Around the Green Parenting Web: Natural Remedies for Winter Colds to Urgent Action: Senate Ban on BPA

Photo:  Attribution Some rights reserved by felipe_gabaldonGarlic keeps you healthy!

Garlic keeps you healthy!

Nature Moms Blog: Cold School Remedies for Winter Illness

So why is it that we think winter weather means getting sick? That whole idea that cold causes illness is just an old wives tale but yet we do seem to get more illnesses in the cold weather months. Why is that? Well, I guess it could be due to the fact we are less active in winter. We don’t get as much fresh air and sunlight, our diets are usually lacking in fresh fruits and veggies and packed with more cooked foods and baked items. More baking could mean more white flour and white sugar which is like sending your immune system a note to take some time off the job. In light of that, there are many natural ways we could avoid getting sick in the first place but what if you do anyway? What natural cures should you have on hand? Forget the drugstore you need a DIY natural remedies kit. Here are some things you may want to have on hand:

Garlic – My local organic delivery service has the best garlic ever so I have been adding it to almost everything we eat… 1-2 bulbs a week is what we have been going through. It has an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal compound called Allicin and is, like many things, best when eaten raw and unprocessed. You can simply chop or crush some up and swallow with a spoonful of honey, Mary Poppins style.

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American Chemical Industry Blocks Senate Vote to Ban BPA

Photo:  Attribution Some rights reserved by nerissa’s ringAmerican Chemical Industry blocks Senate Amendment to S. 510 to ban BPA.

American Chemical Industry blocks Senate Amendment to S. 510 to ban BPA.

The Food Safety and Modernization Act (S. 510) has caused a lot of controversy.  The good news is that the Tester-Hagan Amendment (if approved) would address some of those concerns, like exempt some “farms that direct market a majority of the product to consumers to clarify that this includes sales made at farmers markets, community supported agriculture drop-off sites, roadside stands and other similar direct market venues”.  Although this amendment is being voted on currently, another positive amendment to S. 510, proposed by Senator Feinstein, has already been shut down by the American Chemical Industry’s powerful lobby.

Today the U.S. Senate failed to consider a ban on the toxic chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, in baby bottles and infant feeding cups. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D- Calif., planned to offer the ban as an amendment to the Food Safety Modernization Act. As recently as yesterday, there was enormous support for the amendment from both sides of the aisle, but intense lobbying at the 11th hour by the American Chemistry Council blocked its introduction.

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