Tuesday, April 14, 2009

why sanoviv ?

A Conscious Choice...

The Sanoviv Experience

“What is needed is some person, some institution, some inescapable “force” that captures the imagination of our citizens and demonstrate that cancer and other diseases will be eliminated only when each of us comes to understand that this can only occur as a part of a lifelong process of sanity, balance, moderation, and self respect.”
- Dr. Charles Simone M.MS.,M.D.

I love that statement... and Sanoviv offers exactly that!

Sanoviv Medical Institute is a world model medical facility. Dr. Myron Wentz, founder and chairman of Sanoviv is an internationally recognized expert in microbiology, immunology and cellular nutrition. His career has spanned over thirty years as he has served as a leader in science, medicine and business.

Dr. Wentz received a Ph.D. in microbiology with specialties in immunology and virology from the University of Utah, and acted as a director of clinical microbiology at three medical centers in Illinois. A pioneer in the development of viral disease diagnostics, for more than two decades, Dr. Wentz served as President and CEO of Gull Laboratories, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of high-quality diagnostic kits for the detection of infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders.

Sanoviv Statements

Sanoviv’s Mission is to foster research in the area of optimal health and the prevention and treatment of chronic, degenerative diseases. To this end, Sanoviv supports the following activities: Basic Health Research, Evaluation of new and integrative diagnostic and treatment modalities and Education in Wellness. Emphasis is placed on promoting good health as well as in treating diseased people.

Sanoviv’s philosophy and practices are based upon Modern Holistic (The Body as a Whole, not just a symptom or organ) Medicine that has its roots in Quantum Physics and Biophysics. This philosophy views the individual as both a physical and energetic being.

Sanoviv expands the possibilities of medical care to include new and traditional knowledge, diagnostics and treatment modalities. Sanoviv allows the individual to decisions and to assume responsibility for his or her own health.

Sanoviv respects human life and health and considers them as supreme virtues.

Chronic disease is a multi-factorial process that happens on multiple levels. It is of crucial importance to investigate and understand where the pathological process begins, how it continues inside the organism, and how it manifests itself in signs of clinical symptoms.

Sanoviv offers a unique spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures based on sound scientific evidence proven through practice. Under the supervision of the Health Department of Mexico and following strict legal guidelines, Sanoviv is continually involved in researching the newest and latest programs in diagnostics, treatments and therapies through approved protocols.

Sanoviv's medical programs have been designed to provide a new paradigm of health. The goal is to identify the root cause of the illness, then to treat the body as a whole in a non-toxic approach.
Sanoviv's medical programs are performed and implemented by a group of highly trained medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, nutritionists, nurses, and other professional staff members.

Sanoviv takes a team approach to medicine. Each day a team of doctors, dentists and psychologists meet to discuss each patient at Sanoviv. The patient’s assigned doctor, dentist and psychologist are part of this team.

About Sanoviv

Sanoviv is a breathtakingly beautiful, licensed medical hospital that strives to eliminate toxins that inhibit the body's ability to heal. The Sanoviv medical team is a highly experienced, internationally trained group of physicians, nutritionists, psychologists, and fitness experts committed to treating your whole being: mind, body and soul.

Sanoviv’s program called "The Complete Diagnostic" is the cornerstone of their practice. It gives you and your team of Sanoviv physicians a complete picture of your state of health. Whether you are seriously ill or simply want to ensure continued good health, this program includes an exclusive series of diagnostic tests. Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, the doctors will then draw on a range of conventional and integrative treatment options to develop a comprehensive program specifically tailored to your needs.

Sanoviv excels at proving the latest in Parkinson's treatment, breast cancer therapy as well as other auto-immune and neurodegenerative diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Alzheimer's and more. If you have been diagnosed with one of these diseases, it is most likely that they will recommend the Comprehensive Medical Program – a two week program designed to meet your specific needs, all designed to complement the existing multiple sclerosis treatment or fibromyalgia treatment options Sanoviv has available.

Sanoviv has also had remarkable results with treating a wide range of cancers, including cutting edge lung cancer treatment, and the latest in breast cancer therapy options available anywhere. If you are seeking new and innovative treatment options or have undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation and are looking to give your body the best chance to heal and for remission, Sanoviv’s Intensive Medical Program has provided their guests with renewed hope and health. From the moment you arrive at Sanoviv, you'll be amazed with their accommodations.

All programs at Sanoviv begin with a foundation of nutrition and detoxification. Included with every program are luxury, ocean-front view accommodations, delicious meals, a variety of comfortable, natural-fiber clothing , so you don’t have to worry about packing and transportation to and from San Diego.

The approach to whole-body healing includes a fascinating education program. You will not only experience a new way of life, but you will be given the skills for creating this healthy, balanced life at home

With that said... I mean... Who doesn't want to go??? I have to pinch myself because I just scheduled to check in on April 20th. Now I can relax knowing I am in the best hands.

For more go to sanoviv.com

or watch a virtual tour


my sanoviv program

I will be checking in for the two week comprehensive medical program as recommended by the Sanoviv Doctor Team.

And just exactly what treatment will I get with this particular program?

Comprehensive Medical Program

Pre-arrival Labwork /PTA
Complete diagnostic profile,
Spectracell panel (3)
DISC assessment

In house tests
(As indicated)
1 Biological terrain analysis
1 Stool test
1 Urinalysis
1 Bio-impedence analysis
1 Electrocardiogram
2 Darkfield microscopic cell analysis
1 Sleep apnea assessment
2 Endothelial assessment
1 Heidelburg gastric test
1 Heart rate variability assessment

Radiology (As indicated)

Medical Bioenergetics
1 Vega check
1 Vega test
Acuscope (up to 4)
Audiocolor (up to 6)
Ondamed (up to 6)

Medical Treatments
Extra Corporeal Ozone (up to 4)
Colon hydro therapy (up to 4)
IV gluthatione (up to 4)
IV mega-dosage of Vitamin C (up to 4)
IV Vitamin B-12 (up to 4)

Professional Visits
7 by treating Doctor
3 by Bio-dentist
4 by Psychologist
2 by Nutritionist (initial, review of FIA test, home program)
Chiropractic assessment (up to 2)
2 individual fitness consultations

Salutas per aquam SPA
Deep tissue/shiatsu (up to 2)
Enhanced lymphatic massage (up to 4)
1 Herbal Facial
1 Pedicure
Body wrap (up to 2)
1 Assisted sauna therapy
1 Thallasotherapy
MRT + Parafango

Energy Classes
Initial assessment
Daily meditation class
Energy medicine class
Detoxification class
Yoga class
Sound therapy
Psychology and spirituality class

Initial assessment
Discharge plan
Juicing class
Food preparation class
Relationship with food lecture
Emotional eating class
Integrative weight management class
Overall nutrition class

Initial assessment
Water class
Bio-impedance analysis
Individual training
Home program

Supplement Package
Supplement package included with program and will be individualized by your medical team.

The Comprehensive Medical Program is a 2 week intense medical program. All of the programs include room and board for the patient, if you wish to come with a companion you can chose to bring one at a cost of $100.00 dollars per night. The companion shares the same suite as the registered guest and has all meals provided. Companions can attend all educational classes, and use the pool and spa facilities.

Every patient is an individual and must be treated according to their unique symptoms and needs, the Detoxification program is designed to offer the best of allopathic and integrative medicine. The program listed above is an example of the typical treatment scenario and could change once here depending on the results of the initial health assessment.

After you arrive, your doctor may determine that additional tests and consultations are needed. The following are not included and would necessitate an additional fee: xrays, scans, stress test, consultations with specialists and spa services. Additional services will not be ordered without your approval.

For more information and to make a reservation,
please contact the admissions department at:

sanoviv diet

» Dietary Considerations

While the following principles apply to everyone interested in optimal nutrition and digestive health, they are especially important for those with serious medical conditions. Some might consider these guidelines overly restrictive; granted, the psychological attachment to former eating habits is a significant consideration.

Individual needs will vary, and in the absence of a life-threatening situation, it may be possible to pursue a more relaxed, yet steady progression toward an optimal dietary plan.

» Purpose of the Sanoviv Dietary Program

True health requires a healthy digestive system. Cleansing is the first step in achieving optimal health. Nutrients from food can be absorbed more efficiently when the digestive tract is clean.

People usually achieve cleansing more quickly on raw food than cooked food. However, there are some disease states in which cooked food is necessary as a transition. The removal of toxins and metabolic waste is essential for health maintenance. Whether beginning a fast, or changing to a lighter fare, improving dietary intake will begin to remove waste and prepare the body for a healthier diet and other purification regimes.

The Sanoviv dietary program is a low-stress, cleansing and regenerative diet, using enzymes, raw juices, and specific foods to supply maximum energy with a minimum amount of digestive work. Guests are then provided with a series of transitional diets to promote gradual lifestyle changes. People set themselves up for failure when they try to change their diet too quickly on their own. The supervised Sanoviv approach gives the body and mind a chance to adjust during the transition.

Amazing things happen when we improve our diet. The body knows the difference between high and low quality foods. Cells will begin to discard the lower grade foods such as meats, dairy, and processed food chemicals.

During your education programs at Sanoviv, you will have the opportunity to learn more about nutrition through food, basic concepts and how to apply them, and dietary essentials for good health.

their meals are 80% RAW and Organic and 20% cooked.

» Suggestions for Preparing for the Sanoviv Diet

Eat a raw salad everyday, including darker greens instead of iceberg lettuce

Eliminate butter & margarine, and use canola oil and olive oil instead

Eliminate red meat

Keep breakfast light. Start the day with a breakfast of fruit and fruit juices.

Reduce canned, frozen & processed foods

Reduce dairy intake

Reduce desserts by 50% or more

Reduce salt intake, and use sea salt in place of regular salt

Reduce the amount of coffee and tea that you drink, and switch from regular to decaf.

Reduce the amount of water that you drink with your meals

Substitute soda with natural drinks

Try not to eat after 8:00 PM


Fortunately for me... I am already a strict vegan, so I am already imagining the feast of veggies ahhhh paradise.

But ... Unfortunately for you meat heads and junk food junkies it may not have the same appeal.
and can be a rough ride for the first few days... after that ... your pallet will change and you will taste food in a whole new way. (probably because you will be eating whole foods)

Now you will really know and feel what it means when people say, "you are what you eat."
seeing is believing... and if you have never done a cleanse or detox of any type.... what are you waiting for? trust me... when whatever you are waiting for arrives ... you will wish you had made betters choices.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

99% guilt free chocolate ganache cake

99% guilt free because it is made with love and zero animal products.
(trust me you won't miss them with this recipe)
and the 1% of guilt... is all on you.

chocolate cake recipe

dry ingredients:
2 cups organic unbleached flour
1/2 cup organic unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup organic sucanat
2 teaspoons (aluminium free) baking powder
2 teaspoons (aluminum free) baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt

wet ingredients:
1/2 cup organic canola oil
1 cup organic vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup organic maple syrup
1 tablespoon chocolate extract ( i didn't have so i used organic vanilla extract instead)
2 teaspoons organic apple cider vinegar

preheat oven 350. oil two 9" round cake pans ans set aside ( i used square glass pans lined with unbleached baking parchment paper)

1. sift flour, cocoa, sucanat, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl

2. in a seperate bowl, mix together the oil, almond milk, water, maple syrup, chocolate extract & vinegar

3. pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir until incorporated

4. divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans, and bake for 18-22 mins, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. cool the layers in their pans on racks for 10 mins, the remove from the pans. cool to room temperature on the racks before frosting.

while cake is baking chocolate ganache can be made.

choclate ganache frosting ( make first so it can set)
2 cups vegan chocolate chips ( i use semi sweet)
1 cup vanilla almond milk

1. put the chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl ( i use glass)

2. slowly heat the almond milk to the boiling point.
pour over the chocolate chips and let sit for 1 - 2 minutes
whisk the chips and milk together well for about 2 minutes.

3. chill for at least 1 1/2 hours, until solid

4. frost the cake: place layer on a cake plate
frost the top with a 1/2" layer
then top with the 2nd layer
frost the sides and then the top of the entire cake.

this chocolate ganache cake is best served slightly heated with a scoop of non-dairy ice cream or rasberry sorbet .
... mmm mmm GOOD!

Monday, April 6, 2009

chi-force living the 7 diciplines

I was recently invited to the Chi-Force Seminar & Training Workshop by brothers John and Eric Nies in sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience of life changing empowerment and harmonic balance.
The Chi-Force will benefit every person regardless of age, gender or lifestyle.

Chi-Force Living the Seven Disciplines was developed by The Power Center’s owner, John Nies The Seven Disciplines provide the basis for all of our physical training programs, enabling students to empower their minds while conditioning their bodies.

The Seven Diciplines

The Chi-Force eating philosophy centers around eating as close to nature as the path to living a healthy, disease free existence.

This discipline interrupts the daily cycle of repetitive thinking and gives the mind an opportunity to rest and revive.

Its crucial to keep your body’s energy flowing. Outside of your fitness routine, activities…dance, hike, walk…keep in motion

This discipline advocates the importance of learning and exploration as a means to personal growth.

Express your gratitude for life and sympathy for those less fortunate. This discipline promotes a sense of appreciation for life, while keeping our perception of suffering grounded.

Reconnect with nature and the earth and its abilities to nourish every body, mind and spirit.

This discipline calls to mind the importance of making a contribution to society through charitable deeds and positive actions.

This is what I call a conscious choice to live a life of wellness.
See what this kind of dicipline can do for your body mind and spirit.

If you are interested in the workshop details below.
If you are not in NJ, you can consciously choose
to apply the 7 diciplines to your life.

The Chi-Force seminar and training workshop includes:
1 hour Chi-Force (life energy)Training
Lecture on Living the Seven Disciplines:
Nourish, Move, Study, Meditate, Pray, Connect
Serving SuperFood Shakes with samples and information.
Q&A with John and Eric

Cost: $100, with 100% of profits going to Power Path Foundation, a 501c3 dedicated to empowering children to live a happy, drug free and purpose filled life.

Saturday, May 16, 2009
2:30pm - 4:30pm
The Power Center
2 Bridge Ave/The Galleria
Red Bank, NJ

Saturday, April 4, 2009

our planet is in our hands

Painting this season?.... why not organic paint?
It's socially responsible and safer.

Organic Paint

Organic paints are made from natural substances found in the earth. There are no chemicals or toxins found in organic paint. Materials such as water, plant dyes, plant oils and resin, clay talcum, milk, bee's wax, natural latex, are used to create organic paint. There are many different brands. The Real Milk Company, Aglaia, Livos, Auro, Eco Design's Bio Brand, Soy Gaurd, Silacote, Anna Sova and Green Plant Paints.

Why is Organic Paint Better?

Organic paint is better for many reasons...

First, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, nine percent of ground level ozone - smog - is produced from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in conventional paint. Organic paints are low or zero VOC paints.

Second, aside from contributing to smog, VOCs can cause irratation in eyes, upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, diddiness, memory impairment, and visual disorders.

Third, if you're the one painting, those generally nasty side effects are pointed at you, so why no protect yourself? And, lets's not forget that traditional paint contains dangerous chemicals such as lead, cadmium, mercury perservatives, and chromate pigments - there's just no reason to subject yourself, your family, or the enviroment to any of that.

So, if you're going to be painting this season, keep organic paint in mind. It's socially responsible and safer.

Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes.

Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variey of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint.

New environmental regulations, and consumer demand, have led to the development of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes. Most paint manufacturers now produce one or more non-VOC variety of paint. These new paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.


Reduced toxins benefit everyone, including those with allergies and chemical sensitivities.

Environment. Reduces landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants.

Effective. Low-VOC products perform well in terms of coverage, scrubability and hideability (covering flaws on previous coats).

Water-Based. Easy cleanup wtih soap and warm water.

Little or No Hazardous Fumes. Low odor during application; no odor once cured. No off-gassing. Painted areas can be occupied sooner, with no odor complaints.

Not Deemed Hazardous Waste. Cleanup and disposal greatly simplified.

Non-Toxic Paints and Finishes
The term "non-toxic" is used here in its broadest sense. With paints and finishes, it's more a matter of degree. Even Zero-VOC formulations contain some small amounts of toxins. Here are three general categories of non-toxic (or low-toxic) paints: Natural Paints, Zero VOC, and Low VOC

Natural Paints and Finishes
These are paints made from natural raw ingredients such as water, plant oils and resins, plant dyes and essential oils; natural minerals such as clay, chalk and talcum; milk casein, natural latex, bees' wax, earth and mineral dyes. Water-based natural paints give off almost no smell. The oil-based natural paints usually have a pleasant fragrance of citrus or essential oils. Allergies and sensitivities to these paints is uncommon. These paints are the safest for your health and for the environment.

The Real Milk Paint Company - non-toxic paint made with milk protein, lime, clay and earth pigments. http://www.realmilkpaint.com/

Aglaia - plant-based natural paints and finishes for many applications. Available throughout the UK. No US distribution. (http://www.aglaiapaint.com/)

Livos - organic paint, stains, oils and waxes made using all natural ingredients. Coatings are linseed oil and citrus oil based, non toxic, low VOC and are designed primarily for wood. (http://www.livos.us/)

Auro - solvent-free, water-based natural paints and primers, finishes, stains and adhesives. Ships to US and Canada. (http://www.auro.ca/)

EcoDesign's BioShield - line of natural paints and finishes. (http://www.bioshieldpaint.com/)

Weather-Bos - line of natural stains, finishes and paints. Blends of natural oils and resins designed to adhere to the wood, forming a monolithic bond. (http://www.weatherbos.com/)

SoyGuard - soy-based exterior stains, water repellants and sealers for wood surfaces. (http://www.soyguard.com/)

Silacote - made from natural mineral compounds, for use on masonry, concrete and wallboard; interior/exterior. (http://www.silacote.com/)

Anna Sova - natural paints from milk casein, titanium dioxide and food-grade ingredients. (http://www.annasova.com/)

Green Planet Paints - high performance natural paints for interiors based on plants and minerals. (http://www.greenplanetpaints.com/)

Zero VOC
Any paint with VOC's in the range of 5 grams/litre or less can be called "Zero VOC", according to the EPA Reference Test Method 24. Some manufacturers may claim "Zero-VOC's", but these paints may still use colorants, biocides and fungicides with some VOC's. Adding a color tint usually brings the VOC level up to 10 grams/liter, which is still quite low.

AFM Safecoat - Flat interior latex; semi-gloss interior enamel. www.afmsafecoat.com (800-239-0321) ICI Lifemaster 2000 - Flat, Eggshell, semi-gloss interior; primer.(800 984-5444)

Best Paint Company - Zero-VOC Interior paints, primers and specialty products (faux glaze, varnish replacement, etc) and Low-VOC Exterior paints and primers. (http://www.bestpaintco.com/)

ICI Decra-Shield - exterior zero-VOC paints. (800 984-5444)

Kelly-Moore Enviro-Cote - ENVIRO-COTE line of paints are zero-VOC. (916 921-0165)

Devoe Wonder Pure - odor-free interior acrylic latex paints. (http://www.devoepaint.com/)

Ecoshield- Zero-VOC, low odor, ethylene glycol-free interior paints. Primer, flat, low-sheen, and semi-gloss. Manufactured by Dunn-Edwards. (http://www.dunnedwards.com/)

American Pride - Zero-VOC interior latex and acrylic enamel paints. (http://www.americanpridepaint.com/)

Sherwin Williams - new HARMONY line of zero-VOC low-odor latex interior paints. Flat, eggshell, semi-gloss and primer. (http://www.sherwin.com/)

Frazee Paint EnviroKote - line of interior zero-VOC paints: semi-gloss, flat, and primer.

Allied PhotoChemical - supplies zero-VOC, UV-curable paints, inks and coatings to manufacturers. (http://www.alliedphotochemical.com/)

Olympic Paint and Stain - Zero-VOC Olympic Premium interior line.Yolo Colorhouse - Zero-VOC, low-odor, premium interior paint. (yolocolorhouse.com)

Green Planet Paints - Zero-VOC, clay-based interior paints. (greenplanetpaints.com)

Benjamin Moore Pristine EcoSpec - Zero-VOC, under 1 gram/liter. Flat, eggshell, semi-gloss finishes and a primer.

Mythic Paints - Zero-VOC, interior and exterior paints, primers. (mythicpaint.com)

Homestead Paints - Zero-VOC, flat and low-sheen interior paints. (homesteadhouse.ca)

EarthSafePaints - Zero- and Low-VOC line of craft paints and finishes, marine finishes, home decor paints. (earthsafefinishes.com)

Low VOC paints, stains and varnishes use water as a carrier instead of petroleum-based solvents. As such, the levels of harmful emissions are lower than solvent-borne surface coatings. These certified coatings also contain no, or very low levels, of heavy metals and formaldehyde. The amount of VOC's varies among different "low-VOC" products, and is listed on the paint can or MSDS. Paints and stains, to meet EPA standards. must not contain VOCs in excess of 200 grams per litre. Varnishes must not contain VOCs in excess of 300 grams per liter. As a general rule, low VOC paints marketed by reputable paint manufacturers usually meet the 50 g/L VOC threshold. Paints with the Green Seal Standard (GS-11) mark are certified lower than 50 g/L (for flat sheen) or 150 g/L (for non-flat sheen).Low VOC paints will still emit an odor until dry. If you are particularly sensitive, make sure the paint you buy contains fewer than 25 grams/liter of VOC's.

Benjamin Moore Aura - Low VOC, covers most surfaces in a single coat, durable, scrubbable. (http://www.myaurapaints.com/)

Benjamin Moore Saman - Water-based wood stainsCloverdale Horizon - Flat, Eggshell, Semi-Gloss interior enamels

Cloverdale EcoLogic - Low VOC, under 10 grams/liter. Flat, Eggshell, Semi-Gloss interior.

Miller Paint - Acro solvent-free interior acrylic line

Vista Paint - Carefree Earth Coat line

PPG Architectural Finishes - Pittsburgh Paints Pure Performance line

OIKOS Paints - Interior and exterior paints, low voc, solvent-free. (http://www.oikos-paint.com/)

Timber Ox Green - vegetable oil based, low voc wood stain and preservatives. (http://www.timberoxinfo.com/)

Ethylene Glycol - a solvent used in latex paints, is listed as a hazardous substance and a toxic air contaminant under many federal and state regulations. A clear, colorless, odorless liquid, ethylene glycol and its vapor can be toxic to humans. Exposure may cause irritation to the skin, eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and allergic reactions are possible. Overexposure could lead to nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, coma, and respiratory failure. Repeated overexposure can permanently damage the kidneys. Among the major latex paint brands, the full line of Dunn-Edwards paints is ethylene glycol-free.

Non-toxic Paint Strippers Most paint strippers are caustic
they work by melting the paint. The active ingredient, methylene chloride, is a potential carcinogen.A new generation of biodegradable paint strippers is now entering the market. They are water-soluble, noncaustic and nontoxic - some can even be washed down the drain. Some examples are:

CitriStrip - from Specialty Environmental Technologies, in Auburn Hills, MI.

Woodfinisher's Pride - from W.M.Barr & Co, in Memphis, TN.

Ameristrip - from Safe Alternatives Corp, in Ridgefield, CT.

Peel Away - from Dumond Chemicals, in New York. (212-869-6350)

RemovAll and Bio-Wash - from Napier Environmental Technologies in Vancouver BC.

The active ingredient in these products is N-Methylpyrrolidone, an organic solvent. Rather than burning or melting, the compound chemically changes the paint itself, softening The downside? These new strippers are more expensive than their traditional counterparts, and they take longer to work.

PLEASE NOTE: Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy of the data listed on this page. However, a listing on this page should not be construed as a recommendation or endorsement by Eartheasy.com.

Bird-Safe Paints Pet birds can be hard on cages - often chewing, scratching or wearing the paint. They can ingest flakes of paint which can be harmful to their health, or can be sensitive to fumes from new paint. If you're planning on re-painting a bird cage, check out our page on Bird-Safe Paints for some helpful tips.

Read the label and product literature: Besides general information, look for: VOC Content: Usually listed in grams per liter, this can range from 5 to 200. Using a product with the lowest VOC content will yield the lowest overall health risk.Solids Content: Solids, or pigments, can range in concentration from 25% to 45% by volume. The higher the percent solids, the less volatiles in the paint.EPA, OSHA, DOT Registrations: When a product has an EPA, OHSA or DOT registration number, this means that it contains toxic ingredients which must be monitored. One way to ensure that you are using a product that is safe both for the environment and the applicator is to seek out products which are not registered with these agencies.

Buy the right amount of paint for the job. Before you begin a painting project, measure the area first. Calculate the area to be painted (height x width = total square feet). One gallon covers about 400 square feet.

Re-use Turpentine and Paint Thinners. Simply allow used thinner or turpentine to stand in a closed, labeled container until paint or dirt particles settle to the bottom. Pour off the clear liquid and reuse.

Avoid Cleaning Brushes and Rollers. Paint brushes and rollers used for an on-going project can be saved overnight, or even up to a week, without cleaning at all. Simply wrap the brush or roller snugly in a plastic bag, such as a bread or produce bag. Squeeze out air pockets and store away from light. The paint won't dry because air can't get to it. Simply unwrap the brush or roller the next day and continue with the job. (This works for water and oil-based paints and stains. It does not work for varnishes or lacquers.)When you do finally wash you brushes or rollers, wash them in a bucket of water than than in the sink. Pour the used paint-laden water in a sealed container and bring to your local waste depot along with your empty paint cans.

Natural Brush Cleaner. Turpentine, made from the resin of coniferous trees, is an environmentally-friendly solvent. It is excellent for cleaning brushes used with oil-based paints, and for cleaning up small drips. Use a short glass jar, filled no higher than the bristles. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid. After cleaning the brush, rinse with water.

Circulate. To reduce the impact of indoor air pollutants, circulate fresh air through your house as often as possible. Avoid the use of spray paints altogether. When painting ceilings, especially, be sure to provide cross-ventilation to remove paint fumes. Fumes rise as paint dries, and so with ceilings the fumes dissipate more slowly since there's no air above the paint. You can reduce fresh paint odors by placing a small dish of white vinegar in the room.

Beware Old Lead Paint. Paint manufactured before the 70's contains lead, which has harmful effects on health and development. If the paint is still in good shape, you can paint over it, or leave it be - lead is only poisonous if ingested or inhaled. If paint must be removed in small areas, wet the surface and scrape carefully. Never sand dry lead paint. Clean up with trisodium phosphate (TSP). For large areas, call in a professional certified in lead abatement.

Store partially full cans upside down. Leftover paint can be saved for months if stored properly. Make sure the lids are well sealed, then store the cans upside down. This prevents air from getting insed the can and causing the paint to thicken and dry.

Remember the BUD rule. BUY no more product than you need. Ask your retailer for help in assessing the quantity you need. USE up all the product you buy. Give leftovers to a neighbor or community organization. DISPOSE of leftovers in a safe, responsible manner.

Consumers can help speed the development and lower the cost of non-toxic paints by choosing products which contain fewer hazardous ingredients. Choosing to use non toxic, environmentally safe paints and stains can also greatly reduce the amount of toxins in the air, water and earth.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

do you know the EWG? are you feeding your baby rocket fuel?

The Environmental Working Group

The Basics
The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.

In 2002, we founded the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies. EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.

Organizational Goals

1. To protect the most vulnerable segments of the human population—children, babies, and infants in the womb—from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.

2. To replace federal policies, including government subsidies that damage the environment and natural resources, with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development.

How EWG Does It

Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. It shames and shakes up polluters and their lobbyists. It rattles politicians and shapes policy. It persuades bureaucracies to rethink science and strengthen regulation. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community.

And because our investigations and interactive websites tend to make news, you've probably heard about them. Even if you've never heard of us. Which is fine. We'd rather you remember our work than our name.

Stay connected

get eNewsletters. action alerts and environmental tips http://www.ewg.org/

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Toxics & Children's Health

We don't think babies should be gulping down a rocket fuel ingredient - do you? But in some areas of your state, when you mix infant formula contaminated with perchlorate - a rocket fuel ingredient than can interfere with infant brain development - with water that's also contaminated with perchlorate, you put rocket fuel on baby's menu. Twice.

We have long said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which regulates the nation's water quality, should set a permanent and stringent limit on perchlorate pollution in drinking water.

We need your help in asking newly-appointed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to set a safe drinking water standard for perchlorate that's actually safe.
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Why now?

1. New risk for babies

A new report by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found perchlorate contamination in 15 brands of powdered infant formula.

The CDC team warned that mixing perchlorate-tainted formula powder with tap water containing "even minimal amounts" of the chemical could boost the resulting mixture's toxin content above the "safe" level set by the EPA.
Click here to read EWG's analysis.

2. Rocket fuel in your state's drinking water

Perchlorate pollution has also been found in the drinking water of 28 states and territories - and areas of your state are contaminated.

3. This is the moment

During her Senate confirmation hearing, EPA head Lisa Jackson promised to act "immediately" to reduce perchlorate contamination in drinking water to protect children and pregnant women.

Add your voice to ours, and call on EPA Administrator Jackson to make good on her pledge. Click here to send her an email asking to keep perchlorate at safe levels in our drinking water. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1144/t/1875/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26980

If you don't act, millions of U.S. parents and caregivers will be left with no option other than to feed their babies infant formula with rocket fuel contamination - which could cause health problems later in life.

Thank you for working with us to protect infant health and promote safe drinking water.
We are stronger together.


Lisa Frack
EWG Online Parent Organizer

P.S. You can do more to reduce rocket fuel contamination in infant formula on our Take Action page. http://www.ewg.org/Rocket-Fuel-In-Infant-Formula/TakeAction