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Monday, December 19, 2011

Got TOXIC TOYS ?!

Ah, childhood, when we're full of energy, when our "job" is to play.
These days it seems everything is complicated, including the toys and books children use.

Many hundreds of toys are contaminated with toxic chemicals which are known to cause a variety of harm especially to the small, but growing bodies of kids. The effects range from brain damage to adverse systemic reactions to cancer.
In fact, a new report from Maine issued on 12/13/11 names more than 650 well know toy products that contain multiple hormone-disrupting chemicals, including brands such as PLAYMOBIL and Chicco, with products from baby rattles to play figures to backpacks and much more.

 Toxic Alphabet Soup

Although in the US we have restricted lead and other heavy metals by law, they are still found in a chemical soup of possible contamination by PVC, cadmium, antimony, BPA ( restricted from baby bottles, but not yet out of toys), arsenic, pesticides and or formaldehyde.  Many toxic chemicals are also present in kids books!
In 2010 there were 6 recalls of toy jewelery due to high levels of cadmium, Barbie and "Dora  the Explorer" products are popular examples containing hormone disruptor PVC.

 Toxic Teddy Bears?!

Soft and plush toys can have their own set of toxins, including fire retardants, pesticides and stain resistant chemicals, all of which are detrimental to present and future health. And baby bibs are yet another source of toxic exposure!

What's a Parent or Friend to Do?!

There IS GOOD News!
Lots of truly Healthy Toys are available in stores and online!
So:
1. Be diligent and aware, as careful with toy purchase as with other items, perhaps more so.
2. Read labels, ask questions.
3. As in all areas of life, avoiding plastic wherever possible, buying locally and organically makes a good sense.
4. Look for untreated wool, non-toxic dyes, untreated, organic cloth.
5. Because even materials which started out as "natural" like wood are often finished with another toxic ingredient called NPRs, or nonylphenol ethoxylates - a hormone disruptor similar to BPA and PVC - 
purchase toys with natural finishes such as beeswax, linseed oil or walnut oil. Or choose unfinished wood.

Some organizations with good info : 
http://www.ceh.org
http://www.greenamerica.org
http://www.healthytoys.org

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mmm...This is a Juicy First!!!

Thank you so much for being here reading my very first post on my very own blog!! 

My  Flourishing In Nature's Flow newsletter has been beloved by many for several years (Hi and Thank You, Everybody!).
I'm so excited because now we can all interact here with your comments!
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The goal of this blog is to share some Juicy Ideas and Happy, Healthy Living Tidbits to enhance your energy and well being.
This blog sings the praises of Nature, of Life!
It's a place for us all to express some of our Joi de Vivre!

This blog, too, is a space for expressing my heart, and for you to express yours. 

About our visions for a world of Well Being for All.
About how we're resolving issues that effect us all, as a Community of Earth.
We are in Nature, of Nature, together.
One World, One Ecosystem, One Global Heart.

I've had, and have, my share of painfully self-stretching life challenges and I'm sure you have too, as well as Magnificent Joy.
I want to acknowledged how joyfully blessed and grateful I am for all the amazing people - including you - in my life....I've met and continue to meet and work with so many lovely, caring folks. 
I am surrounded by and filled with Love.
An abundance of deliciousness? YES!
I feel plump with Love and Gratitude.

And by focusing everyone on the Food of Gratitude, Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to feel our own hearts, and if we look, to notice the Beauty in Hearts Everywhere.
We can do that everyday, holiday or otherwise.

As one of my treasured teachers reminds us, when we look upon Nature's Beauty in any of its myriad forms, when we acknowledge the Beauty all around, We Become BEAUTY!
And Beauty is a Vital Nutrient!

May Your Beautiful Heart be Filled with Joy, May Your Soul Be Filled with Laughter !
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Please say hello, and whatever else you'd like to share!  
With Dancing Blessings,
Alisa Rose