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Our Alarming Health Trends: Cancer, Autism, Asthma, and More

The health trends among children and adults are alarming. Sophia Ruan Gushee, author of A to Z of D-Toxing, wants more people to consider the role of environmental factors that we can control: toxic exposures from what we buy.

 

I grew up during the 1970s and 1980s in upstate New York—in Binghamton, a city of about 200,000 residents at the time. I attended various schools that were diverse: a Jewish nursery school with approximately 15 to 20 children per class; a public...

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Organic Sleep! It's a Thing.

interior design sleep Dec 05, 2016

 

In this episode of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Podcast, Sophia sits down with Kristen Rannala, mother of 3 & founder of Organique-- a cutting-edge, completely organic mattress company based out of California. 

 

 

It's tempting to overlook mattresses in our quest for good health. They're expensive, hard to get in and out of our homes, and especially, when it comes to crib and children's mattresses-- we only need them for a few years anyway. Why spend so much...

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The Art of Fermentation

diet gut health immunity Oct 26, 2016

Update July 9, 2019: You can listen to my podcast with Sandor Katz by clicking the below. Podcast show notes are available here: Podcast with fermentation guru, Sandor Katz.

 

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I could not be more excited to be video-interviewing Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation and fermentation guru, tomorrow. He'll be releasing a revised edition of another book of his Wild Fermentation. Please email me questions you'd like me to ask Mr. Katz at this email address: ...

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Would reducing your EMFs help you feel and sleep better?

emf sleep technology Sep 10, 2016

Check out episode 3 of my podcast series, A to Z of D-Toxing: The Podcast. I talk about EMFs, or electromagnetic fields with Matt Waletzke, who is a Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant by the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology, an international nonprofit that aims to help reduce indoor toxic exposures, including from electromagnetic fields. Matt is one of among 46 certified US experts listed on the website of the International Institute for...

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Autism, asthma in children, and more: Are Children Uniquely Vulnerable?

With dramatic increases in autism, asthma, allergies, and other health conditions among our pediatric population, we should become more aware that children have unique biological vulnerabilities. Children are not little adults. For example, their developing brains and bodies need extra protection.

What follows is an excerpt from my book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures.

 

My husband and I recently started watching Mad Men, the hit...

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3 Tips for Healthier School Supplies

children Aug 17, 2016

As sad as it is to see another gorgeous summer come to an end, the anticipation of a new school year is an exciting time for the family to enjoy. Each year, as I browse through the endless product choices available for back-to-school shopping, I'm reminded that because of certain chemical ingredients, not all of these choices are safe for the youngest members of our families. However, the three tips below will build a framework for a healthier school...

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Inspired by the Bounty: Recipe for Massaged Kale Salad with Strawberries, Edible Flowers, and Toasted Pistachios

recipes Jun 30, 2016

This salad was inspired by a fruitful trip to the farmer's market. It's filled with lots of nutrient-dense ingredients that will support your health and immune system, and is so easy to make!

The best part? It's absolutely delicious.

Massaged Kale Salad with Strawberries, Edible Flowers, and Toasted Pistachios

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads kale of choice 
  • 1 quart strawberries 
  • handful of pistachios 
  • ¾ cup oil 
  • ¼ cup vinegar 
  • 1 TB maple or honey 
  • ...
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Navigate the Farmers' Market Like a Pro

diet shopping Jun 30, 2016

There are three kinds of farmers' market shoppers. Some of us are all business: we know what we want, and we aim to get in and out as quickly as possible. Others enjoy wandering--touching, tasting, smelling, and talking with different producers and farmers--and letting this experience guide and influence what we cook for dinner that night and for the rest of the week. And some of us leave empty-handed because we just don't know what to buy.

Regardless of what kind of...

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Helped My Daughter's Eczema

skin May 07, 2016
 

Managing eczema has been a big issue in my family. While it has caused great worry, it has also raised thought-provoking insight into health. Whether you are affected by eczema or not, reading more about my experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine may frame different perspective on your goals for wellness. Please read on for more, but be aware that the pictures of my daughter's eczema may be difficult to see.

When my youngest daughter was 3 days old, she began...

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8 Mother's Day Gifts to Bring Peace, Healing, Joy, and Presence

gift guides May 05, 2016

Mother's day is this Sunday! For me, this Mother's day is my 8th as a mother.

With three children that span the ages of 3- to 8-years-old, this is the first Mother's day that I feel I have some personal, emotional, and spiritual space to reflect on being a mother, as well as how to honor mothers in general. As I thought about this, I soon remembered a wonderful piece by Anna Quindlen, "Good-bye, Dr. Spock," which first appeared in Newsweek in November 2000. Below...

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