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    Per the Marine Stewardship Council's website, when it comes to seafood, the bright blue eco-label of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has been an...
Updated: You may be interested to read Which air purifier I use for my family.   While researching tips for choosing a new water filter, I also started to gather...
One of my family's many joys of the summer and fall season is shopping at farmers' markets.  For us, going to the market is more than just stocking up on our favorite...
  Viewing the comprehensive and impressive milk ads helped me understand why I had grown up thinking that I should drink more milk, why the perception of milk was so...
Soon after my first daughter was born about 3 years ago, I spent a fair amount of money hiring an infant CPR expert to come to our home to train our nanny, my husband, and...
Lanolin: Used for ages, lanolin is the natural oil found on the wool of sheep (it is also known as wool fat or grease).  A natural emollient, it makes skin soft, and...
  Update March 2013: Since I wrote this post in February 2009, I've had two more children. The longer that I've been a mom, the more pure I've become in what I use for...
Before getting this toothbrush, my daughter had a couple traditional (non-electronic) children's toothbrushes.  This electronic toothbrush has made it much easier for...
From BabyCenter.com: When does my child need fluoride and how can I tell if he's getting the right amount? Developing teeth can certainly benefit from a little...
The CDC estimates that right now BPA is in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans, with higher levels in teens than in adults, and higher levels in children than in teens....
My husband wrote the following for BeamGreen during the summer of 2009. Encouragement comes when you least expect it. One morning, recently, I was waiting in line at my...
Like so many adults, I have trouble sleeping.  While I don’t have trouble actually falling asleep, I spend the night tossing and turning, and waking up 3 –...
          If you have been keeping up with The S File, you know that this is an exciting time for us.  Ms. S. is busy writing her first book,...
My calendar year 2009 was eventful. During the first half of this year, my seemingly healthy husband was under intensive care for a few days in the hospital for a ...
The Sigg company just recently admitted that its pre-August 2008 bottles have contained BPA, but demonstrated no leaching of BPA. It's infuriating that the company would...
It had not occurred to me that my daughter's mattress may be hazardous until I can across literature on this after we had spent a few hundred dollars on a brand new...
In mid-December 2010, Ms. C completed her first juice cleanse, a 3-day BluePrintCleanse! Her experience, with some hindsight, follows below. I am starting Day 1 of my...
When I first dived into the raw diet a year ago, I was struck by how expensive it was to eat this healthy.  My friend, Cassie, who always inspires me to eat as cleanly...
  One of my greatest simple joys is having a constant supply of fresh herbs in my kitchen.  For me, fresh herbs send the overall flavor of my food to the next...
Like so many of us social media users, I am addicted to Pinterest.  I’m addicted for many different reasons, but lately, I’ve been spending my time...
  by guest writer   A few weeks ago, I attended a fascinating event on sustainable food systems and urban agriculture. After the two-hour seminar on the current...
  by guest writer   Whenever my body is feeling run down, whether I'm fighting a cold or feeling dehydrated, I have discovered coconut water cures my pain. About...
I just finished reviewing the 2008 - 2009 Annual Report to the U.S. President titled Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now (the "Report"), created by the...
Throughout all the books and online articles that I had reviewed about health and non-toxic products, I had never read anything about the hazards in microwave popcorn....
I was thrilled to discover that Dr. Oz had led a discussion on autism -- its possible causes and solutions. Several physicians on the show agreed that the quality of food...
MY REMINDER OF THE FRAGILITY OF HEALTH AND LIFE... In early March 2009, a "spontaneous" carotid artery dissection occurred in my forty-year old husband.  The interior...

Sophia's Motivation for Creating A to Z of D-Toxing

Health-conscious mother of three, Sophia Ruan Gushée thought she knew how to be healthy. Only after she became a mother did she become aware of an overlooked...

4 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Organic Woman

Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and for those who celebrate by buying gifts for the one we love, the options can sometimes seem...uninspired. While it's easy to pop into...

Are Probiotics Worth the Money? Sandor Katz, Author of Wild Ferment...

  Culturally raised to view bacteria as threatening, in recent years I've been learning about their invaluable benefits: They seem like the best way to nurture our gut...

Detox Your Home of a New Type of Pollution: EMFs

  Recently, I was a guest on Leslie Reichert's podcast series Clean Green Talk. We talked about a less well-known pollution in our homes: electromagnetic fields...

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