For a majority of new parents in the U.S. today, having a child inspires a shift to greener living. Motivated by the natural instinct to protect their children from harm, today's eco-conscious parents are going to great lengths, and spending more, to clean without chemicals, eat organic, and explore alternative healthcare options. An increasing number of parents, for example, are choosing not to vaccinate or are delaying vaccines out of concern about toxic ingredients in vaccines including mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde. This is a hot topic for members of the Holistic Moms Network (HMN) - a national non-profit connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living.
HMN members use an array of alternative healthcare modalities including herbs, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, and nutritional healing. They breastfeed, believe in mindful parenting and positive discipline. They also strive to live green. One local chapter launched a campaign to stop the spraying of pesticides around a school. Some chapters have formed buying cooperatives to purchase food in bulk; others have clothing and toy swaps to stem consumerism. Green birthday parties, carbon offsets, composting and recycling are common topics on HMN's online forums.
HMN's 5th annual Natural Living Conference, - on October 18, 2008, at the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel in Mahwah, New Jersey - will focus on both health and the environment with keynote addresses by nationally renowned speakers: Annie B. Bond is the Executive Producer of Care2.com's Green Living channels and the author of numerous books on non-toxic living. Barbara Loe Fisher is Founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a non-profit, educational organization that has been instrumental in instituting vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system.
HMN's Conference will also include a Green Exhibit Hall, a Silent Auction and breakout sessions on eco-activities for kids, non-violent communication, stress management, and homeschooling. Lunch - with a vegetarian option - is included with the price of admission. Children are welcome. To register online go to http://annualconference.holisticmoms.org. Register before August 31st and save $$$. To exhibit, advertise, or to become a sponsor, or for general information, please visit www.holisticmoms.org, e-mail email@example.com, or call (877) HOL-MOMS.
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