What's New at momsAWARE . . .
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Jack Thrasher on January 27, 2017. Dr. Thrasher will be remembered for his willingness to share his knowledge and wisdom readily with those who were suffering from illness due to toxic mold, chemicals, and other environmental issues. His personal motto as stated on his website was:
A clean environment and good health
are the most precious resources to leave our children.
You'll hear Dr. Thrasher's expertise and care in this interview with momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry at The Connecting Place.
Toxic Talk Tuesday: Natural Living, Natural Hair Care
On our April edition of Toxic Talk, we looked at the topic of natural hair care. Have you ever used a sheep horn comb or tried rhassoul clay or a vinegar rinse? We also heard stories from listeners about steps they've taken toward more natural living. If you missed the inspiring discussion with momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry and her husband Chris, visit our Radio Interviews page to hear the archived conversation!
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.
Natural Year Challenge: Month Four
Welcome to Month Four 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
Learn Your Greens. Why are greens so good for us? Which ones are the most nutritious? What can we do with them besides throw them in a salad? See our Month Four Food Challenge to learn about the health benefits of dark leafy greens and discover five fun ways to incorporate these powerhouses of nutrition into your diet. A helpful video demonstration is included!
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Clean Your Bathroom. Our natural, chemical-free cleaning moves to that all-important room of the house: the bathroom. See our Month Four Household Challenge for tips on simple cleaning, stain removal, shower heads, and air fresheners, plus a great soft scrubber recipe. A video by Andrea will help you along the way!
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.
Spring is the ideal time to throw open the windows and do a deep cleaning in your home. What are some natural, chemical-free ways to clean? Can a clean home really make a difference in your family's health? See our Guidelines for Spring Cleaning for 10 great tips, plus our free downloadable Dustbusting Dozen checklist!
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.
Have you discovered our Old-Fashioned EM Laundry Soap? Designed with extra cleaning power, this lard-based soap incorporates Effective Microorganisms for a unique cleansing action you're sure to love! And it's safe for HE machines, due to the low-suds nature of the formula. Available in bar or grated form, plus our money-saving 10-bar Economy Pack. Visit our Online Store to find out more!
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!
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!
Our modern clothing industry is a $7 trillion enterprise utilizing more than 8,000 synthetic chemicals. Are we paying a price with our health? What are the hidden hazards of polyester, spandex, and acrylic fabrics? Don't miss our look at Friendly Fabrics for Toxic-Free Fashion, including a helpful list of natural, organic clothing manufacturers.
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!
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.
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.