Friday, May 21, 2010

The Honest Food Guide

If you want the straight truth about which foods to consume and which foods to avoid, download the Honest Food Guide today.

What You Don't Know About Strawberries Could Kill You

According to a study by the Environmental Working Group, strawberries rank as one of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables, readily absorbing the noxious chemicals that are used to grow them conventionally and exposing the consumer — and far more so the field workers who grow them — to up to 54 known carcinogens, among other toxins. And things are about to get worse.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Shop no GMO? Yea, there's an APP for that!

ShopNoGMO, the new application for the iphone and ipod lifestyle has features that include:
• Clear Categories will make it easy to locate the brands you want in 22 food categories.

Personalization ceasily create a favorites list and add or remove items every time you shop.

General information will answer frequently asked questions about GMOs.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Sign the Petition Here:

President's Cancer Panel: 'Eat Organic, Ward Off Cancer'

The President's Cancer Panel says that the "risk of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated," that "nearly 80,000 chemicals [are] on the market in the United States, many of which are ... understudied and largely unregulated," and that "the public remains unaware ... that children are far more vulnerable to environmental toxins and radiation than adults."

The panel says "evidence suggests that some environmental agents may initiate or promote cancer by disrupting normal immune and endocrine system functions. The burgeoning number and complexity of known or suspected environmental carcinogens compel us to act to protect public health, even though we may lack irrefutable proof of harm."

Check out these examples selected from the recommendations:

  • Parents and child care providers should choose foods, house and garden products, play spaces, toys, medicines, and medical tests that will minimize children's exposure to toxins. Ideally, both mothers and fathers should avoid exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
  • It is preferable to use filtered tap water instead of commercially bottled water.
  • Exposure to pesticides can be decreased by choosing ... food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers [translation: organics] and washing conventionally grown produce to remove residues.
  • Exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and toxic run-off from livestock feedlots can be minimized by eating free-range meat [translation: don't eat feedlot meat].

-Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, and the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, reporting in the Atlantic, May 12, 2010, on a new report from the President's Cancer Panel.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : No More Toxic Tub

Getting Contaminants Out of Children's Bath & Personal Care Products
by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
March 12th, 2009

Despite marketing claims like “gentle” and “pure,” dozens of top-selling children’s bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, according to the March 2009 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report, "No More Toxic Tub."...

I want safe, non-toxic cosmetic Products!

I feel like it's always: No, no, NO! Every time we turn around, there is another product we should fear using because it is going to kill us! ...Ok, not right away, and maybe indirectly, but it is cumulative and we should definitely be trying to limit our exposure to toxins when we can.

The fact is that cosmetics are not regulated at all. And 450 ingredients that are used in the United States are banned for use in cosmetics in the European Union. It is 100% up to us to make sure that the products we are putting on our skin is safe.

Here is a GREAT website you can go to and type in the product, ingredient, or company-then it will give you an overview of what chemicals are in it, and what potential harm they can cause:

Here is a list of cosmetic companies that you can feel safe buying from. YAY!

These companies are great because they have makeup-even foundation.

And here are some links to get more info about the risks of many cosmetics:

Even Perez Hilton, the famous blogger is talking about it!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

OCA: Take Action

Take action against Mad Cow Disease. Sign the Petition!

Very popular Ice Cream Company Full of Crap

I had a hankering for some ice cream the other day, so I sent my husband out to pick some up. He called me from the store and said that they did not have the Ben & Jerry's flavor that I wanted, and wanted to know if he should pick up another brand. The brand he suggested (which I will not mention and spare myself the danger of getting sued) was one that I knew was good, but was not sure if they used rBST/rBGH (the same thing) hormones in their ice cream.
I looked on their website and saw no mention of it, so I just sent them an email to ask.
In the meanwhile, my husband brought home a very good Ben & Jerry's selection :)

I received a response from the ice cream company a couple of days later, and I was pretty surprised at what they said:

Dear Ms. Aarden,

Thank you for requesting information on the use of milk from cows that have been treated with Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin, or rBST, in our Ice Cream products.

Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin increases a cow's milk output by supplementing the animal's own natural rBST hormone. Extensive FDA study has shown that milk from treated cows has the same nutritional value and composition as milk from untreated cows. The decision to feed this supplement is made by the farmer and cannot be independently verified, since there is no method of differentiating between the hormone fed as a supplement and the hormone produced naturally by the cow.

Questions or concerns regarding the use of rBST can be addressed directly to the FDA. The agency responsible for the approval is the Center for Veterinary Medicine at:

Center for Veterinary Medicine

Communications Staff (CVM)

Food and Drug Administration

7519 Standish Place


Rockville, MD 20855



Thank you for taking the time to contact our company.

Sincerely, Jane Consumer Response Representative

Seriously? Do they think people are still that gullible, really? With all the evidence and research out there to make it pretty darn clear that this hormone is a danger to our health, do they still think they can get away with a response like that?

If it is so safe, why is it banned all over Europe and Canada? They are talking about a hormone that is injected into cows to make them produce and unnatural amount of milk. That is clearly unnatural, and used only in the interest of greed.

The facts are:

* rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 veterinary health risks on its Posilac label including mastitis and udder inflammation.
* rBGH milk is contaminated by pus from mastitis induced by rBGH, and then antibiotics must be used to treat the mastitis.
* rBGH milk is contaminated by the GE hormone which can be absorbed through the gut and induce immunological effects.
* rBGH milk is chemically and nutritionally very different from natural milk.
* rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), excess levels of which have been incriminated as major causes of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
* rBGH factory farms pose a major threat to the viability of small dairy farms.

We need to cast our votes with our dollars and vow not to support the use of this hormone.

Here is a list of Producers who do not use this hormone:

& here is a great website that helps you shop GMO free:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Infant, Children's Tylenol, Motrin recalled

One reason to stay away from drugs is that you never know what they are going to recall next!
When children, especially infants, are given these types of drugs, it robs their little bodies of the opportunity to make itself better. For example, if you give an infant tylenol or another drug for a fever, the body loses this early opportunity to strengthen his/her immune system by reducing the fever on it's own. It's always best to stick to Vitamin C and lots of liquids as much as possible. But if you must use one of these, it is best to save it for a last resort.
Here is more info on the recall: Infant, Children's Tylenol, Motrin recalled

A Wake-Up Story-Short & Sweet

Anti-Bacterial risk

FDA to Re-examine Anti-Bacterial Chemical in Soaps, Cleansers

Triclosan linked to hormonal changes, antibiotic resistance in recent studies

By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter

rGBH in Dairy - Institute for Responsible Technology

A very important article and video. Informative and well put:

Codex Conference - Institute for Responsible Technology

Codex Conference - Institute for Responsible Technology