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Archive Category: Healthy Home and Garden

Natural Pest Control

May 14th, 2018

While trying to avoid use of dangerous pesticides, I turn to natural pest control. I’m including a link to EWG’s site–love the homemade insecticidal soap! Remember that pesticides are not only dangerous to the environment but to you, too. Here’s to a healthy home and garden!!

“Organic” Jargon? This may help . . .

May 1st, 2018

Are you having trouble with the labeling of our foods? Organic, Grass-fed, Pasture-raised, etc. Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! Here is an article that may shed some light on the nuances of labeling. also has helpful pages–check them out as well. To your health!!

Dangers of Mattresses

January 8th, 2018

Shopping for mattresses can be daunting–they are expensive, there are many options, AND they can be TOXIC. has posted this article on crib mattress studies showing not only VOC’s which are dangerous, but fragrances and more. You can bet these studies would likely apply to other mattresses, too. I can recommend cotton or natural latex mattresses. If you are lucky enough to live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area, we have a couple of options: Mulligan Mattress and Cotton Cloud Natural Beds. I recently purchased a natural latex mattress and am thrilled!! Very comfortable, no chemical odors, sleeping better–Hurrah!! I even bought a natural latex pillow which I also recommend. Please read the article and check out these mattress options. To your health!

Natural Cleaners??

October 21st, 2016

Even so-called “natural cleaners” may contain dangerous chemicals. A big part of the problem is that companies are not required to label cleaning products ingredients. And sources of dangerous chemicals can be  hidden in different terms such as “fragrance”.  Your best bet? Make your own! There are many simple and effective options. For example, this article recommends adding baking soda to liquid soap for a bathroom scrub. Here is another link to some great ideas! You can even use just baking soda to clean toilets, etc. And guess what works best on windows and mirrors? water and a flour-sack cotton cloth. Use caution with essential oils as well. Many companies use solvents to extract the essential oil and then dangerous residues can be present in the final product. And PLEASE avoid triclosan which is in many anti-bacterial soaps and toothpastes! The FDA has even put a ban on triclosan but it isn’t in effect until September 2017. To your health!!

Natural Cleaning Options

Natural Cleaning Options

Air Pollution Linked to Increased Risk of Diabetes

October 11th, 2016

This is an interesting but disturbing report finding that increased particulate matter is associated with increased rates of insulin resistance which is associated with Type 2 Diabetes. If you live in an urban area, consider wearing a mask when outdoors, filter the air in your home, avoid using candles and air fresheners, and eat healthy foods, get plenty of sleep and activity, too.

FDA Bans Ingredients in Anti-bacterial Soaps

September 13th, 2016

Finally!! The FDA has ruled that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than good ol’ soap and water and has banned “19 active ingredients — including the most common, triclosan and triclocarban —  in liquid soaps, bar soaps and other items.” Read more here.

Progress Toward Raising Healthy Children!

July 1st, 2016

I am excited that a step is being made toward a healthier environment for our children. While this task force gets started, however, please avoid exposure to plastics, pesticides, herbicides, etc. Check out this article.

EWG’s “Pollution in People”

June 16th, 2016

This is a great article about sources of toxins that are adversely effecting our health. Please read the attached article and check out their video, too. I’m also including a link to a blog regarding cell phones and their link to cancers. It’s not all bad news, though–keep eating those colorful fruits and vegetables, organic as much as possible. Drink lots of water, exercise and get plenty of sleep, too!

Strawberries Top EWG’s Dirty Dozen

April 14th, 2016

Love those sweet strawberries that are starting to hit the grocery stores? Please limit consumption to organic only–strawberries are among the “dirtiest” produce on EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. Non-organic versions contain carbendazim (a hormone disruptor), bifenthrin (a possible carcinogen), and up to 17 other pesticides. Better yet, find a spot in your home garden–they make a great ground cover on top of being a delicious treat. If you don’t have a yard, try a strawberry pot or three! (I added a link here, but haven’t used this brand–just be sure to avoid plastic versions) 🙂

Industrial Foods and Human Health?

April 12th, 2016

I know that you have seen my pleas to avoid use of pesticides and herbicides–they are destroying our insects, our environment, and our health. Here is a well-written article on how they work and their impact on human health. Please read.

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