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Fossil Fuels in Your Self-Care and Beauty Products

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   We use fossil fuels as coal, natural gas, and petroleum (sometimes called crude oil). These types of fossil fuels help us create...

Simple Tips to Detox Your Home and Body

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   Our toxic exposures is a complex topic. However, effective solutions can be simple. After studying an average family's toxic exposures...

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): 7 Simple Tips to Reduce Them at ...

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are emitted from both natural and artificial sources. This article focuses on VOCs from...

Sick Building Syndrome: How One Mom Empowered Herself

Podcast intro by Sophia Ruan Gushée   Sick building syndrome (SBS), or sick house syndrome, consist of various nonspecific symptoms that occupants of...

Powers of Scent

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   The scent of coffee invigorates me, and gets me excited for a sip. The scent of essential oils relaxes me. The scent of cloves,...

Fragrance detox for your stuffy nose, runny nose, headaches, dizzin...

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   If you're not sick or suffering from known allergies, what might a stuffy nose or runny nose be trying to tell us? The nose can...

Meditate on Your Nose

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   How often do you think about your nose? I rarely do. Except when I have a stuffy nose, runny nose, or sneezing fits. What does the nose...

What is a healing space?

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   An environment—like in our homes, schools, and workspaces—can be designed to support therapeutic effects....

The air purifier I use for my family

  One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "Which air purifier do you use?" Recently, after speaking at a wellness event for the Brown Alumni Club of NY, my...

Health tips for burning candles and incense as well as smudging sag...

Candles have been a part of our rituals and celebrations for more than 5,000 years. Burning incense and "smudging"—ceremonial practices of burning sacred herbs and...

10 Household Products to Detox

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Household products—like cleaners, paints, and fragrances—contribute to half of our urban...

Is My House Making Me Sick?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Do you feel tired or under the weather when you’re at home, and feel better when you leave the house? New...

Using Wood as a Stress Reducer at Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   In today’s fast-paced world, stress is increasing. Along with the amount of time we spend...

Why Does New Furniture Smell?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   If you want to reduce toxic chemicals in your home, evaluate your furniture.   Originally, furniture...

Formaldehyde in Furniture

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   When buying furniture the first consideration is usually about the look and feel of the furniture. Not about how it...

Can Furniture Off-gassing Make You Light Headed and Give You Brain ...

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Did you recently buy new furniture, such as a bed frame, couch, desk or shelving unit? Do you feel tired,...

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,...

Natural Air Fresheners

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Air fresheners are everywhere—in home kitchens, personal vehicles, restaurant bathrooms, hotel lobbies,...

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...

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...

Top Chemicals Found in the Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Chemicals, chemicals here and there. Chemicals, chemicals everywhere!   It’s true. They’re all...

Zero-VOC Paint Means Less Off-Gassing in Your Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Zero- and low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) labels are popping up on paint cans throughout the U.S. in response...

Should You Replace Your Shower Curtain With A Safer One?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   When detoxing your home, it can be overwhelming to think of replacing each little item with nontoxic versions....

What Are You Sleeping on 3,650 Hours?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   It’s not every day that people replace their mattress. In fact, not even every five years. It’s every...

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...

Is Off-Gassing Happening in My Home?

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...

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....

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...

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...

EMF Headaches: Causes, Symptoms & Prevention

  You can’t see electromagnetic fields (EMF), but that doesn’t mean they're not there. This invisible form of radiation is all around us, yet most people...
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