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Using Wood as a Stress Reducer at Home

Mar 26, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

In today’s fast-paced world, stress is increasing. Along with the amount of time we spend indoors.

On average, people spend 90% of their time indoors, according to...

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Why Does New Furniture Smell?

Mar 21, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

If you want to reduce toxic chemicals in your home, evaluate your furniture.  

Originally, furniture was made from 100% solid wood. Today's furniture, however, is...

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Why Choose Low- to No- VOC Solvents?

Feb 17, 2018

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, or have new carpeting installed?

This smell can be accompanied by...

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When Painting, Planning Pays Off

Nov 29, 2017

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...

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Is Off-Gassing Happening in My Home?

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...

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Sick House Syndrome: 3 Strategies for a home that may be making you sick

Jun 21, 2017

 

Angela Cummings, pictured above, contacted me several months ago because my work really resonated with her. Curious as to why, I invited Angela to share her personal story with toxic exposures. Turns out, her home was making her and...

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