G20 Gender Equality News

The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) was at the G20 meeting this month and sends us a lot of good news from around the world.

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Women cover themselves as they make their way through the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

“All G20 countries have committed to promote gender equality through adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meaningful climate action needs to tackle gender inequality and contribute to promoting, respecting and fulfilling all human rights. Women must play a critical role in addressing climate change, and barriers to unequal engagement and opportunities be overcome, through collaborative efforts of men and women.” CARE International on G20 and Climate Resilience

In many countries, there tends to be a disparity between sexes: women’s roles are often carers and providers of food and water, and they have a lack of access to resources and decision-making power, making them particularly at risk. In both the U.N. Development Program Gender Equality Index and the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Index, there are no G20 countries among the top five most gender equal.

With regard to the countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions – which outline each country’s contribution to the Paris Agreement – only Mexico devotes a specific section on gender and climate change, with Brazil, India and Indonesia at least mentioning gender. The other G20 countries fail to address gender in their National Data Collections. Thus, there is definitely more work ahead.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOWEDO is a global advocacy organization established in 1991 by former U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug (1920-1998) and feminist activist and journalist Mim Kelber (1922-2004). It grew out of an extraordinary group of women, including Bella and Gloria Steinem, who started Women USA in 1979, and became the organization it is today through the vision of WEDO pioneers, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, Thais Corral, and many others. In 2011, WEDO celebrated its official 20th anniversary!

G20 gender equality news from WEDODon’t Believe in Climate Change? Take a Trip to Vanuatu – This series of photos shows you how climate change is impacting many in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, and why women, who are closer to the affects of climate change should participate in developing solutions for their community to cope with climate change.

With a Touch of Paint, Women Slum Dwellers Battle Extreme Heat – India’s women slum dwellers  used  to suffer from summer heat. Now with a program that paints slum dwellers’ roofs with reflective white paint and trains women with other techniques that reduce reliance on firewood, women slum dwellers are equipped with the knowledge to cope with climate change and its impacts.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOSolar Energy Powers Clean Water, Business Opportunities for Refugees – Practical and affordablez solar energy is being deployed on a growing scale to provide essential services for refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East.

Namibia: Rural Women Want Better Govt Service – Lack of access to potable water and proper healthcare are just two of the major issues rural women face in Namibia. At this year’s session of the fifth rural women’s parliament with men held under the theme ‘Parliament gives a voice to rural women and men on the Sustainable Development Goals’, the report demands more government support for rural women is sent to the National Council.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOEducation, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace  – Two-thirds of all illiterate adults in the world are women, and more than 260 million children and young people are out of school. Access to education often has a trickle-down effect, helping boost food, health, economic  security, and gender equality, all of which are also essential Sustainable Development Goals.

Indigenous Knowledge Crucial to Tackling Climate Change – Traditional skills and knowledge should be seen as a complement, not a barrier, to scientific knowledge and climate adaptation efforts.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOAll-Girls Teen Engineering Team Creates a Solar-powered Tent for Homeless People – Wonderful news! An all-girls science club from San Fernando Senior High School near Los Angeles has designed a solar-powered tent meant to help homeless and displaced people to have temporary proper shelters.

How Solar Energy Has Empowered Communities in Rural Assam – The advent of solar energy in three villages has had a transformative impact on primary healthcare and other daily activities of rural Assamese communities.

G20 gender equality news from WEDO

Shahida Khatun at the solar-powered primary health centre in Birsing char in Assam. Credit: PARI/Ratna Bharali Talukdar

Women and girls from every region of the world
are creating a mass movement for climate justice.

The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice is a global campaign organized collectively by a group of regionally diverse women’s rights and feminist organizations brought together by the urgent need for just action on climate change.

G20 gender equality news from WEDO

Launched on July 14th 2015, the campaign aims to encourage actions from women’s groups, feminist initiatives and allied organizations in all regions, countries, cities and communities around the world as well as coordinated actions. WEDO has played a central role in organizing and facilitating the campaign as both a partner organization and member of the coordinating committee.

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Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017

Venus of LausselOn this Menstrual Hygiene Day — May 28, 2017, let’s celebrate the knowledge that 30,000 years ago, humans knew that we women bleed 13 times a year in sync with the Moon — and we do not die. Reverence behold for the women of Planet Earth during this pre-history time and beyond. A time when we lived in balance and in awe of Woman and Nature, natural truths we are re-membering today. This 30,000 year old bas-relief “Venus of Laussel” cave art from France, records a woman holding a crescent moon-shaped horn engraved with 13 lines — one for each of the 13 moons of the year — while she points to her womb. Perhaps this was a menstrual teaching manual for our ancestral sisterhood. This women’s knowledge is our millennia-old inheritance.

 

Today’s girls and young women are clamoring for silence to be removed from Our Periods – our lives and cycles in tune with Mother Nature. The world is moving toward re-membering our woman-rite in so many ways:

Menstruation-MattersWomen’s Voices for the Earth fight for non-toxic menstrual products.

Support Women, Period in Minnesota provides Menstrual products to homeless shelters, transitional housing and shelters for victims of domestic violence – all places that depend on donations of supplies.

WASH United in Africa is making Menstrual hygiene management a worldwide priority.

Global Citizen shares new magazines on women’s health and women’s rights, period dramas and girls in Nepal.

Oxfam in Nepal is teaching women to sew menstrual napkins and earn a living doing it!

See what’s happening in classrooms right now​​​​​​​ around the world and a great video!

Menstruation-Matters-3And just in case you doubt the wisdom and artistry of humans 30,000 years ago, it has recently been discovered that the depictions of animals on the walls of caves at that time were seen to move or gallop in place with the flickering of cave fires. Our ancestors were in fact videographers – a person who records images.

Celebrate International Menstrual Hygiene Day this May 28th, and the knowledge that “We Bleed and Do Not Die” with women around the world and through time!

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Why Eat Organic by Sandi Star

WHY EAT ORGANIC?  

This article is by Sandi Star, Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Nutritionist, and founder of Karmic-Health.com.

Why Eat Organic – The Inside Scoop with Sandi Star of Karmic-Health.com“By eating organic foods, you limit your exposure to synthetic insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, because organic farming avoids using these chemicals. Additionally, by eating organic foods, you limit your intake of growth hormones and antibiotics, because organic meat and dairy farmers are prohibited from using hormones and antibiotics in organic livestock and dairy production. Finally, by eating organic foods, you limit your intake of GMO (genetically modified) foods because organic farmers cannot raise genetically modified crops or livestock — or use production aids/feeds that are genetically modified.” Sandi J. Star, HHP, CNC, Founder of  KarmicHealth.com

 The Organic Difference

Sandi Star has been eating and recommending organic foods for some time. It’s an important part of her service as a Health Practitioner. She believes it’s  important for us to know why we would go to the store and pay more for our food:

Can we justify our commitment to preventative medicine, which is what food is supposed to be.

We pay for your health now by buying organic and non-GMO food, or we pay later in health care costs. This is what Sandi Star tells her patients. She believes that our food needs to be our medicine because good nutrition is what makes our body thrive. Sandi doesn’t think enough of us are questioning where our food comes from, or that we have a good understanding about the toxic affects that Monsanto’s GMOs have on our diets.

PESTICIDES ARE AN ESTIMATED $35 BILLION INDUSTRY ACCOUNTING FOR MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION TONNES OF CHEMICALS DEPOSITED INTO THE ENVIRONMENT ANNUALLY

EAT ORGANIC – THE INSIDE SCOOP:

When it comes to Monsanto’s RoundUp, remember non-organic animals are fed grains and foods that are sprayed with RoundUp — and we are eating what they ate — RoundUp is present in the muscle of meat. Cows are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made with a base of soy or corn. The conventionally raised cows are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. Cows are meant to eat grass which gives them a lot of Omega’s in the meat whereas cows fed grains cause inflammation in our body. Big difference.

There are new antibiotic rules for 2017 you might have seen news about that are worth a further look. Farmers are being required to work with a Veterinarian to treat their livestock with antibiotics. Antibiotics and hormones are a serious issue within the meat industry because farmers are now obtaining antibiotics without a prescription. We have to question the integrity and expertise of each veterinarian working with farmers and hope they use these drugs only when necessary. Remember, antibiotics are prohibited in organic farming. Organic Farmers take care of the environment by allowing the cows to graze in fields as opposed to keeping them confined where disease can easily spread.

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules and regulations for the production, handling, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. This process, involves input from the National Organic Standards Board (a Federal Advisory Committee made up of fifteen members of the public) and the public.

Why Eat Organic – The Inside Scoop with Sandi Star at Karmic-Health.comThe “organic” food label identifies food grown with sustainable practices that:

Rely on natural biological systems for pest and weed control, synthetic pesticides, herbicides and soil fumigants.

Improves the quality and fertility of our soil

Protects water quality locally, nationally and globally

Reduces soil erosion

Reduces the impact of agriculture on our environment

Produces high quality, nutritious and great tasting food

Does not use genetic engineering

Does not use sewage sludge as fertilizer

WE GET MORE NUTRITION EATING ORGANIC!

Here are some studies:

In a 2002 University of Missouri study, chemists were shocked to discover that smaller, organically grown, oranges delivered 30 percent more vitamin C than the large conventionally grown ones. Certified nutritionist Virginia Worthington found that a serving of organic lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage provided the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, but not so for the same veggies grown by conventional farming.

Worthington reported that organically grown fruits and vegetables outpaced their conventional counterparts with as much as 27% more vitamin C, 21% more iron, 29%t more magnesium, 13.6% more phosphorus, and 18% more polyphenols. Polyphenols are a group of plant compounds such as bioflavonoids, flavanols, and pycnogenols. They are anti-inflammatory and have a wide range of health benefits, including protection against allergies, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and more. The organics also showed 15% fewer nitrates and heavy metals than the conventional foods.

Here’s another interesting point. These phytonutrients, such as polyphenols and antioxidants, protect both people and plants. Pesticides — insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides — actually block a plant’s ability to manufacture these important plant compounds. Without them, plants are handicapped and too weak to fight off pests. The organic farmer, on the other hand, builds up these important nutrients by feeding the soil, emboldening the plants to naturally defend themselves against pests and disease.

In a study of antioxidants in organic and conventionally grown fruits, scientists found higher concentrations of valuable vitamin C, vitamin E, and other antioxidants in the organic foods. They theorized that the organically grown fruits developed more antioxidants as a defense and repair mechanism against insects when grown without the use of pesticides.

A 2007 study by researchers at the University of California-Davis, for example, found that organic tomatoes had nearly twice as much flavonoids as industrial tomatoes. Flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, and naringenin have been found to reduce cardiovascular disease. The UC-Davis study suggested that industrial tomatoes may have fewer of the metabolites because they are over-fertilized. When researchers at Washington State University compared organic strawberries and industrial ones, they found that the organic berries had 8.5% higher antioxidant activity, 9.7& more ascorbic acid, and 10.5% more phenolic than industrial berries. Finally, a January 2011 study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that milk from cows raised organically in the UK had higher levels of beneficial fatty acids.

THE DIRECT TOXICITY OF ROUNDUP/GLYPHOSATE

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp) is presented by Monsanto as a benign chemical for weed control which is inactivated in the soil. However, this is far from the case. Glyphosate interferes with enzymes in plants and microbes because of its ability to chelate (bind) trace metals and by its antibiotic action (RoundUp is patented for both). Other chemicals used in formulated products sold to farmers and gardeners enhance RoundUp’s toxic effects.

Commonly claimed to be only present in higher plants for production of essential amino acids, alkaloids etc., WRONG – important – microbiota in soils supports plant growth mineral uptake mammals supports gut organisms,

GLYPHOSATE: A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BIOLOGICAL MOLECULE :

Kills SOIL bacteria, compromising soil quality and plant growth.

Kills GUT bacteria – compromising digestion, contributing or leading to Leaky Gut/Gut Permeability, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Autism, Obesity, Cancer and Endocrine Disruption.

I could go on and on. There is a lot of research showing the toxic effects of RoundUp despite Monsanto’s continuing claims that it is safe. RoundUp is not safe and there are numerous studies that prove it.

ROUNDUP INGREDIENTS:

I looked up the MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet) on Round Up and found the following:

Active ingredient Potassium salt of N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine; {Potassium salt of glyphosate} Composition COMPONENT CAS No. % by weight (approximate) Potassium salt of glyphosate 70901-12-1 49

Other ingredients 51. The specific chemical identity is being withheld because it is trade secret information of Monsanto Company. Needed to put that in bold!

Now doesn’t every ingredient in everything else that has to do with food legally have to be disclosed? This is interesting because on the MSDS it clearly states Do NOT contaminate water when disposing of rinse waters. That alone would make me nervous to try it on food and one of the obvious reasons to go organic.

It also has a list of ECOLOGICAL information showing the toxic effects on our ecological system. It goes on to say it is “practically nontoxic” to our honey bee. What do they mean by “practically” anyhow? My question would be then why are we losing so many of these bees and what else could possibly be doing it? According to Monsanto’s website they are working with organizations to save the bees which puts out a mixed message. Let’s just stop putting toxic chemicals in the ground to begin with.

Advice to doctors it goes onto say; This product is not an inhibitor of cholinesterase which is basically denying studies that show it inhibits an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine thereby increasing both the level and duration of action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which as we know can cause neurological concerns.

CONCLUSION

This is a huge area in need of awareness and more research so I invite you to start your own research by questioning where your food comes from for starters. I’ve dedicated many years in creating awareness that will impact our nation’s focus on disease prevention. I am so grateful I had that curiosity years ago, as it changed my life, my health and my appreciation for old school ways of farming. Just as we give our kids the nutrition and support they need to grow into healthy, productive adults with a purpose, we should also support our food systems that fuel them.

SOME GREAT RESOURCES:

CCOF works to level the playing field for California’s organic producers. CCOF members and other supporters came together to help pass the recently enacted California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA). COFFA ends duplicative paperwork for CCOF-certified farmers and makes other important reforms to support the next chapter in organic agriculture.

Learn about COFFA and how you can get involved in other CCOF-led campaigns at https://www.ccof.org/advocacy

Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Their mission to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable and find practical ways to tackle big challenges. Their mission is to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, social equity, policy and the marketplace.

Learn more about getting involved at https://tilth.org/about

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS also provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country.

Learn more at https://www.ams.usda.gov/about-ams

SOURCES:

[1] https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic

[2] http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-46

[3] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110116214603.htm

[4] http://sustainablepulse.com/2014/07/02/uk-parliamentary-meeting-brings-dangers-roundup-public-focus/#.WNAm0W_yuUm

[5] http://www.roundup.ca/_uploads/documents/RT540Liquid-Canada-EN.O15.pdf

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetylcholinesterase_inhibitor

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Women Rising for the World – We’ve Only Just Begun!

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue wearing her PussyHat

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue wearing her PussyHat

We have great reason to be proud! The Women’s March on Washington DC was in deed the largest march in U.S. and world history. Sixty nations participated in this march, and five to six million world citizens came out to speak truth to power. Herstory was made on that day, January 21, 2017. It is the beginning when we begin again what has been a 5,000 year old effort by women to bring peace and justice to our world.

Women Rising around the world as leaders to resist climate ignorance and the oppression of women and citizens by nation states globally. What a wonderful display of human integrity and strength.

“Any issue which affects women globally,” says Kenyan entrepreneur Ritah Mutheu, “affects women everywhere.” But, she says, “We want to also tell the government, to impart a message that anytime a politician decides a policy that violates women or human rights, women will not take it. We will rise up and fight against it.”

Lima, Peru: Focusing on the 2016 U.S. presidential election with a strategy to open “the Pandora’s box of hatred.” This is not a rally about Peru, though Lima saw a massive outpouring of women rallying for their rights this past August, at a protest that drew thousands and clogged the streets of Peru’s capital.

Nairobi, Kenya: Focusing on issues specific to Kenya. The official Facebook page for the march lays out their platform: the importance of the women’s vote, demand reproductive rights, women’s land and inheritance rights, to end sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, and the trafficking of women and children; and to end discrimination against LGBTQ people, sex workers, disabled women, HIV positive women, refugee women, women in the informal sector and other marginalized groups, and the difficulties women have, in Kenya, prosecuting rapists.

Prague, Czech Republic: That the women’s march in Prague was non-partisan, non-violent, and inclusive of all, and held in historic Wenceslas Square , a historic space of opposition and peaceful resistance from the student demonstrations against the Nazis bringing in co-sponsors from all sorts of different activist groups: women’s rights groups, Greenpeace and Amnesty International, the Czech Writers Association, groups advocating for the rights of Roma, and pro-LGBTQ groups.

Tbilisi, Georgia: Focused on the rights of women in Georgia itself. This is not the first time Tbilisi has had protests against issues of a “patriarchal society,” domestic violence, securing equal pay for equal work, and political representation. This rally was also an expression that Georgia is part of the global community and that people there support women’s rights and human rights and fundamental rights around the globe.

Tel Aviv, Israel: Took place outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. A second event, organized by Democrats Abroad, took place in the Mediterranean port city of Jaffa and was nonpolitical and nonpartisan, not taking on local issues but delving into the Israeli-American relationship. What was troubling to a lot of people during the election was the rise of white supremacy and racism and anti-Semitism.

Full article here. See an estimated total of crowd numbers here. 

10 ACTIONS / 100 DAYS

We all know this is just the beginning of a worldwide effort if we are to change the lives of women, men and children and to save this beautiful planet we call home. It doesn’t end with this amazing Women’s March on Washington DC January 21. Now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes and put our pink pussyhats into the closet. It is the time to get our friends, family and community together and continue making Herstory!

Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. Get printable postcards here.

Next: Sister Giant Conference, February 2-4, 2017

History is repeating itself before our very eyes. These same corporate elite tactics were used in Germany and preceded a time in human Evolution when individual heroes stood up to help those different from themselves. Now, we must do the same and make coalitions, support organizations on the front lines, educate ourselves by listening to and supporting alternative news sources, boycotting the companies doing harm to our families and our planet. We have a lot of work to do and we are up to the task. Together, with women leading the way, we will all rise to meet the challenges of our time. I see it happening daily at home and around the world. Widen your scope of news to include global events and your spirit will never be squashed. Believe in our strength to overcome:) All shall bee well, All shall bee well, All manner of thing shall be well, Genny

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Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.

 

Feminist Scholars on the U.S. Presidency

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Just so we all know we are not acting alone in our coming efforts to maintain a peaceful world and functioning democracy, you will be strengthened by reading this all-encompassing public statement by scholarly women of grit:

Summary of Statement:

  • We must protect the right to protest and dissent.
  • We must insist that the media be allowed to do its job.
  • We must reject compromise.
  • Our number 1 priority is to Resist.
  • We must denounce militarization at home & abroad.
  • We must resist climate change denial.
  • We must resist autocracy.
  • We must push ourselves into more precise, radical analytical frameworks.
  • We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, a sizeable minority of the U.S. electorate chose to send billionaire Donald Trump, an avowed sexist and an unrepentant racist, who has spent nearly forty years antagonizing vulnerable people, to the White House. Spewing hatred at women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and those with disabilities is Trump’s most consistent, and well-documented form of public engagement. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women because, as he quipped, his celebrity made it easy for him to do so. We can only assume that the hostile climate and anxiety about what is to come were contributing factors. The political shift we are witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper class.As a community of feminist scholars, activists and artists, we affirm that the time to act is now. We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic hierarchy. We must also denounce militarization at home and abroad, and climate change denial that threatens to destroy the entire planet.

We must also reject calls to compromise, to understand, or to collaborate. We cannot and will not comply. Our number one priority is to resist. We must resist the instantiation of autocracy. We must resist this perversion of democracy. We must refuse spin and challenge any narratives that seek to call this moment “democracy at work.” This is not democracy; this is the rise of a 21st century U.S. version of fascism. We must name it, so we can both confront and defeat it. The most vulnerable, both here and abroad, cannot afford for us to equivocate or remain silent. The threats posed by settler colonialism and empire around the globe have never been more real, nor has our resolve to oppose these injustices ever been stronger. Concretely, within the U.S., we oppose the building of a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, and the establishment of a registry for Muslim residents.

We owe this moment and the communities we fight for our very best thinking, teaching, and organizing. We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. We must push ourselves into new, and more precise and radical analytical frameworks that can help us to articulate the stakes of this moment.

The most important thing we can do in this moment is to make an unqualified commitment to those on the margins through our actions, insist that the media be allowed to do its job; and protect the right to protest and dissent. We recognize clearly that our silence will not protect us. Silence, in the aftermath of 11/8 is not merely a lack of words; it is a profound inertia of liberatory thought and praxis. So – what are we waiting for? We are who we are waiting for. We pledge to stand and fight, with fierce resolve, for the values and principles we believe in and the people we love.

See all the signatories here. 

 

Winter Blues – Get Mud on Your Hands

Winter Blues - Molly's Organic FarmWinter Blues
Get Mud (Serotonin and Dopamine) on Your Hands
And Shoes!

Improve your Winter Blues 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 boost your mood and 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.

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

Here are some 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 soil, waterways, mothers’ breast milk, food plants — and in non-organic Roundup-ready wheat, corn and soy — 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.


Winter Blues Remedy - i love dirt! by Jennifer Wardi love dirt! by Jennifer WardLet 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.

Check out Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne and Giselle Potter. A clever twist on a classic fairy tale, this story stars a whip-smart girl instead of traditionally lazy, not-so-bright Jack. It stays pretty true to the original, but has a surprising ending.

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

 

Healthy Kitchen Tips

healthy kitchen tips - eat the rainbowWe are all trying to eat and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. Here are some green and healthy kitchen tips for you and your family:

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.
Eat GMO Free and Organic to make sure you are not eating RoundUp which is sprayed on GMO foods and on many non-GMO foods — especially grains — just before harvest. I know these are a little more expensive, but it will save you money in medical bills treating cancers, diabetes, obesity, autism and other diseases being connected to GMOs and Glyphosate (RoundUp herbicide) in our diet and our environment. Farmer’s Markets and growing your own backyard and kitchen window gardens help to save money and give great pleasure.
 
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 the Seasons. Take a walk outside and breathe in the Joy! And check out our FREE Lean Into Green Telesummit for more tips and ideas for more Healthy Kitchen Tips here. 

Remember: Help the bees and other pollinators, don’t use toxic garden pesticides.” I am doing some “companion gardening” and planting garlic in with my Milkweed to keep the aphids off for the Monarchs. Center for Food Safety

Here are some helpful products from our female entrepreneurs to have healthy meals and families:

 

Summer Natural Pest Control

natural pest control

Marcie, a NORSLED.Org Rescue Huskie

Your Family’s Health Matters! Summer is bringing bugs, ants, fleas, flies, moths, weevils and silverfish. They can be a nuisance for sure, and there are natural non-toxic solutions!

Don’t put your family’s health at risk. Hot weather natural pest control is easy and easily available. Here are some tips and information to guide you:

Very similar to the RoundUp/Glyphosate studies:

Common Insect Repellents – Insect studies show that pyrethroid exposure affects the brain and nervous system, increases thyroid and liver cancers, damages male reproductive organs, and reduces testosterone levels and fertility. The Cancer Assessment Review Committee classified pyrethrins as “likely human carcinogens” if ingested.

Pyrethrins concern environmentalists and lawmakers who are introducing legislation that explores links between hormone-disrupting chemicals such as pyrethroids and the dramatic increase in autism, hyperactivity, diabetes, obesity, and breast and prostate cancer.

Propoxur, commonly found in ant and roach killers, depresses the central nervous system and respiratory tract, and overexposure can cause muscle weakness, dizziness, headaches and nausea. This noxious chemical also damages DNA and negatively affects fetal growth. The chemical N-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide which is found in ant and roach sprays, household foggers, and flea and tick repellents is an excitotoxin that can depress the central nervous system, causing decreased heart rate, loss of consciousness and possibly death.

Infants and children, whose internal organs and brains are still developing, and who are especially sensitive to the health risks these pesticides pose, require us to be very careful about the ingredients on the labels of the products we use — especially in our gardens and play areas. Researchers have found that exposure to home pesticides and insecticides more than doubles a child’s chances of developing neuroblastoma, a rare type of malignant brain tumor, and increases the risk of leukemia.

An American Cancer Society study suggests children exposed to household insecticides are three to seven times more likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is terrible knowledge to live with, and we would think it enough knowledge to take these products off our store shelves. We can’t depend on every citizen to do the research required to protect themselves and their families and neighbors!

Here are some DIY Non-Toxic Solutions for You, Your Family & Neighbors:

natural pest controlAnts – If they aren’t too bad, I put a spot of honey on the counter and let them sugar-up. It seems to distract them from other foods. Borax mixed with sugar at entry points will help too. Vinegar washes away the scent trail ants leave so other ants can find and follow them. Here’s the recipe:

1⁄4 cup vinegar
2 cups water
10 to 15 drops of peppermint, clove, eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil.

Keep ants out of your cupboards too: Sprinkle powdered cinnamon, paprika or cayenne pepper across their trails.

Fleas, Silverfish & Mites Hate Diatomaceous Earth!

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (cheap at feed stores) is fabulous, I hear lots of great things about this product that is new to me. Here’s how to use it:

Fleas: Bathe your dog or cat in natural flea shampoo containing cedar or other essential oils
Rub Diatomaceous Earth on your dog or cat
Sprinkle it in your carpets and vacuum dead fleas after 4 days
Repeat frequently to kill newly hatching fleas

Also, a little vinegar in the water bowls will help keep fleas off animals, and add a little Hymalayian salt for the minerals they need.

Mites: Mix Diatomaceous Earth with dry cactus soil to make a dust bath for chickens and birds to kill mites.

Silverfish: Vacuum the area to remove food particles and insect eggs
Dust with either diatomaceous earth or boric acid (do not use boric acid if you have pets)
Trap silverfish in a small glass jar by wrapping the outside with tape so they can climb up and fall in
The silverfish will be trapped inside because they can’t climb smooth surfaces

Moths & Weevils in Your Grains, Flours and Pasta?

Put a cinnamon stick or bay leaf in the containers to repel the insects without affecting the food’s taste or smell.

House Flies hate Mint, Bay Leaf, Clove and Eucalyptus! Make your own DIY flypaper:

Mix 1⁄4 cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar in a small bowl

Cut strips of brown kraft paper and soak it in the sweetr mixture
Let dry overnight
Hang by making a hole in the top of each paper strip and hang with string.

Moths Hate Cedar Chips & Lemon Peels!

Cedar for making sachets hand picked by Yolanda Martinez

Cedar for making sachets – hand picked by Yolanda Martinez

Make Moth Sachets with cheesecloth squares, dried lemon peels and cedar chips.
Place them in your drawers and cabinets, and hang them in your closets.

(Commercial mothballs contain naphthalene, a hydrocarbon derived from coal tar. This toxin destroys red blood cells and has been found in human breast milk.)

Stay healthy! And shop fair trade, green and woman made with us. We do the research for you!

 

 

Don’t Use Monsanto’s RoundUp

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpAre We Creating Cancer Clusters, Putting Our Health & Property Values at Risk When We Use RoundUp in Our Yards and Gardens, Parks and Recreation Areas, Schools and Senior Communities?

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is predicted that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2016. We’re experiencing a cancer epidemic, and evidence is growing that pesticide exposure is a key contributor to this disturbing trend.

I would like to see a 1970 to 2016 graph paralleling the growth of cancer rates globally alongside the worldwide growth and sale of Monsanto’s RoundUp-Ready Crop/Seed/Fertilizer/Herbicide Systems.

DIY – Safe Weed Killer = No RoundUp:

1 gallon of white vinegar. (More Uses for Vinegar Here.)

4-6 oz lemon juice.

½-cup castile soap. (More uses here.)

Salt for extra strength! (Not good for brick or plants.)

Fill your spray bottle and label with the recipe.

 

When transitioning from lawns to sustainable landscaping, the last thing we want to create is a “Cancer Cluster” in our neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Don't use Monsanto RoundupUnless we are very specific about what chemicals we want and don’t want used on our properties, landscaping companies are using pesticides and herbicides like Roundup to kill existing lawns and weeds, as well as other systemic neonicotinoid insecticides that have been identified by the EPA to weaken bees’ immune systems causing colony collapse.

Important: Let your landscapers and Home Owners Associations know you do not want RoundUp used on your property!

The international scientific community announced two very loud wake-up calls in March 2016.

First, the U.N. World Health Organization’s prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer released a consensus report that RoundUp is a “probable carcinogen.” A few days later, a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that RoundUp can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria.

In addition to these findings, there’s a growing body of evidence of health impacts associated with exposure to RoundUp such as endocrine disruption, organ damage and birth defects. The facts are established: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to humans and animals.

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ RoundUp/Glyphosate

Don't use Monsanto Roundup

Use Organic Tampons!

Most of the cotton production in the U.S. is genetically modified cotton that is resistant to RoundUp. The cotton is sprayed with RoundUp when the bud is open and the RoundUp/glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.

RoundUp is the most popular weed killer in the U.S. and Roundup Ready cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand applications of the RoundUp – but we cannot withstand this toxin without experiencing health effects! And if we are not using organic cotton in all instances, we are using RoundUp in these intimate applications. We carry organic Menstrual options here.

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected Roundup in 75% of our rain and air samples.

Roundup is also found in our food supply, streams, ground water, and Mothers’ Breast Milk. Roundup is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied, contaminating our drinking water.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpDo we want to contribute to this contamination?

We are trying to save water with our new more sustainable landscapes and conservation efforts — not destroy it, along with our health! To make matters worse, weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to RoundUp, prompting a new stronger product that’s a mix of glyphosate and the herbicide 2,4-D.

Do we want to contribute to this resistance? Let us heed Rachel Carson’s 1962 warning! Today’s experts are saying RoundUp is worse than DDT.

The U.S. and Canada are conducting formal reviews of RoundUp’s safety, lawsuits are pending, and some groups are calling for a global ban.

The European Union Parliament voted to ban RoundUp for most uses in April 2016; 30,000 of Argentina’s doctors have demanded Roundup be banned because it is associated with spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin disease, neurological disease and respiratory illness.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, said RoundUp has been found in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, showing the chemical has been absorbed by the body. A summary of this study was published in The Lancet Oncology.

I do think landscape companies are unethical that offer RoundUp as a viable solution for our transition to drought tolerant landscaping. Why endanger the ground water when we are trying to save ground water???

Please consider the health of humans, pets, wildlife, bees and other pollinating insects – not to mention property values if cancer rates skyrocket in your community creating a “Cancer Cluster.” There are safe and sustainable options to RoundUp.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpMonarch Butterflies are becoming extinct due to RoundUp.

RoundUp has killed off most of the Milkweed plant across our nation, and it’s the only plant Monarch caterpillars eat while fattening up to become butterflies. I plant Milkweed in my yard to give the Monarchs food and a place to lay their eggs.

Let’s give Monarchs and our Self a helping hand by demanding our local stores stop selling RoundUp. Boycotts are a good call in this situation. Let your local store owners know that you will be back when they discontinue these products.

I called my local Ace Hardware that I rely on often, spoke to the manager, and let her know that local health and our water supply trumps corporate policy. I will not shop there as long as RoundUp is on their shelves.

Bee well, and vote Genny

Lean Into Green with Erin Switalski – Women’s Voices for the Earth

 Lean Into Green with Erin Switalski - Women's Voices for the EarthOur Health. Our Future. Toxic Free!

We interviewed Erin Switalski for our Lean Into Green Telesummit. Erin is the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE)
(www.WomensVoices.org).

WVE is one of those organizations you want to be involved with. Sign up for their Newsletter, and they make it very easy to add your voice to their tremendously important campaigns to keep toxins out of our lives.

Listen to Erin Switalski as she shares with us WVE’s top 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure. Erin also shares recipes for making your own products and saving money, and your family’s health!

WVE’s campaign to get Tide to reformulate its laundry detergent and leave the carcinogens out is one of her amazing success stories. Listen in for healthy tips, recipes, and ways that you can join her campaigns for change, it’s as simple as opening your email!

Become a WVE ActionistaBecome an Actionista! Women’s Voices for the Earth Actionistas are a group of Sheroes who help spread the word on WVE campaigns, go the extra mile to take action, and build leadership among women for a healthy future. Click here to learn about some amazing Actionistas. 

Safe Cleaning Products: Certain chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to fertility problems, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma and respiratory disorders, and hormone disruption. There is no federal law requiring cleaning product companies to list all the ingredients in their products on the label. This means companies can keep toxic chemicals a secret from you. Warning: Products you clean your home with shouldn’t contain toxic ingredients in the first place. Take Action here. 

Join Women’s Voices for the Earth “No Secrets” Campaigns: Are Air Fresheners, Feminine Care Products, and Musk Fragrance disrupting your hormones? Plus 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure, recipes for saving money and your family’s health!

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comSign up for all our Lean Into Green Interviews with 21 amazing women leading us toward a Collective Quest Toward Sustainability!

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin - Control What You Can: Your HomePreventing Cancer with Audra Conklin, “Control What You Can: Your Home”

In our Telesummit Series, “Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes” we explored toxins, radiation, hormone disruptors, cell phones, sunscreens, fluoride, fracking, GMOs, flame retardants and BPA — and Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cancer and its Recurrence.  

Audra Conklin is the former owner of Modern Mermaids Eco-Products. She built her business with kitchen chemistry and Essential Oils, sleepless nights and a lot of humor. She manufactured and sold non-toxic cleaning products in a very competitive market. Audra grew up “green” so she has walked the walk her entire life. She educates the public and businesses on switching out your toxic products for non-toxic ones. You can listen free to Audra Conklin’s interview here!

In our interview, Audra taught us about the connections between Allergens, Asthma, Scented Candles, Plug-Ins, and Air Fresheners — and how eliminating the very small daily doses of these toxins can help prevent chronic health problems, cancer, and it’s recurrence.

She had some good advice for us to get started:

  • Switch out a product or a room at a time with safer healthier products.
  • “Fragrance” means synthetic, made in a lab with petrochemicals.Fragrances can cause health problems, neurotoxicity, headaches and breathing problems. Synthetic Fragrances are irritants, allergens, and can cause Asthma. The good news is most Asthma is preventable.
  • Safely wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.Triclosan in Anti-Bacterial Soaps, Toothpastes, and Fabrics may be associated with endocrine and hormonal toxicity, allergenic effects, organ toxicity, eye and skin irritation, and is suspected of being a carcinogen and environmental toxin.

Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes

 

 

Sign up and listen to all the interview in our “Preventing Cancer” telesummit series here. 

 

Earth Day Feminism with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being

Feminism Telesummit with Dr.Asoka Bandarage - Women, Sustainability and Climate ChangeWe interviewed Asoka for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. This is what Asoka said about Earth Day Feminism:

Women are responding to climate change not only as mothers and nurturers, but also as economic producers. It is important to actively and consciously keep women’s relational perspectives alive, we bring a more qualitative, humanist, and ecological approach. Women are taking leadership roles in many grassroots, regional, national and international initiatives.

Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront of bringing ecological consciousness and our connection to nature into the climate conversation, and they need to be supported. Bolivian and Peruvian Indigenous Women’s Groups say, “Change the System, Not the Climate.” You can’t talk about climate policies without looking at the economic system.

Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit

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Many peoples of the world see terrorism and the “war on terror” as a global struggle between extremist forms of Islam and Christianity. Women are targeted, victimized, and used as fighters. Religious extremism should not take center stage.

earth day with dr. ashoka bandaragePoor women are especially effected by natural disasters due to poverty and the lack of infrastructure and resources to respond to crises. Cultural norms, clothing restrictions, and traditions victimize women who are not able to relocate as easily as men.

  • Most of the world’s farmers are women but we don’t necessarily own the land.
  • Health issues in other countries are related to pesticides manufactured and banned in the U.S.
  • Climate Change has different effects on different populations, especially women and coastal and island nations.
  • Land based people have a greater eco-consciousness but are losing it to technology.
  • Proselytizing among vulnerable communities is controversial and raises moral and ethical issues.
  • There’s a lot of greenwashing by corporations. Women’s groups keep the real issues in the forefront.
  • Communities and countries should become self sufficient and not have to depend on external aid.
  • 1/3 of the world’s population do not have access to clean water.
  • The Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, funded by David Koch, downplays the dangers and global impact of human activity and fossil fuel extraction on climate change.

“There are enough resources for everyone. We need a global ethic that connects us to each other. We have to pull together to address these issues for planetary survival.”

Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Women, Sustainability and Climate Change

We also interviewed Dr. Bandarage
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
LISTEN FREE HERE

Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being  – The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.

Here is the story of Wholeness! Dr. Asoka Bandarage makes the connections for us — the connections between all things human and environmental. Our health, wealth, and happiness go hand-in-hand with sustainable development.

Dr. Bandarage speaks of our growing consciousness of interrelatedness, and our collective economic dilemma and environmental survival. Listen, and be encouraged by the unsustainability of dualism as we move from domination to partnership, with each other and with the earth.
Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the EconomyDr. Bandarage is an Author, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” Asoka believes that social science and universal ethics – combined – give us perspective, deep and comprehensive enough, to bring about the partnership of humanity necessary to solve the climate crisis and broader challenges of human and planetary survival.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comAsoka’s areas of interest include: women and gender studies, multiculturalism, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology.

Dr. Ashoka Bandarage has devoted her scholarly career to environmental sustainability, and studying and teaching how social science
can advance human well-being. Dr. Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Georgetown, American, Mount Holyoke where she received tenure, and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Rebecca Spector at the Center for Food Safety

Rebecca Spector at the Centor for Food Safety InterviewWe interviewed Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director at the Center for Food Safety. Listen and learn about food issues and how to join with her to change our world.

Rebecca ran an organic farm for ten years, and she studied organics and environmental issues in college. California farming showed her the intersection between the environment and farming.

In our interview, Rebecca talked about how we can avoid GMO foods by avoiding 5 specific crops: Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton, Sugar Beets, and GE Alphalfa mostly used for animal feed.

Myth: 80% of our food is GMO. This myth refers to processed foods. Whole foods that we buy fresh are primarily not GMO. Processed foods like crackers and breads with lots of ingredient or made with corn, soy and canola may very well contain GMOs. We now have the availability of foods with the “No GMO” label. Look for them at your healthy food stores.
popcorn and pesticides video
Hear Rebecca talk about the connection between GMO crops and allergens. GMOs create new allergens by splicing one food into another. This will result in an allergic reaction in the final product if a person is allergic to the food that was spliced in.

Good News! So many countries around the world require GMO labeling, or they have banned GMO crops all together! The numbers increase almost weekly, and you can get involved by joining with Center for Food Safety.

Confused about which fish are safe? Listen to Rebecca’s interview and hear why wild salmon is better, and Pacific vs. Atlantic. She suggests getting the SeaFood Watch APP from the Monterey Bay Aquarium on your cell phone so it is close by when you shop.
Rebecca Spector at the Center for Food Safety

Bees and butterflies are critical to our food supply. Rebecca is working on that too!

Check out the FREE reports, fact sheets, videos, Non-GMO shoppers guide, and a lot more at the Center for Food Safety. Get involved, join their newsletter and receive notices and easy to sign petitions on issues you care about. Let legislators know what you want and make change in how your food is produced.

 

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.

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   

Preventing Cancer Telesummit Sign Up

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!

 

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.

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 

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!

All 21 Free Talks Available for 3 Days: Lean Into Green Encore

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Free Tips and Tools to increase your health, wealth and happiness! Hear women experts in the areas of food safety, interrelatedness, eco-friendly choices, sustainable agriculture, fair trade, health, green economics, women’s spirituality and children’s health. 

Due to the many requests for replays, we are excited to announce an “Encore” Replay of all 21 Free Talks. For three days beginning today, you can sign up and receive these 21 free talks in your inbox.   

Collectively, these 21 Talks represent very timely and life-changing information. We feel privileged to be an advocate and proponent of this “good news” and inspiring truth-telling. I have already put some of the new tips and tool in place in my life. Here are 3 examples examples of what you will hear:

Lori Alper at Lean Into Green Online EducationLori Alper helps us “Go Green” in easy steps.  First, your food should have no contact with plastic. Listen and learn why this is important for your family’s health. Second, switch to reusable shopping bags. Third, gradually change to non-toxic cleaning products as you run out. Fourth, replace your family’s personal care products with safe ones. Fifth, take your shoes off at the door to keep toxins outside. Much more about cookware (learn how your stainless steel can be non-stick), gardens and grass (the greener the more pesticides), BBQs (low temp and flip often), and the Bees – stop using Bee-toxic pesticides.

Leslie Reichert the Green Cleaning Coach at Lean Into Green Online EducationLeslie Reichert will take you on a green cleaning tour of your home, garden, and automobile, with tips and tricks for cleaning green! She has recipes, 30 second videos, safe cleaning products, and all the reasons for using them. Learn about cleaning chocolate and wine stains permanently, completely, and safely. Save money and your health with 4 basic cleaning products in your grocery isle: Vinegar, Salt, Baking Soda and Lemon Juice. Save money, water and cleaning products with “Bucketless Mopping.” Learn about blue microfiber cloths to make the inside of your car windows sparkle, and so much more!

Non-Toxic Kids with Katy Farber at Lean Into GreenKaty Farber says, “We can and do have an impact as parents. We can organize and act on issues of children’s health…Climate Change is a children’s health issue. We need to protect our kids from significant pollution.” We can buy organic dairy, and store our foods in Mason Jars vs. plastic, to reduce our family’s exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals. Katy Farber teaches Service Learning: finding and solving problems in local communities to increase children’s self-esteem, and to change a community’s perception of kids and teens.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenJoin us. Sign up today and Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness while you simplify your life. Important information for you and your family. It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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Owner, GreenWomanStore.com where you shop fair trade, green, and woman made!

Green Cleaning Coach Leslie Reichert at Lean Into Green

Leslie Reichert the Green Cleaning Coach at Lean Into Green Online EducationLeslie Reichert will take you on a green cleaning tour of your home, garden, and automobile, with tips and tricks for cleaning green! Join us at Lean Into Green!

Leslie has recipes, 30 second videos, safe cleaning products, and all the reasons for using them. Learn about cleaning chocolate and wine stains permanently, completely, and safely.  Save money and your health with 4 basic cleaning products in your grocery isle: Vinegar, Salt, Baking Soda and Lemon Juice. Save money, water and cleaning products with “Bucketless Mopping.” Learn about blue microfiber cloths to make the inside of your car windows sparkle, and so much more! Here are some of the questions we asked her:

Q. What are some easy green cleaning tips and tricks for those of us just beginning to “Go Green.”
Q. What tips and tricks do you have for us to use in our gardens and backyards?
Q. And what about party clean ups?
Q. Vacuums are sometimes a difficult issue for us.  Can you talk to us about vacuum cleaners?
Q. What about those dryer balls? Are they green?
Q. What are some of the health benefits of cleaning greener? Especially in regards to breast cancer?
Q. Removing candle wax from our tablecloths is always a problem. Do you have some simple tricks for us?

Leslie Reichert is a nationally-recognized green homekeeping expert dedicated to educating us on keeping our homes, schools and work areas green and clean.  Leslie helps teach simple steps to keeping families and pets safe from hidden toxins and their health risks. Her mission is to teach and encourage us in the “art” of green homekeeping.

Leslie is the founder and president of The Green-Clean University, offering programs and products for green lifestyle management.  Leslie is a consultant and TV personality appearing on Martha Stewart Living Radio and ABC News. She is also the author of the book “The Joy of Green Cleaning.:

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenJoin Leslie Reichert and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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Natural Latex, Wellspring, Eco-Wool, Organic Cotton: Natural Bedding

Wellspring, Natural Latex, Eco-Wool, Organic Cotton, Natural BeddingYou won’t want to miss this Green Talk! Terri Treat has been handcrafting natural bedding since 1981! Join us at Lean Into Green Online Education Series. Terri is going to talk about natural bedding materials, their sustainable harvesting practices, and the many advantages to using these natural products in our homes. 


Natural Latex, Wellspring, Eco-Wool and Organic Cotton Did you know that polyester pillows have over 900 chemicals in them? Most of these toxic chemicals are used to make polyester fire retardant, it is a petrochemical product!  Learn how you can live with naturally fire retardant fibers like Eco-Wool, and Organic Cotton made with household levels of Boric powder.  Allergic to Latex? Not Natural Latex made without chemicals! These natural fibers are also antimicrobial and hypoallergenic.

Wellspring™ fiber is a soft, fluffy revolutionary new fiber generated generated from two liter soda pop bottles.  You are contributing to keeping our oceans clean and reducing landfill when you use this product.  It is one of our most popular on GreenWomanStore.com.  Eco-Wool is so toxin free that Terri is even particular about the veterinary care of the sheep!  And, you will learn why organics are really cheaper.

Terri Treat is the owner of Cotton Cloud Futons which she opened in Portland, Oregon in 1981 when she was just 17 years old. Terri also has a new Eco Mill and manufacturing company, Natural Felt. This work of providing natural bedding to families is a labor of love for Terri because it allows her to do good work for the planet while benefiting her local community.

Terri employs a diverse range of people, partnering with small businesses, and donating to organizations like “In Other Words Feminist Resource Center.”  Terri is proud to say that all her bedding products are made by hand, with an emphasis on natural materials and renewable resources that are harvested in sustainable ways.

Join Terri Treat and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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