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New Study Links Autism to Environmental Toxins

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 26, 2009
File under: Health, Pregnancy


A recent study by researchers at the University of California M.I.N.D. Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) has linked soaring rates of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with fetal and infant exposure to pesticides and household chemicals.

“It’s time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism in California,” M.I.N.D. Institute researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an internationally respected autism researcher and professor of environmental and occupational health and epidemiology.

Hertz-Picciotto said that many researchers, state officials and advocacy organizations have viewed the rise in the incidence of autism in California with skepticism. Some claim that the increase could be due to the migration to California of families with autistic children, earlier diagnosis because of increased awareness and also the inclusion of children with milder forms of autism in the counting. …read more of New Study Links Autism to Environmental Toxins here

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Today’s Lesson: Green School Supplies

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
August 17, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants


Want your kids to learn the importance of a green lifestyle? Back-to-school shopping is a great place to start. For many families, the start of school means a major shopping trip, and you may be wondering how to buy all of the supplies your kids will need while maintaining your eco-friendly values.

To help, I have compiled a list of some of the coolest (and most affordable) back-to-school gear around.

Ditching plastic bags is a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint in the long run. Worldwide, an estimated 4 billion plastic bags end up as litter each year. Tied end to end that’s enough to circle the earth 63 times. What’s more, plastic bags never break down completely, filling our landfills and ending up in the ocean where they can harm wildlife. Even paper bags, though better, often wind up in landfills. …read more of Today’s Lesson: Green School Supplies here

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Sometimes You Feel Like a Lamb, Sometimes You Don’t

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
August 10, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants


Whether your little bunny likes to dress the part or your little ladybug just likes to be snug, the B Baby Trio by Positively Organic is pretty much the cutest thing around.

The sets of three come in a bevy of themes: bugs, barnyard, butterflies, flowers, the beach and even a cowboy-themed set. This is the perfect gift for triplets too.

Long-sleeved sets retail for $62, while short-sleeved sets are $56. All sets are available on Positively Organic’s website.

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Enjoying the Summer Toddler Moon

By Angelique LeDoux
July 13, 2009
File under: Family Time, Green Activities, holidays


I’m staring at the full moon from the 42nd floor of a green building in downtown Austin, Texas, my new home away from home. But this view of the moon- and the fact that I’m here in Austin with my 3-year-old daughter, reminds me of my baby moon.

I remember reading that trendy term when I was about 6 months preggers: “Baby moon,” as if it was an age-old, mandatory rite of passage…I wonder if Hallmark was involved in this one.

My husband, my sex-unknown baby-to-be, and I took what would be our last trip where we could stay up late, use bad words and at least one of us could drink as much as we chose. We went to Quebec and it really was a great trip. In hindsight, it was the last trip of our couple-hood, but the “baby moon” was a well-conceived idea…no pun intended.

So flash forward almost four years and I recently came across an old journal entry, I’m guessing it was from high school. Apparently I was thinking of the days ahead and my future success and I wrote something to the effect of “may I never be one of those moms…with a full-time nanny, who doesn’t have time for her own kid,” blah, blah, blah… …read more of Enjoying the Summer Toddler Moon here

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Organic Lifestyle Avenger vs. Junk Food Junkie Pt. 2

By Robby LeDoux
July 9, 2009
File under: Family Time, Food, Health



There are 5 things young children should not be ingesting:

1. Heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic.

2. Pesticides like those in non-organic apple juice and non-organic food.

3. Chemicals like the VOCs in paint and carpeting.

4. Preservatives like those in fast food and processed food, and,

5. Too much TV and graphic images. (I’m sure I’m missing something here, but these are some biggies.)

Parents and grandparents need to stop, take a breath and realize things have changed in their world the past some odd years. Then they need to start double checking the things their children and grandchildren are consuming every day.

That’s right, this is not your great grandmother’s planet we live on anymore, where food was always organic (that’s right! organic before organic was…well, organic!). A planet where they didn’t put high fructose corn syrup in food, and a planet where they hadn’t even invented things like BPA, preservatives and MSG. …read more of Organic Lifestyle Avenger vs. Junk Food Junkie Pt. 2 here

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