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Optimize your IVF success rate with reducing your toxic exposures

baby fertility pregnancy Feb 19, 2020

Are you interested in in vitro fertilization (IVF), and how to optimize your IVF outcome?

If so, this article will highlight key steps of IVF treatment, provide important statistics (including IVF success rates by patient age and number of implanted embryos), and suggest four basic lifestyle changes you should make to help reduce toxic exposures that can interfere with a healthy IVF and pregnancy outcome.

How the IVF Treatment Works

IVF uses a combination of medicines and surgical...

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Is your mouthwash undermining your gut health?

Our oral cavity is a gateway to our gut microbiome.

 

As I meditated on the fossil fuels in our self-care routines during June's Beauty Detox theme, I spent more time than I expected on mouthwash. Upon further investigation, I realized that our oral healthcare can undermine our gut health!

Aware that triclosan in toothpaste has antibacterial effects (and that we should avoid unnecessary antibacterial products), I had never thought much about mouthwash. I...

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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, infants, and children. More specifically, he has a special interest in studying how early life chemical exposures—ones that we can also modify—may influence obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Dr. Braun has been identified by peers as one of the top 20 pioneers under 40 in...

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Nonstick Teflon Cookware: Health Risks?

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Convenience is more important than ever before as our lives have become more hectic than ever. As a result, cooking, soaking dishes, and scouring pans have become low priority. But when we do prepare our own meals, nonstick pots, pans, and cookware are popular household products that offer lots of convenience.

However, are you aware of the health risks associated with nonstick Teflon coating? 

What makes...

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Tips for Buying Chemical Free Soaps And Shampoos

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Our kids watch our every move. They learn by example, by our actions. When we choose nontoxic products—like soaps and shampoo—they’re noticing, and developing values around health, wellness, and nontoxic (or toxic) purchasing decisions. These values and choices can influence your children's health and the health of your entire family.

Why choose safe options

Shampoos and soaps can contain different...

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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. However, the opportunity of replacing each little item is that it can be done incrementally, one item at a time. In the bathroom, shower curtains are one of the little things that can be replaced without a lot of hassle or a lot of cost.

Why replace the shower curtain?  

When you open a new shower curtain, it has...

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The Effects of X-Rays on Early Pregnancy

pregnancy Nov 28, 2017

The medical and scientific community frequently updates safety recommendations in response to the latest science. The content may contain outdated information so please always talk to your trusted healthcare providers for the latest understanding about the risks of x-rays during pregnancy.

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Radiation from x-rays and other sources is something to be mindful of.

While pregnant, my OBGYN avoided unnecessary x-rays. But, as my dentists and dental assistants rushed out of...

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Prenatal Screen Time: Protect Your Pregnancy From the EMFs of Your Electronic Devices

 

Whether it’s your first child, or number 5 and counting, having a healthy, safe pregnancy is always your biggest priority. You already know to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and visit your doctor for checkups. But have you considered how your prenatal screen habits could impact you and your child? This is something you should consider.

Non-ionizing radiation and pregnancy

Most of our everyday electronic devices emit extremely low-frequency (ELF) to...

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Dust Bunnies: An Inside Look at their Arsenal

In case you missed it, there has been a lot of news coverage on cancer-causing arsenic found in rice and products that contain rice as an ingredient (like rice milk, baby rice cereal, or products that contain brown rice syrup).

Another...

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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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