What's New at momsAWARE . . .
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 Six
Welcome to Month Six of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! Our 10-step journey to naturally healthy living continues with the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Clean Your Refrigerator. Wondering how to keep this important appliance sparkling, without the use of harsh, toxic cleaners? Looking for ways to keep produce fresh and prevent moldy foods? See our Month Six Household Challenge for tips for keeping your refrigerator and its contents naturally clean, organized, and fresh. Don't miss Andrea's video tour of the Fabry fridge and the storage system that works well for their large family!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make Whey. This month we move from homemade kefir and yogurt to exploring one of their beneficial by-products: whey. See our Month Six Food Challenge to learn about the health benefits of whey, how to make it yourself, and the many ways to incorporate this healthy probiotic into your diet or personal care regimen. Video demonstration included!
Toxic Talk Tuesday: Spray It or Else
On our May edition of Toxic Talk, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry took a look at organic farming and a recent challenge to one of this country's largest organic farms. We met the founder and CEO of Azure Standard, David Stelzer, and heard the story behind the threat to spray pesticides on their Oregon farmland. If you missed the live broadcast, visit our Radio Interviews page to hear the archived conversation!
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 Toxic Talk Tuesday edition on House Hunting.
Get Ready for the Summer Sun!
What do gelatin and bone broth have to do with your fun in the sun? The connection relates to collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, which helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Learn some delicious ways to supplement this useful protein in our article Get Ready for the Summer Sun: Eat Some Collagen!
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.
Healthy Outdoor Fun
With the summer months upon us, 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!
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.
Our Just So Clean Double Detox castile bar is two purifying, all-natural soaps in one! The lighter side utilizes the extraordinary skin cleansing properties of rhassoul clay to provide an ideal deep cleanser for the face. The darker side adds Aalgo seaweed, calcium bentonite clay, charcoal, and rosemary essential oil for effective deep cleansing of the body. Perfect for anyone who desires a gentle yet detoxifying skin treatment. Visit our Online Store 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.
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!
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!
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.