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How to Cool Your Home and Lower Your Energy Bill—Toxic Free

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

paul-wheatonMy guest today is Paul Wheaton, who is well-known in Permaculture circles. We did a such a great show about Compact Fluorescent Lights May Save Energy but Can Harm Your Health that I invited him back in the middle of cold winter to talk about how we can heat our homes. And that was such a great show that I invited him back to tell us how we can cool our homes by natural means as well. Paul believes, as I do, that we shouldn’t do something toxic to achieve some other goal, but rather find a solution that supports the entire ecosystem, including the humans.


How Vinyl Affects Our Health And The Environment—And What We Can Do

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.

Mike SchadeMy guest is Mike Schade is the Markets Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), a national environmental health organization that was founded in 1980 by Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs. Lois became involved in toxics issues after finding out her entire neighborhood had been built on a toxic waste dump. Today CHEJ helps communities form strong local organizations in order to protect neighborhoods from exposure to hazardous wastes. Mike has over a decade of experience working on environmental health and justice issues. For four years, he was the Western New York Director of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, where he coordinated community, marketplace and policy campaigns, including the Toxic-Free Legacy, Bucket Brigade and Kodak Corporate Accountability campaigns, resulting in substantial victories for environmental and public health. He also worked for the Buffalo Coalition for Economic Justice. At CHEJ, Mike has coordinated the successful national PVC and BPA Marketplace Transformation Campaigns which has convinced some of the world’s biggest companies to phase out PVC, phthalates and BPA. Ethisphere Magazine listed Mike as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics for 2007 and the PVC Campaign received the “Path to Victory” Business Ethics Network award. He is the author or co-author of numerous reports including the Wasting of Rural New York State-Factory Farms and Public Health, Volatile Vinyl-the New Shower Curtain’s Chemical Smell, Baby’s Toxic Bottle-BPA Leaching From Popular Baby Bottles, No Silver Lining-An Investigation Into BPA in Canned Foods, and Toxic Toys R Us. He has a BS in Environmental Studies from the State University of NY at Buffalo.

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.

Toxic Psychiatry and How to Have Mental Health Without Drugs

Pamela SeefeldMy guest today is Pamela Seefeld, R.Ph, a pharmacist who specializes in pharmacognosy, which is healing with medicinal plants. Today we’ll be talking about her particular interest in the toxic effects of psychiatric drugs and how she helps people get off them. In addition, we’ll discuss how various natural supplements can affect your mood and feelings for better or for worse. Pamela is a 1990 graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. 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.

Health and Nutrition Coach on Diet and Detox

Wendy MyersToday my guest is Wendy Myers, CHHC, NC, certified holistic health and nutrition coach and the founder, head writer and Chief Eating Officer of We’ll be talking about why the popular Paleo diet is not enough to achieve true health (I’ll be giving my comments about the Paleo diet too) and how heavy metals and chemicals are the underlying cause of disease. And we’ll talk a lot about detox. Wendy attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. She is certified in Hair Mineral Analysis and is currently seeking her masters in clinical nutrition at Bridgeport University in Connecticut. Wendy’s interest in nutrition began with the death of her father from esophageal cancer. She vowed to find out what made him sick, what role his treatment and medications played in his demise, and how she could avoid the same fate. The more Wendy learned, the more she realized that all the answers to health do not lie in our medical system. Food, detoxication and natural healing modalities must be used to compliment the advances in modern medicine. Thus, was born. Wendy’s site aims to inform readers about how to achieve optimum health, energy and vitality. empowers readers to improve their health through the Modern Paleo diet, hair mineral analysis, detoxication and natural treatments for their health conditions. Wendy urges visitors to take responsibility for their health by learning about alternative treatments for their health conditions.

Wall-to-Wall Carpets: The Good, the Bad, and What To Do If You Have Them In Your Home

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

Miriam KattumuriDaliya Robson is my guest on this show. She became “a chemical injury statistic” while working as a realtor, viewing and showing toxic new homes or homes with new carpets, paints, and cabinets. After becoming extremely disabled in 1993 with multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and a broken thyroid, Daliya started a website called The Nontoxic Hot Line to warn people of the dangers of all chemicals. Nirvana Safe Haven became the name of this website after she began providing healing healthy solutions for a nontoxic environment. After 20 years Daliya is still providing solutions for surviving in a toxic world.

Saving Seeds

Diann DirksMy guest today is Diann Dirks, a sustainable organic gardener of over 45 years. In order to continuously grow a sustainable garden, it takes heirloom and heritage, open pollinated varieties of plants that will grow true from seed. But we are loosing our diversity of edible plants by the thousands because people are not preserving these precious life forms for the future. And corporations are whittling down what farmers grow for convenience and profit and raiding our national seed banks to patent what nature has given us. So, Diann has made it a study and practice to learn the best way to preserve seeds. Collecting and growing unusual, rare, and regional varieties of food plants is something every gardener and farmer has to take responsibility for. Bio-diversity is vital because our climate is changing so if we can expect to have food growing plants, we must account for changes in growing conditions. That can only happen if we plant a large variety of each kind of thing we wish to eat. So, the whole subject of the future of food comes into play.

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.

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