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In light of the current recall of the Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” slings in the UK, Europe and North America, Rebecca Ward of the Consortium of UK Sling Retailers and Manufacturers says, “We are pleased that steps have been taken to ensure that using a baby sling is a safe way to carry your baby. If you are using a ‘bag style’ baby carrier and have concerns, we urge you to contact the manufacturer. The majority of baby carriers and slings are still safe to use, if they hold baby in proper alignment and fit snugly by design and instruction. These safe designs of sling include shallow pouch-style slings, ring slings, soft carriers and wrap slings.”

Advice for Parents

If you carry your baby in a bag-style sling, Rebecca Ward of the Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers says, “While we are unaware of any fatalities in the UK in these bag style slings at the present time, we would caution against using them in light of the recall”.

If you use a ‘bag-style’ carrier, you can contact your local babywearing group through Sling Meet, www.slingmeet.co.uk, for advice on alternative slings.

If you have another sort of baby carrier, Rebecca advises, “No safety problems have been brought to our attention with any other baby carriers. Make sure you read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.”

When using a baby sling, follow these basic principles:

Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe. When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S.

Tight                                       P

In view at all times               P

Close enough to kiss            P

Keep chin off the chest      P

Supported back                    P

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When Al Gore was caught running up huge energy bills at home at the same time as lecturing on the need to save electricity, it turns out that he was only reverting to “green” type.

According to a study, when people feel they have been morally virtuous by saving the planet through their purchases of organic baby food, for example, it leads to the “licensing [of] selfish and morally questionable behaviour”, otherwise known as “moral balancing” or “compensatory ethics”.

Do Green Products Make Us Better People is published in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science. Its authors, Canadian psychologists Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong, argue that people who wear what they call the “halo of green consumerism” are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal. “Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviours,” they write.

The pair found that those in their study who bought green products appeared less willing to share with others a set amount of money than those who bought conventional products. When the green consumers were given the chance to boost their money by cheating on a computer game and then given the opportunity to lie about it – in other words, steal – they did, while the conventional consumers did not. Later, in an honour system in which participants were asked to take money from an envelope to pay themselves their spoils, the greens were six times more likely to steal than the conventionals.

Click to read full feature here.

Source: The Guardian

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Sarah Jane Goodall – Founding Partner of Natural High in Koh Samui, (Thailand) explains why it is so important that people detox in modern society and the savings that could be made.


  1. Are you constantly tired and lacking vitality?
  2. Are you lethargic or depressed?
  3. Do you feel digestively sluggish? Do you open your bowels at least once or twice per day?
  4. Do you find it difficult to lose weight?
  5. Have you stopped or thinking of stopping taking long term prescription drugs?
  6. Do you suffer from any of the following conditions? arthritis, depression, skin disorders, regular headaches, indigestion/heartburn, bad breath, stiff joints, skin disorders including acne, anxiety, loss of libido, reoccurring colds and flu, water retention, severe P.M.T, panic attacks, mood swings, loss of creativity. Impaired eye sight, sense of smell and taste. Impaired judgment, repetitive or obsessional behaviour patterns?
  7. Are your problems seemingly insurmountable?

If you answer yes to some of these questions you might want to think about detoxing.

What is detoxing?

Abstaining from food shuts down our digestive system and permits the body’s innate detox mechanism to function at full capacity and allows immune response to operate at high gear.

When fasting,  energy and enzyme power that the body normally uses to digest and process food is diverted to digesting toxic debris and acid wastes.  Fasting also triggers the production of human growth hormone in the pituitary gland and releases it into the bloodstream, where it circulates the body to repair damaged tissues, regenerate vital functions and rejuvenate the whole system.

When fasting, instead of spending the time processing, digesting and eliminating food the mind scans the body looking for anything foreign or that does not belong in the body which includes all toxins and waste products.  The body then cleverly digests these unwanted toxins and eliminates then into the kidneys and bowel ready to be released.

Why do people need to detox?

It is slowly dawning on the Western World that the products we have come to call “food” are partly the cause of so many of our miseries of today.  Colorings, additives, preservatives, hydrogenated oils and ridiculous levels of sugar and caffeine are not meant to be ingested by human beings, at the modern rate, on a daily basis. Our systems do not recognise these products so stores the toxins around the body, unable to eliminate them without eventual professional advice.  This process causes our bodies to expand and warp out of shape as we carry around all that rubbish.

As work dominates lives, many turn to substances which give false energy. Cocaine, amphetamines,  caffeine, energy drinks, in Asia it is Crystal Meth and Yabba, causing extremely rapid burnout. Those who reliant on a 100% processed diet are amongst the biggest sufferers and are unknowingly addicted. They show all the symptoms of an addict before and during fasting.

Detoxing and fasting is a way to remove these toxins, restore your sanity and cure most complaints caused by these types of products and substances. Detox and fasting treats the causes, not the symptoms. When you detox, think of it as an oil change!

Detox Britain!!! Save money, save your bodies and stop lining the pockets of those fat cat pharmaceutical companies!

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It is considered the most important meal of the day, yet according to a report from Which? the most popular brands of breakfast cereal – including those targeted at children – are laden with sugar. Typical portions of some were found to contain more sugar than a Cadbury chocolate Flake, despite manufacturers’ claims to be reducing the level of unhealthy ingredients.

Which? surveyed 100 cereals bought from the main supermarkets but only eight of the products qualified for a Food Standards Agency healthy “green light” for low levels of sugar, with 31 out the 100 cereals examined containing more than four teaspoons of sugar to a recommended serving.

Only one of the 28 cereals specifically marketed at children, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, was found not to be high in sugar, but it was high in salt.

Many brands perceived to be healthy, including Kellogg’s All Bran, Bran Flakes and Special K, also had high levels of sugar. Morrisons Choco Crackles cereal tops the sweet mountain with more sugar to a serving than a Cadbury Flake, followed closely by Kellogg’s Coco Pops Moons and Stars, Frosties and Ricicles, which were more than a third – 37% – pure sugar, according to the Which? report.

The report, Going Against the Grain, said there had been some progress since 2006, with the biggest improvements made in reducing salt levels.

Which? highlighted Tesco Special Flakes, where 100g was still found to contain the same amount of salt as 100g of Walkers ready salted crisps.

Sue Davies, chief policy adviser at Which?, said: “Some cereals deserve their healthy image, but most simply don’t. It’s especially shocking that almost all those targeted at children are less healthy.”

Cereal manufacturers need “to wake up to the fact that people want to eat healthily and provide them with the means to do so by reducing sugar and salt levels and making labelling clearer”, she added. “With over £1bn spent every year, it’s time they rose to the occasion.”

Top 10 worst offenders for sugar content (per 100g)

Morrisons Choco Crackles (38.4g)
Kellogg’s Coco Pops Moons & Stars (37g)
Kellogg’s Frosties (37g)
Kellogg’s Ricicles (37g)
Sainsbury’s Choco Rice Pops (36g)
Tesco Choco Snaps (36g)
Nestle Cookie Crisp (35.3g)
Nestle Cheerios Honey (35.1g)
Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut (35g)
Nestlé Nesquik (35g)

Source: The Guardian

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Teenage girls eat more unhealthily than any other group in the population, ­government research has revealed.

The study from the Food Standards Agency is designed to shed light on the nation’s eating habits shows that despite multimillion-pound government initiatives to encourage us all to eat more healthily, obesity levels in the UK have barely changed in the last 10 years.

Perhaps the most shocking finding is that teenage girls are ruining their health with ‘size zero’ diets.

Teenage girls are not eating nearly enough protein and dairy foods in an apparent effort to keep as thin as celebrity role models.  The study found that 46% of teenage girls consume too little iron, putting them at risk of anaemia and the associated tiredness and lethargy.

The diets of teenage girls are also low in magnesium and selenium, lack of which can lead to insomnia, severe headaches and mood swings.

Only 7% of girls are eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and the majority are not consuming enough oily fish, which contains the omega 3 necessary for a healthy heart and nervous system.  Teenage girls are eating twice the amount of sweets, chocolates and sugary drinks than their mothers consumed when young.

So if parental influence is key to good eating habits what can we do?

1. Be a positive role model – eat well and with your children and exercise

2. Show appreciation for beauty in all its forms.

3. Introduce a wide range of tastes from an early age and encourage creativity and involvement in the kitchen.  Help your children learn to love cooking and eating well.

4. Monitor your own comments about your self and your daughter.  Don’t talk negatively about your own body. If your daughter hears you complain about the way you look, she will feel that it’s appropriate to dislike her own body as well.

5. Try not to lose or gain weight dramatically, and don’t utilise fad diets. Practice what you preach.

6. Try not to hide your body from your daughter.

7. Have a healthty kitchen – rather than filling your kitchen with unhealthy snacks or “forbidden foods”, stock your kitchen with foods that are good for you.

8. Discuss Body Issues – Do not discard her concerns, encourage her to discuss her worries, about her body image and why she thinks she needs to lose weight.

9. Get girls involved with sports/physical activity, it can reduce their risk of chronic diseases. Female athletes do better academically and have lower school drop-out rates than non-athletes.

10. Watch television, movies, and other media with your daughters and sons. Discuss how images of girls are portrayed.

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Buying organic is expensive and difficult to maintain if you’re on a limited food budget.

Fortunately the Environment Working Group have compiled a shopper’s guide to the worst and best foods for containing pesticides. The Shopper’s Guide ranks pesticide contamination for 47 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis of 87,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted from 2000 to 2007 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Nearly all the studies used to create the list test produce after it has been rinsed or peeled. Contamination was measured in six different ways and crops were ranked based on a composite score from all categories.

So, next time you go shopping you’ll know which produce to buy organic, and which conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are okay to buy if organic prices don’t suit your budget.

Fruits topped the list of the consistently most contaminated fruits and vegetables, with seven of the 12 most contaminated foods.

HERE ARE THE DIRTY DOZEN

Buy these organic

  1. Peach
  2. Apple
  3. Bell Pepper
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarine
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherrie
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Grapes (Imported)
  11. Carrot
  12. Pear

AND THESE ARE THE CLEAN 15

Lowest in Pesticides

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado3
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet Peas
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papay
  12. Watermelon
  13. Broccoli
  14. Tomato
  15. Sweet Potato

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) providing breastfeeding education and support to new mothers could prevent more than one million child deaths every year.

The WHO recommends that infants start breastfeeding within one hour of birth and consume nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life.  Despite this advice,  less than 40% of mothers worldwide exclusively breastfeed for this time. Insufficient breastfeeding is a problem in both rich and poor countries, the agency says.   The nutritional value provided by breast milk means that the baby is get exactly what it needs and no artificial formila is able to match this.  In addition, breast milk provides important antibodies to the underdeveloped infant immune system. 

If 90% of women met the WHO breastfeeding guidelines, the agency says, 13% of global deaths under the age of five could be prevented, translating into 1.3 million lives saved per year. Although many women start out breastfeeding, many stop due to poor latch or because they are unable to feed without pain. “When it comes to doing it practically, they don’t have the practical support,” said the WHO’s Constanza Vallenas. 

If you are breastfeeding and feel in need of extra infomation and support check out our links under Support – there is lots of help out there if you know where to look!

Source: Reuters/Naturalnews.com

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