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7 Ways of Supporting Digital Resilience in Your Child

by the editorial team

 

Supporting your child’s resilience has never been more important than now in our digital day and age.

The technology that allows your child to watch educational videos online is the same technology that can be used to access inappropriate adult content.

The social network that lets your child stay in touch with their friends can also facilitate cyberbullying and harassment.

As a parent, you have an opportunity to encourage digital resilience in your children...

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Is your furniture burdening your nervous system?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Neurotoxicity sounds like a big complex word, doesn’t it? But if you break it down it’s pretty simple to understand: “Neuro” refers to the neurons in the human nervous system, and “toxicity” references adverse effects. 

The brain—along with the spinal cord and nerves that communicate with our senses, muscles, and glands—is a key component of the human nervous system. Add a bunch...

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Are Your Cleaning Products Contributing to Asthma?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

A clean home can be both healthy and a risk factor for developing asthma(1)(2) 

How? The cleaning products you use is important.

The video below summarizes key findings from a recent study that found that "women who cleaned as little as once a week had an accelerated lung decline risk. In fact, they said using cleaning products for 20 years is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 20 years for...

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Why Choose Low- to No- VOC Solvents?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Have you noticed a distinctive smell when you open a paint can, squirt adhesive, unwrap a new vinyl shower curtain, or have new carpeting installed?

This smell can be accompanied by dizziness, nausea, headache, sore throat, and sinus irritation. Sometimes it feels like you’re getting sick, but when you leave the area, your symptoms clear up.

Can you guess what is causing your symptoms? It could be the VOCs.

What are VOCs?...

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Airplane Mode Challenge: Join Today!

digital detox emf Feb 12, 2018

Dear D-Tox Community:

If you're not already in the habit of turning your cell phone to Airplane Mode before going to sleep (or, even better, turning your cell phones OFF, or keeping them far from your bed), then join my free, 7-night #AirplaneModeChallenge.

Starting TONIGHT, each night at 8pm EST, you'll receive an email reminder to turn your cell phone to Airplane Mode before you go to sleep. This gentle public awareness campaign is also meant to teach you a little more, in...

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Exercises To Counter "Text Neck," And Other Chronic Conditions From Our Technology

emf detox events neck Feb 08, 2018

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Our necks, thumbs, arms, and spine are suffering from our modern use of technology. For example, "text neck" is becoming a medical issue, as the New York Times reported in its article "Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods."

Thursday 2018 February 8 at 1:00PM EST, I'm on Facebook Live with Lizz Smith, who incorporates both Eastern and Western disciplines into her physical therapy. To supplement Detox Your EMFs: The...

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Natural Air Fresheners

indoor air Feb 07, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Air fresheners are everywhere—in home kitchens, personal vehicles, restaurant bathrooms, hotel lobbies, taxi cabs, and retail clothing stores.

Why are they used so frequently? To mask odors, or to enhance ambiance.

These air fresheners come as sprays, aerosols, plug-ins, scented candles, gels, reed defuses, potpourri, scented paper, and essential oils.  

While noses may enjoy the scent, bodies may not.

Health...

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Consider Phthalates in Furniture

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Did you know there are phthalates in furniture?

“More than 470 million pounds of phthalates are produced or imported in the United States each year,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (1)

With amounts that large, it may be in your home.

Let’s look at where these phthalates could be lurking.

Where are phthalates found?

Phthalates are used to soften plastics and increase their flexibility. It’s...

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Do You Have Indoor Allergies?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Do you sometimes come home after being out of the house all day and experience chronic symptoms: scratchy throat, headache, itchy eyes, or stuffy nose? Could it be an allergic reaction to your indoor environment?

According to the Center for Disease Control, “More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.”(1) Allergies can lead to a chronic illness, which becomes costly....

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Nontoxic Window Curtains: Tips to Find the Best Ones for Your Home

interior design textiles Jan 23, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

When detoxing the home, details—such as the materials and maintenance of curtains—can impact your health.

Similar to table runners, furniture fabrics, bathroom towels and other types of textiles, curtains can be made from natural materials or synthetic chemicals. Curtains made from natural materials are healthier since they contain fewer chemicals.

Healthier textiles are made from natural sources,...

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