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Time to Rethink Your Secret Obsession With “New Car Smell” July 9, 2007

Filed under: Green Family, Products & Services, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 8:20 pm

You knew the plastic in your car and your little one’s car seat were giving off chemicals, but it was pretty easy to brush off without any real way of measuring the effects. Don’t rest too soon — the hard facts are in. Now, find out the real score at HealthyCar.org.

“Everyone knows that cars are a major source of air pollution,” notes the site’s introductory page. “But most people don’t know that it isn’t only what comes out of tailpipes that’s the problem, but what’s inside cars as well. ‘New car smell’ for example, comes from toxic chemicals being released from plastics, foams and fabrics used to make steering wheels, dashboards and seats. These chemicals are inhaled or ingested by drivers and passengers through dust and air, potentially causing allergic or other acute reactions or even long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer. Since the average American spends more than 1.5 hours in a car every day, toxic chemical exposure inside vehicles is becoming a major source of potential indoor air pollution.

“Child car seats also contribute to the problem. They are made with some of the same chemicals as car parts, and also off-gas inside the car.”

Ok, so maybe you already knew that — but this site comes through with more facts, from healthiest choices to least healthy choices and more. Read more at HealthyCar.org.


Is Birthing at Home Really Safe?

Filed under: Pregnancy & Birth, What's Happening — apconnect @ 7:57 pm

Join the Homebirth Association of North Dallas (HAND) for its next meeting to discuss “The Safety of Out-of-Hospital Birth” on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Irving Bible Church, 2435 Kinwest Parkway in Irving. Certified nurse-midwife Becky Burpo of Allen Birthing Center will present the latest facts, figures and feedback on birthing safely.

The meeting will be held near “The Tubes” area of the church, so that there is a place for the children to play. Anyone who is interested in homebirth is welcome to attend. For more information, e-mail Laura from HAND.


What Should I Eat, Coach?

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 1:55 pm

One year ago, the Wellborn family from Plano needed help. Eleven-year-old Brecken was growing broader faster than he was growing taller and some of the kids at school were beginning to tease. Additionally, the Wellborns suspected that 13-year-old Makenna, a competitive gymnast, needed more protein in her diet to get her through her intense schedule of practices. “We were going through a period of poor eating habits,” recalls mom Pam Wellborn, “and we wanted to nip it in the bud.”

So Wellborn and her kids headed to the Cooper Clinic in Dallas for nutritional coaching. Fast forward one year: Brecken has lost 18 pounds and grown three inches taller, Makenna has added more calcium and carbohydrates to her diet and stabilized her weight and energy needs, and Wellborn has lost weight and gained the satisfaction of seeing her family thrive.

“This is not a diet,” Wellborn explains. “It’s a lifestyle change. And it’s been awesome for all of us.”

Read more at DallasChild magazine.


Help Getting Started With Cloth Diapers

Filed under: Diapering & EC, Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 9:54 am

Let’s face it: cloth diapering can look a little intimidating from the outside: what to buy, how many diapers you need, what types are available, how to store dirty diapers, how to wash diapers and covers … There’s a lot of information out there on the internet, but lucky Dallas/Fort Worth residents have a hands-on advantage: the D/FW Real Diaper Circle. The Circle is dedicated to helping local parents get started with cloth diapering.

The D/FW Real Diaper Circle is part of the national Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering cloth diaper support and education to parents across the country. The goal of the Real Diaper Association is to put more U.S. babies in cloth diapers. They aim to create a cultural shift in American attitudes toward cloth diapers — their environmental impact, their ease of use, their accessibility and their acceptability. The RDA’s goal: to get parents to consider cloth diapers as “real diapers.”

Why cloth? Here’s what the RDA has to say: (more…)


Finally — diaper service once again in D/FW! July 6, 2007

Filed under: Diapering & EC, Products & Services — apconnect @ 3:51 pm

Dallas/Fort Worth finally has a diaper service again! Earth Baby Diaper Service uses 100% unbleached cotton prefolds, easy-to-use covers and a proprietary, all-natural detergent formula that requires no bleach and still gets diapers clean and sanitized.

According the Earth Baby, “Some people choose to purchase and wash their own diapers, while some prefer a diaper service. Why should you consider a diaper service? Here are some good reasons:

  • Live in an apartment & don’t have a washing machine? Let us do the dirty work.
  • Think your husband (or wife!) won’t go for the poopy diapers in the washer? We can take care of that for you! (Although there really is nothing to be afraid of. But sometimes there’s just no convincing them!)
  • Don’t have the time or energy? (Especially if you have twins!)
  • Have someone wanting to buy the service for you? (This is always a nice bonus!)” (more…)


How old do they have to be before I can leave them alone?

Filed under: Parenting — apconnect @ 12:16 pm

How old do your children have to be before you can leave them alone? In Texas, there are no hard and fast rules. Here’s what the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has to say:

Supervision of children is basic to the prevention of harm. Adequate supervision means an adult caregiver is accountable for the child’s care. Although there is no Texas law that defines a specific age at which a child may be left home alone, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding how closely to supervise a child, including:

  • the age, emotional maturity and capability of the child;
  • layout and safety of the home, play area, or other setting;
  • neighborhood circumstances, hazards, and risks;
  • the child’s ability to respond to illness, fire, weather, or other types of emergencies; and
  • whether the child has a mental, physical, or medical disability.

The number of children left unsupervised, the accessibility to other responsible adults, the length of time or frequency with which the child is left alone, and the child’s knowledge of the parent’s whereabouts are additional relevant factors. (more…)


One-upMOMship: Competitive Mothering July 2, 2007

Filed under: Parenting — apconnect @ 1:50 pm

What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, a mommy, both? During the phase of pigtails and penny loafers, little girls are told they can be anything they want to be, do anything they want to do. Fast-forward several decades and the notion to do it all, be it all and have it all is firmly engrained. But somewhere between the magic of make believe and the reality of “real” life, the message gets muddled.

Today, there seems to be a battle blazing among the little girls who grew up playing “mommy” to a carriage full of doe-eyed dolls. Jockeying for top spot as room mother, sending the kids to the best camp, moms today often seem more concerned with competing than with parenting. Yet, despite the one-upping and the out-doing, all moms want the same thing, happy healthy children. So in the end, if all sides have the same objective, what are they really fighting for?

Read more at DallasChild magazine.


Vaccines featured on KERA’s “Think”

Filed under: What's Happening, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 10:03 am

KERA 90.1

KERA “Think”
Thursday, 7/05,

Last month the U.S. Federal Claims Court began hearings concerning alleged links between vaccines and autism. How can vaccination, a procedure that has saved millions of lives be so controversial? We’ll discuss the case and the history of vaccination with Slate’s “Risk” columnist Arthur Allen, who explores the subject in his recent book “VACCINE: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver.” (Norton, 2007).


Learn About Bach Flower Essences June 26, 2007

Filed under: What's Happening, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 4:04 pm

What are Bach Flower Essences? Are they used like aromatherapy? How do they work? Why in the heck should you care? Learn indications for all 38 essences plus Rescue Remedy. Learn how safe they are — even for children and pets!

Bach Flower Essences 101
with Lisa Price, BFRP*

Saturday, July 21

Positive Touch Massage
504 Business Parkway
Richardson, Texas 75081

Cost: $45.00 (more…)


ADHD: The Diet vs. Drug Controversy June 25, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 1:47 pm

There may be something to the old saying, “You are what you eat.” Some experts have long questioned whether sugar, chemical additives and fatty foods could be to blame for ADD and ADHD (a more destructive form of ADD), claiming kids are all hyped up, buzzed out on sugar and driven to distraction. Whatever the cause, the sheer number of children being diagnosed with this learning disability is alarming. Estimates range anywhere from 5 million to 20 million in the United States alone. And while many parents and teachers at their wits’ end have been turning to Ritalin and other psychotropic drugs since the late ’80s — some claiming great results — for other parents, Ritalin is not the magic pill, and possible side effects have them pursuing other approaches, trying to figure out the nuances of out-of-whack body chemistry.

Read more at DallasChild magazine.


Soy what? June 23, 2007

Filed under: Vegetarian & Vegan Living, Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 5:47 pm

Soy used to be considered the golden child of nutrition, a food that could fight heart disease, promote stronger bones, reduce the risk of some kinds of cancer and help people lose weight. But suddenly, soy bashing is all over the media. Adding to the confusion, you find soy in just about everything you eat nowadays, plus a whole range of meat and dairy substitutes: soy hot dogs, soy garden burgers, soy cheese, milk and butter, breads made from soy flour, soy power bars, soy “meats” - not to mention vegetarian standbys like tofu, miso and soy sauce.

So who’s right? Is soy safe?

Read more at DallasChild magazine.


More ways to eat local

Filed under: Products & Services, Healthy Eating — apconnect @ 5:37 pm

Eat local! It’s healthier for you, the local economy, and the Earth.

LocalHarvest.org has a locator feature to find farmers’ markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats and many other goodies. (more…)