is stop eating meat and dairy for a real and faster return to climate stabilization and environmental sustainability.

Why Vegan?

Animal Agriculture produces more greenhouse gasses than all cars, trucks, trains, boats and planes combined.

Methane gas from livestock is 86 times more destructive than carbon from vehicles. Animal Agriculture produces 65% of the world’s nitrous oxide, a gas with a global warming potential 296 times greater than Co2. 

If we reduce the amount of methane emissions from Animal Agriculture, the level in the atmosphere goes down within decades. If we reduce the amount of Co2 emissions from our transportation needs, we won’t see a reduction in the atmosphere for 100 years.

Why Vegan? Dead zones are often caused by the decay of algae during algal blooms, like this one off the coast of La Jolla, San Diego, California.The health of our oceans also begins with animal Agriculture.

Farm animal waste produced by land based animal agriculture (116,000 lbs produced every second in the U.S. alone) has created more than 500 nitrogen-flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans, comprising more than 95,000 sq miles of areas completely devoid of life.

Why aren’t Greenpeace, Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, and other sea-loving organizations focusing on Animal Agriculture? They believe it would hurt their fundraising.

One hamburger uses 660 gallons of water to produce — that’s 2 months of showers!

30% of the world’s water, and 55% of U.S. water, is used for animal agriculture. The average Californian uses 1500 gallons of water per day. Half is related to the consumption of meat and dairy products. Animals eat water intensive grains and these are part of the water footprint of that meat or dairy product.

Animal Agriculture consumes 34 trillion gallons of water per year. Fracking uses 100 billion gallons per year.

Why Vegan? Smoke from man made forest fires to clear land for cattle or crops.Cattle ranching is the the leading cause of rain forest loss.

One acre of rain forest is cleared every second to to graze animals and grow their feed crops. 136 million acres lost to date. Every day almost 100 species are lost due to rain forest destruction.

Livestock are a major driver of global trends in land-use including deforestation (the conversion of forest to pasture and cropland), desertification, and the release of carbon from cultivated soils.

Is the Problem Over Population or Animal Agriculture?

– The world’s 7 billion humans raise 70 billion farm animals.
– The world’s humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water daily. The world’s 1.5 billion cows drink 45 billion gallons of water daily.
– The world humans eat 21 billion pounds of food daily. The world’s 1.5 billion cows eat 135 billion pounds of food daily.
– Nearly half of U.S. land is dedicated to animal Agriculture.

Globally, livestock production and consumption and contribute:

35% of methane (296 times times the Global Warming Potential of CO2). What this means is that if we stopped eating meat today, the planet would recover in a few decades  vs. the 100+ years recovery will take by reducing oil and gas emissions.

80% of agricultural methane emissions (2.2 billion tons of manure per year). If you’ve ever driven past a cattle farm you know what the stench means to passers by and the families who live and work near these factory farms.

This is the quote that put all the pieces together for me:

“You can’t be an environmentalist and eat animal products, period.”

Fossil fuels are not the problem Animal Agriculture is. I recently watched a film titled Cowspiracy on Netflix. It changed my priorities and my dietary choices. I interviewed Carol Adams and Lisa Kemmerer for our recent Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit, they tried to educate me/us on the impact of Animal Agriculture on climate change, but I didn’t get it. Cowspiracy got me, and I’m glad it did!

“Animal Agriculture is the alcoholic in the family no one wants to talk about. Raising and killing animals for food is what’s killing the planet — not driving our cars, and taking showers.”

Eating vegan can be as difficult as being an informed citizen. Dairy and meat are as available to us as violence on t.v. If we want a better world we have to educate ourselves, and our love for the world can’t be casual. I have gone off the vegan wagon a few times now, I’ve made a few attempts. Cowspiracy has helped me to get serious and join my granddaughters in their vegan lifestyle. I know I will be healthier and happier for it. I know I will be a better world citizen. And I know my spirit will be more at peace with my professional goals.

Here are the tools I’m using. I invite you to explore these books, and Veganism, with me:)

What is Your Plastic Footprint?

What is Your Plastic Footprint?Step by step you can create a plan to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and create less plastic waste.

Plastic toxins mimic Estrogen, and your body takes these toxins to all the places you use Estrogen. Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that is added to hard plastics, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, DVDs, linings of food cans and household goods — is an endocrine/hormone disruptor . BPA has been linked to reproductive disorders, heart disease, asthma, breast cancer and memory problems.

What is Your Plastic Footprint?Here are  some tips to help you avoid plastics in your life:

1. Never let your food touch plastic. This is revolutionary! And a really important way to reduce your family’s exposure to the toxins that leach from plastic containers into your food — especially when the food is put into the containers while it is warm!

2. Don’t cook with plastic utensils. Why contaminate all those organic ingredients by stirring them with plastic spoons and spatulas that leach toxins into your otherwise healthy meals??

3. Choose natural gum alternatives like ginger chews, fennel seeds or mint leaves. Most chewing gums are made out of a plastic called polyvinyl acetate, manufactured using vinyl acetate, a chemical shown to cause tumors in lab rats.

4. Ask your Barista to fill your reusable cup or thermos. Plastic cups are often made of polystyrene, and you won’t be the first person to bring your own thermos or car mug.

5. Use reusable bamboo, metal or glass straws — or none at all.

6. Bringing your reusable containers to restaurants when you go out to eat is one great way to avoid disposable packaging and exposing your warm leftovers to plastic containers.
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7. Carry your own bamboo or metal cutlery to avoid plastic utensils. And remember to ask for no plastic cutlery for your take out orders. We usually never use it, and it collects in our drawers and eventually becomes landfill that never biodegrades.

8. Rent or borrow items from family, friends and neighbors that you rarely use or only need for a one time use. This helps to reduce plastics used in manufacturing.

We interviewed blogger, Beth Terry, who has done much of the research for you on reducing your family’s exposure to toxins and  generating less plastic waste. Hear Beth share some of her favorite cool plastic-free innovations,  how it’s not just sea birds who are eating plastic, and how she convinced Clorox to make Brita Filters recyclable.

Beth Terry, Living a Plastic Free LifeBETH TERRY’S INTERVIEW: LIVING A PLASTIC FREE LIFE

How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too!

 

What’s Your Shopping Carbon Footprint?

shipping-mail-boxes shopping carbon footprintOur personal carbon footprint has become increasingly important to us all as we understand our role in climate change.

Here at GreenWomanStore.com, we definitely support Shopping Local. Our 100+ Female Entrepreneurs are Local Business Women serving their communities as well as online shoppers, and we feel privileged to share their visions and passions for a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

What’s your shopping carbon footprint? The statistics are now in and show us that Online Shopping typically has a lower carbon footprint than shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. There are exceptions, like Manhattan where bicycling is the trend. Walking and bicycling always improve our impact on the Earth as well as our own physical and mental health.

Here are some tips to lower your shopping carbon footprint whether shopping online or in your local marketplace:

usps shipping go green stamp shopping carbon footprint* Minimize the number of miles you drive to purchase each item. Plan your shopping trips so that you save time and fuel. Purchasing just one item online delivered by truck has roughly 1/2 the carbon footprint of driving to a local store to buy that one item.

usps shipping go green stamp shopping carbon footprint* Give yourself plenty of time to plan and allow for more flexible online shipping options. And choose U.S.P.S. as your online shipping choice whenever possible. The U.S. Postal Service is the only mailing and shipping company in the world whose packaging meets the Cradle to Cradle standards for human and environmental health and recyclability!

usps shipping go green stamp*Shop Woman Made – Female Menstruant Entrepreneurs are in touch with what the world really needs vs what will satisfy a growing greed. Our menstrual cycles are connected to earth’s lunar cycles, and our menstrual visions become our passions and our products. We make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity and conservation. We women are menstrually and intimately connected to the Earth, her Lunar Cycles, and Her Natural Resources. Our cycles are her cycles.

At GreenWomanStore.com, we’ve done the safe and non-toxic research for you. And it’s easy because we have only women to work with here, only woman made visions and products. We trust the Menstrual Minds of our partners, and the direction of their visions. We encourage you to support female owned businesses locally and online. Increasing women’s share of world trade will change your shopping footprint!

Pilgrimage to MichFest for Self & the World

 

Monarch Caterpillar on our bush this summerIn one week, I begin my yearly pilgrimage to MichFest, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. This Festival is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. Ten years ago, I joined in this journey ‘home.’

If you can imagine a place on this earth built and created by women electricians, carpenters, cooks, and healers, a village that takes shape in the woods of Michigan over a period of three months, and is then inhabited by thousands of tired women weary of the past year’s struggles and accomplishments, joining together to be renewed spiritually, emotionally and physically. This is our MichFest: Thousands of women and not one piece of litter! 

Monarch Cocoon this summerBy night, we cocoon in our tents among the trees and ferns and wild mushrooms, listening to the final remnants of evening concerts performed by generations of the most talented women musicians, singers, songwriters, dancers, and sign language interpreters on the planet!

In the morning, we wander through the woods, waking up to sisters walking every path on the 600 acre space-out-of-time, making coffee at our campsites or standing in line with other women, still wearing our handwoven warm beanies and jackets while we wait for coffee, tea, gluten free — and not gluten free — donuts and pastries thoughtfully brought in from town by early bird sisters of good heart.

TransformingAn hour  or two later, the cooks who are both staff and volunteers, have our breakfast prepared. Again we line up with sisters from around the world, every size, color, age and  energy level, serving up our washable plates with good nourishing vegetarian food. All food and entertainment provided with the price of our ticket. Three times a day we complete this ritual! And at dinner, out by the “Watermelon Tree,” is a long table that has been set up by Amazons and loaded with cool slices of locally grown watermelon with seeds.

I am one of a hundred or so craftswomen who bring our wares to share and sell. At the start of each day, I head to my booth inside one of the huge craft area circus tents to get ready for women who come to shop before and after their activities of the day. Then, when my booth partners arrive for their work shifts, I walk the winding foot-hewn pathways through the ferns with thousands of other women to workshops, the subjects of which never play in my home town.

Rebirthing monarch butterflyThe offerings and activities are so numerous, and so diverse, that the paths are never crowded. No cars are allowed into the village center, so women young and old, able bodied and differently abled, are free to walk and cross the unpaved roadways freely, visiting and exploring as our spirits guide us. Every child is safe because she/he has thousands of Aunties looking after their safety. Mothers are free too because they know that they and their children are safe from all harm. This freedom is what enables transformation — the turning to liquid and releasing all that has gone before — so we can know where we are going, and who we truly are.

Birthing our SelfLike the butterfly, we transform our spirit and our spirituality, our bodies and our generations. This millennia old experience of women gathering is held sacred by those of us who come, and by those of us who know we come, not just for ourselves, but for the world to continue to exist in a good way.

We learn from each other here, and we reconnect and recommit to our Self, our World, and our Truths. At the end of each Festival, the woman-owned 600 acres returns completely back to Mother Nature. We leave her as we found her: Ferns and forest, and the wildlife who have been watching us from a distance. Wise women gathering, communing with Nature and each other, for the benefit of all. MichFest is a “Menstrual Mind Revival” space. There is talk of this being the Festival’s last year. I hope it continues. We need it now more than ever, it  seems.

Transforming the worldThese lovely Monarch Butterfly photos were taken outside our kitchen window over the past couple weeks by my daughter, Denise. Nature’s reflection of our transformative spirit. I’m hoping to see some of you there, and to share photos of the wild mushrooms outside my tent when I return with plans for more Menstrual Mind Revivals.

If you are on your way to Michigan, or some other place to renew your spirit, check out our green and healthy Camping, Hiking, and Outdoor Living products made by women entrepreneurs. Bee well!

Bee Habitat

Here in California alone, we have more than 1,600 native bee species. Bee habitat has become a priority for many home gardeners as agri-business continues to decimate our bee populations.

Dryscaping your outdoor habitat with succulents and native plants not only saves precious water, but creates a more welcoming habitat for bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
california bumble bee

California Bumble Bee

Some species of the North American native bumblebee have declined by more than 95 percent, alongside a massive increase in the use of pesticides.

Here are some helpful tips:
– Avoid pesticides by choosing the right plants. Pests don’t bother drought-tolerant plants as often, and many scented plants are helpful in your garden to keep plant eating pests away. Marigolds, Society Garlic, and many others are beautiful to look at and their scent is helpful in deterring garden pests.
Appalachian Bee

Appalachian Bee

– Minimize the use of insecticides and never spray on open flowers where bees and pollinators are busy doing their daily work.

– Make your garden inviting to birds and they’ll do the job of non-toxic bug-catching for you.
– Plant fragrant plants like lavender, yarrow, salvias, and California lilac to entice and feed pollinators like hummingbirds and bees with their nectar. Monarchs love Milkweed, an endangered plant. So plant Milkweed whenever you can and watch the Monarchs lay their eggs. The cocoon process is educational and thrilling for all ages.
Cape Cod Blueberry Bee

Cape Cod Blueberry Bee

For more information on bee species and how to help them, check out U.C. Berkeley’s Urban Bee Lab’s helpful guide to native and exotic plants that bees love here:   http://www.helpabee.org/native-bee-info.html

For dryscaping tips on adding drought tolerant succulents to your garden, check out our previous blog here. 

You will love our all natural Aroma For Health Chapsticks made with Unfiltered Beeswax, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil:

Dryscaping Our Lawns for Drought, Beauty & Wildness

Dryscaping Our LawnsHere in California, we are beginning to see a lot of Dryscaping our lawns. The result is a new and different kind of beauty. Where better to start saving water than outside your front door — adding a more varied, wild and natural look to your outdoor habitat.

Californians are part of a long drought cycle caused by Climate Change/Disruption and just plain wasteful water use by individuals, farmers, animal agriculture, fracking, etc. Lush lawns with wasteful sprinkler systems are coming under fire and being replaced as we are called on to rip out millions of square feet of lawn and replace it with drought-tolerant plants fed by drip irrigation.
Dryscaping Our LawnsDryscaping our lawns is our outdoor landscape rescue plan. Here are a few steps you can take to Dryscape your garden and lawn areas for more of Mother Nature’s variety, beauty, and wildness:
  • Use “Sheet Mulching,” stacked layers of cardboard, compost and mulch, to kill parched grass and prep your yard for a different kind of beauty.
  • Drought tolerant Wild Flowers and Succulents add variation, beauty, texture and form to outdoor living landscapes. The mixing and matching never stops.
  • When small plants appear alongside your “Mother Plants,” snip or break them off, let the stem dry a couple days, and then plant your “pups” in cactus soil mix somewhere in your garden area and watch them grow.
  • Pests don’t bother drought-tolerant plants as often, so you can greatly reduce the use of insecticides — — the  Bees and other Pollinators will thank you and thrive along with your garden!
  • Edible plants like potato, squash and eggplant, are drought-tolerant and practical. Put straw or mulch around them to help keep water from running off or evaporating.
  • Planting a diverse collection of potted succulents into a mix of soil, pumice and lava rock, will cut your watering to as little as twice a month in sunnier times and never in the winter.
  • When small plants appear alongside your succulent “Mother Plants,” just snip or break it off, let the stem dry a couple days, and then plant it in cactus soil mix somewhere in your garden area and watch your “pups” grow.
  • Installing a drip irrigation system of rubber tubing (about $3 per square foot for the initial makeover) means your family can cut outdoor water use by more than 90 percent. This results in a much lower water bill.

Dryscaping Our LawnsFor Californians and others weary of drought in the U.S., this is music to our  eyes and ears. I just planted 3 more small Succulent Gardens yesterday. There are more species than I can keep up with. Local Farmer’s Markets are a wealth of inspiration and resources. You will find yourself adding new plants regularly.

It is amazing at how fast the newly landscaped areas fill in. Beauty abounds in Mother Nature’s Backyard — and front yards too!

Dryscaping Our LawnsSummer may not be the right time to do begin major Dryscaping replacement projects because all plants, even succulents, need more water to get established. But, you can begin to plan ahead for fall and think about features you’d like to incorporate into your outdoor landscapes and habitats. You have scrumptious options like meadow grasses, wild flowers, succulents, garden boxes, and assorted flowering and non-flowering shrubs.

Tama Matsuoka Wong on Foraging for FlavorEnjoy the Wildness that Dryscaping provides — and Listen free to Tama Matsuoka Wong as she talks about Foraging for Foods in meadows, farmers markets, and your own backyard. Safe foraging for flavor and nutrition. Watch her beautiful video: The Wild Farm!

 

It’s Summer Solstice 2015

Summer Solstice 2015 - Solstice Cards byTerrea Bennett Rising Tide ArtsSummer Solstice 2015 – Here comes the sun! We feel the Solstices in our bodies, moods and energy levels — there is a difference in our cellular make-up between Summer and Winter Solstice. And we see it in our environment and in the plants that appear and disappear.

We wake up earlier, and tend to stay up later with the sun.
Worldwide, in parks, seasides, forests, and community streets, folks celebrate the growing strength of the Sun. Celebration brings sacredness and hope for a good future to our lives. A reaity we can see all around us and in us. We are part of Nature, and She is a part of us. Re-membering this can be healing and reassuring to our mind, body and spirit.
Here are some ways you can join with women and communities around the world in strong Sisterhood celebrating Summer Solstice – the week of June 21 to 25:
  • Summer Solstice 2015 - Summer Solstice art cards by Terrea BennettWear local flowers in your hair. Pick them and string them for your Self and others. Put a few in a vase and under your pillow for Good Magic and Good Dreams!
  • Head for the river, sea, and poolside and build a bon fire or light a Duraflame log to boost the Sun’s energy here on Earth! This tradition is thousands of years old and as multicultural as matriarchy itself. Truly, a global Sisterhood tradition!
  • Jump the fire when it has burned down to a jumpable size — to purify your mind, body and soul. Close the door on the past and open to a future of your own choosing.
  • Build a mid-Summer May Pole and then dance the night away and welcome in the morning Sun! A wonderful experience whether experienced solo, with friends, or as a multi-generational urban, rural, or tribal community.
  • Summer Solstice 2015 - Summer Solstice Cards by Terrea BennettPick the bright yellow St. Joan’s Wort flowers (aka St. John’s Wort) and tincture them to stabilize your moods and ensure your emotional health all year long! Dry a few and keep them on a little altar to remind you of the sacred light of Summer Solstice to inspire your work and Menstrual visions.
  • Turn off your lights at dusk to see the night sky. Watch the moon cycles change, and command your wishes and change your future!

    Summer Solstice 2015 -  Artist, Terrea Bennett. Enjoy her beautiful and inspiring art cards.Check out Terrea Bennett’s beautiful frameable Summer Solstice 2015 art cards above and below. Add them to your altars, walls and refrigerator art. A wonderful way to inspire you all Summer long!  Happy Solstice from GreenWomanStore.com.

100% Natural Sun Protection

100% Natural Paleo Sun Protection by Primal Life OrganicsIf you are like me, you’re hearing a lot of new information about Sunscreens causing more harm than good. While daily exposure to the sun is essential to your overall health, 100% Natural Sun Protection is difficult to find.

We’re excited to share one woman entrepreneur’s recipe for Paleo 100% natural sun protection. SunUp Before Sun Protector by Primal Life Organics is Organic, Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan and Handcrafted. It’s truly Cavegirl Skincare that works for Caveboys too!

– 100% natural ingredients
– Full strength (NO Water)
– Sun-Up Balms are designed to stay on the skin and repel water while protecting your skin and your internal body
– Sun-Up has been tested and has remained on the skin for hours after application and water activity
– A VERY little bit goes a VERY long way
– Broad-spectrum protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays.

sunup before sun protection by primal life organics starts with raspberry seed oilIt all starts with Red Raspberry Oil which has an SPF of 25-50 and contains vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that protect you against free radical damage. Free radicals in the body can cause health issues such as cancer, immune suppression and signs of aging. Commercial sunscreens contains chemicals that promote free radical damage, and when you add that to sun exposure, the sun becomes your foe – not your friend!

SunUp Ulta Balm and Roll-On Stick contain Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, a non-toxic, and typically non-irritating, effective broad-spectrum sunblock. “Non-Nano” means that the zinc particles are too large to be absorbed through the skin. The zinc particles sit on the outermost layer of your skin, scattering and absorbing UVA and UVB rays, protecting the skin below.

The Ingredient List is all things familiar! Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Pure Filtered Beeswax*, Avocado Oil*, Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Virgin Coconut Oil*, Vitamin E Oil*, and Essential Oils of Carrot Seed*, Lavender*, Myrrh*, and Sandalwood*.

Trina Felber, founder of Primal Life OrganicsMeet our Woman Entrepreneur of the week: Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO and Founder of Primal Life Organics. Trina is a true 21st Century Cavegirl in search of other 21st Century cavemen and women looking for quality skincare that “fits” their lifestyle and habits. She is a wife, mother of three, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, CrossFitter, Paleo advocate, and educator.

Learn more about SunUp Before Sun Protector in this lively video with the enthusiastic creators discussing the benefits, cost, ingredients, and comparison to commercial sunscreens.

 

 

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor spaces. Here are some tips to improve indoor air quality in your home and office:

– Open your windows daily.

As soon as the weather warms up, open your windows and let in that fresh air. When the weather is still cool, open them up during the warmest part of the day for a fresh invigorating breath of fresh air. When the days are going to be hot, open your windows early in the morning, and then close them up to keep the house cool. Nature’s air conditioning is the safest and most refreshing.

African Violets to help clean your indoor air quality– Bring plants indoors, they actually create clean air.

There are any number of flowering and non-flowering plants that do well indoors and are not toxic to cats and dogs. My favorite at the moment are African Violets which I am actually getting to rebloom with a product named VF11 that can be used indoors and out to increase flowering. The secret with orchids and African violets is not to overwater. Once a week is enough, and test the soil to make sure it is dry before watering. These plants are natural to rainforest where the ground is sheltered from direct hot sun, so mimic that environment for your plants if they are not friends with hot sunny windows.

grow herbs in your window sills to clean your indoor air quality– Grow herbs in your window sills to save money and improve indoor air.

Many herbs are antiviral and antibacterial, such as thyme, basil, dill, oregano, garden sage, and others. And if they are right in front of you when you are in the kitchen, you are more likely to include them in your salads, sandwiches, and main dishes. People around the world use their food as medicine, and we can too!

Use natural non-toxic body products that don't off gas toxins– Use skin products that are safe for all family members.

“The average woman uses 9 personal care products a day, containing over 100 unique ingredients, some of which are linked to cancer and reproductive harm. Start giving your personal care products a safety makeover.” Women’s Voices for the Earth. We know that what you put on your skin is in your your blood and filtered through your liver. Make sure it is nourishing!

– Don’t use candles and air fresheners with the word “fragrance” on the label.

Fragrances are especially toxic and contain any number of carcinogens and neurotoxins. Manufacturers are protected from telling us what ingredients make up their proprietary fragrance recipes, so beware. Buy and use products that use natural ingredients for scent. Essential Oils of familiar plants like lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass and others are scents you can trust. Essential Oils come in small 1/4 to 1 oz. bottles and can be found at all your healthy food stores.

The Joy of Green Cleaning by Leslie Reichert– Use vinegar and baking soda to clean with.

There are many new products on the market that are safe with ingredient lists you can understand. You can make your own cleaning supplies by adding water to the last couple ounces of table vinegar and putting a spray top on the bottle. We use this for cleaning counter tops, breadboards, tables, stove tops, floor spots, and more. Easy and affordable.

– IMPORTANT: Don’t use dryer sheets or laundry detergents with fragrance.

Synthetic fragrances that last many hours or days are particularly hazardous to your health and your indoor air quality. Bed sheets and clothes that off gas fragrance neurotoxins are particularly hazardous. Many detergents now come Fragrance Free!. These are your safest choices. Add a little lavender or peppermint Essential Oil to your laundry if you want a real clean fresh smell. And dry clothes outside whenever possible to save on gas and electricity. Solar is still available for free:)

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenMore tips from 21 Green Lifestyle Experts: Sign Up for our FREE Lean Into Green Telesummit and Podcast Series here. You receive the interviews in your email box and you can listen at your convenience.

BBQ Condiments to Avoid

bbq condiments to avoidBBQ Condiments to avoid on holidays, at the beach, and backyard parties are the ones we love and expect to see on the table.

I recently watched a chef making her own Ketchup. I was amazed at how easy it is, and how many different versions of it she added to her table.

Here are some tips to keep your meals healthy:

bbq condiments to avoid– BBQ Sauce & Ketchup are loaded with sugars and salt, causing the root of all disease: Inflammation.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (the leading cause of “fatty liver” in America) doesn’t require any digestion and is absorbed rapidly into your bloodstream, triggering a massive spike in your insulin levels. High Fructose Corn Syrup overworks your liver, coats your organs with fat, forces your body to store fat, and overworks your pancreas which leads to Diabetes.

Plus the 136 to 160 mg of salt per Tablespoon of both BBQ Sauce and Ketchup, and you have a combination that is not supporting your good health.

Here is a recipe for DIY Ketchup: Keep toxic chemicals out of your Ketchup by storing in Glass  

Blend together in food processor or blender:

1 cup diced and drained fresh or BPA-Free canned tomatoes – make sure to drain your tomatoes so your Ketchup isn’t too thin. Tomato Sauce will also result in too thin Ketchup.

1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar – or other homemade vinegar you have flavored

1/8 tsp raw, unprocessed, mineral-rich salt like the Pink Salts or other flavored healthy salts

1/8 tsp organic paprika to give a nice color

Add pepper, garlic and other spices to taste

Add a healthy sweetener like Stevia or date sugar and sweeten to taste

Enjoy! Keeps about 1 week in the fridge.

bbq condiments to avoid– Mayonnaise, Mustard & Dry Rub, here’s the salt content: TBS Mustard = 171 mg salt; 1 TBS Mayonnaise = 90 mg salt; and 1 TBS Dry Rub Seasoning = 420 mg salt! And if you add salt to anything on your plate, well, you have gone over the safe limit.

A safe amount of Sodium is 1500 to 2300 milligrams per day!  That’s about 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon total – remembering that a lot of processed foods have high quantities of sugar and salt in them already.

I believe we need good mineral rich salts in our diet every day. But excess Sodium can collect in your bloodstream where it can contribute to water retention and high blood pressure, forcing your heart to pump harder to move the blood through your body and adding to the discomfort and pain of arthritis.

bbq condiments to avoid– Peppers belong to a family of foods called Nightshades that contain a chemical called Solanine which can create stiff muscles and increase the inflammation and pain of arthritis.

Because these condiments are so common at every backyard party and barbecue, and they’re usually eaten together in the same meal, one on top of another, multiplying their toxic effects in your body. So, eat them in small amounts if at all, and make them yourself so you know what’s in them. You can substitute better ingredients, add spices, fresh garlic and ginger to give you additional enzymes to aid in good digestion, and  minimize the harmful effects.

Eat Well, Bee Well, and Enjoy Sharing your DIY Condiments with Family & Friends!

DIY Coconut Oil Tips

DIY Coconut Oil Tips for health and beauty at greenwomanstore.comCoconut Oil is an amazing product that has come into popular use. We’ve gathered some DIY Coconut Oil Tips for your Health and Beauty.

Did you know that Coconut Oil can:
– help to combat influenza viruses
– fight bacteria that cause cavities
– expel lice
– improve digestion
– reduce inflammation, and so much more.

Coconut’s health benefits are many. Here are several DIY Coconut Oil Tips to increase your family’s health:

 

Coconut oil’s lauric acid is proven to have antiviral effects. The body converts it to monolaurin, which destroys the coating around lipid-enclosed viruses such as the common flu. We have used Monolaurin Supplements to strengthen our immune system when a member of the family has the flu as a natural alternative to Tamiflu.
.- Washing your face with Coconut Oil is wonderful for the skin and can help draw out dirt, oil and other toxins. Apply in a warm wet washcloth, add a little coconut oil and massage onto to your face until the washcloth cools. Wipe away with a warm washcloth.
For a silky smooth shave, rub a small amount of coconut oil on your skin before shaving. Adding a little coconut oil to your face or legs after shaving gives you a natural moisturizer and added protection from dry skin.
DIY Coconut Oil Tips for health and beauty at greenwomanstore.comMake your own natural DIY Insect Repellent or Deodorant by mixing 4 ounces of coconut oil with pure natural antibacterial and antiviral Essential Oils, making your use of these aromatherapy products preventive medicine! Essential Oils and peanut free coconut oils are available at your healthy food stores. We suggest using Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lavender, Tee Tree, Thyme and a little Peppermint. Essential Oils are strong concentrates and must always be diluted. Use the following dilution rates:
 
6 drops total per ounce for kids
12 to 18 drops total per ounce for adults
Apply this mixture to your skin and reapply as needed. Always package your DIY Aromatherapy products in glass containers. Depending on the strength of the Essential Oils, they can break down plastic and bring those toxins into your otherwise safe product. The plastic toxins mimic estrogen molecularly, and your body will take these plastic toxins everywhere that your body uses estrogen. Purchase your aromatherapy in glass whenever possible.
DIY Coconut Oil Tips for health and beauty at greenwomanstore.com For cleaner, whiter teeth, you can try a new fad going around called “Oil Pulling.” Please research this to see if it is recommended for your family. Oil Pulling is a technique whereby you swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes 4 to 5 times a week. Remember to spit out the coconut oil into a trash cando not swallow or flush oil down the drain – and rinse with water.
To find more DIY Coconut Oils Tips, and more about Oil Pulling, google “Coconut Oil Tips” and “What is Oil Pulling?”

Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms

women's heart attack and stroke symptomsHeart Disease is the #1 Killer of U.S. Women. It’s important to know women’s heart attack symptoms. Our symptoms are atypical for men, but typical for women. Men have problems in the large arteries. Women have trouble in the small arteries. Microvascular Disease kills more women than all cancers combined.

For decades, the research on heart disease has been conducted on men. So, if we present our symptoms like a man, we’ll likely get properly diagnosed and treated. If we present our symptoms like a woman, they could get misdiagnosed or not taken seriously — and we get sent home with the “stress” diagnosis. If we are concerned about our heart related symptoms, it is recommended that we lie and say we’re having severe chest pain and left arm pain. (Strange but true.)

We had this experience recently in our family. Even though the Urgent Care that sent us to the Emergency Room suspected a “mini stroke,” the hospital sent us home saying, “All test results are normal, so we don’t know what caused the symptoms. We have to call it stress.” We did not know to ask for a Cardiac Enzyme test (see below), so we still don’t know what really caused the heart attack and stroke symptoms.

Among U.S. women with heart disease, 42% die within a year of having a heart attack, compared with 24% of men. This is why it is so important to know what really happened when you end up in the ER with chest pain or any of the other symptoms of heart disease. Women are 7 times more likely to be sent home than males with “normal” test results. So, know your statistics, risk factors, symptoms and what to do when you arrive at the Emergency Room. Here are some tips.

women's heart attack and stroke symptomsWomen and Heart Disease Statistics:
– Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death for U.S. women.
– Classic heart attack symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, and then the heart attack. Women have these symptoms less than 1/2 the time.
– 2 out of 3 American women have at least one risk factor for heart disease.
– 1 out of 2 American women will develop heart and vascular disease in their lifetime.
– 12 times as many women die of heart disease every year as die from breast cancer.
– 455,000 American women die of heart disease every year, compared to 410,000 men.
– 42% of U.S. women die within a year of having a heart attack, compared with 24 percent of men.
– 1/4 to 1/2 of women with heart disease experience different symptoms than men typically do. For example, many women experience extreme fatigue and nausea, while men report a tingling feeling in their left arm.

Key Risk Factors for Diagnosing Women’s Heart Disease:
– High blood pressure
– Family history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke
– Diabetes
– Irregular periods
– Polycystic ovary syndrome
– Low estrogen levels
– Pregnancy complications
– Migraine headaches
– Chronic inflammation can trigger heart attacks and strokes. See your dentist regularly.
– Autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Thyroiditis, or High Thyroid Antibodies or high Autoimmune Antibodies (these antibodies can attack the heart).
women's heart attack symptomsTypical Symptoms of Women’s Heart Attacks & Strokes:
Women are more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. These symptoms may come on gradually or suddenly, and may be waxing or waning. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
  • Pain, squeezing, fullness, tightness or discomfort anywhere in the chest area. Chest pain is the most common heart attack symptom, but we may experience it differently than men do. It may feel like a squeezing or fullness, and the pain can be anywhere in the chest area — not just on the left side. It’s usually truly uncomfortable during a heart attack and can feel like a vise being tightened.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms, back, neck, or jaw. Pain in the back or jaw or anywhere above the waist is more common in women than in men, and it may be confusing because we expect it to be in our left arm, like men. This pain can be gradual or sudden, and it may wax and wane before becoming intense. It may wake you up if you are asleep. You should report any “non-typical or unexplained” symptoms in any part of your body to your doctor or other health care provider.
  • Shortness of breath. If you are having trouble breathing for no apparent reason, you may be having a heart attack — especially if you are having one or more of the other symptoms too. You may have done nothing extraordinary, but feel like you just ran a marathon!
  • Severe abdominal pressure or pain. Sometimes we mistake stomach pain that signals a heart attack for heartburn, the flu, or a stomach ulcer. Or, a heart attack can be signaled when you experience severe abdominal pressure that feels like an elephant sitting on your stomach.
  • Nausea, vomiting, indigestion, dizziness or lightheadedness may accompany any of these symptoms.
  • Sweating, nervous or cold sweats. Breaking out in a nervous, or cold sweat is common among women who are having a heart attack. Your sweat will feel more like stress-related sweating than perspiration from exercising or spending time outside in the sun. If you don’t typically sweat like that and there is no other reason for it, such as heat or hot flashes, get it checked out!
  • Fatigue, or tiredness in the chest area. Some women who have heart attacks feel extremely tired, or complain of a tiredness in the chest, even if they’ve been sitting still for a while or haven’t moved much. You may not be able to do simple activities, like walk to the bathroom.Not every woman gets all of these symptoms. If you have chest discomfort, especially if you also have one or more of the other signs, call 911 immediately.women's heart attack symptoms
What To Do When You Think You Are Having a Heart Attack or Stroke or When Having Any of the Symptoms Above:
  1. Call 911 Immediately & Get to the Hospital Emergency Room
  2. Chew a regular Aspirin (not all women should take Aspirin daily)
  3. At the Hospital Emergency Room, look like a man having a heart attack! Say, “I am having a Heart Attack! I have severe chest and left arm pain.”
  4. Demand an EKG, and a Cardiac Enzyme Test more than 2 to 6 hours after symptoms occur, and again in 12 to 15 hours when levels peak to determine if there has been damage to the heart muscle. Cardiac Troponin I and Troponin T enzyme levels are normally so low they cannot be detected with most blood tests, so when they are detected it’s usually significant in showing that a heart attack has indeed occurred. The more damage there is to the heart, the greater the amount of troponin I and T there will be in the blood. Troponin I is thought to be a far more specific marker of cardiac damage than troponin T. Cardiac troponin T levels rise 2-6 hours after the heart attack and remain elevated. Both proteins return to the normal range about seven days after a heart attack.
  5. MRI — not radiation for any testing to protect women’s hearts and breasts.

“Women around the world are dying in alarming numbers from an epidemic of heart disease. We can no longer afford the misconception that heart disease is mostly a man’s problem. Nothing could be further from the truth. The need for more research into women’s heart disease is urgent. Women need – and deserve – heart care specific to female hearts.” Barbara Streisand

barbara-streisand-heart-health-centerBarbara Streisand’s support, advocacy, and philanthropic commitment have resulted in the newly announced Cedars-Sinai Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in Los Angeles.

Tips to Prevent Women’s Heart Disease: (80% can be prevented)
– Eat a Mediterranean Style Diet – replace meat with nuts, beans and fish – these are healthy fats
– Eat fruits and vegetables abundantly
– Eat more complex carbohydrates
– Don’t Smoke
– Exercise 30 minutes daily
– Maintain a healthy weight

We hope this information helps you and your family. Everything is back to normal for us now, and we are more educated than before. It was a very scary time. We still don’t know the cause of the symptoms our family member had. We don’t have heart disease in our herstory. But, for now, until women’s heart disease has been researched and physicians and hospitals have been educated, we know to act like a man when our heart depends on it!

Bee well,Genny

Rachel Carson and Dioxin – Today’s #1 Toxin

Rachel Carson and DioxinsWhat Would Rachel Carson’s #1 Toxic Chemical be Today? Dioxin

Rachel Carson’s concerns were that toxins “break the connections of life.” Her 1962 book, Silent Spring, began the Environmental Movement in the U.S. Rachel Carson’s warnings were about Chlorinated Hydrocarbons such as DDT, the most dangerous chemical of her time. Today, those same dangerous chlorinated hydrocarbons appear in industrial solvents, pesticides, and our nonstick pans and cookware, patented as Teflon, but now manufactured by many brands.

dioxin paper mill - rachel carson and dioxin blog

Chlorine is used to bleach the paper and the waste is dumped into our lakes and rivers. The chlorine, then bonds to organic matters and creates Organchlorines such as Dioxin.

Today’s #1 toxic chemicals — besides nuclear — are Organochlorides called Dioxins. They are mutagenic, carcinogenic, and have deleterious effects on the environment, and on human reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. Dioxins are the DDT of today!

Dioxins are the by-products of a wide range of manufacturing processes that include smelting, chlorine bleaching of paper pulp, and the manufacturing of some herbicides, germicides and pesticides.

Dioxins are some of the most toxic chemicals known on earth. They commonly appear in our lakes and rivers, in breastmilk, and in our tampons, facial and toilet paper, disposable diapers, and paper towels. Once dioxins enter the body, they last a long time because of their chemical stability and their ability to be absorbed by fat tissue, where they are then stored in the body. More than 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish. Contaminated animal feed is often the root-cause of food contamination. Babies can be exposed through breast milk.

Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. The complications that these products cause may not become evident for years or decades.

“In the early 1990’s, the Endometriosis Association found that 79% of a group of monkeys developed endometriosis after exposure to dioxin in their food during a research study over ten years earlier. The severity of endometriosis found in the monkeys was directly related to the amount of T.C.D.D. (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin — the most toxic dioxin) to which they had been exposed. Monkeys that were fed dioxin in amounts as small as five parts per trillion developed endometriosis. In addition, the dioxin-exposed monkeys showed immune abnormalities similar to those observed in women with endometriosis.” The Endometriosis Association

Due to the omnipresence of dioxins, all people have background exposure and a certain level of dioxins in their body. Due to the high toxic potential of this class of compounds, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that efforts need to be undertaken to reduce current background exposure.

Actions you can take:

detox-the-box-videoUse non-chlorinated dioxin-free organic tampons and paper products.

Become a Vegan – Save your Self and the World by eating green!

Join and Donate to Women’s Voices’ “Detox the Box” Campaign

Follow and Donate to the Breast Cancer Fund’s “Tips for Prevention” 

Listen FREE to our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes 

2015 UN Year of Soils

2015 UN Year of Soils. Soil, where food begins.Soil – The Nearly Forgotten Resource. The top six inches of soil are the most precious.

Without healthy soil, life on earth would be unsustainable. Soil is the foundation of agriculture, and the largest pool of organic carbon essential for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

New approaches must be adopted. As much as one-third of all soils are degraded due to:

– erosion
– compaction
– soil sealing
– salinization
– soil organic matter and nutrient depletion
– acidification
– pollution
– other processes caused by unsustainable land management practices

It takes up to 1,000 years to form one centimetre of soil. Investment in sustainable soil management is be cheaper than restoration and is needed for the achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development.

2015 UN Year of SoilsSoil – the nearly forgotten resource:

– Soils are the foundation of agriculture. They provide vital ecosystem services and the basis for food, feed, fuel, fibre and medical products important for human well-being.

– Soils are fundamental for the appropriate storage and distribution of water.

– 1/4 of the world’s biodiversity lives underground, where, for example, the earthworm is a giant alongside tiny organisms such as bacteria and fungi.

– Organisms and plant roots act as the primary agents driving nutrient cycling and help plants by improving nutrient intake — in turn supporting above-ground biodiversity.

– Organisms boost soil’s ability to absorb carbon and mitigate desertification, so that even more carbon can be sequestered.

2015 UN Year of Soils2015 UN Year of Soils

In 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented more than 120 soil-related projects around the world and produced together with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Soil Map. Among the most urgent priorities is to update, standardize and render accessible the world’s knowledge of soil types and distribution. One of FAO’s priorities is to establish a global soil information system that could assist with reliable data decision-making regarding soil management.

Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet – New Video

Small-Scale Farms Cool the Planet - new video with Vandana ShivaSmall-scale farmers and conscious consumers can cool the planet! Respect to the seed, the soil, the farmer, and the consumer.

Twenty years ago, working with international environment and development organizations, I learned that small is better, and the truth that small farms feed more people. Now, the Fair World Project has a short video narrated by women, farmers and scientists sharing this not so well known but important science: Small is Better: Small Farms and Regenerative Organic Farming can reverse Climate Change. 

“Organic agriculture produces more food per acre and is the most effective way to deal with climate change. Too much of the climate movement is based on fear. It now needs to move to cultivating hope – Gardens of hope on your balcony not a giant industrial farm.” Vandana Shiva

New! 17-minute documentary with Vandana Shiva: Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet

  • Photosynthesis and good healthy soil biology can mitigate 100% of current emissions.
  • Industrial agriculture’s role in climate change.
  • How small farmers are combating the climate crisis through regenerative organic agriculture.

Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People. What you can do:

Natural Egg Dyes from Veggies & Herbs

Natural Easter Egg Colors with veggies and herbsHere are some fun recipes for vibrant all natural egg dyes made from veggies and herbs you have in your refrigerator and cupboards.

We used the dry outer onion skins last year and the result was beautiful eggs that looked like carved mahogany! Have fun with these recipes and methods, and improve upon them each Spring. You will be amazed.

Here’s how you begin:

1) Room Temperature eggs so they don’t crack when boiling
2) 2 cups of water plus 1 Tsp vinegar to hold the color
3) Bring water to a boil with colorants and fully hard boil eggs for 12 to 15 minutes
4) Remove eggs and pour colorant and colored water into a jar (or bowl)
5) Put eggs into the jar so they are covered with colorants and colored water
6) Let the jars cool then place in refrigerator 24 hours
7) Remove the eggs, rinse, and polish with vegetable oil

Ideas for Vegetable & Herbal Colorants:

Green: 3 TBS Dill and 3 Dry Outer Red Onion Skins
Yellow: 2-3 TBS Turmeric and/or a lot less Saffron
Gold: Espresso or 3 TBS Dill Seed
Mahogany: Red Onion Skins and/or 1 TBS Paprika
Light Blue: Spinach
Dark Blue: 6-8 Red Cabbage Leaves
Purple: Cranberry and Raspberry Juice or Red Zinger Tea Bags
Orange: 4 Carrot Tops and 4 Yellow Onion Skins
Textured Shell: Red Wine will form crystals on the shell

Colors will vary depending on whether you use white, brown or pastel eggs, so mix and match your colorants to experiment with your own unique colors!

Wrapping cooled hard boiled eggs with rubber bands before placing back into the colorant will give you stripped eggs.

You can also very carefully color designs on the raw eggs with crayons or wax, make a small hole at both ends, blow out the insides of the eggs, dye them, and then spray with a sealant to keep these decorated beauties a long time! The sealants are not edible.

 

reproductive-acts-heather-latimerFor the “Fertility” aspect of Spring, read up on Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in N. American Fiction and Film by Heather Latimer.

Striking a balance between fictional, historical, and political analysis, Reproductive Acts makes a compelling argument for the vital role narrative plays in how we make sense of U.S. reproductive politics. Read more here.

 

Let us know how your eggs turn out!

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

Water Conservation Tips at Green Woman NewsWater conservation efforts ensure that there will be enough for the future. Outdoor water use typically makes up 50% to 70% of home water use.

Many of us love the summer months and wish we knew more ways to conserve water during droughts and dry seasons. We’ve gathered a few helpful hints here that are easy to do, and easy to remember!

Here are 5 outdoor water conservation tips:

#1 Victory Gardens are back in style! Use your garden water for edible plants.
#2 When your existing inefficient hoses and sprinkler heads need replacing, buy water saving ones. Ask your local family owned nursery or hardware store what options they have available.
#3 In drought areas especially, think about replacing your brown lawns with drought tolerant plants, beautiful rock gardens, and even a vegetable garden so at least your outdoor water use is producing food.
#4 Share the water conservation methods you learn and use with your friends, family, neighbors and landlords. Everyone is willing to join in the efforts to save our planet, most of us just need more information.
#5 Take the “Dirty Car Pledge” and wait 60 days or more — until absolutely necessary!

We have a whole section of books on Eco-Feminism. We are sure you will find something that peaks your curiosity or satisfies your thirst for knowledge. Here are some of our favorite titles:
EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95
A multicultural anthology of writings by women that provide vital insights into the causes of current environmental crises, and important recommendations for addressing them.

Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!
Meet the 30 exceptional Women of Farmer Jane. This is a celebration of all women that vote for sustainability every time they shop, eat, farm, and advocate for change.

Let us know your conservation ideas and tips, and we’ll share them with our readers:)

Soil & Your Serotonin

Serotonin and Happiness at Green Woman StoreImprove your mood by digging in your garden! Hunting and gathering the fruits of your labor also add to your your happiness level.

Serotonin and Dopamine are 2 natural anti-depressants that also boost your immune system. We didn’t need science to tell us that Gardening makes us happy, but it’s always fun when science catches up with women’s wisdom.
Here are the facts:
– Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.
– Soil contains Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacteria that triggers the release of serotonin in your brain.
-Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, found in our the soil, waters, plants — and in non-organic Roundup-ready GM cotton — depletes your serotonin and dopamine levels. Depression is a global epidemic right alongside Monsanto’s worldwide sale of Roundup.
The Immune System Link

Soil bacteria cause immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which activate the nerves that relay signals from the body to the brain. The stimulated nerves cause neurons in the brain to release serotonin into the prefrontal cortex, an area of your brain involved in regulating your moods.

Let Your Kids Spend More Time Getting Dirty!

Studies link early childhood exposure to bacteria to protection against allergies and asthma in adulthood, suggesting that bacteria-exposure boosts your immune systems and alters your vulnerability to conditions such as depression as well.

TIP: Garden without gloves and get your hands into the dirt and compost heap.

Feminism – A Sustainability Tool – Free Telesummit:

Feminism A Sustainability Tool - Free Telesummit -

“Women do not want to be mainstreamed into a polluted stream: We want the stream to be clean, clear and healthy.” Bella Abzug, U.S. Senator and co-founder of WEDO (Women’s Environment & Development Organization)

Feminism has facilitated women’s complex experiences, actions, and solutions being examined and treated with the respect they deserve – linking women’s emancipation with the care of the earth.

Women play a major role in managing natural resources in agriculture and animal husbandry, food planning and preparation, forestry and managing the raw materials used in commercial enterprise and in our households.

The growth of Feminism has resulted in the growth of environmental action by women and women’s groups around the world to help tackle the problems of environmental devastation. From the grassroots to international agencies, women’s roles in education and training, family planning and consumption patterns, seed saving and natural resource conservation, and in creating businesses that reflect our socio-environmental values, are among the most important actions to bring about sustainability.

Case Studies from the U.S. & Around the World

In this Telesummit, you will hear from Sustainable Development Experts, Activists, Movement Leaders, Authors, Cultural Theorists, and Common Women making a difference. You will hear case studies, and gain an international and intergenerational perspective on just what it takes to grow a movement that doesn’t leave anyone or anything out. Sustainability means going forward in a way that respects future generations’ ability to live and thrive on Planet Earth.

No matter what you think Feminism is, your understanding will be heightened. You will be strengthened, and your resolve for alliances for the future will be restored as it becomes clear that none of us are alone. 

Feminism a sustainability tool free sign up link

Non-Toxic Shopping Guide & Holiday Twitter Party

Women have so much economic power to convince companies to make safer products! Let’s use our power for good this holiday season and join Women’s Voices for the Earth’s #safeshopping Twitter party to get green gift ideas straight from the experts!

This time of the year, we are tasked with trying to find the perfect gift. No one wants to commit the dreaded faux pas of accidentally giving a gift laden with toxic chemicals that could harm your family, friend or colleague’s health. Plus, we exercise so much economic power during the holiday season that we want to make sure we’re supporting those companies doing good things!

Women's Voices for the Earth 2014 Non-Toxic Shopping GuideIt is possible to find the right gift that’s thoughtful, comes from an environmentally progressive company, and is non‐toxic. And here’s is where WVE’s 2014 Non‐Toxic Shopping Guide comes in handy. Green Woman Store is a proud sponsor of this Annual Guide.

On behalf of all our female entrepreneurs and artisans, we love partnering with WVE and being a part of their Non-Toxic Shopping Guide another year. Our goal is to provide fair trade, green, and woman made products that increase family health and sustainability. We love to support women and women’s safe choices, and it comes full circle at WVE — and everyone benefits!

With sections that cover clothing, personal care products, fitness products, baby products, home décor, toys, DIY gift ideas, and more, WVE’s Non‐Toxic Shopping Guide is poised to become your wingwoman for the 2014 Holiday Season.

Women's Voices for the Earth Twitter Party November 20, 2014 to launch their Holiday Non-Toxic Shopping GuideJoin our #safeshopping Twitter party on 11/20 to get:

Top Picks from Experts in the Guide: Women’s Voices for the Earth asked for safer product ideas from some of the most eco‐friendly, conscientious women in the WVE community who are experts in their field.

Guide Links, Tips & Resources – Green ideas and sustainable shopping resources to help you avoid giving toxic gifts this season below:

See the Guide here!

Safe Non-Toxic Toys here!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – From Awareness to Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness Month : From Awareness to Prevention

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”
This October, we are changing the discussion from Awareness to Prevention

New scientific evidence is emerging daily, making it clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It’s clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our cancer risk.  But we rarely hear about this new scientific evidence.  

It is difficult to examine and address the effects of individual chemicals and their risks for a disease as complex as cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades. We may not know which chemicals we’ve been exposed to, and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.

Sign Up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes.In this Telesummit and Podcast Series, we will bring this new evidence to your attention. We will examine Hormones and Hormone Disruptors, EMF Cell Phone and Computer Radiation, Fluoride in our water and Fracking in our communities, GMOs and Toxins in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Flame Retardants in our furniture and bedrooms, BPA and it’s more toxic replacements, and causes of the 90% unexplained sporadic non-hereditary breast cancers.

As informed consumers, you can begin to control your exposure to chemicals and radiation through personal and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to cancer and take action to reduce your risk. 

During this Telesummit, you will receive one interview emailed to you each Tuesday and Thursday. You will hear from Scientists, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors of Cancer who have made lifestyle changes that combat disease. If you miss any Podcasts, you will have a chance at the end to catch up. 

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you never know whom you may be helping.

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I’m your host, Genny LaMorgan, owner of GreenWomanStore.com where we enjoy creating educational events, like this telesummit on topics of interest to us as women. If you have any questions, please contact me at genny@greenwomanstore.com or 800 479 4439 / 619 228 6201.     

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An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

an indigenous people's history of the united states by roxanne dunbar-ortizDid you know, there are more than 500 federally recognized indigenous communities and nations comprising nearly 3,000,000 people in the U.S. today. Read the newly published “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.”

These Peoples are the descendants of the once 15,000,000 people who inhabited this land, and the subject of the latest book by noted historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist, and designed to crush the original inhabitants.

For a span of more than three hundred years, this classic bottom-up history significantly reframes how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire.

Author, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the 20th Century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism.

She has lived in San Francisco, California, since she was 18 years old, and graduated from San Francisco State College, majoring in history and transferring to University of California, Los Angeles to complete her doctorate in History. Roxanne taught in the newly established Native American Studies program at California State University at Hayward, near San Francisco, and helped develop the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women’s Studies. In 1974, she became active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to international human rights.

Be one of the first to read this newly published book. Just out in hardback: An Indigenous People’s History of the U S.  ISBN 978-0807000403. Let us know what you think.