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The Challenges of Achieving Organic Certification

Diana Kaye and James HahnToday we’ll be learning about what it takes to get the USDA organic certification with my guests Diana Kaye and James Hahn. We’ll be talking about locating a certifier, preparing the organic system plan, compiling documentation, maintaining records, inspections, and everything else that must be done to get organic certification. This husband-and-wife are 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. 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.


The Healthy Home Project: Affordable Toxic Free Remodeling

Erin S. IhdeToday my guest is Erin S. Ihde, MA, CCRP, founder of The Healthy Home Project. We’ll be talking about how she transformed a house project- by-project, using healthier, “green” materials, “all on a peanut-butter-and-jelly budget.” The Healthy Home Project blog follows the remodeling a 107-year old historic home in need of much TLC. Each posts features resources based upon a single theme, from healthier paints to safer disposal of household hazards. Resource links within the post are provided for more comprehensive information on each topic. Erin believes creating healthy spaces is one of the most important things we can do for the kids in our lives. She is a hospital-based project manager in environmental health, specializing in pediatric research and education. Erin has an MA in Environmental Education from New York University, where she received a fellowship from the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and a BA in English from the Honors Program at The College of New Jersey. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional through SoCRA. Most importantly, she is mom to two amazing kids.

Pure Clay Cooking Pots…Made By Hand in the USA

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

Miriam KattumuriMy guest Miriam Kattumuri is the Founder of Miriam’s Earthen Cookware, a pioneering American brand that makes nontoxic cooking pots and pans from pure clay, made in the USA. From an early age Miriam was determined to make a positive difference in the lives of people while maintaining a positive relationship with the environment. Both of her core values were realized when she started making her healthy line of cookware from pure, all-natural clay that is 100% free of any additives or toxins. The pots can be used on the stovetop & oven. Miriam’s encounter with gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with her first child led her into deeper research in finding out a better and healthier means of cooking food. She also understood that a healthy body is key to ultimate self-actualization. Being a mother of three, she was also very concerned about the impact this generation would leave on the future. In creating Miriams Earthen Cookware she made a difference in all these key areas, one clay pot at a time… A big-time clay pot cooking junkie herself Miriam has successfully been able to get rid of her diabetes and enjoys preparing healthy, delicious meals for her family in her own hand crafted clay pots.

How Recycling and Buying Recycled Products Helps Reduce Toxics

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.

Brenda PulleyMy guest today is Brenda Pulley,Senior Vice President, Recycling, for Keep America Beautiful. Brenda joined Keep America Beautiful in October 2010 to develop, execute, and expand America Recycles Day, an annual event that is happening this Friday, November 15. Keep America Beautiful is collaborating on this campaign with the Ad Council—the nation’s largest producer of public service advertising. Brenda also supports other recycling programs and connects with Washington-based stakeholders. In this role, she identifies and develops strategies for policy issues key to Keep America Beautiful, its mission and members. Brenda began her nearly 30-year career working for the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Environmental Small Business Committee. In addition to her work on Capitol Hill, she has also worked for both corporations and trade associations. Brenda also serves on the Board of Directors of R2 Solutions – the organization charged with promoting environmentally responsible practices throughout the electronics recycling industry. and

Wellness Within Your Walls—Outgassing and Indoor Air Quality

Jillian Pritchard CookeMy guest today is Jillian Pritchard Cooke, founder of Wellness Within Your Walls. We’ll be talking about how to connect the global family with healthy, eco-sensitive products, that result in beautiful, sustainable, non-toxic environments. WWYW® addresses the “Tight Box Syndrome”- which has become an issue with poorly ventilated buildings that have placed energy efficiency above health. These buildings can’t breathe and harmful toxins are trapped in the interior environment with no way of escaping the living environment. WWYW® strives to educate the builder, manufacturer, architect, designer and consumer on how to take control of reducing toxins in the interior environment and how to off-gas toxic chemicals from products responsibly (we’re going to talk about off-gassing in particular). Jillian is also the founder of DES-SYN, an interior design firm that was established in 1991. She is known as a premier eco-interior designer and creates interiors that are beautiful and healthy for the client and kind to the earth. With more than 30 years of experience in cities including New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, she has become well known to many in in the residential, commercial and hospitality design industry. Jillian has authored numerous articles that specifically deal with reducing harmful toxins in the interior environment. She has been featured on CNN, Martha Stewart Radio and her design have been published by Veranda magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Professional Builder and Builder Magazines and numerous other publications nationally and globally.

Why You Should Take Fish Oil and How To Choose the Right One for You

Pamela Seefeld,R.PhMy guest today is Pamela Seefeld,R.Ph, a pharmacist who dispenses medicinal plants and other natural substances to heal the body, instead of drugs. We’ll be talking about different kinds of fish oils, their health benefits, and how to choose the right one for you. Pamela was my guest on 30 July (see Medicinal Plants Can Replace Toxic Drugs) and was so informative that I invited her to be a regular guest (she’s going to be on every other Wednesday). 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.

Preventing and Healing Cancer with Natural Care and Detox

Dr-Douglas-Levine.gifMy guest today is Douglas R. Levine, DC, founding Executive Director of “Life After Cancer Network” a non-profit cancer survivor’s organization dedicated to the natural restoration of health to people who have had cancer, their families and caregivers. I invited him to be a guest after receiving an email promo from him for a new free mobile app to help people get and stay healthy and cancer free for people who are interested in cancer prevention, hair testing, detox, and overall health. He wrote, ” I was shocked to see what my own hair results yielded last year…TOXIC! I reached out to a Life After Cancer Network provider and he showed me how to detox naturally.” So we’ll be talking about how to survive cancer, and prevent having it in the first place. Dr. Levine is a licensed Chiropractic Physician in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. He has been in private practice in Bergenfield, New Jersey since 1983. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Natural Science/Mathematics from Answer to Cancer – A guide to living cancer-freeThomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ. He also received his Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University Of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from New York College, Old Brookville, New York. Dr. Levine has written the best selling book ‘Answer to Cancer – A guide to living cancer-free’, sold worldwide to educate and create public awareness about the importance of natural strategies for lowering a person’s risk of getting cancer as well as preventing it all together.

How Seventh Generation is Eliminating Toxics Throughout Their Supply Chain

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

Martin WolfMy guest is chemist Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability and Authenticity for Seventh Generation, a manufacturer and distributor of ecological household and personal care products. We’ll be talking about what Seventh Generation is doing to eliminate toxic chemicals in every phase of manufacture, and how they are helping make the world less toxic by working to improve toxics regulations. Martin brings more than 40 years of experience in industrial and environmental chemistry to his work, including the occurrence of hazardous chemicals in the environment, conducting life cycle studies of industrial processes, and designing more sustainable household cleaning products. At Seventh Generation, Martin has developed frameworks for environmental product design, helped educate his co-workers, customers, and consumers about the environmental impacts of consumer products and the industries that produce them, helped develop standards for voluntary disclosure, and brought change to the cleaning products industry through more sustainable product designs. In 2010, Martin received a 2010 EPA Region 1 Environmental Merit Award for his work.

Organic Body and Bath Products in Plastic-Free Packaging

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.

My guest Cory Trusty is President of the family owned business Aquarian Bath. She is
an herbalist, organic gardener, and mother of two active girls. Cory and her husband are both concerned about the environment and take care in making their products. Their soaps and other products are free of chemical fragrances, SLS-free, Non-GMO, dye-free, and palm-oil free, with no animal testing. Most products are vegan. Plastic-free shipping materials include paper, starch, and biodegradable cello bags. Cory’s background is in Cell and Molecular Biology study at the University of Washington as well as Masters study at a Traditional Chinese Medicine Institute. Cory and her family enjoy nature biking and the beach in their free time. She is also Vice-President of SolarNetOne Inc, an innovative solar computing company. We’ll be talking about toxic chemicals in bodycare products and why and how they package their products without

Natural Solutions for Bugs

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

Annie B. BondMy guest Annie B. Bond has been researching and writing about safe DIY alternatives to toxic products for more that twenty years. On this show, Annie will bring her vast knowledge of how to control pests, including ticks, mosquitoes and other summertime bugs, and I’ll share my experience too. Annie and I have been kindred spirits since her publisher asked me to write the forward to her first book Clean and Green (Ceres Press, 1990) . She is the best-selling author of five books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment (Rodale Books, 2008), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010), and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World. She was named “the foremost expert on green living” by “Body & Soul” magazine (February, 2009). She has been the editor of a number of publications, including “The Green Guide.” Currently Annie is the Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Wellness Wire and leads the selection of toxic-free products for A True Find.


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