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Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's Review It Wednesday and my review is going to be a short one today. I have a pile of work to complete and I'm heading out to Chuck E. Cheese this evening with my daughters and grandchildren. This is our annual tradition, in lieu of trick or treating, since we don't celebrate Halloween. I started doing this with my children back in the mid-to-late 70s and they still talk about it as being one of, if not their most, favorite tradition! They never felt as if they missed out on anything by not doing what the other kids were doing. When they were 7 and 9, we became part of a blended family. My husband and his daughters always participated in trick or treat, so we had a bit of a dilemma. A year or two after we married, I decided to give Bethany and Jessica a choice. They could either go trick or treating with their stepsister, Mindy, or they could go to CEC with me. After a day or so of deliberation, they decided to stick with our family tradition. My husband, in hind sight, now agrees with me about Halloween, and he would choose otherwise for his kids if he had the chance to do it over again. If you want to know more about why I feel this way, please read Taking Candy from Strangers, A Halloween Party Pooper, A Little Innocent Fun, Part One, and A Little Innocent Fun, Part Two.
But back to RIW.
Actually, I'm just going to post a few more links to some past reviews I believe are worthy of revisiting. These are products I'm still using and loving even more than when I first reviewed them. I hope the reviews will help you make greener choices!
Green Child Magazine -- this is a review of their first issue. Since then, they've incorporated a wonderful column with each issue... Ask Green Grandma!! So, if you have any questions you'd like to see answered in the column, please email me and I'll try to answer them for you in an upcoming edition of the magazine.
A Warning about Fluoride -- Leaf 'n Bud Naturals sent me some Green Beaver toothpastes to try. What a perfect time to expound on the dangers of fluoride!
GreenPan -- Another warning. This time it's about Teflon. But I offer a non-stick solution in this review.
Well, that seems like enough for one day, don't you think?
Reviewing it for you,
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
|Smoking is linked to countless diseases/conditions|
Trying to sort out which products are safe and which aren't can be a daunting task. That's why I wanted to share the CHE Toxicant and Disease Database with you. This is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions.
You'll find diseases/conditions listed in alphabetical order. When you click on them, you see a list of potential causes based on Strong Evidence, Good Evidence and Limited Evidence. For example, click on Breast Cancer and under Strong Evidence, you'll see estrogens/DES, ethyl alcohol (ethanol), ionizing radiation, tobacco smoke (active smoking), and tobacco smoke (secondhand). Click on any of the toxicants, and it will take you to a list of other diseases/conditions associated with them. Again, these are ranked according to Strong Evidence, Good Evidence and Limited Evidence.
You can also browse by disease catagory, disease, toxicant, CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) number, or keyword.
This is an awesome resource every one of us should have bookmarked. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Monday, October 29, 2012
|Splash of color from Style Lately.com|
I'm all about scarves lately and I can't help admiring a woman who knows how to wear them. My pastor's wife, Erin, is one of those women. I have a few ways to wear them and rarely venture outside that comfort zone. How about you? Do you love to spiff up your wardrobe with a splash of color from a scarf?
I also love jewelry... especially jewelry that seems to make a statement. I'm always looking for unique pieces.
Whatever your style, I'm confident you'll find something you like from Style Lately.com.
|Loving this one, too!|
Style Lately.com brings you all the latest trends and hottest collection of fashion jewelry and accessories for 40-70% off! Sometimes, going green just means saving some green, which in these tough economic times, sure comes in handy!
Since we're talking fashion, which isn't your usual Monday fare from Green Grandma, why not throw in a giveaway? With Christmas right around the corner, wouldn't a $50 gift card to a store specializing in fashion come in handy? We have 4 to give away to 4 lucky readers!
|I love this Evo Chain bracelet from Style Lately.com!|
|Earring bling from Style Lately.com|
Four lucky readers will receive one of the following: $50 Nordstrom Gift Card, $50 Old Navy Gift Card, $50 H&M Gift Card and $50 Forever 21 Gift Card!
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Last evening, my husband and I attended a screening of Unacceptable Levels, a documentary by Ed Brown. Hosted by Women for a Healthy Environment and Learning Disabilities Association of America, this was the third screening of the film, and I was honored to be part of an unfortunately small group of concerned... what? Americans. Parents. Grandparents. Republicans. Democrats. Independents. People of faith. People without faith. Black. White. Indian. This was a group of people who may have had nothing in common, yet we had everything in common. We care about the current situation of our toxic planet, and we want to do something about it.
Ed Brown does, too. That is why he created this film. Born with a cataract in his right eye, deeming him legally blind, Ed also suffers from asthma. His beautiful wife, Lauren, developed Crohn's disease as a teenager, and as an adult, lost two babies to miscarriage. The Browns have two seemingly-healthy-at-this-point adorable blond-haired children, who are featured often in the film. Perhaps that seems a bit indulgent of the filmmaker, to feature his kiddos throughout this documentary. But their presence continually drives home the point... There are dangers all around us, and we have to do whatever we can to protect the children and future generations. Period.
This is just another piece of propaganda, you may be thinking. Brown's just an Al Gore wannabe.
Let me take exception to that thought process right off the bat. Those of us who are preaching the unsafe chemicals, toxins all around us, message, have nothing to gain. On the other hand, huge corporations being called out for their irresponsible use of carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting toxins have lots to lose. And money talks. We can all agree on that.
But these chemicals wouldn't be in our products if they weren't safe, right?
Wrong. "Safe" is a politically defined term that guarantees absolutely nothing. And companies are quite adept at "green-washing," offering products labeled with terms like "green," "organic," "natural," "healthy," etc.
From Monsanto to DuPont to L'Oreal, the issue of non-disclosure is monumentally in their favor. While cosmetics and personal care products must include ingredients, there is one word, in particular, that is especially troubling: "fragrance." What exactly does that mean? Fragrance is a very small word covering a HUGE list of potential toxins.
But the government wouldn't allow that, would they?
As I said, money talks.
These are just some of the things covered in this enlightening documentary. The film is sobering, with some punched-in-the-gut moments woven into some lighthearted moments. I found myself crying at times and furious at times. And then there would be those adorable Brown children with their curly hair and wide eyes and I was smiling once again.
I enjoyed seeing the clips of old commercials and film footage adeptly woven into the film, yet I often cringed at the lies we were sold. But it wasn't just Ed Brown's opinions and quest for a solution that drove the documentary. It was also the myriad of experts who offered their wisdom throughout. Experts like Ralph Nader, Ken Cook (EWG), Stacy Malkan (Campaign for Safe Cosmetics), and many more.
Randy Hayes, Founder of Rainforest Action Network and Executive Director of Foundation Earth says this about the film: "This movie makes it impossible to hide behind the numbers. It not only changes the way that you look at the world, but the way that we look at ourselves."
This is a documentary about what goes in our bodies and what we can do about it. Is it about social activism? It can be. Is it about the need for change in government regulations? Of course. Is it a plea for corporations to take responsibility and stop poisoning us? Yes. But mostly, it is a call to action for each of us to educate ourselves and take action to protect ourselves as much as possible.
Brown and his guest experts throw a lot of numbers and statistics around. Sobering numbers.
If you care about your own health and the health of your children and your children's children, this is a documentary you have to see. And its one your neighbors have to see. And your fellow church members. And your mom's group. And... Well, it's a documentary for everyone. Especially the politicians and CEOs.
But it won't be seen unless the money for distribution is raised. This is where you come in.
The Indiegogo Campaign is underway. And here's an added perk:
So, everyone who donates $1 or more to the Indiegogo Campaign between now and November 6th will be entered into a drawing to win an amazing safe and healthy prize package valued at over $2800!! The contest is open to residents of the U.S. only and the winner will be announced on November 7th. Click here for a list of sponsors and prizes.
Use your voice! Remember the Lorax:
nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Worried about your kids developing allergies or asthma? Maybe it's time to visit your local pet shelter!
|Theo and Vincent Van Gogh|
|My grandson and his cat, Baxter|
|My granddaughter and her cat, Congo|
Monday, October 22, 2012
- Modern, fun colors
- Huge, ridiculously generous canopy!
- One hand recline
- Self-locks when folding
- Superior handling
- Very sturdy, high quality construction
- Comes with parent cup holder and car seat adapters
- For kids up to 55 pounds
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wow, Vinegar Fridays come up quickly these days! I mean, seriously! Where does the time go?
Last weekend was rather special. On Saturday afternoon, my husband and I attended our friend, Colonel Daryl Hartman's, retirement ceremony at the 911 Air Force Base here in Pittsburgh. It was an impressive and moving ceremony. Colonel Hartman had an amazing and distinguished career. He spoke about his devotion to his country, his family and to his God. We felt honored to be included.
We left the Air Force Base and headed back to North Hills to attend a fundraising benefit for Denise's People. Denise was the sister of another friend of ours, and we were privileged to get to know her through her battle with brain cancer. A battle she eventually lost, but not without a valiant fight.
Following her death nearly 3 years ago, her mother started Denise's People, a non-profit organization with the tagline, "Joining forces to cure brain tumors." Denise's mom is determined to do just that. So she hosts fundraisers, like the one we attended on Saturday night -- The Grey Ribbon Affair.
So... what does all of this have to do with vinegar?!
Good question. And I have a pretty nifty answer for you.
You see, there was a Chinese auction benefiting the cause. We purchased 3 tickets for $10. There was a certain basket I really wanted to win. And guess what? I won it. It was a basket full of related items, including organic olive oils, spices, a bottle of wine and... 3 bottles of balsamic vinegars! The vinegar lady won the vinegar basket! How cool is that?!
So this week, we've been playing with D'Avolio vinegars and oils. I love the 18 year old balsamic in particular. And the oils are wonderful mixed with the spices and poured into the little bread dipping plates (also part of the prize). Problem is, I've been eating much too much bread this week. It's just hard to resist.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this lovely news with you. While we were helping a cause, we were rewarded with a basket valued at well over $150!
You know how much I love giving away stuff here on the blog. But I admit, I love winning stuff as well.
Enjoy your Vinegar Friday. I know I'm going to enjoy mine!