Earth Mama Angel Baby Products Achieve Non-GMO Project Verification

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Your favorite baby + mama company just got even better! Earth Mama Angel Baby’s herbal pregnancy teas and herbal personal care products have always been wonderfully pure and safe, but now the company has gone a step further by getting all of their 100% certified organic teas and their Natural Nipple Butter Non-GMO Project Verified. The process to earn Non-GMO Project status is in-depth. As outlined by Earth Mama, the company had to submit all of its pregnancy teas, as well as Natural Nipple Butter, a balm for breastfeeding, for evaluation, testing and verification. FoodChain Global Advisors scrutinized Earth Mama teas, from soil to seed, to plant, along with each ingredient in Earth Mama’s Natural Nipple Butter and now all the teas and Nipple Butter have been officially documented to be Non-GMO Project Verified. Founder and CEO Melinda Olson notes,  “We have always labeled our products with integrity so that pregnant women can see for themselves what’s inside the box. Of all the populations on the planet, women carrying a baby deserve to know that the products they are buying for themselves and their babies are safe. Having our products certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified supports our mission to provide products that are both safe and effective.” Earth Mama products are already organic, cruelty-free, many are vegan, and all contain zero toxins, but it’s always nice when one of the best companies out there goes the extra mile to offer consumers stellar products!

+ Natural Nipple Butter $8.95

+ Mama-To-Be Tea Sampler $5.97

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Tell Starbucks You Want Organic, Non-GMO Milk in Your Coffee

by 03/05/14   filed under: food, green family

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With more than 20,000 retail locations throughout the world, Green America believes that Starbucks is uniquely positioned to trigger major supply-chain shifts when it comes to organics and non-GMO products, and they’re not wrong. Starbucks is a huge company who could make a real impact, if they decide to take organic action. This in mind, Green America’s GMO Inside campaign is calling on Starbucks to switch to serving all-organic, non-GMO dairy products. This decision would be massive and have the ability to impact many other coffee companies. Plus, this change would only continue to support recent positive changes Starbucks has made, such as sourcing only rBGH-free milk and serving organic soy milk. Green America, and I’m sure plenty of consumers believe that Starbucks can send an even bigger message by serving ONLY organic dairy. Right now, you can join in the campaign and tell Starbucks that you want organic milk from cows raised on non-GMO feed available for your coffee. See below for ways you can help.

  • Sign the Green America petition. This will be sent to Starbucks’ CEO asking Starbucks to serve only organic, non-GMO milk.
  • Call Starbucks at 1-800-782-7282.
  • Download and take this ticket when you go to Starbucks and give it to the cashier.
  • Ask Starbucks to go organic on the Starbucks Facebook page.
  • Share this post on your Facebook page, Twitter, and email it to a Starbucks loving pal.

+ Take Action Now! Tell Starbucks to go organic

Infant Sleep Machines May Harm Baby's Hearing

by 03/05/14   filed under: green baby, health & body

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Though white noise machines and other infant sleep devices may be alluring, especially when you’re a new parent who hasn’t slept in weeks, they may not be safe for your little one’s ears. A new study suggests that sound devices meant to lull babies to sleep may in fact pose a danger. Why are infant sleep machines so popular? General household and life noises can negatively influence both the quality and quantity of your baby’s sleep, and sleep machines are touted as being able to cancel out regular environmental noises, using sounds such as birds singing, ocean waves, white noise, heartbeats and so on, thus allowing a baby to sleep more soundly. However, sleep machines, as shown by this research, aren’t that simple.

Researchers tested a number of different models widely available both in Canada and the United States and found that they produced noise that is too loud for babies. In fact, the researchers found that when sleep machines were played continuously as recommended on numerous websites and by parenting books, the baby would end up being exposed to sound pressure levels that actually exceed occupational noise limits. The researchers also point out that the loudest sleep machines they tested, “Would need to be played for only 2 hours before exceeding recommended occupational limits.” Considering many parents allow sleep machines to run all night, this is worrisome indeed. To sum up, sleep machines, even when used sparingly, may harm a child’s ears, which in turn can lead to possible hearing, speech or learning problems.  The new findings,  published in the journal Pediatrics, are so significant that they’re being featured by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), who support the findings.

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Reminder: BPA-Free Plastics Aren't as Safe as You Think

by 03/04/14   filed under: health & body, toxins

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There’s almost no escaping bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is found in canned food linings, paper products, plastic toys and of course plastic dishes, such as baby bottles, reusable water bottles, plates and more. But what about BPA-free plastics? Those are safe right? Maybe not. Back in 2011, one study reveled that even BPA-free plastics may release harmful chemicals, and now a new Mother Jones report dives into that study and the world of “BPA-free” plastics gathering startling evidence that there are plenty of not so BPA-free companies trying to cover it up. This research kicked off when CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner, coauthored a paper in the NIH journal Environmental Health Perspectives, reporting, “That “almost all” commercially available plastics that were tested leached synthetic estrogens—even when they weren’t exposed to conditions known to unlock potentially harmful chemicals, such as the heat of a microwave, the steam of a dishwasher, or the sun’s ultraviolet rays. “ As reported in 2011, Bittner’s research shows that some BPA-free products even release synthetic estrogens more potent than harmful BPA. Many plastic advocates, such as The American Chemistry Council, Eastman Chemical—the maker of Tritan, and others have teamed up to dispute the findings and launch a campaign to discredit Bittner and his research. The Mother Jones report looks at how companies will pretty much say and do anything in order to keep selling chemical-laden plastics, “BPA-free” or not. If you’re a parent, the article, The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics is a good read. Plus, this is just another decent reminder to use stainless steel or glass over plastics whenever possible. Also take a peek at how to lower your family’s BPA levels dramatically in just 3 days!

+ The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

Risk of Mental Illness Rises for Children Born to Fathers Who are Older than 45

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New research published recently in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, shows that children born to middle-aged men (45 years and older) may be more likely to develop mental illnesses related to attention deficits, bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia, than children born to younger men (20 to 24 years old). This research, the most comprehensive to date regarding paternal age and offspring mental health, was based on a population-based cohort study of all individuals born in Sweden from 1973-2001. The researchers estimated the risk of psychiatric and academic issues associated with advancing paternal age and also studied siblings, cousins, and first-born cousins. What the researchers found was that psychiatric (autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, psychosis, bipolar disorder, suicide attempt, and substance use problem) and academic (failing grades and low educational attainment) morbidity were very much related to being born to an older father. According to the researchers, their new findings are consistent with the idea that possible genetic mutations occurring during spermatogenesis are causally related to offspring morbidity. What does this study mean to you? Well, in this day and age, folks are putting off having kids until later in life, be it due to work, relationships or other choices, but it may not always be smart to wait too late to have kids. Still, life happens, so keep in mind that plenty of older parents have perfectly healthy kids. For an excellent and realistic look at becoming a parent later in life, read: How scary is having a baby when you’re over 40? 

+ Paternal Age at Childbearing and Offspring Psychiatric and Academic Morbidity

+ Mental Illness Risk Higher for Children of Older Fathers, Study Finds

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