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Choosing Placemats

kitchen textiles Dec 04, 2017

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Placemats help to protect tables and add interest to table settings. While many people focus on the style of placemat, the material it’s made of is equally important.  

Place mats can be made from natural materials (like cotton, hemp, or linen), or synthetic fibers (like polyester and nylon, vinyl, plastic, or wood). In addition, they can be dyed and treated with other chemicals. Some of these materials can contain...

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Peace of Mind in Detoxing Your Bedroom

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


The bedroom. It’s one of the most important rooms in your home, making it one of the first places to detox.

It’s where you sleep after a loooong day of work, raising kids, and running errands. It’s where your kid’s recover after being exposed to germs at school. And where we all, big and small, get a good night’s sleep in order to stay healthy (1).

One third (1/3) of our time is spent sleeping. (2)


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Warm, Welcoming Nontoxic Candles

ambiance Dec 01, 2017

by Angela Cummings

Back in the day, I used to burn candles to make our home smell comforting and welcoming. Especially in the fall and winter when we gathered with family and friends. There was something about having our guests arrive to the smell of a freshly-lit candle that gave me comfort, an expectation that they’d feel right at home.

But behind that comforting scent was a dirty little secret that I would never have imagined.

How Standard Scented Candles are Made

That dirty little...

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Safer Textile Materials to Detox Your Home

furniture textiles Nov 30, 2017

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Materials, or textiles, are everywhere. They cover (ha! pun intended) or comprise:

  • furniture: mattresses, couches, chairs, seat covers
  • bedding: blankets, mattress pads and sheets
  • clothing, including athletic apparel 
  • other products made from fabric, including toys

Across the board, materials in each of the categories above can be made from synthetic or natural fibers.

So, how do you figure out which type of material is safe?


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When Painting, Planning Pays Off

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


One of the easiest and least expensive ways to freshen up a room is to paint the walls. However, paint can pollute indoor air. Below are tips to help protect both your health and your finances. 

Detox Your Painted Walls

Three key things to consider when selecting safer paints are lead, VOCs, and HAPs.


While the US banned lead from house paint in 1978, lead is still found in the painted...

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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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