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Give Your Kids Consciousness for Christmas

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
November 13, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Green Activities


As a native New Yorker, before I moved to California I thought drinking tea was New Age-y and I didn’t know a chakra from a hole in the wall. After five years in California I go to acupuncture, own a pair of Birkenstocks and my boyfriend’s mother is a healer. Fancy that.

The older I get the more my sensibilities change and things that used to seem to be squarely in the hippy corner I now find very appealing. Take, for example, the Awakening Consciousness for Girls and Awakening Consciousness for Boys by Robin Marvel, two workbooks designed to encourage spiritual growth in children and to guide them on a path of self-awareness. These are books you’ll want under your tree this Christmas.

The books arrived at my doorstep as part of the Green Books Campaign, in which 100 bloggers help support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by …read more of Give Your Kids Consciousness for Christmas here

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New Research on Twins Confirms Genetic Role in Autism

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 10, 2009
File under: Health, Pregnancy


There has been an unprecedented increase in recent years in the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  A variety of elements are suspected of playing a role (see our recent post linking environmental toxins to autism). 

Researchers have known that a higher incidence of autism exists among twins¹, and this new study confirms a substantially higher risk of autism in identical twins as compared to fraternal twins.²  The report, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, studied 277 twin pairs in which at least one had an autistic disorder.

Researchers found that when one identical twin developed an autistic disorder, the other twin did 88 percent of the time. That compared with 31 percent among fraternal twins. Fraternal twins share only 50 percent of their genes and are no more genetically similar than non-twin siblings, unlike identical twins, who share 100 percent of their genes.  …read more of New Research on Twins Confirms Genetic Role in Autism here

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Baby Deluxe

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
November 3, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Shopping


With all of the delicious eco-friendly baby products on the market I often find myself coveting items made especially for infants. Recently I found myself fervently wishing that the Ruffle Blanket from Organica Deluxe would morph into an adult-sized wrap.

Alas, it did not.

One consolation is that if you wrap your baby in this delicious blanket you’ll get to hold it close. Made of 100 percent certified organic cotton fleece by Robbie Adrian, the blanket is somehow precious and elegant at the same time. Measuring 17″ x 20″ inches, choose between a white, pink or blue silk ruffle on a white blanket.

The blanket, which is available on the Organica Deluxe website, retails for $36 and arrives in a box, making it the perfect gift.

Click here to learn more about your Carbon Footprint.

Click here for the top 5 reasons to buy Organic Cotton.

Click here to learn more about the Fair Trade system and products.

Heather O’Neill is the founder of Eco to the People, a green living blog.
Email her at: heather@ecotothepeople.com.

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This Little Piggy Went Chemical-Free

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
October 29, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Health, Shopping


What is more precious than your baby? Knowing that your baby is completely chemical-free. We brought some of our littlest road testers on board for the Nascar of bathing events to find the best phthalates- and paraben-free (and in most cases organic) products on the market. So get ready to get all lathered up. …read more of This Little Piggy Went Chemical-Free here

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10 Environmental Toxins to Avoid

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 9, 2009
File under: Health


While still in the womb, children are exposed to chemicals that can impair normal growth and development. This internal pollution persists as we are exposed to environmental toxins throughout life. Chemicals accumulate and interact within the body, causing illness¹.

The range of maladies include, autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, Tourette syndrome and cerebral palsy. All are believed to be the outcome of some abnormal process that unfolded as the brain was developing in utero or in the young child.

A new study published in the October issue of Pediatrics, estimates the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder to be 1 in every 91 children in the U.S,² an increase from the current estimate of 1 in 150. This ongoing and dramatic increase has many experts investigating the extent of the role environmental toxins may play. …read more of 10 Environmental Toxins to Avoid here

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