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Documentary Film: Unacceptable Levels

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Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

About the film: 
Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively t…

Keeping kids in rear facing car seats cool

I use a rear facing car seat for my 14 month old daughter. Although I love the increased safety of her remaining rear facing, there are no air vents that make their way around the seat (a design flaw in cars, if you ask me). But, living in Florida means that we deal with heat for much of the year - and this issue needs a resolution. I came across a product that might do the trick ... and I am going to give it a shot. It's called the Noggle. 
It sounds a lot like the Doggle (goggles for dogs). It's essentially a tube hookup that connects from an air vent and brings air to wherever you'd like it to go. In this case, the air vent will carry cool air to my daughter who otherwise doesn't get the luxury of a direct-facing air vent. I'm guessing this is equally effective for pets who travel in the backseat or rear of an SUV. They deserve to stay cool as well!! 
I appreciate the fact that this company offers free shipping throughout the States and that 75% of the product …

Circle of Life Art Contest

Women in Art 278 Magazine is currently accepting entries for the Circle Of Life Art Contest. The winning artist will appear on the cover of the May 2014 issue. The magazine, which launched in 2013, is available for free online along with the option to purchase a printed edition. We accept female artists from across the globe and varying art genres. The Circle of Life contest is celebrating womanhood, midwifery, midwives, doulas, pregnancy and birth.

We welcome both literal interpretations of the contest theme as well as abstract interpretations. Each artist who submits artwork for the cover page contest must also provide a write up (in their native language) about how their artwork connects with the theme.

Individual artist pages in each issue are not limited to the cover page theme.

For more information about the art contest or to learn more about how to participate in issues visit

Just have to vent ...

When I found out I was pregnant, my mom told me that I had to go to La Leche League meetings. She said it was a great organization and, she even bought me the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - a book written by LLL that entails all the things you'd ever need to know about breastfeeding.

So, I went to a local LLL meeting while pregnant. I felt so uncomfortable and so overwhelmed. Meetings were only one time a month so I stuck with it anyway. I didn't feel a warm welcome from the moms or leaders and I certainly wasn't bonding with anyone. I attended in a nearby city and then ultimately decided to change to a different chapter - to give LLL another shot. The change was positive - the group of ladies were smaller but the same problem existed ... the meetings were in a hospital. I found the location ironic because many mothers who birth in hospitals don't receive adequate breastfeeding support or education. So, within the same building as our meeting were women who (as we met…

Treasure Coast Moms - Photo Op!

I'm looking for local Treasure Coast moms who are interested in doing a photo shoot for the World Breastfeeding Week Photo Competition. Interested or know someone who may be? Contact us via our website at by April 5, 2014.

Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Jensen Beach, Port Saint Lucie & Surrounding

Breastfeeding Quotes for the Soul

“Imagine that the world had created a new 'dream product' to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer. Then imagine that the world refused to use it.”
― Frank A. Oski

When you hold a child to your breast to nurse, the curve of the little head echoes exactly the curve of the breast it suckles, as though this new person truly mirrors the flesh from which it sprang.”
― Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

“They convinced our mothers that if a food item came in a bottle -- or …

Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine

Post by Girona Consulting.

I wish more women knew they could trust their body and their baby. There is something very strange about OBGYN care in the USA that teaches women they don't know their body and can't handle laboring and delivery without being in a hospital, hooked up to an IV and restricted to certain birthing positions -- which was designed out of convenience for doctors. 
I had such a beautiful birthing experience but it wouldn't have been that way if I stayed at the OBGYN office in Flager in West Palm Beach. I got such substandard maternity care from the doctors and nurses I met. There was so little concern for the birthing experience I dreamed of -- in fact, the doctors constantly told me that a natural birth was unnecessary - one doctor even laughed at me and then told me that it was foolish to not take pain relieving drugs. 
I knew I didn't want to drug my baby or my body. I wanted to embrace the birthing experience. I had no idea what it would be like …

Finding a loving FURever Home

I love animals - sometimes more than people. There are a few things about pets that matter to me most -- responsible ownership (spay & neuter), not leaving animals forgotten outdoors in the elements without treating them like they feel heat or cold, proper training and nutrition. As a pet lover, I'm grateful for PETA, the Human Society and local organizations such as Good Karma Pet Rescue.

Recently, I saw a photo of a puppy Pitbull named Ozzy who was born with 3.5 legs. One of his front legs is just a bit of a nub but that doesn't seem to affect his ability to move about or be completely satisfied with life. Getting to meet his acquaintance was a bit tricky because we live about 2 hours away from his foster mom. I contacted Good Karma to see about how we might meet up. I submitted an application and they came up with a great idea. I could do a foster-to-adopt program with Mr. Ozzy. This way, we can see if my cat and daughter adjust to his presence in our house. If not the… + Veterans

I spent much of my morning filling out the application on because the deadline is quickly approaching (16 days left and counting). I followed the directions but when it came to the final costs per month, I knew something was wrong so I called the toll free number 1.800.318.2596.

I spoke to a rep who had me redo the entire application by phone with him. ugh* I already filled out the entire form online but had to do it all again by phone with him and he got the same results - a monthly cost that was wayyyyyyy too high considering the VA covers my healthcare.

So, I asked him what's the penalty for not paying for insurance since that's the most affordable route at this point. He started reading it and we both discovered that veterans who have healthcare through Veterans Affairs neither have to enroll nor do they have to apply.

Bottom line - if you are a Veteran and are applying for healthcare (and desire healthcare in addition to what you get at the VA) I would sug…

Beware of a scam from "Comcast"

It's annoying when people hack databases and steal our information, our identity or try to scam us out of money. I was contacted on behalf of "Comcast Xfinity" recently which wanted to get some cash for services. First of all, let's be honest, Comcast overcharges for services -- it doesn't offer discounts to existing customers and secondly, it's obvious when a call is an overseas call -- the quality of the call is completely recognizable! But third, and most obviously, is the email written with awful translations. Criminals should consider taking a few more English classes ...

Anyway, I want to get the word out about this bullshit so I'm posting it to my blog. Please share this with your friends whose info was also hacked from the Comcast database. These guys will know your phone number, your address, your email address, your name and your service. So, even if they know your info, don't be fooled.

The call I got was from 1-855-328-7913. They said the…

Following Your Dreams

March 2014 / Women in Art 278 Magazine

It's that time! Women in Art 278 is proud to announce the release of our March 2014 issue. And, we are even happier to announce the winner of our cover page art contest: American Artist Angela Treat Lyon! Our cover page art pays tribute to Access to Clean Water because March 22nd is World Water Day! Angela's art embodies the power and strength of beings as well as the strength, beauty and power of water. It's important that those with access to clean water not waste or pollute it. Waste we create directly impacts all living beings as well as our planet.

The mission of our magazine is to showcase talented female artists from across the globe but we would be remiss if we didn't also take the opportunity to talk about (or use art in lieu of our words) incredibly important social issues that afflict every country around our globe. As female artists, we often find inspiration for our art from our daily lives, by society, by nature and ... well, it seemed fitting to incorpor…