With the tragedy of Robin Williams’ death throwing light on questions about mental illness, I started looking for answers. The statistics are staggering: Today, one in 10 Americans is on antidepressants—a 400% increase in the last 30 years. And there’s a lot of evidence showing that these drugs may not be able to help everybody. In fact, some experts believe that lifestyle shifts—especially dietary—might be a more effective first step to address depression, as well as anxiety, which is depression’s flip side. I asked Heather Lounsbury, author of Fix Your Mood with Food, to share her expertise on this important subject with Mommy Greenest readers. I am so honored to share her wisdom with you—and to host a giveaway of her amazing new book! [Read more...]
We’re starting to wake up to the impact of high fructose corn syrup on our nation’s health: Studies have shown that consumption of high fructose corn syrup leads to obesity, a condition that now affects more than 30% of American adults and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, strokes and other serious health problems. A recent UC Davis study featured on “60 Minutes” showed that just two weeks of eating high fructose corn syrup increased the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The problem is, most people don’t stop at two weeks. In fact, research shoes that sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and sugar are addicting: Just like cocaine, they release endorphins, dopamine and seratonin as they hit your system, triggering the pleasure center of your brain. And just like illicit drugs, you need more and more of the stuff to feel good. People, it’s time for a detox! [Read more...]
I guess it was inevitable. Steep yourself in information about rates of childhood illnesses spiking to epidemic proportions, and you’re bound to become a maternal hypochondriac. But when my then four-year-old daughter first displayed symptoms of serious illness, I panicked. And as it turns out, my panic was justified. [Read more...]
Oh, triclosan. According to the FDA, it’s no more effective than soap and water at killing bacteria; studies have shown that it may compromise our immune systems, make us more susceptible to allergies, and affect our hormones. And research proves that antibacterials like triclosan breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But one personal care conglomerate is still putting this toxic stuff in your…toothpaste? [Read more...]
I had so much fun with Diane Mizota of Spiritual Playground making this amazing green smoothie recipe with some stealthy healthy ingredients. Unlike other juices and smoothies you might buy in a store, you know that everything in this glass is good for you. But will our kids drink it? Watch and see. [Read more...]
In the past, I’ve shared information about flame retardants, the toxic chemicals which have doused our foam furniture, baby products and mattresses for the past 40 years and are linked to autism and lowered IQs in the kids who are exposed to them. But a recent UC Berkeley study again put toxic flame retardants front and center: Researchers found flame retardants in 100% of preschools tested. An organic, flame retardant free crib mattress is the best way to go for babies and toddlers, but if they’re priced out of your—or your preschool’s—budget, I discovered a lower-priced solution that’s still flame retardant free. And I’m giving three away! [Read more...]
I was so honored to be interviewed at The Entrepreneur Experience, where host Lane Kennedy is determined to prove that moms can and do change the world. Don’t you agree?
In 2012, the CDC’s annual assessment of schools discussed green cleaning for the first time ever. “Children are more vulnerable than adults to hazardous environmental exposures because, compared to adults, they breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water per pound of body weight,” the report states. “A school that…[is] free of hazardous chemicals, and clean is arguably best equipped to support student and teacher health, learning, and overall productivity.”
And while most of this is good news—more than 36% of districts now purchase low-VOC paints, cleaners and floor coverings, 55% require that schools test drinking water for lead, and more than 50% pursue an integrated pest management policy designed to reduce the use of pesticides—some is not. Especially the news about pink soap. [Read more...]