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Toxic Talk Tuesday: Light and Your Health
On our last edition of Toxic Talk, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry shared what she's been learning about the hazards of artificial light and the benefits of natural light. What light bulbs are the healthiest? How can you let more natural light into your life? We talked about incandescent vs. fluorescent, sunglasses and sunscreen, circadian rhythms, and more. If you missed this "enlightening" conversation, be sure to visit our Radio Interviews page and listen online!
Natural Year Challenge: Month Three
Welcome to Month Three of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! Our 10-step journey toward a naturally healthy lifestyle continues with the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Use Healthy Oils and Fats. This month we take a careful look at these important nutritional building blocks. With all the conflicting information regarding fats and oils, how do we choose confidently? What is the truth about animal fat, canola oil, saturated fats, and coconut oil? See our Month Three Food Challenge for the facts you'll need to know and a helpful video by Andrea, including a Lego demonstration explaining the different options for oils and fats.
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Make Household Soaps. We continue our transition to natural, chemical-free cleaning products by making our own household soaps: liquid dish soap, automatic dishwashing powder, liquid hand soap, and more! See our Month Three Household Challenge for recipes, a fun demonstration video by Andrea, and some bonus tips for creating your own "rebatched" castile bar soaps.
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.
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? The ERMI test analyzes dust samples to identify 36 different species of mold, and is a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. Thanks to the support of our donors, momsAWARE is pleased to begin making this laboratory testing available at a discounted price. Visit our Online Store to find out more!
Open a Window This Winter!
Ventilation is one of the biggest factors when considering the health of a living environment. Unfortunately, ventilation takes a back seat when winter hits. Instinctively we close the windows and turn up the heat. In doing so, are we putting our comfort ahead of our well-being? See our article Open a Window, Even in the Winter! and find out why allowing in a bit of fresh outdoor air may offer an important health boost during the winter months!
Do you have high hopes for positive changes when it comes to food and diet? Would you like to move away from processed, "boxed" foods toward healthier, more natural alternatives? Many times the desire is there, but we get overwhelmed with the prospect of change. If doubts are creeping in and keeping you from taking action, you'll find encouragement in our Ten Reasons NOT to Eat "Outside the Box."
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.
Is your immersion blender contaminating your food? A recent study by Stockholm University suggests that some hand blenders leak chlorinated paraffins, a type of chemical found in flame retardants, plasticizers, and metal-working fluids. Find out more, including the tested brands that showed chemical leakage, in Hand Blenders: Cause for Concern.
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!
Do you find yourself overwhelmed or confused by the abundance of health information on the Internet? Whether facing a health crisis or just looking for ways to improve your family's lifestyle, sifting through the masses of online data can be a daunting prospect. What's a healthy way to approach your research? How do you know what to believe? momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry draws from her own experience to offer five sanity-saving strategies in Who's Right? Navigating Online Health Information.
Amy tried the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge, but grew discouraged and stopped. Encouraged by Andrea's Toxic Talk tips, she tried again and came up with a great system for making healthy changes in her household! "I am a visual learner and so are my kids. Even though two of them are too young to read, they know if they see a green card, there is a change happening and I can teach them about it." Find out more in Natural Year Challenge: One Mom's Journey.
"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.