Dad

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This week was my father’s anniversary.  I have to be honest, it is just a weird day with an influx of reflection.

If you have been reading GH for some time you are familiar with some of my Dad’s photography.  I pulled out a handful of my favorites (MacArthur and Eisenhower included) when he served as a photographer for the Air Force.  In fact, my father was the only photographer allowed in the Korean War peace talks.

Also, if you have been here for a bit, you also know that losing my father to melanoma was the main force in me creating a resource for non-carcinogenic sun care, skincare, and cosmetics.  Voila! Goddess Huntress was born.

Enjoy.

(btw, my cute shutterbug father is pictured above)

Goddess Huntress | Air Force Magazine Photographed By Clyde Reavis

Goddess Huntress | Air Force Kitty Photographed By Clyde Reavis

Goddess Huntress | Hay Field Photographed By Clyde Reavis

Goddess Huntress | Sexy Ladies On A Plane Photographed By Clyde Reavis

Goddess Huntress | MacArthur Eisenhower Photographed By Clyde Reavis

Goddess Huntress | Air Force Race Photographed By Clyde Reavis

I love you, Dad.

Breast Milk Sharing

Goddess Huntress | Breast Milk Sharing

Many of you may be aware of Alicia Silverstone’s recent launch of her Kind Life breast milk sharing program, where moms who are not producing any or enough milk can find a vegan nursing milk donor who is willing to share their breast milk with moms who are underproducing.

While the intent and purpose is beautiful and comes from a good place (especially for those that can’t afford formula), I have one big problem with it.

A milk donor with a vegan/organic lifestyle and is disease-free is not enough for me.

My biggest concern with breast milk sharing is of course the sharing of toxins from the environment the donor lives in.  What is her tap water quality? Does she use plastic, Teflon, and canned goods in the kitchen? What cleaning products does she use (including laundry)? Does she wear or is exposed to synthetic fragrances regularly? What are her mercury levels? Does she have implants (absorbing off-gases from casing)? What toxins has she been exposed to at work?  Will she find out later that she is living on or close to toxic waste? Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.

I think it is fair to know the answers to these questions (and more), if you are considering using a donor. The only problem is that those answers may not be easy to come by…

In 2005, author Florence Williams had her breast milk tested for fire retardants for an article in the New York Times, an eye-opening piece on the toxins that American breast milk contains. Florence, also author of  Los Angeles Times book prize winner for science and technology  Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, lived a very conscious, organic eating, toxin-avoiding lifestyle when she found out her breast milk contained pesticides, dioxin, and high levels of flame retardants. Scary. (It was her NYT article that got me so upset that this restaurant in NY defended their serving of breast milk cheese in 2010…luckily, the Health Dept. agreed with me too.)

What is very concerting is studies have found breast milk to inhibit some toxins in such a way that babies metabolize some toxins with no problem.  Our bodies are incredible geniuses.

Then there is formula, which has its own slew of  ingredient toxicity controversies and recalls, not to mention the really unfortunate condescending looks formula-using moms receive from some breast-feeding moms… elitism is never a good look. Do select your formula with a fine-toothed comb and do your due diligence with research (non-GMO, BPA-free, DHA, etc.).

At the end of the day, you really have to pick your poison if you are unable to produce any/enough milk or  are supplementing formula with breastfeeding.

When it comes down to it, everyone’s breast milk will test positive for toxins.  I just wouldn’t want my donor’s milk to be more toxic than mine.

What is your take?

Sunscreen Prevents Aging

Goddess Huntress | Breaking News

You saw it breaking all over the news yesterday…

Sunscreen prevents aging! Wow!

But, I’m sure you were already aware of the magic of sunscreen…unless you were living under a rock (which would be anti-aging as well) or you are Magda from There’s Something About Mary…

Me, snarky? Of course not….(wink)

Boston We Love You

Goddess Huntress | Boston

How you can help Boston:

  • Call the Boston Mayor’s Hotline (617-635-4500) for information about individuals who may have been injured.
  • Google set up a helpful Doc page to organize housing for runners or visitors in town for the Boston Marathon who need an immediate place to stay.
  • Google set a up a Boston Marathon Person Finder page for those looking for someone or those who have information about someone. It’s currently tracking more then 5,000 people.
  • The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders. The best way to be of assistance is by making a financial contribution on their website.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital is accepting donations for emergency medicine and trauma. You can donate online, call 617-726-2200 to contribute by phone, or send your donation via mail to: MGH Developmental Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.
  •  Boston Children’s Hospital continues to aid in the recovery following the explosions. You can support the hospital’s efforts with a donation to the Marathon Program, which supports the hospital’s areas of greatest need, or the Emergency and Trauma fund, which helps kids and families get the emergency treatment they need when tragedy strikes.
  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the formation of The One Fund Boston at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that will raise money for those families affected by Monday’s tragedy. You can learn more and donate by visiting the website, onefundboston.org.

Via USA Today and MSNBC (Thank you)

 

New Baby Scent

Goddess Huntress | Baby Fragrance

Many of you got word of Dolce Gabbana’s fragrance launch for babies a couple weeks back.

I didn’t bat an eyelash, nor dropped a jaw. I was de-scenticized…because I wore fragrance at a very young age…diaper age.

I wore fragrance every day to school, preschool on up.

When I read about the controversial luxury children’s fragrance, I was surprised that these luxury scents didn’t come into the marketplace earlier. Growing up, I wore cologne for babies by Mennen, or Colonia Mennen Para Bebe.  In Latin America, and a few other cultures, it is standard to adorn children and babies with cologne. With every trip to Costa Rica growing up, I came back with a new cologne bottle.

Had we only known better…

Wee ones do not need to hang out with these fragrance lurkers:

  • Diethyl phthalate – mimics hormones, linked to abnormal reproductive organs and sperm damage
  • BHT – toxic to immune, nervous, and respiratory systems, endocrine disruptor, possible carcinogen
  • Oxybenzone – potential photocarcinogen, endocrine disruptor, linked to lower birth weight
  • Octinoxate – endocrine disruptor, increases uterus weight
  • Limonene – can create formaldehyde as a byproduct when exposed to ozone

Keep the wee ones protected. The only “luxury” fragrance that can come close to wee ones should be natural.

Am I the only crazy pants toddler that smelled of synthetic roses here?

 

 

My Sweet Valentine

Goddess Huntress | Waltz

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I am pretty thrilled for tonight.  We are taking our first private waltz lesson.  It should be interesting.  I am great at rocking out on the dance floor on my own, but when a partner is involved I become the utmost uncoordinated.

Wish me luck.  Actually, wish Andrew luck…since he has to lead me!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?  

Check out last year’s Valentine’s Day aphrodisiac post with Tata Harper, In Fiore, and Heather Pierce Giannone if you need some sensual ideas!

Original image: Last Waltz From 14th July, Robert Doisneau

“The Cosmetics Wars” By Mark Bittman

Goddess Huntress | "Cosmetic Wars" by Mark Bittman

In yesterday’s New York Times there was a fantastic op-ed piece by Mark Bittman, author of Food Matters, titled “The Cosmetic Wars”.

Mark Bittman wrote his piece in response to the European Union’s ban on the sale of cosmetic ingredients tested on animals to go into effect next month.  He brings up a great angle for debate…

Animals are being protected, but who is protecting us because we are animals too?

He also shines light on a general hypocrisy in our culture in regards to animal testing and cruelty, by asking to consider the quality of life of the millions of lab animals versus the quality of life of the millions of animals killed every year in the cruel livestock industry.  This is definitely  an interesting point.  So many people are avid cruelty-free consumers, but then don’t extend that sentiment in their food consumption.

One Goddess Huntress reader brought up an interesting question after viewing my post earlier on Instagram and Facebook…”Could it be argued that tested animals are kept alive to be tortured, and factory farm livestock tortured to be killed?”

Animal testing is such a provocative topic.  Inflicting harm on animals is definitely not desired. Animal testing is unfortunately the best method, as of now, to determine carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.  If you really think about it, it is because of animal testing we have lists like The Stay The Hell Away List. A successful departure from this barbaric method must be discovered to provide us with crucial scientific results.

At the end of the day, it isn’t all “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”.  Use products with good-for-you ingredients that would never have to be tested on animals, be mindful of what you do need to stay away from, educate ourselves and others on free-range, antibiotics, hormone-free, and the awful realities of the farming industry so better food consumption and animal treatment choices can be made.

What are your thoughts on animal testing and Mark Bittman’s Op-Ed piece? Shouldn’t “cruelty-free” include humans too?

Read the full article HERE and voice your views in the comments below.

 

Under The Weather

Goddess Huntress | Sneeze

Things are a little slow here on GH.  I caught a post-birthday cold. Boo-hoo.

So today, I am curling up with my laptop catching up on all my favorite blogs (A House In The Hills, One Part Gypsy, Well In L.A.Spoon Fork Bacon, Manrepeller, I Love Your Style, just to name a few), pin away on Pinterest, and look around for new fonts.

All the stuff I’ve always wanted  more time to do.

What do you love doing when you are under the weather?

Make a Wish

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Yep, it’s my birthday! My agenda is pretty nourishing today.  I’ll get my own om on at Yoga House, get a blowout, read some Danielle Laporte at the Huntington Library, and then off to dinner to break my vegan diet in Silverlake.

Today is the best!

What are you Beauties up to? Btw, since it is my birthday, I am extending the chance to enter to win a month’s worth of Celestial Seasonings! I will announce the winner the evening of January 18th! Enter now!