SafetyNEST: Healthier Babies

 Here is SafetyNEST’s Mission:

Please peruse everything this wonderful group of women are doing, and then join me on April 5th at The Commonwealth in San Francisco, to meet them in person and to hear more.

Here is the link to the Program:



To educate the medical community and families about the health risks associated with exposures to toxic chemicals, particularly during vulnerable periods of development.

SafetyNEST’s vision is simple: we want every pregnant woman to have easy access to clear, credible information to keep your pregnancy and your baby healthy. We provide the support and tools to prevent diseases linked to toxic chemical exposure. We help you make your NEST safe.

Every day, we are awash in chemicals. There are 85,000 of them surrounding us in everything from our bed mattress to our hand lotion. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires toxicity testing on just 200. That leaves 99% to do their thing. And evidence increasingly shows that exposure to these chemicals, particularly during vulnerable periods of development, can cause problems from preterm birth, birth defects, childhood asthma and obesity to a range of cancers.

You might wonder, if this situation is really so bad, why hasn’t my doctor told me, my friends, my sister, my daughter? Turns out, only 1 in 15 doctors has been trained in toxic chemicals, and only 1 in 5 say they talk to you about it. It’s just not top of their list – yet. But, it’s top of ours.

SafetyNEST Science reinforces its sister organization, mySafetyNEST, Inc., which delivers digital tools that educate and empower moms-to-be to make safer choices to safeguard her pregnancy. All the tips and recommendations you will find on (our sister organization’s digital health platform launching soon) come from the most credible research centers in the United States, including University of California San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center.

SafetyNEST Science and mySafetyNEST, Inc. were created by Alexandra Destler, a mom of two who was struck by how hard it was to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals – even in her own home. Interested in learning about more, from Alexandra and the team?

Your Kid’s Jaws, Teeth and Health..

Last evening’s program that I had the pleasure to chair at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco was truly eye-opening. Very brief summary: breastfeeding is more work for a baby than feeding from a bottle, so if at all possible nurse your baby as it strengthens his or her jaws which leads to aligned teeth, and a more open air passage—kids should never snore. When your baby starts to eat food, don’t have them suck it out of a package for ease. Again, make them work for it a little. When they start to eat real food sitting up at a table, have them chew well and take their time. There is so much more, but please do purchase and read the fascinating book and listen to the Podcast when it’s live—-link below.

Some basics on the program, the book authors and the book, Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic. (by the way, all proceeds go to charity)

Here is the link to the program. Check back end of the week as the podcast should be live by then.


There is a serious hidden epidemic just now being discovered by the public health community. It’s most obvious symptom is the growing frequency of children with crooked teeth wearing braces, but it includes children snoring, keeping their jaws hanging open, frequently afflicted with stuffy noses, children and adults with disturbed sleeping at night (sleep apnea) often unrecognized, attention and behavioral problems, and a general decline of physical appearance. Those symptoms indicate a building medical emergency that lies in the collection of serious diseases connected mouth breathing and disturbed sleep — a collection that includes heart disease, cancer, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, suicide, asthma and perhaps Alzheimer’s disease. Disturbed sleep is an extremely serious stressor of the human mind and body; among other things, it tends to depress the immune system, making an individual much more vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases, and modifications of the brain that are manifest in many ways only partially understood. Add to this the large contributions of sleep deprivation to highway accidents, medical mistakes and poor performance at work and in school, and it’s easy to see how important this unrecognized public health emergency is. Come learn what causes this problem and many solutions. ‘Forwardontics’ will be discussed with clear explanations.

Sandra Kahn, D.D.S., M.S.D., is a graduate from the University of Mexico and the University of the Pacific. She has 25 years of clinical experience in orthodontics and is part of craniofacial anomalies teams at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University.

Paul R. Ehrlich, Ph.D., has been a household name since the publication of his 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb. He is Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. Ehrlich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Crafoord Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and numerous other international honors. He investigates a wide range of topics in population biology, ecology, evolution, human ecology, and environmental science.

Kids and Climate Change Class

The purpose of the Kids and Climate Change Class was to educate kids about aspects of climate change, and then empower them with information so that they know that what they do to help matters. This happened while they learned how to make Minestrone Soup with Farro. Kids always enjoy cooking, and love knife skills. They especially loved eating their delicious, nutritious soup at a communal table. Such a great class!

Beth Greer and a Healthy Home

Three programs on children’s health in a row with three incredible women leading the charge.

How to Have a Holistic, Healthy, Happy Home: Solutions for Parents of Kids with Challenges

Jun 23 2016 – 12:00pm Beth Greer, Award-winning Journalist; Environmental Health Advocate; Holistic Lifestyle Educator; Author, Super Natural Home: Improve Your Health, Home and Planet … One Room at a Time

Beth Greer, known as the Super Natural Mom, bestselling author, holistic health coach and one of the foremost experts on sustainable and toxin-free living will give a talk on things you need to know to help kids who have challenges. She will offer powerful information on the toxins in everyday products that can have triggering reactions in a child’s nervous system; five things in the home to avoid to create a safe, healthy, toxin-free home; practical and convenient solutions that give dramatic results; and symptoms to look for in kids that indicate they’re being impacted by toxins in their home environment.

She’ll also discuss a non-psychological approach to behavioral changes in kids. Don’t miss this talk to help you enhance your child’s well-being as well as your own (caregiving can be stressful).

Location: 555 Post St., San FranciscoTime: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. book signingCost: $20 nonmembers, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)MLF: Health & Medicine Program Organizer: Patty James

Wellness in the Schools

If you’re on this site, then you’re interested in kid’s health!

Nancy E. Easton, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Wellness in the Schools is coming to The Commonwealth Club in June to discuss healthy lunches, and much more, in our nation’s schools. If you’re an educator, parent, or anyone interested in our kid’s health, join me!

Wellness in the Schools inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Through meaningful public/private partnerships with school leadership, teachers, chefs, coaches, parents and kids, WITS develops and implements programs that provide healthy foods, healthy environments and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow. Today WITS programs serve approximately 30,000 public school children across New York City, Kentucky, and Florida.

In an effort to combat childhood obesity and create healthier learning environments, Wellness in the Schools (WITS) developed Cook for Kids and Coach for Kids, hands-on food and fitness programs that are poised for replication nationwide. Cook for Kids has even received national accolades from First Lady Michelle Obama, and the WITS model served as inspiration for the Chefs Move to Schools Initiative.

Location: Club Headquarters, 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program
Cost: $20 nonmembers, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
MLF: Health & Medicine
Program Organizer: Patty James…/2016-06…/wellness-schools

DirectionFive’s First Annual Gala — Wine, Bubbles, Bites & Beer

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Soda Rock Winery logoNovember 5, 2011 6pm to 10pm.
*VIP event from 5pm to 6pm.

Hosted by Soda Rock Winery

This fun-filled evening will include food, drink, live music and an auction!


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Soda Rock, deLorimier, Jaxon Keys, Matrix, Mazzocco and Wilson Wineries will all be pouring.
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Sip on champagne bar and nibble on delicious bites created by wine country chefs.



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The Pat Jordan Band is in the house, so wear your dancing shoes!




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  • Trips to Paris, New York & Hawaii
  • A Rolling Stone-signed guitar
  • A Drum Head signed by Ringo Starr
  • Sailing lessons with Dennis Connor
  • A Ride in a P-51 Mustang


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Le Cordon Bleu Paris 5-Night Adventure with Airfare for (2)

Le Cordon Bleu Paris 5-Night Adventure with Airfare for (2)

Fairmont Canada Getaway

Fairmont Banff Springs (Alberta) 4-Night Stay with Airfare from the West Coast for (2)

Fairmont Kea-Lani for auction

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui 4-Night Stay with Airfare for (2) from California OR Nevada Only

Kennedy Space Center Trip for the auction

Kennedy Space Center Space Pass and Astronaut Training Experience with 4-Night Stay and Airfare for (2)

America's Cup Stars & Stripes Experience in San Diego 4-Night Package with Airfare for (2)

America's Cup Stars & Stripes Experience in San Diego 4-Night Package with Airfare for (2)

Girlfriends Ultimate Shopping Getaway in New York City... Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Spree, 3-Night Weekend Stay and Airfare for (2)

Girlfriends Ultimate Shopping Getaway in New York City... Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Spree, 3-Night Weekend Stay and Airfare for (2)

Rolling Stones guitar up for auction

Guitar Signed by all of the Rolling Stones

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$95 per person
$350 for a VIP ticket

Limited edition VIP ticket-holders (limited to 30) will have a special Pinot and Paella evening with the chef and international artist himself, Wade Hoefer. Mingle in Hoefer’s studio, located on the Soda Rock Winery grounds and eat the Paella he learned to make while living in Spain while he chats about his work. Pat Jordan will be strumming his guitar in the background. More about Wade Hoefer.

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Help to support DirectionFive’s programs for kids locally and around the country. Attend the Gala and have fun!


May 1st Launch Party a Big Success!

“Now I understand” was the theme of yesterday’s party at Chop’s Teen Club in Santa Rosa, CA. Attendees “now understand” what our organization and programs are all about.
We began the presentation with a slideshow of our nation’s beautiful kids, then moved on to releasing the data-the answers to the 25 questions I asked kids all across the country last year. Next we explained the five health programs we have created for kids based on what they said they wanted and needed to learn in order to lead healthier lives. Lastly we unveiled out new name/logo/web site/and Facebook page.
We ended the day with a big thank you to everyone who believed in the non-profit since the beginning.
Pilot programs are in June and July, so now, we are fund raising. We do not charge kids to go through the programs, but they’re not free, so we need your help. It’s $580.00 for one child to go through the program and we would like to give a big thank you to Dr. Michael Lipelt for sponsoring the first child to get the ball rolling. Every donation is so important and the other funds donated yesterday are almost enough for the second child.
At DirectionFive, today begins our future. We are proud of our beginnings and confident in our ability to help our kids with their health. 


Patty and Tanya at Launch Party

DirectionFive First Annual Gala at the Vine Hill House at O’Connell Vineyards – November 5th, 2011

Wine and Whiskey Food and Jazz

Auction items include:

A Guitar signed by the Rolling Stones

A Week in Paris

A Weekend in New York

Chef’s Dinners

Wine Weekends

Sailing Lessons

Dinners with Local Restaurants

…and that’s just a taste! …so far!

Save the date-details and invitations coming soon!

Our goal is $100,000 for DirectionFive’s programs for kids.