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What California Prop 37 means to families everywhere

In Announcement, Children's Safety, Family Safety, Natural Health, Supporting Mamas on October 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hi everyone! Mayu from Mama Goddess here. I’ve been (super) lagging on blog posts lately… but here’s a really important issue I’ve been wanting to talk about with our Mama Goddess community that I’m sure you already know about as election day in the US approaches.

A safe and healthy world

We all want to live healthy, fulfilling lives.  We all want that most for our children.  We want them to live in a safe world in which they can simply be happy and healthy.  We want to believe that we are birthing them into such a world.

These simple wishes are at stake today, as big business and agribusiness are trying to deceive and mislead the public into thinking that genetically modified crops don’t need to be labeled in our food.

What does this mean? What are the true consequences?

On November 6th, Californians will be voting in proposition 37 about the labeling of GMO foods.  And everyone in California, if they care about their health and freedom, must vote YES.

If we don’t pass this, and GMOs are no longer required to be labeled, that means we will lose our ability to know what we are eating. That means harmful GMO foods can find their way into even our organic foods, without us having any knowledge of it.

GMOs have been scientifically proven to cause cancer, infertility, a host of other diseases, and is horrible for the environment (pesticide use has increased significantly – 404 million pounds over the last 16 years).  They are killing off bees, and as we know, we absolutely depend on bees to pollinate and therefore make our food.

  • If you’re a voter in California, VOTE YES on Prop 37 on November 6th.
  • Urge your friends and family to do the same.
  • If you’re not in California or in the states, tell all of your friends and urge them to spread the word.
  • The only way we can win this battle is the power of grassroots efforts by people like you and us who want to keep the world safe for us and our children.

The argument we have been hearing is: But how can people be so stupid as to say NO to GMO labeling? Isn’t it obvious? Won’t Californians just vote yes?

We wish it were that simple.  However, the corporations who are against GMO labeling have put in over 40 million dollars into the campaign to not let this pass.  Sadly, only 48% of voters now are saying YES according to recent polls, as a result of their brainwashing.

Check out the chart above that shows familiar organic brands that are supporting Monsanto and its efforts to take away our health and freedom.  These brands are ones that we see in our health foods stores, and have most likely bought ourselves, but they have all been bought by large corporations that do not want people to know what they are putting in our food supply.

The supporters of prop 37 have raised 4 million dollars to protect our freedom. These groups include Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Bronner’s, the Organic Consumer’s Association, among many other independent organic producers.  Let’s be a supporter by purchasing items from these brands instead of the Monsanto-supporters, as well as donating to the cause!

This proposition in California is not just about Californians.  If the mandatory labeling of GMO foods doesn’t pass in California, that means it affects the rest of the US, as half of the US produce come from California.  If the US, being perhaps the most influential (whether positive or negative) country in the world, have no GMO labeling, that can mean that dangerous foods can infiltrate the world without anyone knowing.

This is really a historic, important time.  Let’s show the true power of people getting together to protect our rights and basic health.

We may not be able to raise $40 million like big business, but we can raise our voices, and hopefully, will be raising our glasses over safe, delicious food with our loved ones for years to come.

Action list:
1) If you’re a voter in California, VOTE YES on Prop 37 on November 6th.

2) Urge your friends and family to do the same. You can forward them this letter or write your own. Share on Facebook. Tweet about it. Use the social share buttons below.

3) If you’re not in California or in the states, tell all of your friends and urge them to spread the word. Again, forward this letter or write your own.

4) Donate if you can here.

5) Sign this petition.

6) Visualize a safe and healthy future for our dinner tables and children, as well as their children! Positive intention is far more powerful than the negative – let’s believe in our collective, uplifting power!

Love
Sending you and your family love and warmest wishes for your health,

Mayu and everyone at Mama Goddess Birth Shop

Is there a link between bras and breast cancer?

In Supporting Mamas on May 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Guest Post by Karen Atkins, http://www.restoremethod.com/

Bras and Breast Cancer LinkI’ve been working with so many women with breast cancer these days, that I just had to discuss this very important topic which I became aware of when I was struggling with painful and cystic breasts about 10 years ago.

My Story

Body issues were a big thing with my mom. Especially weight and breast size.
Her mother wore a size double D cup bra and used to say to my mother before she developed breasts that she hated small breasted women. So what do you think happened?

Yup! You guessed it, when my mother developed breasts, they were on the small side! hmmm. Perhaps not the most enlightened parenting strategy on my grandmother’s part.  It certainly made my mother feel bad and the only thing that prevented her from getting breasts implants was that breast cancer ran in the family, so she was too afraid.

Well my mom saw what her mother did and tried to make sure that my sister and I didn’t get the same message, so she waited until we were older and only made small comments like “when I die (the implication was that it was going to be from breast cancer-just like her mother), your father is going to get re-married to a busty blond.”

Just a little “lift”

Then she put me in the category with her, because my sister ended up with breasts almost my grandmother’s size and mine were more like my mom’s. So her way of trying to make me feel better was through commradery; “We’re in this together, Karen. But, you can do something about it. Just wear a nice bra and put a little padding in it, to give you a little ‘lift’.”

The Pain Begins

So, after years of push back, at a certain point, I caved in. My mother took me shopping and I started wearing padded underwire bras. After about a year, I started getting very bad breast pain and felt a number of cyst-like nodules on my breasts. It was very scary. I made an appointment with a gynecologist and she suggested that I get a mammogram. So I did. That is also an experience that I decided not to repeat. I felt as if I had made matters worse. The results from the mammogram were that there was no cancer, but I had a lot of cysts and should come back soon for another mammogram to check it out.

The link between bras, cysts, and breast cancer

I decided to do my own research, sought out other solutions and stopped wearing a bra. After a short time without wearing a bra, the pain and the cysts went away. A year later, I took my first BodyTalk class and learned a whole bunch of eye-opening information about the correlation between bras, cysts, and breast cancer.

Here’s a summary of what I discovered:

  • Research suggests that wearing a bra greatly increases your risk of developing breast cancer
  • A ground breaking study of 5000 women, by Singer and Grismaijer, revealed that 3 out of 4 women who wear a bra developed breast cancer, compared to only one out of 168 women who rarely or never wore a bra.
    Women who wear a bra 24 hours a day are 125 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who don’t wear a bra at all. Women who wear a bra even 12 hours a day are 113 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who wear their bra less than 12 hours a day. Singer and Girsmajier published the results of this study in more depth in their book, Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, a book all women should read.
  • Wearing a bra causes a slight increase in the temperature of breast tissue and the levels of the hormone prolactin. Both of which may contribute to breast cancer.
  • Singer and Grismaijer also found that 90% of women who have fibrocystic breast disease find relief by not wearing a bra. Restriction caused by bra-wearing impedes lymph flow in the breast areas and causes lymph fluid to create to lumps, cysts and fibrous tissue.
  • Wearing a bra has been found to decrease the production of melatonin and increases the basal temperature of the body. Melatonin regulates sleep and affects aging, immune function and slows the growth of breast cancer and other cancers.
  • The correlation between breast cancer and bras is 4 times higher than the correlation between smoking and lung cancer.
  • Wearing a bra while breastfeeding can cause breast engorgement and sore breasts.
  • In cultures where bra wearing is rare, so is breast cancer.
  • Bra wearing restricts the circulatory system from distributing vital nutrients.

 

Do Your Research

You may be thinking, who is this crazy person telling me not to wear a bra!? Well, first of all, let’s be clear, I’m not telling you not to wear a bra, but simply suggesting that if you haven’t done any research on the matter, you may want to consider it, and also consider what kind of bra you wear, if you choose to wear one. (And guys, if you’re still reading, this information is important for you to know, too. The women in your life will appreciate you being educated about this.)

Bras with underwire have been found to be significantly more dangerous than bras without (see links below for details) and also bras made from synthetic fibers like nylon and polyester also restrict energy flow.

What other experts say about bras

Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, writes “Stop wearing an underwire bra.” Too often this kind of bra cuts off circulation of both blood and lymph fluid around the breast, chest wall, and surrounding tissue. She goes on to say how important it is to “learn about your breasts” “Understand your breasts’ anatomy… Gently massage your breasts at least once per month, making sure to sweep your hands up into your armpits (where the lymph nodes from the breasts drain). You might consult with a massage therapist for help in learning how to do this.”

Dr. Jesse Hanley, M.D., in her book: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause, encourages her patients not to wear underwire bras or even tight bras, except for special occasions because they block the lymph glands under the arms, around the breast and chest wall. “Lymph glands play an important role in draining toxins from the breast.”

In an article on bras and breast cancer, Dr. Ralph Reed says, “Just for an interesting experiment, the next time you walk down the street, notice visually how constricting bras are. On many women you can actually see “dents” around the sides of their chests where there bras are, even in something as opaque as a black t-shirt.

A physical therapist friend of mine, after reading Dressed to Kill, said that she was amazed at what she saw in her practice at a local medical clinic. She noticed how many women have red creases and grooves on their bodies caused by their bras. Singer and Grismaijer also suggest that you simply stop wearing one for two weeks and see how you feel.”

Here’s a few other links to check out on the subject:

Why Wear Bras
http://www.007b.com/why_wear_bras.php

Bras and Breast Cancer
http://www.007b.com/bras_breast_cancer.php

Fibrocystic Disease and Bras
http://www.all-natural.com/fibrocys.html

Nina L. Diamond in her book Purify Your Body: Natural Remedies for Detoxing from 50 Everyday Situations recommends:

  • If you’re going to wear a bra, wear the correct bra size. Make sure it’s not too tight.
  • Never sleep with a bra on.
  • Go braless as often as possible.
  • Wear a bra less than 12 hours daily.
  • Do self massage of the lymph glands under each arm, next to your breasts, at least a few times a week.

So, I’m not saying that you have to go and burn your bra (although you would definitely have my support if you did), but at the very least, it’s worth reading some of the above material and looking into some options for healthier breast support.

Please feel free to share your own stories or resources here, as well. :)

Karen Atkins is a Certified Wudang Qi Gong Instructor, Advanced Certified BodyTalk Instructor, Award-Winning Songwriter, Photographer, Licensed Massage Therapist and Powerful Visionary.  She is an expert on natural health and women’s well being, and a huge supporter of natural pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

Find out more about her work at http://www.restoremethod.com/

An easy technique to relieve stress: balancing your brain

In Stress management on April 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

We wanted to share with you a quick, great video of a technique that helps you relieve stress.  We love being able to connect our Mama Goddesses with work that we believe is beneficial and non-intrusive.  There are so many amazing healers out there, and it gets us excited especially when they are very experienced with working with children, pregnant mothers and women in general.

One such individual is a well-known figure in the world of BodyTalk, a form of holistic energy & consciousness healing system that is practiced and taught all over the world (over 41 countries).

Karen AtkinsMulti-talented Karen Atkins is one of the most engaging speakers and teachers of this comprehensive healing modality.

What exactly is BodyTalk?

BodyTalk is a complete system that utilizes “tapping” methods to restore health in the cells of the body. Based on the most progressive research in quantum physics, it is a practical and methodical – albeit intuitive and seemingly mystical – way to repair relationships within the body so that all cells, organs and systems work together in the most harmonious way possible.

Having come from a conservative family of lawyers and teachers, when Karen first discovered BodyTalk, she admits that “it seemed very ‘voodoo’ to me.”

Years before learning about BodyTalk, Karen had a solid musical career going for herself, but the high-stress lifestyle had gotten the best of her. She went to a massage therapist who introduced her to a practitioner of the Alexander technique, who then introduced her to cranial sacral therapy, then she found herself learning about acupuncture and martial arts. She was continuously searching for different ways to heal herself, and after being on the healing journey for over a decade, encountered BodyTalk.

“I’ve been on this healing journey for over 20 years, and I haven’t found another modality that is as dynamic, far-reaching, and simple,” Karen says, although she also warns that “you can’t just do one thing and say, ‘that’s it,’ because there are so many factors that affect our well-being. But BodyTalk covers a major chunk.

Karen’s passion is extremely contagious. And that’s because of her core belief that the “only way to make a change (in the world) is to create more coherency within one’s self, and simply teach others to do the same. I’ve learned over the years that there’s no point trying to fight all that is going on in the world. The only way is to be more conscious yourself.

Consciousness is a foundation of BodyTalk and Karen’s teachings. It’s about tapping into the subconscious, which makes up more than 90% of our consciousness. We are only conscious 1-10% of the time! If we can (literally) tap into our subconscious and access our Inner Wisdom, then our bodies will be able to regain health.

Today, we would like to share one of the techniques that she teaches, called Cortices Balancing.

Karen says that “this is the most powerful technique I have found to:

  • Calm the fight or flight response
  • Get us out of overwhelm
  • And speed up the healing process of trauma or injury

I have been teaching the cortices balancing technique for over 10 years, and have seen more miracles with this technique than any other single tool I’ve used. If each individual feels more peaceful inside then, one by one, the world becomes more peaceful. That’s the kind of world I want to live in.

There are thousands and thousands of testimonials from people from all over the world who’ve alleviated symptoms anywhere from headaches to insomnia and from ADD to Autism.”

Here is the video to show you how to do it.  By balancing both sides of the brain, the brain can do its work with better flow.  It’s very simple and only takes a minute, so give it a try on yourself, and on your babies and partners too!

Karen’s BodyTalk and Access (one-day intensive) classes give us the power to become intermediaries between us and our innate wisdom. Our innate wisdom controls the communication between our 50-100 trillion cells. It knows what’s going on in the body. But because of all the conditioning, polluting, and ego-driven thinking that has separated us from this “inner doctor,” we need help from a system like BodyTalk to re-open the lines of communication and rediscover our bodies’ perfect ways to restore themselves.

What we love about Karen is that she explains everything in the most persuasive, scientific and humorous way, that you are never once bored in her class.  She is someone who can relate this information to both left-brained and right-brained people, and after learning the techniques, you too will be able to balance the sides of your brain :)

Karen Atkins is really at the forefront of this healing technique in the US.  She has traveled all around the world to teach and train new BodyTalk healers.  In Europe, BodyTalk has become a university degree, and many are lobbying for that to happen in the US as well.

Karen is available for phone consultations and distant healing sessions, so visit her website/blog to find out more about her work, her explanation on BodyTalk, and inspiring videos and articles for maximizing emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

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