Friday, May 30, 2008

NO! New York CDC wants to force vaccines on our kids!

Enforced medical treatment is an assault and a violation of the 14th amendment.

This article today about this bill in NY, is alarming. It's a red alert for parents everywhere (not just in NY) to collectively take a stand to protect our (and our future generations') constitutional rights!

There are several sources of information on this bill, but the one I found at was better at detailing the "behind the curtain wizardry" of this bill and what's really at stake.

The article reads:

"Worst Vaccine Bill Ever" Seeks Compulsory Shots For All ChildrenActivist group calls for defense of right to exemption in New York State

A pending New York State Assembly Bill dubbed, the worst vaccine bill ever by one activist group would see all vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made mandatory for all children including infants and toddlers.

Assembly Bill 10942, introduced at the request of Richard Daines, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, calls for changes to the law in order to make recommended inoculation compulsory in order for children to attend school.

The bill would also permit the administration of vaccines for sexually transmitted infections to minors without parental consent.

(click here to read in it's entirety on the site)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Asthma - Do you have any tips for controlling your family's asthma symptoms?

May is Asthma Awareness Month.
My husband and my 8 yro son both have asthma that's really aggravated by allergens like pets, dust, frangrances, etc. I use green cleaners and don't use any fragrances around them, not even hand soap. I have to really keep a "nose" for things that might cause them a reaction. Because once it starts, it takes several days for it to go away again.

I'd like to share some tips that I've learned and ask for others to share more tips too. (If you don't know that the FDA isn't doing their job of protecting consumers, check out this site: at for more info.)

1. Nothing passes my front door without passing the 'pthalate or fragrance free' test.

2. Laundry, cleaning, dusting and vacumming all take place with the windows open, unless it's too humid outside. Then I turn on the a/c fan so the dust is collected in the filters. I also only use my shark steamers for the bathrooms and the floors.

3. Organic produce (as much as possible anyway) with no additives, preservatives or pesticides.

4. No visitors with heavy perfumes, cats or horses on their clothes. All our friends know this. We know a few smokers and they can't go outside and have a smoke and come right back in. They actually don't mind waiting a few extra minutes to "air out" before coming back in. Especially if they were smoking in their car.

5. Take hand sanitizer with you when you're out, so if you use the restroom you don't have to use that super stinky hand soaps in there.

With these changes we've made in the last year or so, my husband's been able to stop taking meds and reduce the use of his inhaler to only use for sudden attacks and my son only uses it if his coughing keeps him up at night. It's really helped and we even have a dog, we just have to bathe him every week.

Does anyone else have any other tips? Or alternatives?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ready, Set, Green! Finally, Treehugger's Book Is Here!

Ready? Set? Green! Finally, I've been waiting for the experts at my most favorite green site ( for this book!
"Living green means reversing climate change, but it also means protecting your kids and pets, improving your own health, and saving money. And it doesn’t necessarily demand a radical overhaul of your life–just some simple adjustments, such as switching to healthier cleaning products and driving fewer miles each week.

Written by the visionarires at, the most heavily trafficked site of its kind, Ready, Set, Green is the definitive (and recyclable-but I recommend using Kindle!) guide to modern green living. It offers solutions to make your home, office, car, and vacation more eco-friendly. For example:

• Using a dishwasher instead of hand washing will save you 5,000 gallons of water annually.
• Eating less beef will save you 250 pounds of CO2 per year.
• Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot will save 200 pounds of CO2 annually.
• Replacing three of your home’s most frequently used lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs will save 300 pounds of CO2 every year.

Including advice on how to properly insulate your house, cancel junk mail, and choose fruits and veggies wisely, Ready, Set, Green will help you change the future of the planet and restore balance to your daily life.

You can purchase it right away from or my personal favorite is to save trees, paper, shipping and postage by downloading it to your Amazon Kindle. If you don't have a Kindle and you're eco-friendly..... it's time!"

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Michigan Residents Are Lovin' This!

Bush Admin Forces Out EPA Regulator Who Sought Regulation of Dow

Click on the map to follow Dow Chemical Dioxin downstream. As provided by the Chicago Tribune.
An exerpt from Democracy Now's website: "A top federal environmental regulator says the Bush administration has forced her to step down over her attempts to regulate pollution caused by the industrial giant Dow Chemical. Mary Gade was the Environmental Protection Agency’s top official in the Midwest until she resigned on Thursday.

Last year, Gade used emergency powers to force Dow to clean up four areas contaminated with the cancer-causing Dioxin chemical near Dow’s Michigan headquarters. One of the areas had one of the largest amounts of Dioxin ever recorded in the United States. Gade says she resigned after she was stripped of her powers and told to quit or be fired by June 1st.

Democratic Congressmember Rahm Emanuel of Illinois said, “I’m surprised if anybody is surprised by this. This administration, from day one, has always chosen polluters over the environment.”

Here's a link to DOW's website where their slogan is the "human element" is where responsibility begins. Exactly. You've seen the ads on tv and although chemicals are a part of our lives, they don't have to be dumped where we live and breathe when there are better ways to dispose of these things.

The EPA is supposed to be there to protect US, not corrupt corporations. We need to make sure residents are safe and when their top officials are SHUT UP by the Bush Administration, it sends a clear message "don't mess with the big boys." We are the taxpayers who fork over the dough to make sure we have someone looking out for US and this is a big slap in the face.

Richard Wiles, executive director of the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization, said the EPA process has become a "bureaucratic quagmire" in which political considerations often trump public health concerns.

"With these rules in place, it's now official: The Bush White House is where all good public health protections go to die," he said.

Turn on LINKTV (click here for which channel to tune into) at 6:00pm every day for DemocracyNow news where you can watch independent journalists do their job of fair and unbiased reporting.

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