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DVR Alert: What’s Really in Your Food?

It’s been four years since the film Food Inc. lifted the veil on America’s food industry and exposed how the nation’s food suppliers put profit ahead of the health of the consumer.

But Americans are still being served harmful foods including burgers made out of pink slime, chicken “marinated” in chlorine and injected with salt water with sodium content equivalent to a serving of fries, artificial flavoring in ice cream that is otherwise used in lice killer and carcinogens in bread commonly found on the kitchen table—most disturbing is the fact that these practices are all perfectly legal.

On Monday, February 27, the hosts of the talk show THE DOCTORS, along with special guest, chef Rocco DiSpirito, take a closer look at American food staples and examines the harmful additives and processes used to prepare them.

Burgers* – Would you eat a burger made out of “pink slime”—the name given to the mechanically separated meat that’s treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill bacteria like E-coli?  McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King, once purveyors of pink slime, say they have discontinued their use of this meat, made from discarded beef (i.e. everything else from the cow that had been deemed inedible), but who still does? Schools serve it up daily in kids’ lunches. GROSS!

Chicken –To disinfect and cool chicken post slaughter, chickens are often soaked in a chlorine bath with a water-to-chlorine ratio up to 50 times more potent than the average swimming pool.  Then, to help hide the chlorine taste, the chickens are “plumped” with salt water, making the chickens larger in both weight and price.  Plus, via a scientific experiment, THE DOCTORS determined that chlorine baths may not even rid chicken of the bacteria the chlorine bath is supposed to prevent.

Ice Cream – One billion gallons of ice cream are consumed by Americans every year. The most popular flavor?  Vanilla.  Real vanilla beans are expensive, so to save money, many ice cream makers use a synthetic flavoring called piperonal which is also an ingredient in lice killer.

Bread – Many breads are made with potassium bromate, which has been banned in Canada and the UK and has been named a carcinogen by the EPA, but has been approved by the FDA.  Plus, azodicarbonamide, found in many manufactured donuts and hamburger buns – as well as plastics, rubber and foam – has been found to  aggravate asthma symptoms and contribute respiratory problems in humans.

So, what do the doctors of THE DOCTORS recommend to avoid these harmful foods? Read the rest of this entry »

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Take Action: Demand Chemical Safety Reform

Most Americans assume that chemicals used to make ordinary products are tested for safety…but guess what? They’re not. Since 1950, over 70,000 new chemical compounds have been introduced into our environment—less than TWO PERCENT have ever been tested for human safety.

Over 150 chemicals commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological/neurological abnormalities and the EPA has reported that nearly 30 cancer-causing chemicals were detectable in the fat tissues of literally every American today. Even more shocking (and morally unacceptable), innocent babies are now born with as many as 200 different chemicals and industrial pollutants IN THEIR CORD BLOOD.

From baby bottles made with bisphenol-A (BPA) to carpets containing formaldehyde, these dangerous chemicals are everywhere—in our homes, places of work, and the products we use every day. With each new scientific report linking toxic chemical exposure to a serious health problem, it becomes more apparent that the law intended to keep harmful chemicals in check—the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 is outdated and simply NOT working.

Right now, we have the chance to fix this problem—and to protect future generations from serious harm. By updating TSCA, Congress can create the foundation for a sound chemicals policy that protects public health and the environment. To be effective, TSCA reform should:

  • Take immediate action on the most dangerous chemicals
  • Hold industry responsible for the safety of their chemicals and products
  • Use the best science to protect all people and vulnerable groups

The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 can be the change we need, but without your support; without making YOUR voice heard, industry influence will very likely weaken these regulations and put us right back where we started, if not further behind and further endangering ALL citizens.

Senator Frank Lautenberg has introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, which would be the first major overhaul of America’s dangerously weak toxic chemicals law.

We need YOUR help to make this happen. Please take a moment to let your voice be heard by following the link below.

Take Action: Urge your Senators to cosponsor the Safe Chemicals Act

If you need more convincing, this video by The Environmental Working Group is extremely informative.

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From Our Inbox

Parent Earth is a fun, informative site that features videos on various aspects of food for families, eco-friendly living, recipes and more. Check it out!

GrowingHero’s Héro plushies aren’t just super cute and unique dolls for girls and boys—they’re also made from organic cotton and hypoallergenic alpaca felt.

Reuseit.com (formerly reusablebags.com) has a new rebranded site that carries reusables for every part of your life. Get 20% off your Reuseit.com purchase of $50 or more for the next seven days with this code –> GREENMOM

HippeKingdom’s eco-friendly jewelry is made from clay, recycled paper and thread. We love the paper dragonfly earrings!

Dropps eco-friendly laundry tabs are now available at Target! Click here to download a $1 off coupon (Read our feature on Dropps if you’re not familiar with them!)

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The Story Of Cosmetics

Important links to learn more and take action:

The Story of Cosmetics site
Safe Cosmetics Act Action (letter to House)
E-card to tell your friends about The Story of Cosmetics
Safe Cosmetics Act main info page

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Toxic America TONIGHT on CNN!

cnn_toxic_america.jpgOn June 2 and June 3 CNN is airing a two part special with Dr. Sanjay Gupta called “Toxic America“.

Wednesday night covers “Toxic Towns” and will delve into the environmental health and justice problems plaguing the community of Mossville, Louisiana—a sad example of our broken chemical safety system. Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthy Child Parent Ambassador + Giveaway!

ay5bwk.jpgI’m so pleased to announce that I am now a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child Healthy World! If you’re not already familiar with them from the many times we have linked to Healthy Child, they are a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to help parents protect children from harmful chemicals found in the environment and in the products we all use every day.

Healthy Child Healthy World exists because more than 125 million Americans, especially children, now face a historically unprecedented rise in cancer, autism, asthma, birth defects, ADD/ADHD, and learning and developmental disabilities. Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to environmental hazards and household chemicals as causing and contributing to many of these diseases.

If you haven’t already seen it, I urge you to take 3 minutes and watch Healthy Child’s short but very informative video, A Wake Up Story. It will help you and your family and also illustrate what Healthy Child Healthy World is all about!

And to show you how much we appreciate our readers and your interest in creating a safer world for children everywhere, we’re giving away a copy of their awesome book, Healthy Child, Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home along with their DVD and pocket shopping guides.

Win It: Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter HC06 as the giveaway name and then name three of the chapters in the Healthy Child, Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner,  Greener, Safer Home book we’re giving away . Giveaway ends  6/14/10; $17 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules.

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A Wake-Up Story


Please take 3 minutes to watch A Wake-Up Story. It’s a must-see for parents, parents-to-be and anyone who cares about the health and well-being of future generations.

Find it Here: Healthy Child, Healthy World

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What Are You Eating?

food-inc.jpgWhat: Food, Inc.

Features: Want to learn more about what you’re eating? Food, Inc., an award-winning documentary that takes a hard look at the nation’s food industry, is now out on DVD

Green Factor: Since its release, Food, Inc. has prompted thousands of people to re-think their eating habits, like eating more local and sustainably-grown food

Cool Factor: Check the web site for lots of cool features – watch the movie trailer, find out how to get involved, and sign a petition to support healthy food choices in schools across the country

Find It Here: Food Inc. movie

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Where Have All the Boys Gone?

• Sperm counts worldwide have been cut in half over the past 50 years and up to 85% of sperm is abnormal.

• Testicular cancer has doubled in the past 20 years and more and more cases of genital deformities in male newborns have been documented.

• And most troubling, significantly fewer males are being born.

The Disappearing Male is a disturbing look at how the chemical revolution has begun to affect the human race.

PLEASE watch and forward the link to your friends and family and particularly, people who are trying to conceive.


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Food, Inc ~ The Truth About What We Eat

Read it. See it. Change your life and the lives of your loved ones. Make a difference in your health and the health of the planet and our future. We CAN do it and most certainly we must make more informed choices.

Grocery stores are such an illusion. The waste in packaging, transporting products, the ingredients (and the real ingredient behind what is mysteriously listed on the label), shelf space and electricity, dated items going to the garbage (that’s mostly produce since the other stuff has a life span to practically last into our child’s adulthood), how the animals we consume are treated (you are what you eat), hormones shot into our animals and getting into our dairy and meats, genetic modifications to the DNA of the foods, the colors and additives and smells added that now seem normal to us. It’s all a strange place with food-like substances. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kid Guides

Kid Guides DVDIf your kids are anything like mine, they like TV. Me? Not so much. I have a couple things I watch each season and that’s about it (my sick semi-addiction to CNN notwithstanding). Since I tend to be critical of most television programming, particularly for kids, I generally only let mine watch certain things; things with some kind of educational value mostly. So yes, I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my kids’ media consumption. Whatever.

Well, in case you didn’t know, that doesn’t leave much, but I’m always keeping my eyes open for new and interesting things that I can DVR and save for them to watch when they’re in the mood for some boob tubing. I recently became aware of Kid Guides, a show where two kids travel around to museums, zoos, aquariums and the like and share their adventures in nature and science with viewers.

I let my kids watch some clips and they really liked it (they totally dug the “kid” hosts) and I liked it, too, because it was remarkably devoid of spastic, screaming, anthropomorphic cartoon animals (or sponges) and it’s not dumbed down to the point of tedium. And? Kid Guides has received the Parents Television Council Seal of Approval and scored an Emmy Award, to boot. You can check the Kid Guides site (under ‘Show Times’) to see if it airs in your area OR you can get Kid Guides on DVD from Amazon.com

Find It Here: Kid Guides

Win It: We’re giving away 2 Kid Guides DVD’s. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter KG7 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: Name three of the four available Kid Guide DVD’s. Enter by 7/13/09. $30 value. Open to US residents. Winner will be notified by email. Contest closed. Congrats to Kathy!

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A Greener Apple

green_apple-w150-h2000.jpgA Greener Apple (NYC) is the project of  New York City mom and producer/director Pamela French. She takes her camera to a variety of locales in New York City area for man/woman-on-the-street interviews asking people what they would do to make New York greener (A Greener Apple!) It’s actually very interesting to see where people’s heads are at in terms of greener living and what sorts of things they feel would make a difference. The responses range from highly aware and educated to flip and somewhat ignorant. Fortunately, Read the rest of this entry »

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