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The Girlcott – Compounded Green Consumer Power

June 13th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

Compounded Green Consumer Power
One good aspect of our consumer-driven economy is, that each of us has the power to make change happen by the way we spend our money.  And some positive changes are happening, at least around the margins — the influx of stainless steel water bottles onto our supermarket shelves [...]

My Mother Made Me Fat!

June 10th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

If it hadn’t been for the Big Macs that Joannie ate pretty much three times a week, she wouldn’t have gotten fat.  If she hadn’t been exposed while in her mother’s womb to chemicals x, y and z, Joannie wouldn’t have had the propensity to get fat.  And if Joannie’s mom had [...]

Of Teenagers and Whales

June 7th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

Yesterday evening, after my teenage granddaughter had finished her homework, we went at her request to a nearby mall.  We drove, of course.
While she was hunting around for some new acquisition of the outlandish apparel teenagers relish these days, I sauntered idly around the shops.  The stores are all chains common [...]

Anti-bacterials – Anti-health

June 5th, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

In our natural instinct to protect our children, we sometimes (often?) get waylaid by products that end up doing more harm than good, but make a nice profit for the manufacturer.  A chemical called triclosan is a case in point.
It’s supposed to vanquish “germs,” that is, bacteria or microbes.  You’ll find [...]

What’s amiss with our children?

June 3rd, 2010 by Alice Shabecoff

As we watched each of our five grandchildren and their friends enter this world and begin their life’s journey, it became more and more clear that something is amiss with this generation.  How are your children and your friends’ children doing?
Most likely, one of three of the children you know in this [...]