WaterWipes made a huge difference on my hands and my baby’s bottom!

Have you ever suffered from dermatitis on your hands using certain baby wipes or soaps?  I have and when I switched the baby wipes I was using to WaterWipes it made a huge difference on my hands and my baby’s bottom.  I noticed there was no more rashes….  Many don’t realize this allergy till they switch soaps or baby wipes and find that their hands get better.  Those who suffer often are told by the doctor that it is eczema or contact dermatitis and there is nothing that can really be done but use certain prescribed ointments.  If you don’t like the idea of using these ointments the rest of your life because of potential side effects, then its important to start to educate yourself on the ingredients in your personal care products.  

As an example the preservative methylisothiazolinone or MI according to this article in the New York Times might be linked to rashes and allergies.  If you suffer from itchy dry hands it might be as simple as changing your personal care products to provide you some relief.  This is a good reminder to always read the ingredient label before purchasing baby wipes if you suffer from allergies or skin conditions.  If you do suffer from chronic dry itchy skin you should always consult a physician.

 

 

 

 

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Welcoming Baby #3

We welcomed our 3rd baby 11 months ago, a 7 pound beautiful baby girl. My 2 older kids were so excited to finally meet their new little sister.   Needless to say I’ve been distracted with easing in life with a newborn, sleepless nights and homeschooling my oldest.  But I’m back and ready to start posting again.  I’ll have some posts coming up about my pregnancy, birth, recipes, keeping my eczema away, my recent weight loss and raising 3 kids .  If there is any specific baby topic you would like to know about leave me a comment below.

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The Holle Difference – Organic Milk and Baby Formula

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One of the main things that makes Holle different is that they use quality Demeter certified milk. Why does that matter? Well Demeter is the brand for products from biodynamic agriculture. Demeter is over 90 years old and is the oldest agricultural association and is an international organic brand.

One of the most important guidelines at Demeter is that GMO technology, chemical-synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are never used. Which is really important to GMOFreeMommas.  Only animal feed that is produced by the Demeter farmer or which is bought from another Demeter farm is allowed and it must be free from animal meal, additives, antibiotics and hormones. Demeter farmers also do not practice the removal of the horns of cattle as is standard in conventional cattle farming.  Demeter milk which comes from cows with horns has been shown to even be tolerated by people who have an allergic reaction compared to conventional milk.  The rule against de-horning might sound like it was only enacted for ethical reasons.  The act of de-horning not only can cause pain to the animal, and the loss of horns creates problems relating to the social hierarchy of the herds. But biodynamic farmers believe that the cow’s horns may influence the quality of its milk and that milk from animals that have had their horns amputated contributes to allergies such as lactose intolerance in humans.  The connection between the cow’s horns, digestion and milk quality might not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Cows have complex digestive systems and when a cow chews the cud, digestive gases penetrate via the sinuses into the core of the horns. The more difficult the feed is to digest, the more majestic the horns, allowing the gases to circulate further into them.  Holle’s experience in Asia suggests that Demeter milk is far better tolerated by allergic infants than conventional and even organic milk.   Horns might make a difference!

Please check out this link for more information cow’s horns, digestion and milk quality.  If you would like more information on Demeter check out this link.

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Are Meats GMO?

With barbeque season on the horizon, one common question we hear is: are meats GMO?  There are currently no GMO livestock as it is not yet approved for human consumption.  So the meats in your supermarkets or butchers are not GMO meat.  But there are non-organic meats that are produced from animals raised on GMO feed such as grains.

To avoid meat raised on GMO feed, buy “100% grass fed” and buy organic.  Processed and precooked meat will most likely contain GMO oil-based additives and preservatives.  Also some meats that come pre-marinaded for you may include GMO ingredients.  Read labels carefully and look for high risk ingredients.

There are many meat alternative products available but beware that many are processed and include ingredients that are GMO.   Avoid products that contain the Big Five (corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, and sugar beets) at risk ingredients.  Many alternative meat products especially contain soy.

Here are some brands that offer NON GMO meat and meat alternative products:
Amy’s Kitchen
Follow Your Heart
Hilary’s Eat Well
Nasoya
SOL Cuisine
Sunshine Burger
Tree of Life
Turtle Island Foods
Wildwood

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How do you avoid GMOs?

Want to keep GMOs out of your diet?  Follow these tips:

#1 tip Buy organic. Certified 100% organic foods don’t contain GMOs.

#2 tipBuy labeled “non-GMO” foods.  Select food producers voluntarily label their products and even state “Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients.”

#3 tip – Avoid at risk ingredients. The “big five” GMOs at this time are: corn, soy , canola, cottonseed, and beet sugar are genetically modified.

# 4 tip – Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are not genetically modified. Some fruits and vegetables that may be genetically modified at this time include zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, sweet corn, arctic apples and Hawaiian papaya.

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Could GMO foods be dangerous for your child?

Many will assure you that GMO plants or animals are approved safe for consumption and that there is no impact to the environment. But many beg to differ on this matter. Please consider the argument on the dangers of GMO foods.

GMO combinations occur in the lab that are not possible in nature. Playing with food technologically may have extensive impacts on human health and the environment.

Allergens are one major concern. GMOs may introduce known or even unknown allergens to food that would not naturally contain them. So if a person is allergic to something in the gene that has been introduced to a food that did not contain that gene before they could then become allergic to this new product… It could even be possible to create an entirely new allergen when you introduce a new gene into a plant, it’s possible to create an entirely new allergen especially in children.  This would be a great reason to label GMO foods, right?

Producers work under the assumption that if the original foods were safe, then the new product will also be safe for consumption.  But this might not necessarily be true once the organism is significantly altered and should be tested.

The companies that produce GMO foods have the option to voluntarily test GM foods but there is no laws requiring the tests in most cases. Doesn’t it make sense to have mandatory testing on all GMO foods before they are consumed especially with children being so vulnerable to potential allergens?

GMO foods impact our environment too. They are a pain for organic farmers, whose crops are sometimes contaminated by GMOs from neighboring farms. There is also impact on plants, animals and insects that have been observed.

Thankfully even without mandatory testing and labeling we have the option to buy organic and NON-GMO products.
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NEW Perrigo NON-GMO Infant Formulas

Non GMO Infant FormulaGMOFreeMommas have another non-GMO formula option now.  Perrigo announced it has FDA approval for three milk-based non-GMO infant formulas.  Non-GMO infant formulas use ingredients that have not been genetically engineered.  Perrigo’s CEO, John T. Hendrickson stated, “We know that today’s millennial mom is more demanding than ever. Whether she chooses conventional, non-GMO, or organic infant formulas, Perrigo is committed to providing her with a safe, high quality, and nutritious infant formula to meet her baby’s needs for growth and development.”    It is so exciting to see another NON GMO Formula on the market and see the impact GMOFreeMommas have on corporations.  Our wallets are make our baby formula safer!

 

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NON-GMO Postnatal Vitamins

If you’re breastfeeding your probably looking for a good Organic NON-GMO postnatal vitamin.  The truth is every mother should look into taking a postnatal vitamin even if they are not breastfeeding.  This supplement will help your body and mind recover.  The health benefits are passed along to your new born if you are breastfeeding too.Organic NON GMO Postnatal vitmains Prenatal

Here are a several important reasons why you should supplement with a postnatal vitamin:

* Numerous studies have been done on postpartum depression after birth and the one study found that there is a link between omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and postpartum depression. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a beneficial omega-3 acids. DHA helps create breast milk and supports the development of the newborn’s brain, eyes and central nervous system. You can pass along this important omega-3 acid on to your baby through your breast milk.

* Vitamin A is beneficial for maintaining healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and vision. Mom’s breastfeeding can be deficient in this vitamin as it passes through their breast milk.

* Calcium is so important cause a nursing mom losses bone density. You need calcium daily to support bone health as well as the baby’s growth.

* Vitamin B-9 or folic helps in the development of the baby’s nervous system, but nursing mothers can continue to pass on this important vitamin to the baby. Folic acid has also been shown to help with postpartum depression.

* New mothers can lack zinc. Zinc is a trace mineral that supports the immune system. Pregnancy affects how your body absorbs zinc one study found that new mothers who supplement with zinc had more energy and their babies had less colic.

There are several brands of prenatal vitamins, but not as many options for important postnatal’s.  To help you with your search for a good quality organic NON GMO postnatal vitamin we have created this list:

1.  New Chapter Perfect Postnatal Vitamin

2.  MegaFood – Baby & Me

If you used a postnatal vitamin or have a question about postnatals please comment below.

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USDA Organic Baby Shampoo

ORGANIC USDA Baby Shampoo

You would think that all baby shampoos are free of harmful chemicals because why would anyone include harmful chemicals for a product designed for babies???  If that was your assumption, think again…  The truth is harmful chemicals might be in your baby shampoo and these chemicals could irritate your baby’s skin.  

As a loving mom your desire is to make sure your baby’s skin is healthy and clean.  Why would you want to use a shampoo that can dry or damage sensitive skin. As moms we have so much to worry about and the last thing we need is a shampoo that will cause any trouble for our baby’s skin.  

Mom’s are looking for a shampoo that would be gentle enough not to cause itchy skin, damaged skin, rashes, hives, or even make a diaper rash worse…  We are not looking to buy products that would make any of these conditions any worse.  That’s why at GMOFreeBaby.com we researched and tried out several baby shampoos for ourselves.  We wanted to compile a list of some of our favorite USDA Certified Organic Baby Shampoos with safe ingredients.   But to our surprise it was hard to find products we were completely happy with…  Currently our list is small and comprised of one baby shampoo at the moment.  

1.  KAIZEDO BABY – USDA Organic Certified Baby Shampoo 

No parabens, sulfates or dyes. GMO and gluten free

Ingredients: Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Flower Extract, Potassium Cocoate (Saponified Organic Coconut Oil), Potassium Oleate (Saponified Organic Sunflower Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Organic Rosemary) Leaf Extract, (Organic Aloe) Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Organic Avena Sativa (Organic Oat) Kernel, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Orange) Oil.

PROMO – FREE ORGANIC BAMBOO WASH CLOTH

Kaizedo Baby Shampoo comes with a complimentary 100% Organic Bamboo wash cloth with each purchase.

We will continue our search for safe organic baby shampoo and hopefully our list will grow.  Please comment below and let us know what USDA certified Organic shampoos you have used.  If you have any bad experiences with any baby shampoo products please share them too.

 

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NON GMO Tomatoes

ID-100208309When buying seeds for a veggie garden this spring the question we all will have on our mind is could I possibly be buying GMO seeds for my garden?   Thankfully there are a number of seed companies that have GMO Policies such as Burpee.  On the website it states that “Burpee has never bought or sold GMO seeds, and we have no intention of doing so in the future.” and it also states on the website that they have been NON-GMO since 1876.  We all are very thankful for companies like Burpee that have policies in place to protect consumers and seeds.  Many of our favorite veggies have been going GMO which is very concerning.   Take for example the tomato.
We all love our tomatoes so much that the world eats billions worth of them annually.  Did you know that a British Company is working on a GMO purple tomato?   A small British company is planning to apply for U.S. permission to produce and sell a new genetically modified variety that will have high levels of anthocyanins.   News source

Gardeners already grow conventional purple tomatoes.  The purple tomato is antioxidant rich with anthocyanins.  Anthocyanins are found in many fruits and vegetables including raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums, black grapes, red onions and red cabbage.  There are naturally bred purple tomato varieties available.  One of which is the Indigo Rose variety (conventionally) developed by Oregon State University.

Indigo Tomato

Anthocyanins studies show that this compound can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.  In one study using purple, high-anthocyanin tomatoes in the diet of cancer-prone mice they extended the life-span by 30%.  This has resulted in world-wide recognition that anthocyanins are important to health.  Reference Source.

If purple tomatoes full of anthocyanins are bred naturally what’s the real reason a GMO version is being worked on?

You’ll find it interesting that the first genetically engineered crop to market in 1994 was a tomato, it was the Flavr Savr tomato to be exact. The company’s researchers inhibited a gene that produces a protein that makes a tomato get squishy.  The company also voluntarily labelled the tomatoes as GM.  The company that created this tomato was bought out by much larger Monsanto, a leading producer of genetically engineered seed.  Check out this article in the New York Times.  Demand for this product was high and remained high, but the product was never profitable because of high production and distribution costs.

Historical Hungarian Tomato Variety: 10 Different Variety 100+ Seeds in ONE Set NON GMO !

If you haven’t read the book “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit” it worth checking out.  The author of the book is Barry Estabrook and the book is based on the James Beard’s Award winning article “The Price of Tomatoes”.  Without saying to much this book reveals a side of the tomato you never knew about.  You will discover surprises in this book through this investigative report with a controversial look at the tomato.  The part of the book that is really heart breaking and eye opening is when you read the story about what the chemicals have done to mothers that work in the tomato fields and their children. This book will make you even more mindful of where your tomato is coming from and will hopefully encourage people to look at buying organic and local.  See the ugly side of the tomato agriculture business exposed in this book.

What the Publisher Says

Supermarket produce sections bulging with a year-round supply of perfectly round, bright red-orange tomatoes have become all but a national birthright. But in Tomatoland, which is based on his James Beard Award–winning article, “The Price of Tomatoes,”investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry. Fields are sprayed with  more than 100 different herbicides and pesticides. Tomatoes are picked hard and green and artificially gassed until their skins acquire a marketable hue. Modern plant breeding has tripled yields, but produces fruits with a fraction of the calcium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, and fourteen tiimes as much sodium as the tomatoes our parents enjoyed. The relentless drive for low costs has fostered a thriving modern-day slave trade in the United States. How have we come to this point?

Estabrook traces the supermarket tomato from its birthplace in the deserts of Peru to the impoverished town of Immokalee, Florida, a.k.a. the tomato capital of the United States. He visits the laboratories of seedsmen trying to develop varieties that can withstand the rigors of agribusiness and still taste like a garden tomato, and then moves on to commercial growers who operate on tens of thousands of acres, and eventually to a hillside field in Pennsylvania, where he meets an obsessed farmer who produces delectable tomatoes for the nation’s top restaurants.

Throughout Tomatoland, Estabrook presents a Who’s Who cast of characters in the tomato industry: The avuncular octogenarian whose conglomerate grows one out of every eight tomatoes eaten in the United States; the ex-marine who heads the group that dictates the size, color, and shape of every tomato shipped out of Florida; the United States attorney who has doggedly prosecuted human traffickers for the past decade; the Guatemalan peasant who came north to earn money for his parents’ medical bills and found himself enslaved for two years.

Tomatoland reads like a suspenseful whodunit and an exposé of today’s agribusiness systems and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases.

TomatoLand Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)

 

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