Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying Judge strips California Food and Agriculture Agency of Authority to Use Chemicals Sacramento CA – A judge has ordered the California Department of Food and Agriculture to stop using chemical pesticides in its statewide program until the agency complies with state environmental laws.The injunction, issued late last week, is a sweeping victory for health, […]View Post
What You Need to Know About the New Flame Retardant Law
This month, Governor Jerry Brown announced a change to California’s flame retardant laws. In short, the new laws are designed to reduce (and possibly eliminate) the amount of flame retardant chemicals added to upholstered furniture, including juvenile furniture. But before we get into what this change means for consumers, let’s talk about what flame retardant […]View Post
One Beautician’s Journey Through the Toxic Ingredients of Her Industry
By Becky de la Rosa, Owner, Pin Up Hair Emporium & Unique Boutique, San Rafael Is your shampoo making your teenager (and possibly you) fat? Did you know that the average American is exposed to over 150 toxic ingredients a DAY that can cause endocrine disruption, cancer and auto immune disorders as well as affect […]View Post
Was I Observing the Act of Greenwashing?
By, Irina Webb. The other day I was invited to a breakfast meeting that included a so-called “green products” sales representative – from a company that shall remain nameless – introducing cleaning products to a group of green-minded, intelligent, very well-intentioned women. The sales representative declared her company’s products to be non-toxic and the women […]View Post
How Can Busy Parents Find Time to Feed Their Families Healthy Food?
By Barbara Sobel. We all want to serve our families healthy meals, but what does healthy eating really mean? The one thing most health experts agree upon is that eating at home is usually a healthier option than eating out. When we eat home cooked meals, we have control over the foods we eat. It […]View Post Children's Health, Farm to Table, Kids and Food, organic food
GMOs in Baby Formula? A pediatrician provides answers.
By, Dr. Michelle Perro, M.D., D. Hom., For the infant that is unable to nurse, formula is the next best choice. But whether to use a home-prepared formula or a commercial brand depends on many factors. For my patients, I usually recommend a commercial brand. There are several formulas to choose from and there are […]View Post
Are genetically modified foods safe? A doctor’s perspective.
By, Myrto Ashe, MD, MPH. We have been eating these foods for years, and the government has approved them. The vast majority of food American’s eat today – even baby formula – contains GMOs. Aren’t they safe? Not likely. There are many reasons to be seriously concerned about the safety of eating Genetically Modified (GM) […]View Post
A Mom’s Journey: From Panic to Power
By Christina Wyle. I have often wondered whether pollutants in the environment contributed to my family’s deadly health history. My mom died of lung cancer at the age of 56, my father died of a blood disease thought to be caused by benzene at 72, and my youngest sister was diagnosed with stage 4 breast […]View Post Breast Cancer, Children's Health, Environmental Health, Green Chemistry, Sustainability
Talking About Breasts …
By, Florence Williams. Have you ever wondered why estrogenic substances are common in household plastics and personal care products? And why government regulators aren’t doing a better job of protecting us from endocrine disruptors? They seem like simple questions but the answers are incredibly complicated. Last week I had the privilege of participating in a […]View Post Breast Cancer, Chemicals, Environmental Health, Infertility, Toxins
Raising Healthy Eaters
By, Barbara Sobel My oldest son came from school one day this fall and asked if horchota, a sweet Mexican rice drink, or soda was healthier. He started high school this year and is allowed to go off campus for lunch. While my first choice of lunch for him wouldn’t be tortilla chips and a […]View Post Environmental Health, GMOs, Healthy Eating, Kids and Food, Sustainable Agriculture