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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...

Overlooked Healthy Choices for Healthy Living

  Dr. Joseph Braun, a Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University, studies the potential health consequences of environmental chemical exposures in pregnant women,...

Choose a Nontoxic Glider Chair—for Your Nursery or Your Family Room

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Are you looking for a glider chair—whether for a baby on the way, or for just a comfy chair to relax in? ...

The Pros and Cons of Ceramic

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Ceramic is generally considered among the healthiest materials used throughout the home, from cozy warm mugs to...

How To Get Rid Of Smelly Carpet Odor The Nontoxic Way

by editorial team   When kids are little and catch the flu, they just want to stay in bed and sleep. That is, until their stomach says otherwise. The race to the...

Buy a Nontoxic Couch

by editorial team   Do you snuggle with your kids on the couch and read a book? How about sitting down to watch t.v. for a bit before bedtime? Or, even better, if you...

Are "green" building materials and interior furnishings healthy?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Building and renovating our homes are opportune moments to create a healthy indoor environment since...

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...

What Should You Consider When Buying A New Home?

by Angela Cummings, reviewed by Sophia Ruan Gushée   Back in the early 2000’s, the criteria I used when shopping for a home was this: it had to be...

Get the Lead Out

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Surprisingly, lead is still found in many consumer products today. While lead was banned from house paint in...

10 Things to Consider When You Want to Remodel Your Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Home remodeling can be trickier than building a new home, in the sense that you, the homeowner, are likely still...

Which is a Better Choice: Synthetic or Natural Dyes

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Let's consider the dyes used in textiles, which are part of our furniture, drapes, carpets, area rugs, bedding,...

You Can Buy Furniture Without Flame Retardants

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Did you know that a doctor’s note is needed in order to buy a mattress without flame retardants? It’s...

Healthier Window Treatments

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   “Eco-friendly” is a term used to describe things that are good for nature, to preserve this...

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...

PBDE Flame Retardants Are Still Around

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   PBDE flame retardants were phased out in 2004 and 2010, yet these chemicals are still around. Scientific studies...

Tips for a Nontoxic Dining Table and Chairs

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   We use our kitchen dining table daily to gather for a quick breakfast, family meals, and (let’s be honest) to...

Phased Out PFCs Stick Around

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   With chemicals that are banned or phased out, you expect them not to be a concern anymore, right? The reality...

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,...

Is your furniture burdening your nervous system?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Neurotoxicity sounds like a big complex word, doesn’t it? But if you break it down it’s pretty simple to...

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,...

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...

Nontoxic Window Curtains: Tips to Find the Best Ones for Your Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   When detoxing the home, details—such as the materials and maintenance of curtains—can impact your...

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...

Harnessing the Power of Color to Change Bedroom Dynamics

by Martin Wiggins and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Many homeowners consider the bedroom the most sacred room in the house. This is the place where everyone goes to...

Colorful and Nontoxic Wall Paint

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Painting walls brings out inner-creativity, even in the most non-creative people. With paint chips taped to the...

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...

Less PVC is Possible

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   PVC (polyvinyl chloride), also known as vinyl, is used to make countless products that fill our closets, shelves and...

Choosing Nontoxic Wood Furniture

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Wood furniture—such as couches, chairs, bed frames, box springs, tables and many more products—can be...
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