Nontoxic Kitchen Tips & Women’s eNews

kitchen tips by kristi marshHere’s a summary of Quick Nontoxic Kitchen Tips for Cleaning from the Savvy Women’s Alliance. Founder, Kristi Marsh, published her book “Little Changes” to help us all make our homes safer and to  prevent the cancer experience she survived with these tips. Listen to Kristi’s talk here. 

Kristi Marsh is 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.

Kitchen Tips:

Check Labels  Don’t buy anything that contains ammonia, bleach, sodium hydroxide (lye), butyl cellosolve, triclosan, and petroleum distillates.

Supplies   Diluted vinegar or diluted castile soap is all you typically need to clean your kitchen unless raw meat touches a surface. Then use food-grade hydrogen peroxide.

Light Touches    Dust builds up with toxic chemicals, so clean, dust and vacuum.

Simple Tip   Use diluted vinegar to wipe off stainless steel appliances and the inside of your refrigerator.

Hand Washing  Washing with soap and water has been shown to be effective and safer than antibacterial soaps.

Just as Easy   Opening windows is the easiest way to freshen and clean the air pollution.

Food Packaging   Transfer prepared foods into glass containers before putting them in the refrigerator. Thermal sticker labels are often coated with BPA or BPS hormone-disruptors.

Speaking of Containers   Replace plastic containers with stainless steel or glass. Hot dishwashers degrades plastic making it more likely to leach into your food.

Consider how you line pans:  Avoid aluminum foil particularly with foods that are acidic or high in fats. Also, avoid oven liners and nonstick products. They contain perfluorochemicals and generate toxic fumes at regular cooking/baking temperatures.

Spills Happen   Do your best to avoid spills in the oven, which is easier than cleaning them up. If pans are too full and likely to spill over, place a piece of aluminum foil on the lower rack to catch any drips.

If You Have To  The self-clean cycle on your oven impairs indoor air quality. Open all of the windows and leave your home while the cycle is running.

And here are some important links for Women’s Herstory Month from Women’s eNews:

 

Maternal Death Rates & U.S. Health Disparities

pregnant-bellyIn the news this week: Why is the U.S. maternal mortality rate going up?


The U.S. has the only rising maternal mortality rate in the developed world. Rita Henley Jensen broke this story in Women’s eNews! The emphasis now is on keeping premature and low birth weight babies alive vs. maternal care to increase the birth weight of their babies. The reasons women die are embolisms, infections, hemorrhaging and Pre-eclampsia — which is 50% avoidable!

Carolyn Gage interviewed Rita Henley Jensen
for our Feminism Telesummit.

carolyn gage and rita henley jensen on maternal mortality

(You can listen to the free interview here.)

Here is What We Learned: Maternal Death Rates & U.S. Health Disparities

U.S. hospitals are not prepared or equipped to deal with obstetric emergencies!

Women’s mortality rates indicate the effectiveness of a nation’s healthcare system. There is no consistency in state’s reporting of maternal death due to their refusal to add this reason for death on Death Certificates.

African American women die 3 to 4 times more often of pregnancy than white women.

The World Health Organization (WHO) U.S.  Maternal Death Rate statistics are higher than the CDC’s.

African American women experience racism by Medicaid when in pain.
Women need a partner or advocate in delivery! “Every pregnancy needs a Midwife and a Doula,” says Rita.

100 Anti-Abortion Laws were introduced in the first two months of 2015!

What becomes news and what becomes the national conversation is determined by money and polls. Women journalists are widely unreported advocates of women’s stories. Rita Henley Jensen has a tremendous love for basic fairness. She founded Women’s eNews and is impassioned to “change journalism.” Women’s eNews has a focus on optimism, and the push-back by women toward solutions and advocacy to make things happen.

You have to stay informed to make change.” Rita Henley Jensen

More articles:

Jane Crow: Black Maternal Health
To Curb Maternal Death, U.S. Hospitals Urged to Weigh Bleeding Pads
California Project Quietly Battles Maternity Risks
Doctors Open Window on U.S. Maternal Care Crisis
NYC Reports Black Moms’ Risks 12 Times Above Whites
Hospitals Train to Track, React to Maternal Bleeding
Healthy Births, Healthy Moms: Black Maternal Health in America
In Detroit Hospital, Black Babies Are Latching On
Simple Language Helps Catch a Killer: Preeclampsia
National Initiative Tackles Rising U.S. Maternal Deaths
U.S. Hospitals Hinder Black Women’s Breastfeeding
New Twitter Storm Is About Public Breastfeeding