Arsenic in Rice

Recently the use of organic brown rice syrup in health food came under scrutiny when a 2012 Dartmouth study revealed disturbing levels of arsenic in tested toddler formulas, cereal bars, and energy products.  In the case of toddler formula, the total arsenic level was six times the amount allowed by the EPA for arsenic in water.  This standard is based on adults, not children.

Sadly, this news was not a new revelation.  It was just another disturbing study pointing to the rice and arsenic connection in which US and EU guidelines have not been established.

As I started to prepare an article for my website regarding the Dartmouth study, something just didn’t seem right. Call it mother’s intuition.

With the help of Professors Duxbury of Cornell University and Merharg, of Scotland University, I was able to put the pieces together.

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April is Autism Month; New Studies Look for Causes

by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Executive Director and CEO
Healthy Child Healthy World

On the heels of last week’s CDC report  that found higher rates of autism than ever before—now affecting 1 in 88 children and representing a 78% increase in the last 10 years—a new study published last week in the journal Clinical Epigenetics is especially interesting. The study looked at how substances such as high fructose corn syrup can lead to mineral deficiencies, how deficiencies in minerals such as zinc can reduce the body’s ability to eliminate toxic substances such as mercury and pesticides, which have been linked to autism.

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Organic Nursery: Live Good Baby Pillows are the BEST!

It is becoming increasingly more and more rare that I get excited about a product review, but this morning is one of those times!   To open a box and find a truly organic, truly sustainable product is a delight!

Live Good has made my morning delightful with their organic baby pillow.  We were sent the Elephant Pillow because I love elephants!

This dandy little elephant is alert to playful possibilities. Part of our Endangered Species Pillow Line, he represents the African and Asian elephants now facing extinction. The image is screened onto organic white cotton sateen using water-based ink, and the back closure features soft fabric ties to fascinate little fingers. Pillow measures 14 by 14 inches. This pillow comes with an organic insert stuffed with fibers from the kapok tree. These inserts are moisture-resistant, quick-drying, lightweight, completely hypo-allergenic, mold resistant and odorless. All Live Good products are hand-crafted in California using 100% certified organic materials sourced in the United States.

Sitting here holding this lovely pillow on my lap makes me smile:)

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The Honest Company – Eco-friendly baby products

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The Honest Company – Eco-friendly baby products

What happens when a celebrity turns her hand to eco-friendly baby products? The Honesty Company is born!

Everybody’s favourite celebrity Mom, Jessica Alba has teamed up with environmental health guru, Chris Gavigan to create “The Honest Company to help Moms and to give all children a better, safer start.” Isn’t that what, as parents, we all want?

Alba discovered, when pregnant, that many everyday products, including those manufactured for babies, contained harmful chemicals. Concerned by this, she joined forces with Gavigan and the pair set out to provide parents with effective and affordable green baby products. The Honest Company offers a personalised, to-your-door service, as well as creating a healthy and safe environment for your children.

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Natural Baby Care: Vegan, Raw, Wild Crafted Organic Beauty by Morrocco Method Int’l

Looking for beauty products that are raw, organic, wild crafted and vegan to use on your pure, perfect baby? We have just discovered Morrocco Method Int’l.

The Morrocco Method of hair, face and body care is unique as well as comprehensive. It represents over forty years of research and experimentation, integrating modern scientific knowledge with the ancient healing arts of Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalism…

All Morrocco Method products contain only the finest natural derived minerals and botanicals harvested from around the world. and selected for maximum potency. We have followed the principles of Old World farmers who understood that planting, harvesting and storing foods according to the lunar cycle maximizes the energetic potency of the plants.

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Vive La France! EcoCert Happy Furture Baby Products “So Organic – It’s Even Edible”

The highest bar I raise for beauty products is are they edible?  They really should be, not that you want to actually consume them; however, what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put into our mouths as far as our body’s absorption of toxins is concerned. That’s why my children aren’t allowed to draw on their skin with markers, and we avoid temporary tattoos (we love henna!)

We just discovered a new line of EcoCert baby care products from France that is “So organic – It’s even edible!”  Happy Future is “real organic”:  full disclosure of ingredients, tested for purity and organic compliance…totally trusthworthy!

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Technology Vs. Science: Natural Birth Scientifically and Ethically Safer

Pregnancy in the 26th week.

Pregnancy in the 26th week. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So why is it that, over a decade later, when the evidence still supports a low-interventionist type of pregnancy and birth management for low-risk cases, we’ve made virtually no inroads to making birth more scientific in the United States.

The Atlantic published a great piece yesterday titled “The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth” by Northwestern University’s professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics Alice Dreger. I was both entertained and moved by this article to see a medical educator recognize the confusion that occurs between science and technology in relation to birth.

When I ask my medical students to describe their image of a woman who elects to birth with a midwife rather than with an obstetrician, they generally describe a woman who wears long cotton skirts, braids her hair, eats only organic vegan food, does yoga, and maybe drives a VW microbus. What they don’t envision is the omnivorous, pants-wearing science geek standing before them.

I can’t help but think of the Saturday Night Live skit on natural childbirth.

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Democracy Now with Pioneer Midwife Ina May Gaskin

Via:  Huffington Post

Kickstarter: The Other Side of the Glass: A Birth Film For and About Men

Spiffies Baby Tooth Wipes: Prevent Early Childhood Caries with Xylitol

My second child suffered from early childhood caries (ECC).  We were told breastfeeding was to blame, which I did not believe.  I do believe that we could have taken better care of his infant teeth and prevented or at least reduced the severity of his tooth decay.

ECC is often called “baby bottle tooth decay”, although my son was exclusively  breastfed except for two weeks of intermittent bottle feeding following open heart surgery.

ECC is caused by bacteria not breastfeeding.

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Introducing The Honest Company! Diapers, Sunscreen, Detergent, Etc.

When someone you admire joins a start up company, you take notice. Janelle Sorensen was the chief communications oficer at Healthy Child Healthy World. She is a “seasoned environmental health advocate”.  For her to join this new company and thus give it her endorsement, it has to be authentically green and safe!

Founded by actress Jessica Alba and former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World Christopher Gavigan, The Honest Company offers a wide range of non-toxic and eco-friendly products for your family. From diapers to laundry detergent, you can trust The Honest Company, as their name implies.

  • Our vision of health & sustainability is to:

    • Reduce the ubiquitous presence of toxic chemicals in our our natural environment (air, soil, oceans, etc), man-made environments (homes, schools, offices) and our personal environments (industrial pollution inside our own bodies);
    • Protect natural resources by minimizing waste and maximizing use/re-use;
    • Support peace, security, and social justice; and,
    • Promote diversity and productivity through all facets of life – from cultural to ecological.

We are committed to operating with integrity & transparency, and with humble honesty, as we strive to always create better, do better, and be better.

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Probiotics in the Birth Canal: Obesity Risk Higher for Babies Born Via C-Section

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Many women don’t have a choice when their birth becomes medicalized and a c-section is imminent.  You want your baby safely delivered, as well as you don’t want to endanger your own life.  C-sections do save lives, but there is no question that the actual rates of c-sections are much higher than are medically necessary, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to WHO, the following risks are associated with c-sections:

Limited awareness of harms that are more likely with cesarean section
Cesarean section is a major surgical procedure that increases the likelihood of many types of harm for mothers and babies in comparison with vaginal birth. Short-term harms for mothers include increased risk of infection, surgical injury, blood clots, emergency hysterectomy, intense and longer-lasting pain, going back into the hospital and poor overall functioning. Babies born by cesarean section are more likely to have surgical cuts, breathing problems, difficulty getting breastfeeding going, and asthma in childhood and beyond. Perhaps due to the common surgical side effect of “adhesion” formation, cesarean mothers are more likely to have ongoing pelvic pain, to experience bowel blockage, to be injured during future surgery, and to have future infertility. Of special concern after cesarean are various serious conditions for mothers and babies that are more likely in future pregnancies, including ectopic pregnancy, placenta previa, placenta accreta, placental abruption, and uterine rupture (Childbirth Connection 2006).

According to new Finnish research, you can add to the above description of c-section risks obesity for the child.  Probiotic bacteria in the birth canal actually protects children from obesity or being overweight throughout childhood.

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UK Midwifery Shortage: Rising Caesarians, Declining Breastfeeding

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If you have experienced prenatal care, birth, and postpartum care from a midwife, you know the importance of this one-to-one relationship.

The experience with a midwife is beautiful.  It is about love and compassion.

What more could you want or expect when bringing a baby into this world?

Great Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) includes the employment of midwives, yet increasing birth rates is causing a severe shortage.

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Required Vaccine Schedule: 1983 vs. 2010

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