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I left Los Angeles wondering what motivates you?

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Even after studying and teaching nontoxic living for over a decade, I'm more energized than ever: The evidence for precautionary measures continues to strengthen, and the public is more curious than ever.

I just returned from spending a week in Los Angeles. My trip to LA originated from a personal reason, but I extended my visit to make room for various work events.

 

Detox Market

Soon after arriving in LA, I headed over to the retail...

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Overlooked Environmental Contributors to Infertility (& How to Protect Yourself)

Have you heard of the term fecundity?

Fecundity is the probability of bearing live children whereas fertility is the actual production of live offspring. 

Trying to understand the distinction between the two introduces you to the complexity of fertility. For example, a man or woman could have some reproductive "abnormality" that decreases their fecundity (the ability to conceive and/or deliver a healthy child). 

With more women delaying their start in trying to...

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How to (Naturally) Detox Toxins from Breast Tissue

by the editorial team

If you want to detox toxins from the breast tissue and protect yourself against breast cancer, you’ve come to the right place. Below are simple tips for a basic approach.

According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in every 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. And while it may be scary to realize that "85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer," this also spotlights that...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. In the US, it's the second most common cancer among women (after skin cancer)—affecting 1 in 8 women. While rare in men (1 in 1,000), breast cancer affects men directly too.

Studies have been examining whether endocrine disrupting chemicals found in household products can disrupt our reproductive health. The science indicates that, yes, common chemicals—like phthalates and BPA—can increase risks to various...

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Please do this one thing!

Last night, I recorded a podcast with a superhero you should know: Dr Devra Davis. She has an impressive career as an epidemiologist, author, academic, and pioneer in public and environmental health. For example, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the newly established Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (1949-99); she has counseled leading officials in the US United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World...

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PCOS: Can banishing endocrine disruptors help PCOS symptoms?

I had never heard of PCOS until I was invited to be a guest on The PCOS Revolution Podcast with Farrar Duro, DOM. I Googled "PCOS" and learned that it stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, a common endocrine disorder in women that can affect their fertility.

Since our exposures to endocrine disruptors are chronic and overlooked, I welcomed this opportunity to examine whether reducing our toxic exposures from what we buy and do can help those who live with PCOS and for...

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EMFs + Your Health: What are Your Questions?

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Have you heard of the Environmental Health Trust (EHT)? If not, you should visit its website at www.ehtrust.org. It states:

Environmental Health Trust was created with the goal of promoting health and preventing disease one person, one community and one nation at a time.

EHT shares the vetted science on how human health may be impacted by the electromagnetic fields from our technology. It is a wealth of sobering and empowering science that is...

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

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are emitted from both natural and artificial sources. This article focuses on VOCs from man-made products that pollute your indoor air, especially the sources that are easy for you to avoid.

 

What are VOCs?

VOCs are released as gases from some building materials and household products at room temperature.

Examples of common sources of VOCs in an average home include:

  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • ...
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Fragrance detox for your stuffy nose, runny nose, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and asthma

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 communicate many important things to our brain and body. It can signal alarm from the smell of fire or something burning; stimulate our appetite and taste buds from the smell of a delicious meal or baked goodies; and it can trigger symptoms to get us to avoid toxic chemicals or toxic food.

Symptoms from...

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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 do for us? How can we connect with it? Can doing so empower us somehow?

 

Come on, Let's Get to Know the Nose

The nose works hard for us. By taking the time to learn more about it, we can align ourselves to work with the nose—to guide us towards safety and health, investigate odors, explore chronic...

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