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Posted: May 22, 2022 ...by
Skincare Toxins to Know & Avoid We are swimming in chemicals, many that are known to negatively effect our bodies. So much so that now a newborn baby born in North America has over 100 known or suspected toxins already in his body at birth. Many of these chemicals can cause profound and lasting effect...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 20, 2022 ...by
And 3 ways parents can become the experts on the care of their children for today’s world Let me tell you a story. I grew up poor. American Midwest, subsidized-housing poor. Dirty needles and gunshots on the playground poor. Blocks of orange plastic stuff that was called cheese and came in boxes to your doorstep...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 8, 2022 ...by
Mama (& Papa) Brain: Better Than Ever Pregnancy Brain, Momnesia, Porridge Brain…. they are all terms that you understand all too well if you are pregnant and reading this book now. That mushy feeling and all the underlying emotions that seem to go along with it in pregnancy are real and they serve a good...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 1, 2022 ...by
My friend N. called me yesterday to tell me she just got her period.  "What is the Green Mama approach to dealing with this?" she asked.  N. was new to green, but had already begun cloth diapering her baby, ate local foods, and had generally become curious about many things she used to take for granted.  I am always surprised when women ask me about this issue, but I shouldn't.  It's a big one: expensive in dollars, health effects, and waste.  »Read More
Posted: April 22, 2022 ...by
Better parenting through storytelling is possible Perhaps, even, probable. “Storytelling. We are wired for it—literally. The neuroscience is conclusive—we use stories to build our realities and make sense of them,” says David Sewell McCann the storyteller and co-creator of SparkleStories.com. Why Storytelling is Better than Lectures for Discipline Sewell McCann implores parents, especially fathers for...Read More »Read More
Posted: April 19, 2022 ...by
Here’s a secret: organic food, in itself, will help you lose flab and maintain a healthy weight. I still remember back to when I was just nine-years-old and my father making an impromptu and impassioned speech about how he would never, ever give up drinking full-fat milk. He was always a fit, good-looking guy and...Read More »Read More
Posted: April 8, 2022 ...by
Today I woke  up and all the headlines in my health science bubble were about how suddenty, again, soy is the new health food. Funny, just last month it was the demon responsible for low sperm count and premature puberty in children. What gives: is soy healthy or not? The health effects of soy are...Read More »Read More
Posted: April 3, 2022 ...by
I’ve been checking out some other blogs to see what they have to say about greening up Easter. It’s what you’d expect – recycled baskets, naturally-dyed eggs, healthier candy or non-candy gifts, and alternatives to fake, plastic grass. While there are many variations of these ideas I noticed that in the comments to these blogs there is one stand-out theme that eclipses them all. Tradition. »Read More
Posted: March 25, 2022 ...by
How to protect yourself and your family from toxins in beauty care products It was a gift. The perfect little blue and white bottle of “Gentle! For Bebe!” baby shampoo in its foam pump bottle. I used it on my baby for two years before I thought to check if it was safe. It was...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 22, 2022 ...by
I’d been pouring over labels for years and considered myself a savvy shopper, but the skincare aisle almost had me duped.  I’m one of those people: the kind that stands in the Whole Foods aisle obsessively scanning every label.   I am not appeased by claims of Natural! Kid Safe! or Hypoallergenic. What I’m looking for are the ingredients. The rest, as far as I am concerned, is just fancy PR. I want to know what I’m putting in and on my body. »Read More
Posted: March 20, 2022 ...by
If you have previously used hormonal birth control—and, who hasn’t these days—you will most likely need help recovering your optimal health, ideally before pregnancy. Hormonal birth control can deplete the body of key nutrients, including thyroid hormones and zinc, which are both crucial for reproductive health. “There is evidence that the longer a woman is...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 11, 2022 ...by
How to help your family ease through seasonal time change with natural sleep remedies   I hate the time change, especially in the spring where it feels like that “lost” hour is never retrieved. For years, I spent the spring in Guatemala where the time does not change and it was much easier to just...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 25, 2022 ...by
The are mornings where the sky turns orange and then pink and the ocean becomes so still it appears that it is the stable force and the sky is the tumultuous one. On these mornings, I am drawn like a sleepwalker, only awake, out the door and into the ocean. I stop for shoes. Rocks...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 20, 2022 ...by
“The dark is rising,” I say to my friend, Vanessa, a photographer who has called to tell me how a bird fell out of the sky and landed at her feet, dead, during her morning walk. She is obsessed with birds. She has hundreds of them in her freezer. Songbirds collected and given a second...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 13, 2022 ...by
I wanted to call it “Smells Like Teen Spirit” because what better name for a podcast about Raising Teenagers and trying to raise them to be healthy, independent-thinkers, who will grow up to be involved citizens of the world. I think I like Kurt Cobain and his whine about being “stupid and contagious” now more...Read More »Read More