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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, January 19

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

Can Dry Cleaning Be Less Toxic?

Joy OnaschMy guest today is Joy Onasch, who oversees the community and small business program at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She manages the community grants which are awarded each year to community-based or municipal organizations striving to reduce or eliminate toxics. Focus areas of the community and small business program currently include reducing or eliminating toxics in the home (including cleaning and building materials), pesticides, the cosmetology industry, auto shops, and perchloroethylene in dry cleaning. Today we will be talking specifically about dry cleaning, how dry cleaning establishments can become less toxic and how you can choose a less toxic dry cleaner. Joy is an engineer with over fifteen years of experience with industry, government, and institutions, assisting them with environmental compliance issues and pollution prevention projects. Her technical focus areas include hazardous waste, stormwater, wastewater, oil storage, and toxics use reduction. Joy earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and a Master’s in Engineering and Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a registered Professional Engineer in three states and a registered Toxics Use Reduction Planner in Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 20

Vitamin D Needs Vitamin K: How Greens Help Your Immune System

diann-dirksToday my guest is Diann Dirks. She’s been on the show before, bringing her background in organic gardening and Permacultur. She’s particularly interested in ways to strength the body’s health, understanding the connection between the soil and the body, and the role growing one’s own food and medicine plays in long term well being. Today we’ll be talking about how the body needs Vitamin K to absorb Vitamin D, which is vital for your immune system to protect your body from colds, flu, and other infectious diseases. The best sources of Vitamin K are the winter greens that are in the market right now, and which are easy to grow in your garden. We’ll learn how to keep healthy in flu season, what to plant in winter and spring to help keep one’s immunity strong, the best places to get seeds for the particular plants which help, and when and where to plant them. Diann grows more than 100 kinds of herbs in over 90 organic growing beds in her garden in the Piedmont (foothills) area of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Wednesday, January 21

Dr. Lytle had a last-minute family emergency and is not available to do the show today. I’ll reschedule him. Today’s show is a replay of Health Care As If People Mattered with Dr. Jeff Kane

How Laser Therapy Can Help Your Cells Detox

dr-lytleToday my guest is Dr. Larry Lytle BS, DDS, PhD, inventor of the QLaser system of laser therapy. We’ll be talking about how you can use low-level laser light therapy to detox your cells, thereby improving your health. Laser therapy has been approved for use for more than 40 years in Europe. During his dental career, Dr. Lytle earned Accredited Status in the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. While practicing dentistry he also earned a Ph.D. in Nutrition and provided nutritional consulting in conjunction with his dental practice. His general practice included cosmetic dentistry, laser dentistry, TMJ/TMD and Nutrition. Dr. Lytle lectured and taught in his many areas of expertise in the US and other countries. Dr. Lytle holds several product patents for low level lasers. His QLaser System received FDA clearance for over the counter sale for treating osteoarthritis of the hand in Feb 2009. He currently is a consultant for several companies in areas concerning Proprioception to the Brain and low level laser therapy. Dr. Lytle conducts Healing Light Seminars over thirty times a year in the US and other countries. He is the author of Understanding Low Level Laser Therapy, Low Level Lasers User’s Manual, Healing Light, Energy Transcendence, Universal Healer Book I Osteoarthritis, Innate Wisdom and is currently writing Universal Healer Book II Type Two Diabetes.

Thursday, January 22

Make-It-Yourself With GOTS Certified Organic Fibers

Stephanie-LachenaudMy guest today is Stephanie Abgrall, founder of the Only Organic Fabric Shop website. Based in the Brittany region of France, they sell only full GOTS certified organic fabrics where the yarns, spinning, weaving, washing, dyeing are all GOTS certified. And they ship worldwide. We’ll be talking about the GOTS certification for organic fabrics and the certified fabrics that are available for your fabric needs. Stephanie is a 47-year-old mother of three, who studied in a French Business School and worked for 15 years as an executive in different companies, then decided to create her own business. She wanted this business to be close to my beliefs, so of courseit had to be organic-related and crafts-related. In 2009 she founded Biotissus, which is the mother business of Only Organic Fabric Shop, It is dedicated to GOTS certified organic fabrics and sells to individuals as well as to large fashion companies in France. In late 2014, they decided to expand their business and dedicate a website to their english/american speaking customers, and developped the Only Organic Fabric Shop website. They also are developing the first GOTS certified sewing workshop in France for their professional customers.

Friday, January 23

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

The Organically Clean Home

Linda CragoToday my guest is Becky Rapinchuk of, a blog that tells you how to simplify and organizee your housekeeping while also using nontoxic cleaners. Becky is the author of The Organically Clean Home, and offers free printables on her site, such as cleaning recipes for using castile soap, lemons, borax, vinegar, and baking soda. 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself - The Natural, Chemical-Free WayHas been featured on and HGTV and has also provided content and cleaning consulting for Scotch-Brite (3M), Peapod/Reckitt,, and Bissell. Circle of Moms named Clean Mama one of the Top 25 Home Management Blogs, iVillage named her as one of the 10 Organizers You Should Be Following on Pinterest, and Skinny Scoop named Clean Mama one of the Top 25 Organization Blogs. Rapinchuk is also’s housekeeping expert.



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