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VBAC support returns to North Texas August 23, 2007

Filed under: Health & Wellness, Pregnancy & Birth, What's Happening — apconnect @ 11:30 am

VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) support has returned to North Texas! A new chapter of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) is now forming to support and educate women in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on how to prevent unnecessary cesarean births and support safe VBACs.

ICAN’s objectives:

· Prevent unnecessary cesarean section and traumatic birth
· Provide research and statistics relevant to the prevention of cesarean birth and safety of VBAC
· Encourage positive birthing assistance that is non-interventive in nature and evidence-based
· Inform the public of the VBAC option
· Refer mothers desiring a VBAC to birth attendants who will assist them (more…)

 

Late-August Green Happenings August 22, 2007

Filed under: Green Family, Natural Family Living, What's Happening — apconnect @ 10:11 am

Thursday, Aug 23 - Arlington Organic Garden Club meets at 7 pm, Bob Duncan Community Center Garden Room, 2800 S. Center St, Arlington

Thursday, Aug 23 - Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:30 pm. King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas

Saturday, Aug 25 - Fort Worth Village Ecohousing potluck at 1501 Handley at Works St, Fort Worth, come in side door facing Works St. 5 pm. We will be planning our fall organic garden at this meeting. 817 545-0140

Sunday, Aug 26 - Oak Cliff Village Ecohousing potluck at private home in east Dallas. Please RSVP to 972 251-1532 for location and directions. 5 pm

Monday, Aug 27 - Mid-Cities/Irving Ecohousing meeting in community room of Healthy Approach Market, 5100 Hwy 121, Colleyville. 7 pm. Come at 6:30 pm for an “Introduction to Ecohousing.” (817) 545-0140

From Moonlady News

 

Milkscreen: Is Your Breast Milk Alcohol-Free? August 14, 2007

Mothers around the world agree: breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling experiences of motherhood. But it is also full of challenges and mystery. Milkscreen aims to eliminate one mystery for nursing mothers by providing peace of mind that the milk baby drinks is alcohol free.

Why test your breast milk for alcohol? Alcohol in your breast milk can have a number of negative impacts on you and your baby:

  • Let-down and milk production: Studies show that alcohol can inhibit your let-down and milk production (one study showed a 23% decrease in milk volume with one drink1).
  • Calorie consumption by the infant: Your baby may also drink less milk if your milk contains alcohol, limiting the number of the extremely valuable calories he or she may receive.
  • Sleep: Studies also show that babies do fall asleep sooner after ingesting alcohol in breast milk, but they sleep less soundly and wake earlier.
  • Development of motor-skills: In more extreme cases, an infant’s motor skill development may be hampered. (more…)

 

Hazardous Waste Network in Dallas August 8, 2007

Filed under: Green Family — apconnect @ 10:07 pm

The Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network is a voluntary consortium of cities coordinated through Dallas County. Fourteen cities
currently participate in the Network, which conducts a program of public education, collection, recycling and disposal for home chemical waste.

The Network holds a series of one-day collection events on weekends during the spring and fall at temporary locations in the community. It also operates a
collection center that is open weekdays year-round. Residents of any participating city may use the services at any time, free of charge. The program goal is to divert residential hazardous wastes from area landfills in an environmentally safe way while educating the public on the hazards of misusing or improperly disposing of leftover home chemical products.

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Silly Rabit, Cosmetics Are for Humans! — All About Animal Testing August 6, 2007

Filed under: Green Family, Health & Wellness, Vegetarian & Vegan Living — apconnect @ 11:05 am

By Katharina Bishop

The selection of products labeled “Not Tested on Animals” on the shelves seems to be ever-expanding. For consumers who want to avoid animal testing, this appears to be good news. But how can you be sure that the products you buy live up to their claims?

How are cosmetics tested on animals?
Products currently tested on animals range include all sorts of cosmetic and toiletry products such as perfumes, shampoos, toothpastes, hair dyes, skin creams, makeup and deodorants. The most common tests are eye tests, skin tests and oral toxicity.

Eye tests Substances are applied into the eyes of conscious rabbits, which are usually immobilized in stocks. The resultant damage to the eye, which may include swelling, reddening and blindness, is scored according to severity.

Skin tests Substances are administered to the shaved and abraded back of a laboratory animal (usually a rabbit, guinea pig or hamster). Damage to the skin, which may include cracking, bleeding or ulceration, is noted.

Toxicity tests Animals are dosed once or repeatedly with a substance, either by oral gavage (a tube directly into the stomach) or forced inhalation, with the aim of recording the resultant toxicity (poisoning) effects on the animal. (more…)

 

Savvy Questions to Ask About Vaccinations August 2, 2007

Filed under: Health & Wellness, Natural Family Living, What's Happening — apconnect @ 1:05 pm

Questions All Parents Should Ask About Vaccinations
Featuring Dr. Cindy Haggerton of Lifetime Family Wellness Center
Saturday, August 18 * 2:00 p.m.

Parker College of Chiropractic — Activity Center, second floor
2500 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas 75229

Free of charge

  • Are vaccines required for school?
  • How do vaccines affect the immune system? (more…)