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Fragrance-free Cleaning Products That Benefit The Environment Too

Mary AllenMy guest today is Mary Allen, co-owner of Savvy Green LLC with Rita Knorr. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, their new brand of fragrance-free household cleaning products are also designed with the environment in mind. We’ll be talking about toxic chemicals in cleaning products and how simple cleaning products can work just as well. Mary and Rita started their company at home, using a simple recipe to create a dry laundry detergent to give to friends and family. The thought was that if all of their friends used the powder detergent “gifts,” that alone could account for a significant reduction of detergents in large plastic containers and their associated carbon footprint. Of course, their friends loved the powder and a new cleaning products brand was born. Mary grew up in a family of grocers. From a young age working in the store, she loved to understand what brought people into the store. After college started working retail specialty and department stores as a buyer and manager in many areas of the store. She has worked in product development, merchandising, testing, packaging, marketing and sales. She has traveled the world to bring the best products to her customers. most recently for 21 years with Bealls Department Stores and Bealls Outlet Stores.

Medicinal Plants Can Replace Toxic Drugs<

Pamela SeefeldMy guest today is Pamela Seefeld,R.Ph, a pharmacist who dispenses medicinal plants. I heard about Pamela from a friend of mine, whose mother was on a lot of drugs for a specific condition. Pamela replaced the prescription drugs with medicinal botanicals and his mom started doing better. We’ll be talking about how synthetic drugs are toxic to the body and how medicinal plants can be a viable alternative. Pamela is a 1990 graduate of the University of Florida College of pharmacy. In Pharmacy school she studied Pharmacognosy (the study of medicinal plants). She has worked as an integrative pharmacist teaching physicians, pharmacists and the general public about the proper use of botanicals. She is also a grant reviewer for NIH in Washington D.C. and is the owner of Botanical Resource and Botanical Resource Med Spa in Clearwater, Florida.

Raising Backyard Chickens for Fun and Profit

Today’s show is a replay of an earlier broadcast.

My guest today is Sarah Griffin-Boubacar, Retail Store Manager at Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply the largest organic gardening supply company in the U.S. Since both Sarah and I will talk about our experiences raising backyard chickens and Sarah will give her expert advice and talk about the resources they have to offer to make raising chickens a success. Sarah is a graduate of Humboldt State University in Northern California and worked on an organic coffee and fruit farm in Hawaii. She loves to be involved in the local agriculture scene in California and enjoys helping farmers and gardeners with their questions and problems. Sarah was trained in Integrated Pest Management by the University of California. She teaches popular workshops at Peaceful Valley on Canning & Preserving, Cheesemaking, and Irrigation. At home Sarah has an extensive organic garden, and raises backyard chickens and little boys. Backyard Chicken


Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABTMy guest today is toxicologist Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, who has been on the show many times before. Today we’ll be talking about nanoparticles–what they are, how they are toxic, and how we can protect ourselves. Dr. Gilbert is Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and author of A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals. He received a Ph.D. in Toxicology in 1986 from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, A Small Dose of Toxicologyis a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology, and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. His research has focused on neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system. Dr. Gilbert has an extensive website about toxicology called Toxipedia, which includes a suite of sites that put scientific information in the context of history, society, and culture.


The Garden in Your Gut – Immune System and Healthy Soil, What They Have in Common

Diann DirksMy guest today is Diann Dirks. She is a Permaculture Designer – a design science that applies the laws of nature to establishing or revitalizing environments within a system of ethics – which is: care for people, care for the earth, and equitable distribution of the abundance formed when natural laws are applied to the earth. On this show we’ll be talking about how to restore lost micro-organisms in your body (see Toxic Free Talk Radio interview How Antibiotics and Antibacterials are Compromising Our Health from June 12). Within the system of Permaculture design, Diann has studied and deeply researched the relationships between care for people and care for the earth, not only to increase yield in growing environments, but to bring health to people living within that environment. Apropos to that has been a study of the relationship between the microbes that live in our gut and the microbes that live in healthy soil. They are the same identical set of microbes, interestingly enough, but when they are disturbed or killed off, we get the same kinds of problems in soil and people. So, in order to stay healthy it is important to know how to restore both human and soil populations of microbes and understand how it all works. We need to understand also how this relates to the overall health of human society and why building a healthy microbe population in both people and the soil may mean the difference to our future survival between flourishing and degeneration, health and disease.

Toxic Free Body: Restoring Our Missing Microbes

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What Organic Means — From the Experience of Being Organic Farmers

Diana and Jim.gifMy guests today are Diana Kaye and James Hahn, husband and wife, and co-founders of their USDA certified organic business Terressentials. They own a small organic farm in lovely Middletown Valley, Maryland and have operated their organic herbal personal care products business there since 1996. We’ll be talking about what “organic” means, their experience as organic farmers and problems with the organic system. Terressentials was originally started in Virginia in 1992. It grew out of their search for chemical-free products after Diana’s personal experience with cancer and chemotherapy in 1988. Prior to Diana’s cancer, they were involved in commercial architecture in Washington DC. Diana and James are proud to be an authentic USDA certified organic and Fair Made USA business. They are obsessive organic researchers and artisan handcrafters of more than one hundred USDA certified organic gourmet personal care products that they offer through their two organic stores in Frederick County, Maryland, through a network of select retail partners across the US, and to customers around the world via their informative web site.

How to Remove Toxic Chemical Odors Around the House

Kyle KnappenbergerMy guest today is Kyle Knappenberger. He is the Director of Applications at Timilon Technology Acquisitions LLC, in Naples, Florida. Kyle joined Timilon in 2013 when they acquired the technology behind OdorKlenz®, a consumer brand of household odor removal products. We will be talking about harmful chemical classes around the home and ways to eliminate them—particularly how to remove perfume odors from laundry and washing machines. For over a decade, Kyle has been working on using safe metal oxide technology for odor control and toxic chemical neutralization applications. He has a Bachelors of Sciences degree in microbiology from Kansas State University, and co-holds six patents related to the mitigation of chemical and biological contamination.

Here’s a video Odorklenz made to promote Karl’s interview on their social media. It made me smile :)

Let it Shine: The History and Possibilites of Solar Energy

Today’s show is a replay of an earlier broadcast.

My guest is John Perlin, author of Let it Shine: The 6,000-year story of Solar Energy. I still have on my shelf an autographed copy of his previous book A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology, published in 1980 (now out-of-print). It’s actually one of my favorite books of all time and can’t wait to read the new one. John’s work, to me, is an inspiration for solar energy. John is an international expert on solar energy and has lectured around the world on the subject. We’ll be talking about the history of solar energy and the possibilities of using solar energy as a less toxic energy source now and in the future.

A Toxic-Free Bed & Breakfast

There are so many interesting shows in the archives! Every Friday I pull one out to remind you these archives are here for inspiration and information.

Terry MandelMy guest is Terry Mandel, owner of North Berkeley Hills Homestay. Terry began hosting short-term guests from around the world in 2002. After becoming ill in 2005 from the VOCs in paint, she began a journey of toxic-free renovation that has turned her inn into a refuge for people with MCS and EI, and others who prefer a toxic-free environment. Terry loves to share simple ways people can detox their homes, work spaces, and lives. We’ll be talking about toxic travel, how to choose less-toxic lodging, and what Terry has done to make her home a safe place to stay.


Things You Should Know About Sunscreen, But Probably Don’t

Today’s show is a replay of an earlier broadcast.

My guest today is Michael J. Russ, President of Oceana Naturals, author of Sun Care Decoded, and authorized US distributor for MelanSol 100% natural sunscreen. We’ll be talking about toxic chemicals in sunscreens and how they are doing your skin more harm than good. Michael has pursued a healthy lifestyle for more than 25 years and has been specializing in natural sunscreen products since 2007.

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