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.
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."
Toxic Talk Tuesday: Reasons NOT to Eat Healthy
On our March edition of Toxic Talk, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry offered ten reasons NOT to eat healthy as a family. If a healthier diet is your goal, you may have some nagging doubts. Isn't it too expensive? Will the food not taste as good? What if your spouse or kids rebel? What if it's just too hard? Find out some encouraging truths to counter these doubts by visiting 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States? The good news is that this naturally occurring toxin is relatively easy to identify and mitigate. See our article on Radon: What You Need to Know to learn more about what radon is, how to test for it, and what to do if it's a problem in your indoor environment.
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.