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Welcome to Eco-Family News (EFN), a free resource e-newsletter (and website) based on the principles of Whole Children, Whole Planet (WCWP).

Happy New Year - 2009 ... This long awaited and anticipated year is already filled with hope and change throughout the world.

This month we are proud to announce the launch of Eco Family News on I Am Healthy (Internet) Radio.

The show premiered on January 21, 2009 with guests Debbie Lindgren, President of and Dr. Anila Jacob, an expert and physician on staff at the Environmental Working Group.

Our first show focused on how to keep your family safe from the risks associated with a child's exposure to heavy metals, as well as toxic chemicals in their environment. Listen now ...

Eco Family News Radio will air on the third Wednesday of every month at 11:00am. If you miss it, no worries, it will be available 24/7 on

We hope it is of benefit to you.

Kathy Arnos
Great Organizations to Support
Healthy Child, Healthy World
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Mamas MunchiesIn 1991 Nancy and Jim Chuda experienced the heartbreak that no parent should have to endure, the loss of their five-year-old daughter Colette to a rare form of cancer - a Wilm's tumor.

Because there was no known genetic link to this type of cancer, it was believed by both the Chuda's and doctors, that it was the result of some type of toxic environmental exposure either in the womb, or infancy.

After the loss of their daughter, the Chuda's decided to direct their pain into a passion that would help protect other children and started what is known today as Healthy Child, Healthy World.

The non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures. They educate parents, support protective policies, and engage communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, and well-informed lifestyle improvements to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish.

For more info visit

Creating Peace!
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Join the Department of Peace Campaign at their National Conference on March 20-23, 2009 in Arlington, VA.

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Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Azim Khamisa A father's journey from murder to forgiveness ... Azim Khamisa teaches people how to achieve peace through the practice of forgiveness.

Azim N. Khamisa is a rare individual who not only speaks of powerful and life-changing concepts, he walks the talk. His personal story is quite remarkable. In 1995 Azim's 20-year-old son Tariq was shot to death while delivering a pizza, by 14-year-old gang member, Tony Hicks.

In October of 1995, to honor his son's life, Azim established the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF). In an act of forgiveness Azim reached out to Ples Felix, Hicks' grandfather, and today the men work together to end the plague of youth violence in our country.

TKF is dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth violence by empowering kids, saving lives, and teaching peace through school-based nonviolence programs and curriculum. The program teaches kids about the realities of gangs, violence, revenge, and the importance of becoming "peacemakers".

Azim's latest book "The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit; How to Bounce Back from Life's Hardest Hits" - (Random House) will be available in stores February 24, 2009. It is a self-help book with practical instruction on how to develop the inner strength to respond powerfully to all of life.

For more info visit
Conscious Entertainment
Funny Bone Logic


Giggly Sprout and Gumbo Wobbly aspire to be messengers of inspiration.
Elizabeth Newman (Giggly) a Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner, and Jacob Devaney (Gumbo) a graphic designer and creator of Culture Collective, have come together to form Living Folklore and Funny Bone Logic.

Funny Bone Logic is an interactive dvd that teaches games and exercises that encourage children to explore the wisdom that resides in their body, emotions, and imagination.

Their fun-filled program is based on the principles of a whole-child system of yoga and brain exercises. They have incorporated practices from indigenous wisdom, Heartmath, yoga, child psychology, laughter therapy, brain research, ideas from the children themselves, countless friends, and  other varied research.

Read a review of the dvd
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Smart Sustainable Home Ideas

Hybrid Lite Solar Flashlight
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How prepared are you for the Big One? The Big One being any emergency situation when the lights go out - earthquake, fire, flood, power outage, etc. Last year at Whole Children, Whole Planet when the rental company misplaced the set up lights, it was Hybrid Lite to the rescue - bobbing LED lights dancing in the dark over the 11-acre campus, providing an emergency source of much needed light - a true testimony. (The powered lights were eventually found!)

Mamas MunchiesThe Hybrid Lite solar flashlight utilizes a capacitor (NiMH) to store the charge from the solar panel for up to 3 years. If the capacitor is drained for any reason, backup battery power is only a click away! Hybrid Lite is the eminent survival-emergency flashlight and comes with a rope cord - convenient for hanging on a door knob, or your wrist. 
The flashlight is a practical and sustainable fundraising item, and the company has a wonderful program.

For more information, please visit:

Support EFN and receive two solar flashlights for the price of one by using the promotional code: ECOFAMILY
Lifesource Water Systems

Meet Adrienne Stein, also known locally as the Water Lady. She has been involved with important issues surrounding toxins in water for over 25 years.

One of Adrienne's big concerns came when she learned that the toxins absorbed through the skin and lungs from a hot shower, were possibly more dangerous than actually drinking the same amount of water!

Today, Adrienne is a representative for LifeSource Water Systems, Inc., a company that has been manufacturing and distributing water treatment products for residential, commercial and industrial applications since 1984. Their Beotron systems have earned the Gold Seal of approval by the Water Quality Association - and they are endorsed by environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr.!

Among LifeSource's many contributions in the world is a unique pilot project for the House of the Children - Project Huacaria - bringing sustainable clean water and proper sanitation systems to indigenous communities.

For more information, please visit:
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Akeena Solar
Akeena Solar logoAkeena Solar is a proven leader in the design and integration of solar power systems for residential and commercial customers in California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Their skilled team of trained engineers are dedicated environmentalists.

"What does Akeena mean?" Akeena is a new way to say "unlimited power for life." The company feels that producing clean electricity from the sun is the best way to respect the earth and one another.

A new solar power tax credit is now available. Solar incentives now cover 45% of a systems cost. For more information visi

Great Ideas for Parents!

gdiapers familyMeet Kim and Jason Graham-Nye, founders of gDiapers (with their two sons Fynn-6, and Harper-3).
As new parents the two found that there weren't many options for those looking for environmentally-friendly diapers, and thus began their diaper journey. 

Did you know that a single disposable diaper can take up to 500 years to biodegrade in the landfill? And that conventional disposable diapers are the third largest contributors to landfills in the world?   

Mamas MunchiesThe couples research led them to
a biochemist in Tasmania who was selling flushable diapers, and with a bit of collaboration the gDiaper was born. The diaper consists of a reusable cloth outer pant and a plastic-free refill that you can flush, compost, or toss.  gDiapers break down in about 3 months and are breathable, just like sports clothing, so babies stay dry and are far less likely to get diaper rash. They require less washing, saving energy and water, and are really cute!

To learn more visit www.gDiapers,com

Barefoot Books
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Once upon a time two young mothers envisioned a magical world where everyone went barefoot.

In 1993, Tessa Strickland and Nancy Traversy (with four children between them) came up with an idea to start a unique home-based independent publishing company - Barefoot Books. The company creates beautiful books inspired by diverse cultures that engage a child's imagination and inspires them to explore the amazing world in which they live - it is about a healthy value system and way of life.

In addition to being a content conscious based company, Barefoot Books also has a strong commitment to the environment and social responsibility.  They ensure that their products are made by audited manufacturers and printers, and only use ancient-forest friendly paper in all of their books and marketing materials.

Barefoot Books also
takes pride in giving back to society through charities that support their goals of global understanding, educating children through
art and story, and preserving the earth's
resources for future generations.

For more infomation, please visit:
Food for Thought
Pitter Patties
Sue and KerryMeet Susan Stahly and Kerry Williams, founders of Pitter Patties - a wholesome frozen food company for children (and adults) on the go!

These two moms, like many other parents juggling a zillion responsibilities, recognized a need for a healthy food source to nourish their families, and also allow them time to spend with their kids. So they created five varieties of Pitter Patties™ that are packed with fresh veggies, all natural protein, whole grains and kids LOVE them.
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The company donates a percentage of their profits to various women and children's charities, locally, nationally, and globally.

For more information, please visit:
Redmond Real Salt
Mamas MunchiesLong before the earth knew pollutants of any kind, a huge, ancient sea, covered what is now North America. Pure, natural salt was the main ingredient of this sea, and over millions of years, the water evaporated, leaving the salt in undisturbed deposits.

At some point during the earth's Jurassic era, a range of volcanos erupted around the ancient sea bed, sealing the salt with layers of thick volcanic ash, protecting these precious deposits against the pollution that man would eventually introduce into the environment.

Near the small town of Redmond, in central Utah, approximately 200 miles south of Salt Lake City, Redmond Trading, extracts this hand-selected salt from deep within the earth, and brings it to you in a pure, natural state-without any additives, chemicals, or heat processing.

While many sea salts appear stark white because they have undergone a harsh refining process, RealSalt's unique flecks of color are the result of more than 50 natural trace minerals (essential to human health). RealSalt is also kosher-certified.

For more information please visit:
 The Film - Fuel
Mamas MunchiesFuel - A documentary about America's addition to oil - premiers in Los Angeles on February 13th and in New York on March 13, 2009.

Treat yourself to a real education filled with hope and solutions. When you buy a ticket to this documentary, you are making a statement for a sustainable future. You can make a difference. Read review ...
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