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Moms Joining Forces for CHANGE!

I had the pleasure of representing Mocha Moms, Inc. as we joined forces with MomsRising in a private meeting to share public feedback and appreciation for the Mercury and Air Toxins Act with Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama’s Cabinet Member.

As moms, upon hearing the news of a pregnancy, we have all been told by our OB-GYN to eliminate or minimize our intake of fish due to mercury.  I made the required adjustment during those times, but since then I haven’t thought much of it.  That is, until I began hearing more talk of the Mercury and Air Toxins Act that the EPA has spent the last 20+ years working on.

I am quite knowledgeable in the area of air toxins and their effects, as I have been an asthmatic since age 4, and suffered quite severely as a child.  Strong smells like cigarette smoke, air pollution, and toxic cleaning products like bleach, or aerosols could send me to the emergency room within minutes. My history of upper respiratory issues forced my family to shift to greener Melaleuca cleaning products after the birth of our girls. I have since spent many years researching air toxins in an attempt to take as many preventative measures as I could for our girls.  Our country has certainly not arrived when it comes to keeping our air clean, but we are much further along than when I was growing up.

Fortunately, due to the hard-working staff at the EPA and mom’s organizations, the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards ruling aims to protect our children’s health. According to the EPA, until recently, there were no national limits on emissions of mercury and other air toxins from power plants. Toxic air pollutants like mercury, a neurotoxin, can damage children’s developing brains, reducing their IQ and their ability to learn. During our meeting, thousands of “thank you” letters were shared from children and moms across the country who wanted to express their gratitude to the EPA for making clean air a priority.

Mom’s organizations like Moms Clean Air Force, MomsRising and now Mocha Moms, Inc. have joined forces for CHANGE; helping to ensure generations to come maintain the RIGHT for clean air!

See below the astounding affects the new standard will have on prevention. How do you think the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards will affect you and your family?


Estimated Annual Number of Adverse Health Effects Avoided Due to Implementing the MATS
Health Effect Cases Avoided
Premature death 4,200-11,000
Chronic bronchitis 2,800
Heart attacks 4,700
Asthma attacks 130,000
Hospital and emergency room visits 5,700
Restricted activity days 3,200,000

Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) http://www.epa.gov/mats/health.html#impacts

L to R - Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation - LaShaun Martin, Shootie Girl and Mocha Moms, Inc. National Director of Social Media and Community Service - Cheli English-Figaro, Mocha Moms, Inc. Co-Founder & President Emerita - Julie Diaz-Asper, Latinos In Social Media (LATISM) Blogger - Gloria Pan, MomsRising - Sarah Francis, MomsRising Campaign Director - Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Administrator

L to R Cheli English-Figaro, Mocha Moms, Inc. Co-Founder & President Emerita - Dru Ealons, EPA Director, Office of Public Engagement - LaShaun Martin, Shootie Girl and Mocha Moms, Inc. National Director of Social Media and Community Service
L to R Cheli English-Figaro, Mocha Moms, Inc. Co-Founder & President Emerita – Dru Ealons, Mocha Mom and EPA Director, Office of Public Engagement – LaShaun Martin, Shootie Girl and Mocha Moms, Inc. National Director of Social Media and Community Service
Happily married mother of 2 fabulous daughters. CEO & Designer of Shootie Girl™ Custom Rhinestone Apparel. Former government and global software giant manager turned work-from-home mom and National Director of Social Media and Blogging for a national non-profit moms organization.
Shootie Girl

12 Responses

  1. I had no idea. Thanks for sharing this article. very interesting.

  2. I never paid much attention to toxins and the likes until I was grown up. I grew up using Melaleuca my entire life and never thought about it until after I was married and had kids of my own, and I realized just how toxic and dangerous my home was. That’s when I started taking notice. I convinced my husband to switch to Melaleuca products 1.5 years ago to eliminate the toxins from our home and he’s been rather impressed, and as I grew up with them, I already knew they were better than what we were currently using at that time.

    Interesting thought, if the mercury in fish is too much while pregnant why is it considered safe on a normal daily basis?

    I’m quite intrigued by this ACT. I hate air toxins, and although I don’t have asthma, when you are exposed to those toxins, it still affects one’s health, even if it isn’t as fast of a reaction as the asthma attacks.

    I love living in rural areas because the air toxins are very minimal. not looking forward to moving to a more developed area once the husband graduates college.

    JadeLouise Designs

    • Thank you for this feedback, Amber! Yes! Melaleuca totally ROCKS! I can actually breathe while cleaning my house. Now there’s a thought…LOL!

      Of course we can never eliminate toxins completely, but I believe minimizing them will certainly help us and our children live longer healthier lives.

  3. pam

    Ty for such useful infomation.

  4. Amber

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I currently live in a rural town where the air is much cleaner…but, I’ll be moving to the city in a few months and don’t look forward to the air pollution. Do you use an air purifier in your home? If so, what kind.

    My sister has used Melaleuca for years, I’m going to have to check it out!

    • Hi Becky – We haven’t used any air purifiers. After having our home built, we have used ONLY Melaleuca products. Hard wood and a central vaccum keeps the clean air flowing ;-). But if you have suggestions, please share ;-).

  6. Amber V

    Thanks for the information. Glad I live in the country 🙂

  7. justin castillo


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