Maccabi Health Fund Undermines Babies' Health By Distributing Free Formula to New Moms

Distributing samples of infant formula and marketing breastmilk substitutes to new mothers is in direct violation of the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. Israel is a signatory to the Code and the Israeli Health Ministry recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months to prevent illness and health problems in […]

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Environmental Toxin Dioxin Affects Milk Production in Mice – What Does This Mean For Us Humans?

Scientists have long known that human breast milk is high in dioxins, environmental contaminants that enter our diets when we ingest agricultural pesticides. Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine exposed pregnant mice to a dioxin known as TCDD. The results showed that TCDD “caused severe defects in mammary gland development and function. […]

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Breastfeeding Conference for Health Care Professionals and Mothers

Breastfeeding is good for the environment and good for babies. To encourage and support breastfeeding in Israel, the breastfeeding support organization La Leche League (LLL) and Tel Hashomer/Sheba Medical Center Nursing School are co-sponsoring a conference Monday, June 1, 2009 at Tel Hashomer. The conference is open to health care professionals, nursing mothers, and the […]

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Breastfeeding and Keeping Up With "Supply and Demand"

Breastfeeding involves no processing and no waste, and helps protect the environment, as we’ve been exploring here on Green Prophet’s breastfeeding series. Even though breastfeeding is a natural continuation of pregnancy and birth, mothers still worry about producing enough milk. An understanding of  how milk production works can help mothers avoid problems and know when […]

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Is Bubbe's Eastern European Diet "Kosher" for Your Health?

Israelis come from a variety of countries and their diets tend toward the eclectic. My own culinary heritage is staunchly eastern European. But while my mother rendered chicken fat from time to time, she preferred adapting traditional foods to make them lighter. Alternet‘s Terence McNally  interviewed Michael Pollan, ecological food expert and best-selling author of […]

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10 Common Misconceptions About Breastfeeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding is a natural and “green” way for a mother to feed her baby. Yet  misconceptions about how to breastfeed and for how long pervade our modern world. These misunderstandings can lead to frustration and distress for the whole family during a challenging period. Green Prophet gives you 10 reasons to shatter any myths and misconceptions. […]

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Formula should not be baby’s first gift

Soft drinks. Fast foods. Cigarettes. Companies that market these products are well-known for targeting children and teens in order to develop “brand loyalty.” But the campaign to capture the taste buds of future consumers begins even earlier–in the hospital nursery, where formula companies use aggressive methods to ensure that babies’ first taste of artificial milk […]

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Urban Design: The Traffic Circle as a Space for Art

According to surveys, Petach Tikva is the number one destination for young couples purchasing apartments, with a population that is growing at an annual rate of 2.4 percent.  As part of a public improvement campaign before the recent municipal elections, the city began two new traffic circles. One is near my home at a dangerous […]