What's New at momsAWARE . . .
Toxic Talk Tuesday: A Sleep Sanctuary
On our last edition of Toxic Talk, we discussed the concept of creating a "sleep sanctuary." What can we do to ensure a good night's sleep? What impact does nighttime exposure to electronic devices have on our sleep? What type of mattress is best? And what about reading at bedtime? If you missed this practical discussion with momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry, visit our Radio Interviews page to hear the archived conversation!
When a serious toxic mold exposure compromised his family's health, Ryan Fabry did more than make lemonade from lemons: he made probiotic sauerkraut from red cabbage, sugar-free ice cream from avocados, nourishing broth from bone-in chicken, and gluten-free snack bars from almonds, berries, and dates. As his quest for better health continued, so grew his passion for cooking, eating, and sharing his recipes for healthy, real food. You'll find plenty of inspiration for healthy eating in Ryan's newly released Real Food Recipes for Millennials, available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions!
Natural Year Challenge: Month One
The New Year is a great time to begin the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! We'll take you month by month through 10 steps toward healthier living in the following two areas. Pick one or both and join us on the journey!
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Buy Five. The switch to using natural, chemical-free cleaning products in your home begins with five supplies that will arm you with everything you need. Don't worry about making or using them yet; your job is simply to find them! See our Month One Household Challenge for details and a video by Andrea to help you in your quest!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Explore Your Sources. We'll give you ideas for both online and local food sources. Food co-ops, farmers markets, and organic buying clubs are on the rise, so chances are there's a local supplier near you! See our Month One Food Challenge for some great suggestions and an encouraging video by Andrea to help you get the research started!
Thinking (and Eating!) "Outside the Box"
Have you made a resolution to eat healthier in the new year, but find yourself having trouble getting away from processed, pre-packaged foods? Check out our Ten Reasons NOT to Eat "Outside the Box" as we look at 10 doubts you may be experiencing, along with 10 encouraging truths to counter them!
Are you curious about the hype over toxic mold? Have you experienced a mold exposure and are unsure of your next step? This valuable resource from momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry is designed to help you navigate your way through mold testing, remediation, exposure symptoms, detox methods, cross-contamination issues, legal recourse, and much more! It's a handy, concise guide offering hope and help for anyone concerned about indoor air quality and its effect on human health. Now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions: Is Your House Making You Sick? A Beginner's Guide to Toxic Mold.
Five Natural Products
Are you one of the many who are trying to use fewer chemicals in your home? The good news is that switching to natural cleaning and personal care products can actually save you money! See our article on Five Cheap, Natural, Accessible Products for Your Home and discover a few common items that will go a long way in your household!
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 Mold Test Results.
You'll love the versatility of our all-natural signature Just So Clean Coconut Castile Soap! Use for safe personal care or try making your own liquid soap with shavings of this popular chemical-free bar. Check out our momsAWARE Online Store for this and other natural products to help you on your journey toward a healthier, less chemical-laden lifestyle!
Building Relationships: Toxins in Our Home
momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry joins Dr. Gary Chapman to tell her compelling story of sick children, a sick home, and the radical decisions that affected her marriage, family, and future—and led her down a path toward helping others with the knowledge she gained on the journey. If you missed this inspiring broadcast, listen online to our Building Relationships Interview.
What Is Building Biology?
How important is the relationship between our health and our indoor environment? Can natural building materials really make a difference in our homes, offices, and schools? Building Biology studies these questions and offers 25 guiding principles for safe, health-supporting building practices. See our article explaining What Is Building Biology? to find out more!
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.
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.
"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.