Thursday, January 17, 2008

Clorox Going GREEN? Sierra Club's endorsing what?

I must report that I was a little skeptical when I saw the bottles of "greenwash" or "Green Works" (whatever) from Clorox on the shelf at Publix. What is this? $3.49 for a bottle?

Endorsed by the Sierra Club? What? Oh great, our "voices" have been shouting for greener products and this is what we get? WE DIDN'T MEAN WE DIDN'T LIKE THE COLOR OF YOUR OTHER #*^*!
Looks like we're going to have to go Grey now! (I'm speaking of grey matter, of course)

I just don't trust that company. So I went a searchin...

a) They still test on animals and I'm happy to have turned my back on this company long ago.

b) The Sierra Club's been paid heavenly for this endorsement and will obviously use the money to create more awareness of it's own organization's efforts. Some good will come from that.

c) Kathalon preservative (or any similar biocide approved for domestic applications by FDA) See the MSDS [ ] from the maker of Kathalon biocide products, Rohm & Haas, and you'll see clear statement of the potential fhazards: Risk phrases are:"Irritating to skin. Risk of serious damage to eyes. May cause sensitization by skin contact. Harmful to aquatic organisms, may cause long­term adverse effects in the aquatic environment." The risk phrases are associated with the isothiazol component ,which is the active ingredient common to the product line.

Ok, I must concede. It is a small step in the right direction but it's not what we're asking for. The environmentally conscious people KNOW what they're looking at now and will look for true product integrity. Not just a "greenwashing" label with a pretty picture!

Our voice of consumer power (our money) is no longer up for grabs by the best marketer or slogan.
It's a grey area. Still.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Got Milk? or Sick Kids?

Dr. Benjamin Spock wrote, “I no longer recommend dairy products. . The essential fats that are needed for brain development are found in vegetable oils. Milk is very low in these essential fats and high in the saturated fats that encourage artery blockage and weight problems as children grow.”

Today, I no longer drink cow’s milk. You’d think it wouldn’t have taken me so long to make the switch since my son is allergic to all milk and dairy products, but it did.

I’ve been a milk addict since I was very young. I literally cried when we ran out! It wasn’t until recently that I really began to investigate the links between our need for mass producing food and the effects it has on the treatment of animals. My husband grew up on a farm in Germany. He often reminisses about the cows on his farm that were as gentle and playful as the family dog. They’d follow him around and he’d give them treats. It wasn’t easy to see them on the dinner table, but that was acceptable. They were cattle farmers. They always treated their cattle as pets.

Here in the states, it’s different. I’ve never spent much time on a dairy farm, but I did live in the central valley in California for many years. Driving by thousands upon thousands of cows in the pastures, the cows looked happy to me. It wasn’t until I actually toured one of these dairy farms that I saw the machines and cattle corrals inside those big barns that got me thinking. It’s not necessarily a nice way to milk a cow. But the reality was that these dairy farms weren’t mistreating their cows, but were doing much more harm to the environment than anyone ever noticed.

Our demand for milk products also takes it’s toll on our planet. Look here. In Lancaster County, Pa., manure from dairy cows is destroying the Chesapeake Bay, and in California, which produces one-fifth of the country’s total supply of milk, the manure from dairy farms has poisoned vast expanses of underground water, rivers, and streams. In the Central Valley of California, the cows produce as much excrement as a city of 21 million people, and even a smallish farm of 200 cows will produce as much nitrogen as in the sewage from a community of 5,000 to 10,000 people, according to a U.S. Senate report on animal waste.

I didn’t even notice! Why? I was so close, yet so far.

Then, I ran across this very interesting exerpt from doctor Robert M. Kradjian, MD (Breast Surgery Chief Division of General Surgery, Seton Medical Centre) Daly City, CA “Milk is not just milk.” He writes. “The milk of every species of mammalis unique and specifically tailored to the requirements of that animal. For example, cows’ milk is very much richer inprotein than human milk. Three to four times as much. It has five to seven times the mineral content. However, it ismarkedly deficient in essential fatty acids when compared to human mothers’ milk. Mothers’ milk has six to ten times as much of the essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid. (Incidentally, skimmed cow’s milk has no linoleic acid). Itsimply is not designed for humans.” See the entire article here.

I’ve always thought it was strange to drink the milk of another ’species’. Am I the only one who thinks that? In reading several websites and articles about the subject, I realize, I am not alone. I often have the outlook of a conspiracy theorist when it comes to the establishment of corporations controlling the hormonal push of money making money from cows (and everything else for that matter), but it seems fairly believable that this could be more than just a theory. How much PUSS is in your milk? Ewwww!

CHINESE and Japanese tea makers have been right all along. According to German medical scientists, the western habit of mixing milk with a cup of tea is bad for your heart. See this article here.

I thought this was funny, literally. I was reading all of these exerpts from medical professionals, not just in the United States, but in China and Germany as well, when I came upon this. It was a defensive remark made by (anonymous) the “dairy council” . When it comes to nutrition, people should listen to health and nutrition experts — not animal-rights activists, the National Dairy Council believes. Ok, I’ll take their advice too. Duh!

So,what do you think? Remember what happened to Oprah when she said “meat made her fat” so be careful in your reply, you may be monitored for training purposes! lol

Monday, January 7, 2008

Green Stain Removal Solution-Amazing!

This was my fault! I couldn’t run after anyone else and threaten their existence, it was my doing! Only three days after this beautiful, beige carpet was installed in our new home, I knocked over a glass of Pinot Noir (a seriously RED WINE)! The only good thing was that it was in the corner and wasn’t in the center of the room!

I ran out and purchased some woolite carpet cleaner and guess what? I didn't work. I then took my camera with the picture to Home Depot and got some Resolve cleaner. It was supposed to be the best according the home depot helper. So I tried that. Twice. It turned the stain brown, but it was even darker.

So I thought I’d try to use a peroxide based oxy/enzyme cleaner from Shaklee called Nature Bright. I took a before picture, because I thought, if this works, it’ll just be too good to be true!

So here’s the before pic:

And after the first try, it got a LOT lighter, and without bleaching out the beige color of my carpet too! I was stoked! I tried it one more time and viola!

Here’s the after pic:

It’s a miracle! I had to show everyone and their mother! I can’t believe a natural, earth friendly, human friendly product could get out that stain AND…. it was an entire YEAR later!

If you want any of this great stuff, (it's great for many other things too!) a whole bag lasts a really long time CLICK HERE. I use it in the laundry, to whiten my tub and sinks, literally on every stain. I’m in love!

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Why is the FDA poised to approve cloning?

The $515.7 billion bill (why the need for all that money??) that passed the House of Representatives late Monday (12/17/07) directs the FDA to complete further review and analysis before issuing a final decision on cloning. A similar measure was included in the farm bill that passed in the Senate last week.

I think this is a big deal. The "need" for cloning would be to claim it's a "name brand" so they can make more money off of a patented process. I believe there's no way it could be healthier when it's been genetically altered.

“I’ve looked at the immune response of hundreds of young pigs and I’ve never seen anything that low until I looked at a clone,” remarked Jeff Carroll, leader of the study. Full article here:

My husband and I were talking about it thismorning. He was raised a cattle farmer in Germany. He knows what he's talking about when he says, don't eat anything that's been raised on a "corporate farm".

Cloning would also make the prices go down, which hurts our farmers and in the end, us all. This allows for too much control over the food industry and could easily be cut off or regulated like the price of gas.

Read this:

Read this:

I send letters, sign petitions and join action groups who have power in numbers in washington and ONLY buy from organic, non cloning farmers. Our purchase power is the loudest voice we have! (use it or lose it!)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Today's Oprah Show

Anyone who wants to get the discount kit can call me at 239-297-0530. You can also visit to order but the site may be “bogged down” today with all of the Oprah viewers ordering! JoAnn
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