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Hurricane Flooding Resources
As devastating flooding continues in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, momsAWARE offers practical help for homeowners facing cleanup and mold damage assessment. Don't miss our Flood Recovery Resources & Info section and our Water Damage Awareness Video Series. If someone you know has been affected by the flooding in Texas or Florida, please be sure to pass along these valuable resources!
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 Nine
Welcome to Month Nine of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! It's never too late to follow along on our 10-step journey to a healthier, more natural lifestyle. Join us for this month's topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Clean Your Air. Most commercial air fresheners do little to purify the air and much to hamper our health. In our Month Nine Household Challenge we explore safe, natural ways to freshen the air in our homes and offices, while actually reducing the number of toxins we breathe. Baking soda, essential oils, houseplants, and more—you'll be surprised by the cost-saving simplicity of these healthy alternatives!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Healthy Snack. In our Month Nine Food Challenge we learn how to make natural, nutritious snacks that even your kids will love! Energy bars, fruit leather, dried fruit, kale chips—pick your favorite to try this month and see if you don't find yourself enjoying familiar foods in a whole new way! Great recipes and a video demonstration of Andrea's popular fruit leather are included to help you along the way!
This is a great time of year to buy seasonal, fresh, and locally harvested food. Find out if there's a farmers market near you and download a list of helpful questions for Making the Most of Your Farmers Market. (Also learn the four questions you'll want to avoid asking your local farmers!) Enjoy the wonderful bounty this season brings by making a trip to your local market!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.