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Airing tonight on HBO is a documentary that explores the chemical-laden flame retardants contained in much of today’s furniture.
Here is an excerpt from the article, Should Americans Fear Their Furniture? by New York Times author Jane Margolies:
“The pet hairs and red wine stains on sofas across America, it turns out, should be the least of our concerns. The real issue is what is in the foam cushions we curl up on every day: up to two pounds of flame retardants.
In their HBO documentary “Toxic Hot Seat,” scheduled to be aired on Monday, the directors James Redford and Kirby Walker disclose that these chemicals, as used in home furnishings, do not stop fires. They do, however, whoosh out of seat cushions when we plop down, hitching a ride on airborne dust and ending up in our bodies. They have been linked to cancer and other health disorders.
The film explores how a 1975 California law requiring retardants (Technical Bulletin 117) became widely adopted. And it follows the firefighters, scientists, health advocates, state legislators and investigative journalists who brought attention to the chemicals, leading to a recent reform of the California mandate — which the directors, who spoke from their homes in the San Francisco area, applaud.”
For the full article click HERE.
This issue was previous explored in the OMI blog “Makers of Flame Retardants Manipulate Research Findings.”
We at OMI continue to use a safer system that allows us to use organic wool as our only flame retardant. As a result, our mattresses are able to pass federal flame tests without the use of toxic chemicals or silica barriers. To use any form of chemical flame retardant in our products would violate our ethical standards and integrity. We stand by our purity so you and your family can have a safer place to rest your heads at night.
To learn more about OMI and the certified products we offer, click HERE.
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 poll on exercise and sleep, getting more exercise will not only benefit you by gaining a better quality of sleep, but will also help you fall asleep faster and have fewer sleep problems.
Here are the National Sleep Foundation’s definitions of the types of exercise found in the chart below.
“In this self-report measure, vigorous was defined as activities, which require hard physical effort such as: running, cycling, swimming or competitive sports. The next level, moderate, was defined as activities, which require more effort than normal such as: yoga, thai chi and weight lifting. Light activity was defined as walking, while those who do not do any activity classified themselves into the no activity level.”
To view the full summary of the Sleep in America Poll®, click HERE.
Where do you fall on the chart?
Here is an excerpt from the article “Are You Sleeping on an Oil Field?” by Channaly Philipp, about the health risks of traditional foam mattresses and the benefits of organic:
“If you sleep on a conventional mattress (like most people do), you’re spending a third of your life lying on toxic chemicals. If this little-known fact has you tossing and turning, read on.
Since the 1960s, mattresses have been made of polyurethane foam, a material derived from petroleum that emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The popular memory foam mattresses are made from this material.
But VOCs are only part of the cocktail of chemicals in foam mattresses. Required to be flame-resistant, foam mattresses are imbued with flame-retardant chemicals that can cause cancer and nervous-system disorders.
Walt Bader, a sufferer of a condition called multiple chemical sensitivity and the author of “The Toxic Bedroom,” had several mattresses analyzed by a lab in Atlanta in 2005. One memory foam model was found to emit 61 chemicals.
The next year, he published the first definitive list of chemicals outgassing from memory foam mattresses.
“Nine of these chemicals are recognized as carcinogens by just about every significant health organization in the world,” Bader said on his website. “And do you know what has happened? Nothing.”
The outgassing is not only nefarious to people who suffer from respiratory issues, but some of the chemicals are also known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
As more people become educated about what they’re sleeping on, they are turning to organic mattresses and bedding in greater numbers.
….Organic mattresses, made of natural materials such as wool, cotton, and rubber latex, present an alternative to conventional mattresses and are becoming increasingly popular.
Wool is a natural fire retardant, and is excellent for regulating temperature and air circulation—a boon for anyone suffering from night sweats. The natural materials are also resistant to dust mites, which are a trigger for asthma and allergies.”
For the full article, click HERE.
As you are transitioning your bedding from summer to winter, think about adding a layer of comfort to the surface of your mattress with a natural rubber topper.
This 2″-deep natural rubber topper offers surface softness without taking away the support of your mattress. It’s made with a single core of USDA certified organic natural rubber latex sap, and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting.
For more information about OMI pillow tops, click HERE.
With the weather getting cooler and the food getting warmer, soup is the first thing I start to crave. Favorites like chicken soup and tomato soup are always great, but this fall I wanted to try something new. There are so many great ingredients that you can throw together to make a delicious-tasting (and healthy) soup! These great recipes are sure to broaden your soup horizon.
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Check out these great and unusual facts, compiled by List 25, that you may have never heard before.
If you do not have time to watch the video we have written them out for you:
25. The average human spends 6 years of his or her life dreaming.
24. Ancient Romans submitted their significant or unusual dreams to the Senate for interpretation.
23. The Beatty Papyrus is the oldest dream dictionary in existence. It was written around 1350 B.C.
22. Birth order influences the world of progression of dreams. Men generally dream about more violence, and first-born females tend to have more aggressive characters. On the other hand, first-born males tend to dream about themselves in a more positive light than their younger siblings.
21. People who grew up watching black-and-white TV when they were younger dream in more monochrome settings while people who grew up watching color TV have more vivid and colorful dreams.
20. Visually impaired people dream too. Those who lost their sight later in life can see visual images in their dreams, while blind people who don’t dream visually can dream in sound, smell, and touch.
19. We only dream of faces of real people we have encountered but might not remember, because people usually see hundreds of faces every day.
18. Between 18 – 38% of people say they have experienced at least one precognitive dream, and about 70% have experienced déjà vu.
17. Daydreaming, according to psychologists, may be related to dreams that occurred during sleep. However, they require different mental processes.
16. Within 5 minutes of waking up, half of dreams are forgotten. Within 10 minutes, 90% are forgotten. In just 10 minutes, however, people are more likely to remember their dreams when they are awakened during REM sleep.
15. Dreams of unpreparedness, falling, flying, and public humiliation come from common human anxieties and seem to transcend social and economic boundaries.
13. Falling dreams typically occur in the early stages of sleep. The muscle spasms of these dreams are called “myoclonic jerks.”
12. Even fetuses in the womb dream. Even with the lack of visual stimuli, scientists think their dreams come from sound and touch sensations.
11. Experienced by 40% of the population, sleep paralysis occurs when a sleeper awakens and recognizes his or her surroundings, but is unable to move for up to one minute.
10. Around 70% of characters in men’s dreams are other men, whereas women dream of an equal amount of men and women.
9. Plato believed that dreams originate in the organs of the belly. He described the liver as the “biological seed of the dreams.”
8. Research involving students suggests that waking someone up at the beginning of REM stage of sleep can cause irritability and hallucinations, and can eventually lead to psychosis.
7. William Shakespeare used dreams to help develop characters and advance the plot in many of his plays.
6. The Greeks regarded dreams as messages from the gods, and would sometimes sleep in sacred places to conjure significant dreams.
5. Children tend to have shorter dreams than adults do, and 40% of them are nightmares. Scientists believe this is because dreams act as a coping mechanism.
4. Studies have revealed that animals (mammals in particular) dream just like humans.
3. Known as “Dream Incorporation,” while sleeping you may include or incorporate sounds and stimuli from your surrounding environment into your dream. For example, if your brother is playing a loud guitar next door, you may dream you are at a concert.
2. The word “dream” is most related to the West Germanic “draugmus,” meaning “deception,” “illusion,” or “phantom.”
1. Toddlers do not appear in their own dreams until the age of 3 or 4.
Which fact did you find the most surprising? Comment below!
All the fruits and veggies that I love are out and ready for hand picking or picking up from the local farmers market. My most loved, however, are blackberries. It just so happens that my grandparents and my best friend have a few acres of roaming wild organic blackberries that pop up every summer, this year the season came a bit earlier than usual and I couldn’t be more excited about it!
Yesterday afternoon my husband, a few of our closest friends and I headed out in our sturdiest clothes and picked some of the most juicy, beautiful berries I have seen. I am excited for homemade jam, blackberry ice cream, blackberry syrup, and most importantly, blackberry cobbler.
Make your own cobbler with this delicious recipe from www.bunsinmyoven.com.
For the dough:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose organic flour
1/2 cup raw organic sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
9 tablespoons cold organic butter
1/3 cup boiling water
For the filling:
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon organic fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 cups fresh organic blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
For the dough, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter until you have a coarse, crumbly mixture. Pour in the boiling water and stir together well so that all of the dough is wet. Set aside.
For the berries, dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice, berries, and sugar. Mix together well. Transfer berries to a 10 inch cast iron pan.
Heat mixture over medium heat until boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
Drop spoonfuls of dough over the berry mixture and place the cast iron pan on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the dough is golden brown and the berries are thick and bubbly.
(If you don’t have a cast iron pan, bring to a boil in a sauce pan and bake in a 9×9 baking dish.)
Most people would assume that wool is used only to keep you warm on cold winter’s nights. They don’t realize how amazing wool is, and that it can actually help you keep cool in the summer.
When customers mention that they are getting too hot when they sleep, we often suggest either the Wooly pillowtop or the Wooly Lite. Both these pillowtops are filled with plush layers of our organic Eco-Wool. Wool is a great natural heat regulator, and actually wicks body heat and moisture away from you during warm nights. (It also helps regulate your body temperature during the cold winter months, so it’s a great choice year-round.) The Wooly is covered in certified-organic cotton sateen, and its feel closely resembles that of a feather bed, adding a nice, luxurious feel to any mattress.
The Wooly (3”)
The 3″-deep Eco-Wool Wooly is well suited for sleepers who need a softer surface depth or who enjoy a bed with a “nesting” feel. (Depth is approximate.)
Starting at $545
The Wooly Lite (1.5″)
The economical 1.5″-deep Eco-Wool Wooly Lite is perfectly suited for the sleeper who needs just a little extra surface cushioning. (Depth is approximate.)
Starting at $385
Contact your local retailer for more information; click HERE to find a store near you.
Add a little softness to you bed and beat the summer heat!
In today’s world of go-go-go attitudes, many people don’t find time to get a full night of sleep. After a short night of sleep we all feel the effects: drowsiness, a lack of energy and just not feeling up to our full potential. But what other effects are caused by not enough sleep?
Recently the New York Times published the article “Cheating Ourselves of Sleep,” in which they discuss the many harmful effects of the lack of a full night of sleep:
“Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life. From infancy to old age, the effects of inadequate sleep can profoundly affect memory, learning, creativity, productivity and emotional stability, as well as your physical health.”
To see the full article click HERE.
Remember to take time for yourself. Get the sleep your body needs!