Friday, March 13, 2009

Gone Fishing

Hi all,

I'm going on a working vacation to work on my novel, so in the meantime, read more here at Fertility Authority and address any question you have to the GreenFertility forum, ey!

In health,

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Don't rely on package inserts for your meds

It is important to read the paperwork that comes with your meds (if you take them) for side effects, interactions, etc. But guess what, who prints the stuff on the 1 mm. type in the light blue type so you can barely read it? The drug companies, naturally.

If you was a more objective look at the funny colored pills you are putting in your body, ask your friendly pharmacist for the "FDA-approved package insert" or go to

If you want a list of drugs that might be under suspicion of causing weird side effects but it hasn't hit the media yet (usually, they need "bodies" before it gets to that point), check out the list at

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Soft toilet paper rought on forests

We buy only recycled toilet paper and tissues for eco reasons and because they generally do not use added chlorine to produce them. I'm still wondering why they bother to bleach TP (and tampons) for that matter at all.

Of course, in this recession, the big drawback is that it's a lot more expensive. But think of it as an investment in your future. You can also try to buy in bulk at places like

From StopGlobalWarming.Org:

America has an obsession with ultra-soft toilet paper, but as a recent New York Times article pointed out, that fluffiness comes at a high environmental price -- the destruction of millions of trees in North America, including rare old-growth forests in Canada.

But it's more than just the loss of forests: "Turning a tree to paper requires more water than turning paper back into fiber, and many brands that use tree pulp use polluting chlorine-based bleach for greater whiteness. In addition, tissue made from recycled paper produces less waste tonnage - almost equaling its weight - that would otherwise go to a landfill."

No forest should be used to make toilet paper. There is another choice -- post consumer recycled tissue products. Greenpeace and the NRDC provide guides to the environmental soundness of tissue brands. Check them out.

FACT: Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of recycled toilet paper - just once.

Thursday, March 05, 2009


So for those organized ladies out there (or those who would like to be), here's some nifty Fertilstat software to keep track of your basal temps and predict ovulation with the aid of computer calculations.

I think the main advantage would be having all that history on your computer rather than all the weird pieces of paper and misc. calendar pages like yours truly. Plus, to maximize chances of conception, it's most important to catch the period BEFORE ovulation, and the computer can discern patterns faster.

As I am, alas, a Mac person, and this is WINDOWS only, I am going to pass this on to one of you wonderful GreenFertility readers. This also gives me the opportunity to alert you to a new fertility site,, that is just getting up and running--lots of "hard" medical info there that this blog doesn't cover, and I also hope to bring a little loving GreenFertility energy to this site, which is fairly IVF heavy and as you know I prefer "fertility" to "infertility" but again, there are readers who have successfully conceived using natural aids AND IVF, so there you go.

So go here: and comment...I'll pick a commenter who is at a prime number (1, 2, 3...5, etc.) as the winner.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

REVIEW: Shea Terra organic Shea Butter

Okay, longtime readers know I have a soft spot for shea butter. First, it's extremely versatile, it's a natural sunscreen, nourishes skin, and is eco friendly.

I love this particular shea butter by Shea Terra because it's less waxy than some of the other (still excellent) organic products we've reviewed on the blog. During these wintry months I put it on my hands and then use any excess to calm any frizz in my hair. Shea Terra is also committed to producing healing products from various herbs and trees in a fair trade manner that also discourages slash and burn agriculture.