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Toxic Talk Tuesday: Kids and Screens
On our last Toxic Talk, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry looked at the impact of screen time on your child's brain. We heard from integrative child psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Dunckley, who discussed her four-week plan to improve your child's social skills, attention problems, and more. We also considered the hazards of wireless radiation and explored practical solutions for limiting the use of electronic devices. If you missed the live discussion, visit our Radio Interviews page to listen online!
Natural Year Challenge: Month Eight
We hope you're enjoying the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! It's never too late to follow along on our 10-step journey to a healthier, more natural lifestyle. Join us for this month's topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
De-Clutter. Drawers, closets, basements, desks . . . a cluttered environment can result in a cluttered mind, and it may even promote the growth of mold and other pathogens in your home or workplace. In our Month Eight Household Challenge we explore ways to organize and de-clutter your home and/or office, one step at a time. A video by Andrea highlights her success with clearing out her desk and demonstrates a fun reward for conquering that challenging drawer!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Soak and Sprout. In our Month Eight Food Challenge, we consider the digestive and nutritional benefits of soaking and sprouting nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes. Specific instructions are included for each food type, and a video by Andrea will get you started as she demonstrates two of these time-honored techniques.
Choosing a Mold Remediator
Tackling a serious mold issue yourself can often make matters worse, as opening up a wall without proper containment can easily exacerbate the problem. But finding a qualified mold remediator who understands the potential hazards of improper remediation can be difficult. See How to Choose a Mold Remediation Company for eight questions to ask before making a hiring decision.
Can exposure to mold cause health issues? Many mold-exposed individuals are met with skepticism by physicians and even friends and family. See our Mold Illness Studies article for a downloadable listing of over 300 studies linking exposure to toxigenic contaminants found in water-damaged buildings with adverse health outcomes—a valuable resource for those seeking to validate an illness or educate the medical community.
Making the Most of Your Natural Soaps
Are you enjoying the benefits of natural, chemical-free soaps, but noticing they don't last as long as you'd like? Truly natural soaps are super-fatted, which means they retain the glycerin and include extra moisturizing oils, making them tend to dissolve more quickly. For three simple ways to extend the life of your soap, check out our article Making the Most of Your Natural Soaps.
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? ERMI testing analyzes dust samples to identify and quantify the mold species present, and it's a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. momsAWARE is pleased to offer two levels of this laboratory testing through our Online Store. To learn more about the testing process, check out our article on How to Interpret ERMI or HERTSMI-2 Mold Test Results.
The Benefits of Natural Light
Do you suffer from mal-illumination? Is there a difference between natural light and artificial light as far as their effects on our health? See The Benefits of Natural Light to find out how a little outdoor time with access to full-spectrum light can go a long way toward boosting both our mood and our immune system!
Tips for House-Hunters
What should you look for when buying or renting a home? How can you avoid hazardous water damage that can lead to serious health issues? See our Guidelines for Buying or Renting a Home for 10 tips to help you find a safe living environment that will benefit your family's health for years to come! To hear a helpful conversation on this topic, visit our Radio Interviews page for our recent Toxic Talk on House Hunting.
Healthy Summer Fun
With summer finally here, it's time to enjoy some healthy fun in the great outdoors with all-natural, chemical-free sunscreen and insect repellent! Check out our helpful articles on Summer Sun Protection and Summer Bug Protection. No need to stay indoors with a myriad of non-toxic outdoor protection options to choose from this summer!
All-Natural Pest Control
Insects and other uninvited pests are a time-consuming nuisance and may even present a risk to your health. The strong chemicals found in most commercial bug-killers and repellents may further compromise the safety of your environment. So how can you win the war against pests and still keep your family safe? See our Bug-Busting Bonanza for the four R's of natural pest control!
Natural Lawn Care
How can you care for your lawn without using harsh chemicals? Can how you mow and water make a difference? What are some natural alternatives for weed control? And are all weeds necessarily "bad"? Don't miss our article on Natural Lawn Care for numerous resources to help you maintain a safe, attractive lawn for your family's enjoyment this summer!
They're in our beauty products, shampoos, water bottles, and even our food. These chemicals defy the conventional "the dose makes the poison" premise and are wreaking havoc with our health. Find out more about endocrine disruptors and ways to reduce your exposure to them in Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Explored. If you missed our recent Toxic Talk on this subject, don't miss the Hormones and Environmental Issues program on our Radio Interviews page!
Are We Roundup Ready?
Most of our soy and corn crops are Roundup Ready, but the question is: Are we? Since the introduction of glyphosate into our food supply in the 1970s, it has been assumed that this popular herbicide is harmless to humans. See our article Are We Roundup Ready? to find out why this assumption may be proving wrong, and what steps you can take to protect your family from the increasing contamination of our food and water supplies.
"How I Survived Toxic Mold"
Have you experienced a serious toxic mold exposure or know someone who has? These stories will encourage anyone walking through this difficult valley. Read the accounts of several fellow travelers who have made it to the other side in our Mold Survival Stories.
Life with Less Plastic
Looking to reduce your use of plastic around the home? You're not alone. Many of us are aware of the increasing concern over endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other hazards associated with plastics. See Life with Less Plastic: 10 Simple Steps for resources to help you become better informed and practical ideas for cutting back on your use of plastics in the home.