Phthalates During Pregnancy: How To Reduce the Risks

Phthalates are endocrine disruptors: they are anti-androgens that affect the development of the male fetus. Here is a review on what phthalates are, what phthalates do during pregnancy, and how you can reduce your exposure during pregnancy, and at all times.

Missing the Point on Organic Produce

The debate is about whether organic produce has more nutrition than produce grown with pesticides. This debate misses the point! It’s about not eating all those pesticides! The organophosphates that are neurotoxins. These toxins are linked to developmental delay, lower IQ, and behavior problems in our children (like ADHD). So, the question should be: are organic foods healthier? The answer is YES! Eat organic foods because they are healthy foods. If they are more nutritious, as some studies report, that’s just an added bonus.

Recent Research on Manuka Honey Benefits

All honey is nature’s antibiotic gift to us. But Manuka honey is something special. Manuka honey is the strongest anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant that we can buy. It helps heal wounds, and helps prevent scar formation. This is a review of the latest medical research from 2012 and 2013 on the benefits of Manuka honey.

Brain Foods Part 1

How to keep your brain (and your children’s brains) healthy and smart, through smart eating, smart drinking. Great links to neuroscientist, Dr. Amen, and great nutritionists.

Got Milk ALTERNATIVE? Part 2: Milk Alternatives From Plants

The second in 2-part article on alternatives to cow’s milk. Reviews six (6) plant-derived milk alternatives, comparing them on basis of (1) protein content, (2) fat content, (3) vitamin / nutrient content, and (4) calorie count. Emphasizes value of good-ole mother’s milk.

Better Living Through Less Chemistry: Hope

Sure, we have all benefited from the convenience of chemistry in our lives. But we are all exposed to the toxins that result. Here is a collection of simple steps you can take to reduce toxins in your diet, your water, your air, and in your home.

Stop Drinking Soda Pop

Drinking soda pop – carbonated soft drinks – is unhealthy. Even if you are drinking DIET pop. The infographic below provides an interesting collection of unhealthy effects. Things that you wouldn’t think about are affected by soft drinks: asthma obesity heart disease kidney disease diabetes osteoporosis The average American drinks 52 GALLONS of soda per […]

Better Living Through LESS Chemistry: Our Food

Despite being banned in this country in 1972, the pesticide DDT can still be found in many foods in this country. Even “safe” pesticides that are allowed and widely used, are proven carcinogens and have other horrifying effects on our children. This post brings you the GOOD NEWS – some of our food seems to be relatively free of these poisons. Here is how to eliminate 90% of the pesticides from your food!

Better Living Through LESS Chemistry: Food & Water

Bottled Water It’s Embarrassing Americans spend more money on bottled water than iPods or movie tickets! Not that those are expenditures to be proud of. It’s a WASTE Americans churn through 2.5 Million plastic bottles EVERY HOUR of every day.  It is estimated that the amount of oil used to produce those bottles could fuel […]

Better Living Through LESS Chemistry

Most of us grew up (have I grown up yet?) in the age of “better living through chemistry.” That was the promise. Unfortunately, along with the “better living,” chemistry also brought along toxins. This is the 1st in a 4-part series on reducing the chemicals in your life – and in your children’s lives.

STOP BREATHING: Your Air Is Killing You (and what to do about it)

We Americans spend nearly 90% of our time indoors. We take for granted that our indoor air quality is safe. Certainly, our air quality indoors is better than that polluted stuff outside. Isn’t it? Wrong. The EPA says that air pollution indoors may be 100 times higher than outdoors. So unless you can stop breathing, here are 8 simple tips to keep your air from killing you.