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Fragrance Free: 10 Ways to Protect Yourself from Toxic Scents

Stinky, sweet smelling air fresheners, cologne, body sprays, and scented shampoo are made with synthetic fragrances, and they’re bad for your health…especially children and pregnant women. These factory-made fragrances contain phthalates, which are chemicals that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. I tell my clients not to buy artificially scented products for their home or office because they can also trigger migraine headaches, allergies and asthma attacks. A recent Institute of Medicine study sponsored by the EPA put fragrances in the same category as second hand smoke as a trigger for asthma in school-age children. […]

By |February 25th, 2011|Articles, Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

Warning: Your Baby Contains Toxic Chemicals!

Hundreds of toxic chemicals, including PCBs, DDT, endocrine disrupters, and dioxins — to name just a few — are showing up in mothers’ and their newborn babies’ bodies. These chemicals, found in everyday household products, can get absorbed during a typical morning routine. Consider this scenario:  the pregnant mom awakens after a night of breathing toxic fumes from a mattress containing chemicals like flame retardants and melamine. She showers with synthetically scented soap, shampoo and conditioner, and uses popular brands of body lotion, moisturizer, sunscreen, cosmetics and perfume that contain hundreds of chemicals which have been linked to cancer, hormone imbalances, and other illnesses. These chemicals may be seriously compromising her health, as well as her unborn baby’s. […]

By |October 7th, 2010|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

ElectroSmog: 10 ways to avoid frying your brain

Like smog created by air pollution, electrosmog is created by electromagnetic field radiation from cell phones, wireless computers and networks, and new utility technologies like Smart Grids and Smart Meters. Electrosmog envelopes us 24-7…in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, even hotels, and no one really knows the long-term effects on our health, or on our DNA. The ever-expanding electrosmog is comprised of several EMF or electromagnetic radiation fields of different intensity…from ELFs (extremely low frequency fields); to “dirty electricity” — a frequency that gets on wiring in our walls from electronics that contain transformers, and from compact fluorescent light bulbs and dimmer switches; to RFs (radio frequencies), and a subset of RF called microwave radiation emitted by cell phones, wireless networks and portable phones. […]

By |August 10th, 2010|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

Making School Menus Healthy For Body and Mind

Corn dogs, canned fruit and a bag of chips…that was a typical hot lunch offering at the posh private school my daughter attended in Marin County, California six years ago. It took me, and five other Marin moms, more than a year to initiate organic lunch programs in our local private schools. We had to work hard to convince parents and administrators that it was worth an extra $1 a day to serve organic food to our kids. There are still many schools in my county where kids are given unhealthy (highly processed, microwaved and packaged) foods and drinks (soda and high fructose corn syrup sweetened juices) on campuses and in cafeterias. Instead of real and nutritious food, they are eating food that doesn’t help their brains or bodies develop optimally. […]

By |July 20th, 2010|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

Shedding Some Light On Sunscreens

It’s time to start putting on sunscreen…or is it? There are lots of other options to protect yourself from getting burned this summer, like wearing protective clothing, finding shade, and avoiding noon sun. Plus, there’s no consensus that sunscreen prevents skin cancer and in some cases it’s been shown to actually increase your risk!  If you do use sunscreen, make sure what you put on your skin is safe and effective. […]

By |June 15th, 2010|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

Green Romance: A Healthy Approach to Intimacy

Try green romance this Valentine’s Day with Non-toxic perfume, candles, flowers chocolate, wine and champagne to enhance your health, vitality and in turn your sensuality.

By |February 9th, 2010|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

Are Cell Phones Safe? How to Avoid Risk

Cell phone use among children is a massive uncontrolled experiment on the brain as we don’t know the long term effects and that the FDA has never tested cell phones for safety.

By |January 25th, 2010|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

Are We Playing Roulette with Meat and Poultry?

Meat scraps once used for pet food now, thanks to Beef Products, Inc. has this pink slime marketed to hamburger makers and ends up in 70 percent of US burgers.

By |January 15th, 2010|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

Secret Chemicals in Our Everday Products

There are as many as 17,000 secret chemicals that are potentially hazardous to our health, and to the environment, that we unwittingly use in our homes every day.

By |January 7th, 2010|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off

Food Labels Need a Makeover

Be an aware consumer. Most food labels use marketing ploys and can be deceptive. The FDA is now working on its own nutrition labeling system.

By |December 11th, 2009|Washington Times Communities|Comments Off