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Organic Eggs: Worth the Cost? July 14, 2010

As an office of vegetarians, we need to know the truth about our eggs! A recent Time magazine article got it wrong when it proclaimed organic eggs are no healthier than factory-farmed eggs, and here’s why. (source http://www.rodale.com)

Don’t be mislead: There are good reasons to choose organic eggs.

Organic eggs are no healthier than factory-farmed eggs and are thus not worth the extra costs, concludes an article recently run in Time magazine. But the article’s author is missing some major benefits of organic eggs—such as the fact that they’re higher in omega-3 fatty acids, are free of antibiotic residues, and contain no arsenic, which is added to factory-farmed chicken-feed to prevent infections and spur growth.

The article was based on a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study finding that different production methods—factory-farmed, cage-free, and free-roaming—all met the same quality standards.

Yet, the author’s conclusions that organic eggs are no healthier than conventional, and that the way they’re raised is dangerous and not worth the added cost, run far afield of the research, misinterpreting the study’s primary finding.

#1: The test used in the USDA study is a measure of egg quality, not nutrition. The study used something called the Haugh unit, a scale between 0 to 110 that basically lets producers know whether or not the egg is stale (the lower the number, the lower the quality).  The Time article made the assumption that Haugh unit is somehow indicative of nutritional value, when in fact, the USDA’s definition of Haugh unit mentions nothing about an egg’s nutritional content.

#2: “Free-roaming” and “cage-free” aren’t the same as “organic.” The USDA study didn’t specify organic as one of the production methods they studied, but the author continually refers to “organic” eggs as though the authors had. Unlike “USDA Organic,” “free-range” and “cage-free” are unsubstantiated claims that aren’t verified by independent third parties—any producer can slap those labels on a carton of eggs without any evidence that his or her chickens roam free or live outside cages.

#3: Shell color doesn’t matter. On this one point, the author is right. “Another mistake some health-conscious consumers make…is believing that the color of an egg makes a difference and that brown shells are somehow better than white ones. They’re not. Color is determined entirely by the breed of chicken laying it,” he writes. And that’s true. But store-bought eggs generally come from one type of chicken, while organically raised eggs you might find at a farmer’s market come from different heritage breeds.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Look for the USDA Organic seal, and find a local farmer who can attest to healthy living conditions for his poultry.

These are just some of the mail points found in the article @Rodale.com. TO read the entire article CLICK HERE

Balance, Serenity, Fashion, SAMA

 

Going the Extra Mile- Green Companies July 8, 2010

I found this on www.organicitsworthit.org, and being a company who produces in India, Is founded by strong Indian woman, and strives to benefit India, I had to share it with you.

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Through their use of sustainable business practices, companies involved in the production of  organic products do much to promote and protect human and environmental health. In many cases, their good work does  not stop there. Some are actively involved in the preservation of the rain forest; others strive to ensure pregnant women’s access to essential pre-natal care. Still others work to keep endangered animals from going extinct.

There is nothing easy about being a female farmer in India. Most are uneducated and uninsured, and they are compensated, on average, 30-40 percent less than their male counterparts.  Tulsi tea manufacturer Organic India is working to change this. The company employs widows to harvest the tulsi, remove its blossoms, and process it in its factories. Moreover, it pays them premium wages that are on par with those earned by their male counterparts.

At Sama Baby Organics we are doing our part to promote change in India as well. Our 100% certified organic cotton comes from India and is made to benefit India. Our products are fair trade and our farmers use organic vegetables as their rotation crop. This rotation replenishes the soil, feeds the workers, and benefits the environment. Our CEO and VP Shivani and Neha Gupta stay true to their heritage by incorporating India influences into our line and visiting India and our cotton fields 2 to 3 times per year. Find your balance.

I have highlighted a company we admire here at SAMA, to learn more about organic companies committed to going the extra mile for people and the planet.  Click on the source of our blog:  (Source http://www.organicitsworthit.org)

Balance, Serenity, Fashion, SAMA


 

Study: ADHD linked to pesticide exposure May 20, 2010

Amazing how everyone is catching on to what we have been aware of for years now! Yet another reason to GO GREEN…. GO ORGANIC!

Detectable levels of pesticides are present in a large number of fruits and vegetables sold in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Detectable levels of pesticides are present in a large number of  fruits and vegetables sold in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department  of Agriculture.

(Health.com) — Children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with less exposure, a nationwide study suggests.
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Researchers measured the levels of pesticide byproducts in the urine of 1,139 children from across the United States. Children with above-average levels of one common byproduct had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.
Exposure to the pesticides, known as organophosphates, has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems in children in the past, but previous studies have focused on communities of farm workers and other high-risk populations. This study is the first to examine the effects of exposure in the population at large.
Organophosphates are “designed” to have toxic effects on the nervous system, says the lead author of the study, Maryse Bouchard, Ph.D., a researcher in the department of environmental and occupational health at the University of Montreal. “That’s how they kill pests.”
The pesticides act on a set of brain chemicals closely related to those involved in ADHD, Bouchard explains, “so it seems plausible that exposure to organophosphates could be associated with ADHD-like symptoms.”
Environmental Protection Agency regulations have eliminated most residential uses for the pesticides (including lawn care and termite extermination), so the largest source of exposure for children is believed to be food, especially commercially grown produce.
Although kids should not stop eating fruits and vegetables, buying organic or local produce whenever possible is a good idea, says Bouchard.
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To read the entire article or for more information on ADHD like the link between drugs and ADHD and What if my child begins showing ADHD symptoms? Click HERE (source CNN.com)
Balance, Serenity, ORGANIC fashion, SAMA

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The New York Times: New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer May 11, 2010

The Sama Team came across this article and it’s a must read, PLEASE READ THIS!

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF 

The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.

The cancer panel is releasing a landmark 200-page report on Thursday, warning that our lackadaisical approach to regulation may have far-reaching consequences for our health.

I’ve read an advance copy of the report, and it’s an extraordinary document. It calls on America to rethink the way we confront cancer, including much more rigorous regulation of chemicals.

Traditionally, we reduce cancer risks through regular doctor visits, self-examinations and screenings such as mammograms. The President’s Cancer Panel suggests other eye-opening steps as well, such as giving preference to organic food, checking radon levels in the home and microwaving food in glass containers rather than plastic.

In particular, the report warns about exposures to chemicals during pregnancy, when risk of damage seems to be greatest. Noting that 300 contaminants have been detected in umbilical cord blood of newborn babies, the study warns that: “to a disturbing extent, babies are born ‘pre-polluted.’ ”

It’s striking that this report emerges not from the fringe but from the mission control of mainstream scientific and medical thinking, the President’s Cancer Panel. Established in 1971, this is a group of three distinguished experts who review America’s cancer program and report directly to the president.

Some 41 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, and they include Democrats and Republicans alike. Protecting ourselves and our children from toxins should be an effort that both parties can get behind — if enough members of Congress are willing to put the public interest ahead of corporate interests.

One reason for concern is that some cancers are becoming more common, particularly in children. We don’t know why that is, but the proliferation of chemicals in water, foods, air and household products is widely suspected as a factor. I’m hoping the President’s Cancer Panel report will shine a stronger spotlight on environmental causes of health problems — not only cancer, but perhaps also diabetes, obesity and autism.

To help people manage the uncertainty prudently, the report has a section of recommendations for individuals:

¶Particularly when pregnant and when children are small, choose foods, toys and garden products with fewer endocrine disruptors or other toxins. (Information about products is at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com or www.healthystuff.org.)

¶For those whose jobs may expose them to chemicals, remove shoes when entering the house and wash work clothes separately from the rest of the laundry.

¶Filter drinking water.

¶Store water in glass or stainless steel containers, or in plastics that don’t contain BPA or phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastics). Microwave food in ceramic or glass containers.

¶Give preference to food grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers and growth hormones. Avoid meats that are cooked well-done.

¶Check radon levels in your home. Radon is a natural source of radiation linked to cancer.

To read the entire article click here New York Times

Always Expand Your Mind, and Seek Out Knowledge!

Balance, Serenity, Fashion, SAMA

 

Mindful Mama’s Business Spotlight on Sama May 7, 2010

Mindful Mama is a cutting-edge social media platform for natural parenting. They integrate the depth and inspiration of a favorite magazine into a collaborative and nurturing online space, connecting parents with birth and health care practitioners who share the common goal of building healthy and happy families.

Recently Mindful Mama did an excellent spotlight on Sama that I just have to share with you! This site has got it all, check out articles, videos, create a user profile and share your thoughts, receive monthly newsletters and take advantage of coupons and giveaways, and participate in contests, sponsored by celebrities and leading experts.

Check out what they had to say about Sama below or CLICK HERE:

Business Spotlight: Sama Baby
BY Breanne Hight

Family — it’s at the core of Mindful Mama’s values, which is why we have to introduce you to the Gutapas. They’re the masterminds behind Sama Baby, and center their business on family and eco-friendly values!

“Sama” is an ancient Sanskrit word that means balance, calmness and serenity — a meaning the Gutapa family doesn’t take lightly! Sama Baby follows the highest standards when making their organic cotton garments, using eco-friendly dyes, an environmentally-safe dying processes, and biodegradable bags to store their fabrics.

“People ask me why we use all-natural products when creating our garments. They say the designs are so adorable they will sell themselves, but that’s not enough for us. Yes, we want to create beautiful garments but not at the expense of our planet. We want to do our part. I know Sama Baby can make a difference,” explained head designer, Neha Gupta.

Staying true to their heritage, the Guptas produce Sama Baby products in India, where the family frequently visits their cotton fields and oversees production. All Sama Baby products are fair-trade, and the farmers use organic vegetables as the rotation crop to replenish soil and feed cotton farmers.

Sama Baby’s denim line debuted last month, and we must say — the jeans are absolutely adorable (and affordable!). For more information, please visit Sama Baby online.

Balance, Serenity, Fashion, SAMA

 

Tim Allen and Family are Sama Fans!! April 28, 2010

We recently received a personal thank you from the Allen family for the Sama gift they received for their daughters 1st birthday! (View a copy of the letter below.)

Tim Allen has starred in many movies, including “The Santa Clause” and “Toy Story,” and the TV series “Home Improvement.” This is the first child for  Tim’s wife Jane. Tim has another daughter Katherine, 19, from a previous marriage.For more info on the tool man visit http://www.timallen.com/index.php?cat=xs&

Jane Hajduk is an American Television and voice actress. She is known for playing the role of Researcher Taylor in the film Zoom. TIm and Jane were married in October of 2006, and welcomed their first child together, a girl named Elizabeth, on March 28, 2009. She is also stepmother to Allen’s child, Katherine (born 1989) by his first wife.

Dear Ms. Gupta,

Thank you so much for the adorable outfit that you sent Elizabeth for her first birthday. We absolutely love it!

Tim, Jane, and baby Elizabeth Allen



Thanks for the kind words Allen family!

To shop for your own Sama products visit www.samababy.com

Balance, Serenity, Fashion, SAMA

 

Come to the Metro Moms “Tee Party”, Sama will be there! April 15, 2010

This event will display trendy tees for kids and expectant moms, including some of our Sama Baby, Organic Cotton Elephant T-shirts!! Come join the fun, and choose your favorites!

Tee’s by the following & more:

Baby Rock Apparel

Muze Clothing

Twinkling Tees

Solid Threads

Time Out Spots

Toddler Virtues

Sama Baby

Babble Babywear

Tees For Change

My Badd Baby

The Wiggles

Balance, Serenity, Fashion, SAMA