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.
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!
In light of the recent storms and flooding in the Midwest, momsAWARE offers practical help for cleanup and mold damage assessment. Don't miss our Flood Recovery Resources & Info section, as well as our Water Damage Awareness Video Series. If someone you know has been affected by the recent rains and flash flooding, be sure to pass along these helpful resources.
Natural Year Challenge: Month Five
Welcome to Month Five of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! We hope you're enjoying our 10-step journey to naturally healthy living. Join us this month as we explore the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Dairy Ferment. Ever wondered how to make homemade yogurt? What about kefir? It isn't as hard as you may think, and the health benefits are huge. Recipes, step-by-step instructions, and a demonstration video by Andrea will help you take the probiotic plunge! Take our Month Five Food Challenge and start enjoying the many benefits of dairy ferments.
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Clean Your Kitchen. Our natural, chemical-free cleaning moves to that all-important room of the home: the kitchen. How can you have a sparkling kitchen without all the toxic fumes and chemicals? See our Month Five Household Challenge for tips on safely cleaning your oven, cutting board, wood cabinets, dishwasher, sink, and more. Product recipes and video demonstration included!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.