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#39 | Transform Unconscious Patterns Into Conscious Choices

brain podcast Sep 29, 2021

Podcast Intro

I hope this episode gets you more curious about how your unconscious choices contribute to the patterns in your life. These unconscious influences affect all aspects of your life experience—from your health to your career to your relationships. And more. 
Obviously, there are a lot of factors that we cannot control—like the circumstances we were born into, and our genetics. 
We cannot control everything. However, bringing consciousness...
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Optimize Your Fertility, Assisted Reproductive Efforts, and Pregnancy Outcomes

podcast Jul 21, 2021

Podcast producer: Chris Robertson


Podcast Intro


So, I'm going to dive into four sobering trends in our reproductive health.

  1. Worldwide fertility has dropped more than 50% over the past 50 years.
  2. A man today has only half the number of sperm that his grandfather had.
  3. In some parts of the world, a 20-something woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35.
  4. Damage from a man’s or pregnant woman’s exposure to risky chemicals and lifestyle...
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Alchemy From Daily Rituals

beauty immunity podcast Jun 15, 2021

Podcast producer: Chris Robertson

I had been admiring the work of Shiva Rose for years, and love her beautiful book Whole Beauty. It's natural, earthy recipes are relatively simple and are a great way to become more connected to the potent benefits of natural herbs, oils, and more. It's the perfect book to have my daughters reference as they begin to develop beauty and self-care routines (hopefully, rituals!) and develop an embrace of nature's powerful beauty and healing...

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Clean Beauty with Bethany McDaniel, founder of Primally Pure

beauty podcast self-care May 25, 2021

 Podcast producer: Chris Robertson.


Note from Sophia:

I love each of my podcast conversations as I find each guest so interesting and I learn so much from them! From Bethany, it was not only a pleasure to learn more about Primally Pure and Bethany's entrepreneurial path as a mother of two young kids, but I enjoyed a special appreciation for how she balances her clean living values towards the hectic demands of her life—business, family, and her well-being.

Since this...

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Elissa Goodman: Thriving after Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, and Celiac disease

cancer immunity podcast May 13, 2021

Speak thanks to podcast producer: Chris Robertson.


I feel so grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know Elissa Goodman and her life's story and work. The first part of her life and health were full of challenges. What is so inspiring and thought-provoking is how healthy and vibrant she is now at age 61!

I hope you enjoy this Practical Nontoxic Living podcast as much as I have. Please send me your thoughts @ruanliving on Instagram or email [email protected].


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Do we poop plastic?

home detox self-care Apr 12, 2021

In recent years, I have become more appreciative of how informative—revealing—poop can be. 

Since becoming a mom, I have become curious (prompted by our pediatrician's questions) about my children's poop—wondering about its consistency, color, and how frequently they eliminate.

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This article spotlights something less well-known: plastics in our poop.  Seven tips...

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My #1 AHA Moment: The Body Burden of Newborns

by Sophia Ruan Gushée


While preparing thoughts for recent speaking engagements, I struggled to explain concisely why—for the past 14 years—I have been studying and teaching the practical ways to eliminate chemicals, heavy metals, and EMFs from our homes, diet, self-care, and technology.

Since the start of my journey in 2007, when I became a mom to my first of three daughters, I have had hundreds of AHA moments. They each fueled...

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NEW PODCAST: "Sick of being sick"


[0:24] Guest introduction.

Often sick as a child, Nita Ewald explains that she got "sick of being sick."

Then, from around age 29-30, with a masters in chemistry, she started wondering, What's in my personal care products?

This curiosity led her to become more interested in the toxic chemicals in her everyday products--even before she became interested in healthy eating.

As Nita learned about the toxicity in her household products-- like her lotions and shampoo--Nita detoxed her...

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Will you listen to the sperm?

Below is the newsletter from Sunday 2021 March 7.


On this Sunday, a day during which many catch up on the news, I want to spotlight two recent New York Times articles that people brought to my attention.

In case you missed them, you can click on their titles below.

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Imperfect & Invaluable Detox Books

books Mar 02, 2021

Have you heard of the Ugly Food Movement?

It recognizes that a large portion of food waste occurs from fruits and vegetables that are not cosmetically perfect

Some interesting insights on food waste:

  • At least one-third of food produced globally is wasted, which is estimated to cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Time 2015
  • Cosmetically “imperfect” produce that grocery stores reject is estimated to contribute to around 40% of...
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