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Is school lunch good for your kid?

16 Mar

Kids spend most of their day at school. They often eat both breakfast and lunch. My first year teaching I had to supervise the breakfast routine. I was totally appalled. Sitting on the desk at the front of the room was a cooler full of fruit DRINK (not juice, but an artificially flavored and sweetened drink) and a box of fruit rollups. The school was so proud of it’s breakfast program because they were helping to feed these poor kids who often had to come to school hungry because they came from families to poor to buy food.

I don’t know about you, but a fruit rollup and sugar drink doesn’t help me think through the day. I’ve talked before about the effects of diet on learning. But until we are ready to make some real changes we are going to continue to have obesity problems, behavior problems, health problems, and more.

I remember as a child my first year back in the country. My brother and I had our lunch boxes in hand (I had the metal Snoopy lunch box. How cool is that!) But we got to school and we were two out of a handful of kids who packed our own lunch. In the entire school! How embarrassing. We were like the lunch outcasts. We sooooo wanted to buy our lunches just like everyone else. We begged… and begged… to get to buy our lunch. But our parents couldn’t afford it.

Then the next year, our parents found out they qualified for the free lunch program. YES! We got our wish. We got to buy our lunch just like everyone else. There I was, a little girl, holding my tray waiting in line for this delectable mystery. It just had to be so good.

Boy, what a disappointment. I went home and BEGGED to be able to take my own lunch to school the next day. No luck. My parents didn’t budget for packing lunch because we were getting free lunch at school.

That was the last and only year we bought our school lunch. As I got older I started making my own lunch – and boy, were they good. I often had to make extra to share with my friends. They all had lunch envy.

Ann Cooper is known as the “Renegade Lunch Lady”. She is working out in Berkley, California and has implemented fresh, locally grown, and organic foods for the lunch program. And it is making a big difference.

Now, keep in mind that she is working within the system. She is working on changing how public schools feed children. That is why she  advocates for government spending and oversight in this arena. If you are going to depend on the government to educate and feed your child, you better make darn sure that they are doing it right.

My personal opinion is that the whole public school system should be scrapped. But that is not going to happen anytime in the near future – for many reasons. Be that as it may, public schools are a large part of most family’s lives. And as such, you, as a parent need to be aware of the costs (not just in dollars, but health, academics, and life) of school lunches.

Kids and chores – the never ending battle to get things done

11 Dec

three-year old sweeping

When is a child too young to start helping out around the house?

sit... stay... go get it... good girl

sit... stay... go get it... good girl

four-year old measuring pet food

Well, naturally, that depends on the child. But my observation is, if they are old enough to ask if they can help, they are old enough for you to let them help. The key here is that you, as the parent, need to LET them. Oftentimes, we would rather just get it done. It takes too long to watch them struggle through it, we don’t like having to clean up the mess that follows in the wake of their “cleaning”, and they might break something.

fourteen-year old washing dishes

seven-year old shredding cheese

After having four kids the amount of housekeeping required to sustain even the barest minimum of cleanliness consumed almost all of my time. That’s four kids, one husband, myself, and numerous pets (at the moment, one dog and one cat, but we have had as many as two dogs, two cats, and a pair of birds all at the same time).  And why should I be the only one cleaning up after the masses, afterall, I’m not the only one making a mess. So the new regime began – even for the youngest.

three-year old cleaning lint trap

three-year old helping with the laundry

One could make the argument that learning such menial tasks as laundry, cleaning, and washing is counter productive to successful living. This could be hired-out work. Most wealthy and successful people rarely spend their time on housekeeping but hire someone else instead so that their own time and energy can be focused elsewhere. But I firmly believe that everyone should have a basic understand of how to do such menial tasks. At the very least it fosters respect for the work entailed (would you belittle and abuse your housekeeper if you truly understood how difficult the work was). And if you are in dire straights, at least you now how to keep your shirt clean. Taking care of chores is also a great way to foster independence, strengthen self-confidence, and encourage pride in a job well done.

youngest "supervising" the seven-year old cleaning the litter

master "chef" in training

The nice thing about starting out early is that eventually the kids reach a level of proficiency that requires very little oversight and correction. Plus, with so many of them, they help each other out and teach each other.

I finally drew up a little chore chart. But we rarely ever use it because they have already been trained on what needs to be done. The chore chart merely acts as a reminder so that they are able to double check their work.

chore chart

youngest “supervising” the seven-year old cleaning the litter

Change in eating habits makes learning environments more effective

17 Jun

I just came across an article of a charter school in Wisconsin that recently participated in an experiment. Central Alternative High School in Appleton, Wisconsin is a charter school for students with behavioral issues. Like most alternative schools, Central Alternative was plagued with problems. Then, in 1997 Natural Ovens of Manitowoc, WI initiated a five-year project to bring healthy food into area schools. The goal was to show that fresh, nutritious food can make a real difference in the student’s behavior, learning and health. And what a difference it has made. Grades have improved, truancy and arguments have drastically decreased. Students are more focused on learning and staying healthy. They have recognized the relationship between good health and the ability to function and learn. All of this was made possible by simply changing the lunch program and eliminating the availability of junk food on the school premises. There are no more vending machines or soda machines. And the school cafeteria provides homemade foods made from old fashioned recipes with all natural ingredients and whole grains. Essentially, they eliminated chemical laden over processed foods the are in most people’s diet.

This is so groundbreaking, not because the idea is new, but because most schools throughout the nation insist on installing soda machines to increase revenue and serving low grade cafeteria crap to students. Remember ages ago when the lunch ladies actually made the food. Those days are long gone. Now all lunches are outsourced to companies that bring in their prepackaged junk and serve it to the kids. My first year teaching was at a high needs school in north county Missouri. Their “nutritious” breakfast was a package of fruit rollups and an orange-flavored drink (NOT 100% juice, but, essentially, a non carbonated soft drink). Yeah, I was totally appalled.

I sincerely believe that diet is the basis for health. Without a good diet, nothing else really matters. And this program just goes to prove how important it is.

If you are interested in reading the case study you can do so here.

To Eat or Not to Eat – That Is the Question

15 Jan

We are trying to eat more healthy foods. It hasn’t been that easy. We’ve never been big on buying prepackaged and heavily processed foods. But there is always room for improvement. We’ve recently started buying more organic foods. I know that a lot of magazines and “experts” say that organic produce is not necessary; but I have noticed a difference. I used to have subtle, but annoying reactions when I would eat certain foods (such as broccoli, cauliflower, apples, carrots, and potatoes). My ears and mouth would start to itch or I would start to sneeze. Well, it doesn’t happen when I eat the organic versions of those foods. So we are boldly forging ahead with our all-natural and organic adventure.

I’ve recently learned about pasteurizing. I grew up thinking that unpasteurized milk was bad for you. But I spent 4 years of my childhood in England drinking unpasteurized and unhomogenized milk.

Did you know that if you feed pasteurized cow’s milk to a calf, the calf will die.

And it’s not just milk. There is now a law to pasteurize almonds. I told my husband about it and he just brushed it off at first. “That just means they heat it to a certain temperature,” he retorted. Not so fast honey, it’s actually a chemical that gets sprayed onto the food.

Dr. Sears wrote in one of his newsletters about pasteurization that I will repeat here (including his footnotes).

The Untold Story of Pasteurization and Homogenization

During the early 1800s, Robert M. Hartley, an accomplished zoologist proclaimed in praise of cows, “It is scarcely necessary to say, that they supply us with the most truly precious of our earthly gifts. [Without cows], how different would be the social, commercial and political condition of the most civilized of the human race!” 1

Mr. Hartley had no idea how prophetic his enthusiastic statement was. As New York City and other major cites rapidly grew in the 1800s, city families were unable to keep a family cow for the dairy needs. As demand for milk was just as great, milk was sold in mass quantity through dairy farmers.

To deal with the problems of delivery and freshness, industrialists came up with new ways of processing milk. Unfortunately, processed milk can be dangerous for both the cow and the consumer. 2

Homogenization Leads to Chronic Disease

Whole milk most closely resembles actual cow’s milk after pasteurization. Skim milk is another story… Aside from having all of its natural nutrients destroyed during processing, nonfat dried milk is added as a protein and vitamin additive.

“Production of nonfat dried milk involves forcing skim milk out of a tiny hole at high temperature and pressures, a process that not only destroys nutrients but also causes the production of nitrates-which are potent carcinogens. Furthermore, the process causes oxidation of the cholesterol in milk.” 3

What’s more, skim or fat-free milk is full of milk sugar (lactose). When you remove the fat, all you’re left with is sugar. So much so, farmers often feed their pigs fat-free milk in order to fatten them up.

When you look at the chart below, it all becomes clear:

While I have reported to you in the past that cholesterol in food poses no danger, “oxidized cholesterol has been shown to initiate the process of injury and pathological plaque build-up in the arteries.” 4

Thus the unknowing consumer who drinks reduced-fat milk in order to prevent heart disease and cancer may actually increase his risk of chronic disease.5

Health Ailments Associated with Pasteurized Milk6

*Symptoms/Minor Ailments: Diarrhea, Cramps, Bloating, Gas, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Iron-deficiency anemia, Colic in infants, Allergies, Skin rashes, Increased tooth decay, Recurrent ear infections in children, Acne, Infertility, Growth problems in children

*Life Threatening or Altering Diseases: Arthritis, Atherosclerosis, Autism, Cancer, Heart Disease, Leukemia, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

Nature’s Healthiest Option: Raw Milk

Raw Milk has a creamier texture and is full of essential nutrients and vitamins unadulterated by the processing that brings commercial milk to your grocery store. It is without a doubt your healthiest option.

Most farmers drink raw milk because of taste and the knowledge that it is healthier for you. There is not a huge market for raw milk and in some states it is illegal to sell raw milk. Raw milk sales average around 20 percent for those who are able to sell it. More typically, the farmer drinks the raw milk and sells processed milk. But you have the power to change this.

You too can enjoy nutrient rich raw milk. It may not be readily available at your grocery store, but your local dairy farmer and some natural food markets do provide this choice. If you live in an area that this is not possible, read on as I will tell you how to work around this government roadblock.

Raw Milk: Fact vs. Fiction

FICTION: Raw milk has too much harmful bacteria to safely drink

FACT: If bottled correctly and safely, risk for infection is almost zero.

FICTION: Raw milk is too fattening and high in cholesterol for human consumption

FACT: Nonsense. Raw milk is an excellent source of CLA* and good fat. Your body responds better to unadulterated fat with healthier skin, hair, nails, digestion among other critical organ functions.

FICTION: Raw milk causes heart disease.

FACT: No Way. Pasteurization and homogenization are the contributing culprits of heart disease.

FICTION: Pasteurization makes milk safe to drink

FACT: Wrong again. While pasteurization minimizes bacteria contamination it does not ensure it.

FICTION: Raw Milk causes allergies

FACT: Pasteurized milk is the culprit. Many lactose intolerant or allergic drinkers are able to enjoy raw milk even years after abstaining from pasteurized milk.

[*CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) a heart healthy and beneficial fatty acid.7

“Milk from grass-fed cows has a beneficial fatty acid known as CLA, short for Conjugated Linoleic Acid. Countless studies have shown that CLA has many potential health benefits. For comparison, grain-fed cows have as little as one fifth the CLA in their milk as grass-fed.”8]

Where to Find Raw Milk

While raw milk is not readily available at your chain supermarket it can be found at natural food supermarkets and through your local dairy farmer. In the event that it is illegal to purchase raw milk in your state there are some clever options available to sidestep this law. One of which is to buy part ownership of a cow with your local dairy farmer in order to “purchase” raw milk. It may be the cheapest away to “own” a dairy cow.

The best source for information on where to purchase raw milk and how to get around governmental restrictions is Real Milk

1. Schmid, Ron. ND. “The Untold Story of Milk: Green Pastures, Contented Cows and Raw Dairy Foods, New Trends Publishing, Inc. Washington DC, 2003: p. 228-229, 2003.
2. Ibid.
3. http://www.realmilk.com
4. Ibid.
5. Ibid.
6. Mercola, Joseph, MD. “The Real Reasons Raw Milk is becoming more popular” http://www.mercola.com/2004/apr/24/raw_milk.htm, April, 24, 2004.
7. http://www.raw-milk-milk-facts.com/About_Raw_Milk.html
8. Ibid.

Unfortunately, here in Illinois and most of the country, you cannot easily (or in some cases legally) get raw milk. Each state has slightly different laws, but all states are ultimately trying to restrict your freedom of choice. If I want to buy raw milk, I have to find an organic farmer willing to sell to me directly. I think I may even have to supply my own bottles.

Dr. Mercola is another raw milk advocate. He is calling for all supporters to take action in California. One of the few states that still allows people to purchase raw milk in stores. But that may soon change if the government has it’s way.

Mercola responds to an article in San Francisco Chronicle

AB1735 is a front that would make it nearly impossible for raw milk to continue to be sold freely in California (one of only a handful of states where raw milk can be purchased conveniently in stores).But there is very good news.

According to Organic Pastures, a new law is set to be introduced tomorrow by Assemblywoman Nichole Parra that would reverse AB1735 (keep reading to find out how you can voice your opinion at this hearing!). Reportedly, an investigation of certain California Department of Food and Agriculture employees found that they advised staff members to place “eight special anti-raw milk words” into the law.

Further, the law, which was supposed to be reviewed by the governor’s office, was reportedly passed “rapidly and secretly” without discussion or open debate. A note on Organic Pastures’ Web site says that “Assemblymen and State Senators who voted for AB 1735 are now very upset that they were misled, and support immediate repeal on procedural grounds.”

How did these changes come about? From support from people like you who care about the future of their food supply and who spoke out loudly against this unfair legislation.

But the fight is far from over.

Raw milk is still hard to get for many people in the United States, as in most areas it must be purchased through cow-share programs, direct from a farm. Many are traveling several hours to get their hands on this wonderful food source, which should be widely available to everyone and anyone who wants it.

Yet it seems the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), too, has its sights set on restricting your access to raw milk. They have made an unwise move that could threaten your ability to purchase raw-milk cheese, and they’ve added a prominent section to their Web site citing the supposed dangers of raw milk.

Well, you could take this one of two ways. Either the FDA has got some extra time on its hands, or they are getting worried that the truth is out. As increasing numbers of people demand access to this healthy food source, citing real science about its health properties and superiority over pasteurized milk, they will need to work harder to protect the interests of their real partners: the mega-food factories that profit big-time from selling pasteurized milk.

Why Drink Raw Milk?

If you are new to the raw-milk scene, you may be wondering what all of the hype is about. Well, raw milk is an entirely different food from pasteurized milk, which I don’t recommend drinking.

* Raw milk still contains all of the valuable enzymes that are destroyed during pasteurization. Without them, milk is very difficult to digest. So if you have lactose intolerance, it may very well disappear once you start consuming raw dairy products.

* Raw milk is an outstanding source of healthy, “good” bacteria and micronutrients, including lactobacillus, acidophilus, and vitamins, which are virtually eliminated by the pasteurization process of commercial milk. It is an outstanding nutrient to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your intestine.

* Raw milk still contains natural butterfat, which is homogenized or removed in pasteurized milk. Without butterfat, it becomes very difficult for your body to absorb and utilize the vitamins and minerals in the water fraction of the milk. Butterfat is also your best source of preformed vitamin A, and contains re-arranged acids with strong anti-carcinogenic properties.

* Raw milk does not contain synthetic vitamin D, which is known to be toxic to your liver, yet is still added to most commercial milk.

* Raw milk contains healthy unoxidized cholesterol.

* Raw milk from grass-fed cows contain conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which fights cancer and may help reduce your body fat.

Pasteurizing milk, on the other hand, destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamins, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamin B12 and vitamin B6, kills beneficial bacteria, and promotes pathogens. In my opinion, there’s no reason to drink pasteurized milk, ever.

Join the Cause and Support Raw Milk

As I said earlier, tomorrow Assemblywoman Nichole Parra is poised to introduce legislation that would amend AB1735. If you live in California, please consider showing your support for raw milk by attending this important hearing:

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Capitol Building
Sacramento, California

The more people who attend in support of raw milk, the better!

If you’re unable to attend or do not live near Sacramento, you can also show your support through the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF). This is the official non-profit organization handling the legal defense and consumer revolt against AB1735. Gary Cox is the lawyer handling the case. They are a legal 501 (C)(4) organization connected to the Weston A. Price Foundation.

You can donate directly at FTCLDF, or you can donate to the “Save California Raw Milk Political Action Fund.” These funds are being used by Organic Pastures and Claravale Dairy to offset the $10,000 per month costs to fight AB1735. Their goal is to raise $60,000 by May 2008. To donate, go to http://www.organicpatures.com and read the right-hand banner to “Help Us Save Raw Milk!”

Remember, whether you live in California or not, this bill will set a precedent that may eventually eliminate raw milk everywhere … and together, we can make a difference!

You don’t have to agree that raw milk is good for you. But I hope that you realize that people should have the freedom to choose. This is what is especially disturbing to me. Yet another loss of liberty.

The Well Groomed Man

8 Jan

My husband hates shaving. Right now he’s in full winter beard mode. But when he does shave he uses this electric shaver. He’s never really been happy with it though. But he says it’s better than the cheap disposable shavers and shaving gel. He’s talked about going the old fashioned route, but there just isn’t that much info on that any more. Remember the old shaving strap? That’s what he’d like to use. I found these videos about shaving and thought I’d share them with you all.

The technique here is called “wet shaving” and according to the men who do it, it has a lot of benefits.
Wet shaving can:

* Help reduce razor burn, ingrown hairs and redness
* Save you money on shaving supplies
* Reduce environmental waste (the only waste is the lather from the natural soap you wash down the drain)
* Improve your self-esteem by giving you a smooth, refreshing shave
* Help you connect with the shaving traditions of your grandfather or great-grandfather

Taking care of yourself should be fun, and can be an art. It is nice to see this kind of topic for men. So much of personal care is focused on women. But it is important for men too.

Physical Education and Health at Home

26 Oct

I’ve been looking for some reliable and effective programs to use for our health and fitness at home. Now that we home school, the kids are not getting “physical education”. Really, that is probably a good thing. From what I have been learning recently, most of what is taught in PE is not accurate or not effective. We are active at home and eat well. But I wanted to learn and teach some better exercise techniques and habits. From my research I am learning that cardio (like aerobics and jogging) is actually bad for you; but interval and strength training is very effective and healthy. I have found a couple of things that I think we are going to try here at home. Periodically, I will be posting articles from the different sources I have found that may be useful to you in bringing your own version of “PE” into your home school. The first one I’ll be covering is Turbulence Training by Craig Ballantyne. Check out Turbulence Training for yourself. I’ll also try posting some of our own experiences. This should be interesting.

Precocious Puberty

19 Oct

I’ve been subscribing to Dr. Al Sears’ newsletter for a while. If you haven’t read his books, Doctors Heart Cure or Rediscovering Your Native Fitness: PACE, I suggest you do so. All of his claims are based on sound (and non-compromised) research. Believe me, I’ve done some investigating into his references. There are no ties to big money or big Pharma. But this article is about something specific. Today’s newsletter talked about children and the recent trend with early onset puberty. I talked about this phenomena briefly in my article about Dr. Leonard Sax’s book. Here is just more evidence of why we need to watch what we put into our bodies and strive for a more natural lifestyle.

But enough from me. I’ve gotten permission to repost his article here:

A Dangerous Game with Our Children

The other day I was picking up my nine-year-old son, DS from school and noticed some of the girls in his class were already wearing bras. My patients have been reporting the same thing to me more and more. Nowadays, some children are beginning to develop sexually as early as seven.1 What’s wrong with that?

I have reason for concern over the hundreds of unnatural additives and pollutants in our food, water, air, and so many everyday household products. These “enviro-toxins” disrupt normal hormone levels in the body, causing weight gain, fatigue, infertility, and other serious health problems.

Now a growing body of evidence in the US and Britain suggests that these chemicals are wreaking havoc in the lives of our kids. They’re the main cause behind the alarming trend toward increasing “precocious puberty” – little girls prematurely growing breasts, pubic hair, and going through all the other confusing changes that come with puberty.

And, research published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that American boys are also hitting puberty earlier than in the past. A significant number of boys as young as eight showed signs of premature genital development.2 A study in the UK found that about one in 14 eight-year-old British boys had developed pubic hair, compared to one in 150 boys in the last generation.3

In a major study of 17,000 American girls, seven percent of Caucasians girls and a shocking 27 percent of African-American girls were either growing breasts or pubic hair by age seven. Even more upsetting, precocious puberty was seen in three percent of African-Americans and one percent of Caucasians by age three!4

The Dangers of “Growing Up Too Fast”

What are the consequences of this bizarre phenomenon? Studies have shown that girls who go through puberty too soon also:

  • Have sex earlier
  • Run greater risk of pregnancy
  • Suffer from behavioral problems
  • Have a lower IQ
  • Are more likely to drink, smoke and
  • Are more likely to commit suicide

They’re also more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer later in life, and to become infertile.5

In boys, precocious puberty can lead to more aggressive, violent behavior, learning disabilities, and greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse. As they mature, they’re at increased risk for testicular cancer and low sperm counts.6

The Mainstream Response: Dangerous Drugs and Denial

An increasing number of experts agree with what I’ve been saying all along: The culprits are industrially produced hormones and chemical compounds. Most come from the food supply and household products, including plastics, cleaning solvents, vinyl flooring, even make-up and hairspray.

Unfortunately, while the medical community has finally acknowledged this problem, their response is to put our children on yet another endocrine disrupting chemical. Lupron, their drug to treat precocious puberty blocks production of your own natural sex hormones and has 265 known side effects, including convulsions and cancer.

A separate physician’s network has taken another wrongheaded approach to the problem, claiming that “precocious puberty” simply needs to be considered “normal.” In other words, they’re just defining down the right stage for the onset of puberty. This is just denial.7

Meanwhile, the US government hasn’t taken any steps to protect the public from these dangerous enviro-toxins and the FDA allows cattle breeders to pump animals with hormones, steroids and synthetic growth agents. All this stuff winds up in your body.

One researcher found hormone levels in industrially raised beef were three hundred times greater than in normal or grass-fed beef.8 The same goes for the poultry industry, which uses synthetic proprietary feeds to make chickens grow mature and fat faster.

Household products can contain pthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) and bisphenol-A. These man-made chemicals have structures that look strikingly similar to estrogen. In Europe, industry’s been banned from using phthalates, but they’re still legal in the US.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is another common estrogen mimic. Industries use it to make Teflon for cookware and Gore-Tex for outerwear. The CDC recently tested for the presence of phthalates and PFOA in the general population. The results were sobering. Every person tested – without exception – had both chemicals in their bloodstream.9

9 Simple Steps to Protect Yourself and Your Children Right Now

So what can you do to protect your child from this public health nightmare?

  • Try to make your diet as organic as possible. Free-range organic chickens and grass-fed beef are free of most toxins. Small wild-caught fish are safe, although some larger fish contain heavy metals like mercury. Wild salmon cod, halibut, mackerel, and sardines are your best bet.
  • If you don’t have access to organic meats, trim the fat off. Many of the worst chemicals are stored in the fat of the animal.
  • Eat organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Be sure to wash those that aren’t organic thoroughly, or peel off the skin.
  • Try to avoid foods packaged in plastic, or remove the packaging as soon as you get home.
  • Buy a high-quality water filter. Pesticides find their way into many municipal water systems.
  • Don’t let your children chew on plastic toys. Better yet, buy toys made of unfinished wood or other natural fibers.
  • Avoid non-stick or plastic cookware. Stainless steel, cast iron, and glassware are all safe.
  • Buy household products made from natural and organic ingredients. These are widely available in stores and online.
  • Purify the air in your home with plants. Common household plants can filter dangerous chemicals from new carpets or curtains. For instance, Boston ferns can detoxify 1,000 micrograms of formaldehyde from the air in one hour.10


1 Herman-Giddens et al, “Secondary sexual characteristics and menses in young girls” Pediatrics, 1997, 99(4):505-512.
2 Herman-Giddens et al, “Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys,” Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 155(2001):1022-1028.
3 Golding et al, “ALSPAC Study Team,” Paediatric Perinatal Epidemiology, 2001, 15(1):74-87.
4 Herman-Giddens et al, “Secondary sexual characteristics and menses in young girls seen in office practice: a study from the Pediatric Research Office Settings Network,” Pediatrics, 1997, 99(4):505-512.
5 Willett W., “The search for the causes of breast and colon cancer,” Nature, 338(1989):389-94
6 Herman-Giddens et al, “Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys: Estimates From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, 1988–1994,” Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 155(2001):1022-1028.
7 http://www.caresfoundation.org/endosoc.html
8 Epstein, The Breast Cancer Prevention Program, New York: Macmillan, 1997, p. 193.
9 Weise E. “Are Our Products Our Enemy?” USA Today. Aug 2, 2005.
10 http://www.bsu.edu/web/IEN/archives/