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 Eight
We hope you're enjoying 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
De-Clutter. Drawers, closets, basements, desks . . . a cluttered environment can result in a cluttered mind, and it may even promote the growth of mold and other pathogens in your home or workplace. In our Month Eight Household Challenge we explore ways to organize and de-clutter your home and/or office, one step at a time. A video by Andrea highlights her success with clearing out her desk and demonstrates a fun reward for conquering that challenging drawer!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Soak and Sprout. In our Month Eight Food Challenge, we consider the digestive and nutritional benefits of soaking and sprouting nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes. Specific instructions are included for each food type, and a video by Andrea will get you started as she demonstrates two of these time-honored techniques.
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.
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!
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.
Looking to extend the life of your natural bar soap? Our eco-friendly Wood Soap Dish will help by keeping the soap dry between uses. Natural soaps are super-fatted and must be drained properly, and this minimalistic, sustainable pine soap dish is an ideal way to protect your investment! Visit our Online Store for this and other natural products to help you on your journey toward a healthier, less chemical-laden lifestyle!
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.
Fermented Beverages: A Delicious Probiotic Boost
Looking for a healthy alternative to soda and sugar-laden fruit juices? Many are discovering the health benefits of fermented beverages such as kefir, kvass, and kombucha. Our latest Rejuvenating Recipes will help you take the probiotic plunge with homemade kombucha, water kefir, and fermented lemonade—delicious, nutritious alternatives that even your kids will love!