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Each weekday I do interviews with everyday heroes who are working to make our world a safer place to live. From authors and manufacturers to healthcare providers and cooks, we explore how innovators are transforming their own lives, their businesses, and the world. Read more about Toxic Free Talk Radio…

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Monday, March 30

On Mondays and Fridays I replay a selection from the archives of past shows.

 A Behind-the-Scenes Look at What Goes Into Organic Products

Peggy-MiarsMy guest today is Peggy Miars, Executive Director/CEO of the Organic Materials Review Institute. Founded in 1997, OMRI provides organic certifiers, grower, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic products, handline, and processing. They also prove subscribers and certifiers guidance on the acceptability of various material inputs in general under the National Organic Program. Peggy came to OMRI in 2010 from California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), where she served for six years as the Executive Director/CEO. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University and completed post-graduate courses in nonprofit management at Regis University in Colorado Springs. Peggy has worked in the organic industry for more than 17 years, previously in marketing and management positions with Earthbound Farm, Whole Foods Market, Granary Market, various nonprofit organizations, and her own marketing consulting business. She completed International Organic Inspector Association training for organic inspectors of crop products in 2007.

Tuesday, March 31

How Indoor Air Quality Testing and Inspection Can Help You Create a Healthy Home

will-spatesToday my guest is Will Spates, president of Indoor Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET). We’ll be talking about common indoor air quality problems and how testing and inspections can help you identify and solve indoor air quality problems. Will has been involved in environmental inspections for over 30 years, which has well prepared him for the investigation of building-related moisture damage and environmental health issues. Since starting the business in 1992, Will has done over 7,000 inspections of commercial and residential buildings. Will has studied microbiology, environmental testing and building science in graduate level classes and courses in the US and Germany.  From 2000 to 2004 he was an instructor teaching seminars for the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) on mold remediation.  He has recently been teaching continuing education classes for the Contractor’s Institute related to building science, moisture, mold and indoor air quality, as well as specialty classes for other clients. He and his firm provide expert services related to new healthy construction, building investigations, legal and insurance support and construction defects related to moisture intrusion and mold growth.  IET is also considered expert in Chinese drywall investigation, spray foam insulation and mitigation as well as laminate flooring formaldehyde emissions.

Wednesday, April 1

Innerspring Mattresses and EMFs: The Rest of the Story

Olle JohanssonMy guest today is Olle Johansson, a world-leading authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. In 2010 a post on the Scientific American blog made reference to an article Olle co-authored, coming to the conclusion that coil-spring mattresses posed an EMF danger. In fact, it’s not the innerspring mattress that is the problem. We’re going to set the record straight on this. Professor Johansson is associate professor, head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, at the Karolinska Institute (famous for its Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine) in Stockholm, Sweden, and yes, we will be talking with him in Sweden. He has also been a professor in basic and clinical neuroscience at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He has published more than 500 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the field of basic and applied neuroscience. His studies have been widely recognized in the public media, including newspapers, radio and TV as well as on the Internet, both nationally as well as internationally. He has participated in more than 300 congresses and symposia as an invited speaker, and with free contributions and as an invited ‘observer’ at an additional 100. Professor Johansson is a member of, i.a., The European Neuroscience Association (ENA), The European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR), IBAS Users of Scandinavia (IBUS), The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), The International Society for Stereology (ISS), The New York Academy of Sciences, The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS), Scandinavian Society for Electron Microscopy (SCANDEM), The Skin Pharmacology Society (SPS), Society for Neuroscience, Svenska Fysiologföreningen, Svenska Intressegruppen för Grafisk Databehandling (SIGRAD), Svenska Läkaresällskapet, and the Svenska Sällskapet för Automatiserad Bildanalys (SSAB).

Thursday, April 2

Healing Through Nature’s Wisdom

dana-simpsonMy guest today is Dana Simpson, co-author of Journeys: Healing Through Nature’s Wisdom. This inspiring book of essays and gorgeous nature photographs follows two women as they discover nature as a healing force. Dana was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease in 2012, nearly a decade after a tick bite during a summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. For years, she felt “unwell,” with symptoms of journeysfatigue, depression, and chronic pain. A daily practice of gentle walks and writing inspired a dialogue with nature that gradually allowed her to understand and accept her condition. Dana attended Bryn Mawr, Harvard and Columbia, and holds master degrees in Urban Planning and Art History. She lives in Santa Barbara where she works in the nonprofit sector, and cares for a beautiful garden with her partner.

Friday, April 3

On Mondays and Fridays I replay a selection from the archives of past shows.

The Glass Water Bottle That Restructures Tap Water to Be Like Spring Water

Bryan MoursMy guest today is Bryan Mours, President of Healthy Earth LLC, the US distributor for Flaska water bottles. We’ll be talking about how the quality of filtered water can be changed to be structured more like it exists in nature, just by storing it in a special bottle. In 2012, during a visit to California to visit with friends involved in causes driven towards health and environmental sustainability, he was introduced to Flaska, a glass refillable water bottle with amazing properties. Though not familiar with the product or the water structuring abilities it possessed, he set out on a mission to learn. After a trip to Slovenia, the home of Flaska, and many hours of reading, Bryan was convinced that this product was something he wanted to be involved with. It was not only made out of the safest material for storage and consumption of liquids but it was also made from the most highly recyclable product: glass.

NOTE: Flaska bottles do NOT remove toxic pollutants from tap water. To achieve the full benefit of restructured water requires that you start with the purest water you can obtain. I recommend the filters from Pure Effect Water Filters.



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