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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


  • 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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Sophia Gushee on Dr. Oz

events shopping Apr 14, 2016

Throughout my 5 years of creating A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, friends and family would say, "You should be on Dr. Oz!" I would think, "Nice idea! But, that's probably never going to happen..."

After all, the show has won three Emmy® awards (and, in March 2016, it received its 7th nomination for Outstanding Informative Talk Show, and host Dr. Mehmet Oz received his 7th nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host). How could an...

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Water Filters: A closer look

water Mar 14, 2016

In the last few weeks, I have been invited by many radio shows to talk about water. Understandably, the Flint, MI water crisis has ignited a growing concern about contaminants in drinking water and in our environment.

Yesterday, I continued my dialogue with Matt Kaye of Better Waters on Blab for a more in-depth discussion on water filters. We both agreed that answering the question "should I filter my water?" is similar to asking if you should eat organic foods -...

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VIDEO: Tips on achieving healthier water from a filtration expert

Uncategorized Mar 02, 2016

Finally! I finally had a great conversation with a water filtration expert.

After researching effective water filtration for my home throughout the years, I was always unsure whether I chose effective filtration for my local tap water. I suspected that there was probably a better solution for my household.

And I spoke to various experts whenever I could, but I still felt unsure. However, I finally feel comfortable after speaking to water filtration...

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Practical strategies to achieve clean drinking water. Watch, listen, and join!

water Feb 22, 2016

Lead poisoning from the drinking water in Flint, Michigan has raised awareness to contaminants in drinking water nationwide. While governments strive to balance filtration within their limited resources, we should learn what is in our water, and how to reduce harmful contaminants.

On Thursday, February 25, 2015 at 11:30am EST, I spoke to Matt Kaye of Better Waters about drinking water quality and practical steps we can take to drink cleaner water.


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