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The Effects of X-Rays on Early Pregnancy

pregnancy Nov 28, 2017

The medical and scientific community frequently updates safety recommendations in response to the latest science. The content may contain outdated information so please always talk to your trusted healthcare providers for the latest understanding about the risks of x-rays during pregnancy.


Radiation from x-rays and other sources is something to be mindful of.

While pregnant, my OBGYN avoided unnecessary x-rays. But, as my dentists and dental assistants rushed out of...

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Is Off-Gassing Happening in My Home?

indoor air Nov 27, 2017

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


What is Off-gassing?

When you read about chemicals in everyday products, you’ll come across the term off-gassing.  

Off-gassing describes the release of chemicals into the air. We’re all familiar with the smell of a new-carpet, new-vehicle, and, sometimes, new-clothes. Love or hate it, you are detecting chemicals. 

But, not all off-gassing is smelly. Some chemicals don’t have an odor at all.


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Do You Have Digital Dementia?

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


How much time do you spend on a digital screen? Being productive and responsible requires lots of time on digital screens for work and life as well as to stay connected to friends and family. Never mind the hours spent on entertainment and news.

But did you realize that the cognitive functions of our brains suffer from this habit of overusing our technology? Our brains' cognitive abilities can experience a breakdown...

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Potential Cancer-Causing Household Products

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Most people, it seems, think that their home is a healthy environment that is safe and free from harmful chemicals. In reality, most homes are full of products that expose those around them to substances or energy that may contribute to cancer as well as challenges to the reproductive system, brain and nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system.

While many people may not appear to be impacted by this, others may suffer...

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EMF and Cancer: Does Extremely Low Frequency Radiation Cause Cancer?

In the past 30 years, there has been more concern and study on whether our daily exposures to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (ELF) might cause cancer. One chronic source of ELF radiation is your cell phone.

This article will review the basics of radiation, what we know about radiation and cancer, and how to minimize your exposures.

What is Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Radiation?

First, radiation is the emission, or release, of energy from any source, such as:

  • X-rays
  • light from...
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Bluetooth: A Convenience or Concern?

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


How Bluetooth Devices Can Negatively Affect Your Health

Bluetooth technology has brought us great convenience: hands-free ear phones; smart ovens; smart watches; and many other "smart" devices that can communicate with other devices and provide us with interesting information. However, we don't have enough studies or time to know if our everyday Bluetooth exposures are safe.

This article explains Bluetooth radiation and potential...

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Use Your Laptop Safely: 6 Tips to Get Started

by Sophia Ruan Gushée and her editorial team


We are lucky to enjoy the convenient mobility that technology provides. Not only are our personal lives enriched by more accessibility and connection with our friends and loved ones, but technology has also connected employers and employees from among more parts of the world. More of us can work from home, or from more parts of the world. Technology has provided us with a lot more options, and a lot more freedom.

While most...

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Low Sperm Count: The Link Between Radiation and Fertility

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Once most people decide to start a family, they are also excited to eat healthier and exercise more regularly. Some may even schedule a general medical checkup to give their future child the healthiest start possible.

Most people (including physicians), however, don't consider something else that may affect fertility: their toxic exposures. While fertility results from complex and dynamic factors, our toxic...

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September 2017 Newsletter | Practical Nontoxic Living

a monthly newsletter Sep 29, 2017


Dear D-Tox community,

September has been very busy: full of new beginnings! I share highlights below of what may be interesting, or helpful, to you and those you care about.



1. How toxic exposures may influence reproductive health

It was truly an honor to record a podcast with Dr. Hugh Taylor, head of reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine. We had an important conversation that everyone should listen to. Dr. Taylor talks about not just his cutting-edge...

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Symptoms of Electromagnetic Radiation Sensitivity and How to Avoid It

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


By now, you probably know of certain exposures—like nuts, perfume, dairy, or even motion sickness—that trigger discomfort. Naturally, you avoid these triggers to avoid uncomfortable symptoms.

Most people don't consider electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which may compromise some people's wellbeing. EMFs may contribute to a set of symptoms that some countries, including Sweden, recognize as a disability.


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