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Water Kefir: A Cool Fizzy Drink for Hot Days That is Actually GOOD For You

Tammy CredicottMy guest today is Diann Dirks, who has been on the show before. Today we’re going to talk about how to make water kefir, a delicious fizzy drink you can make yourself for pennies. It’s a great alternative to soda. Very easy to make. We’ll be talking about the reason fermented foods and beverages are so advantages and healthful, and the specific health advantages of Water Kefir in comparison to Kombucha Tea and Milk Kefir. Diann Dirks is an artist, researcher, writer, author, speaker, community activist for local farmers markets and community gardens, 45 year organic gardener, homesteader, Certified Permaculture Designer, agricultural and home garden consultant, educator, herbalist-in-training, 1700’s re-enactor, animal lover, wife and homemaker.

Rediscovering the Natural World

Marcie CuffToday my guest is Marcie Cuff, author of This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspirations for Rediscovering the Natural World. Because this show is about toxics and alternatives to toxics, part of my mission is to encourage everyone to become more aware of the natural world, which supports all life. For decades I have looked to nature for life-enhancing ways to live, as a toxic-free alternative to industrialism. Marcie doesn’t wear a bonnet, carry a hatchet, eat hard tack or forage for wild herbs, fruits and nuts each morning. She prefers, instead, to wear spandex and a superhero cape and drink tea while planning clandestine small-scale seedbomb planting attacks in neglected neighborhood vacant lots. Between seedbombing excursions, she and her family live atop 0.013 acres of paradise just north of Manhattan. When she isn’t writing, digging in the dirt, or shop vac-ing the basement after a heavy rain, she is raising two small wild girls and a menagerie of pets with her clever and mesmeric husband. On any given day, Marcie’s small house is teeming with a maelstrom of rowdy kids, powerful ukulele ballads, disorganized experiments in various stages, and a potpourri of fort-building, dress-up bins and early-risers. This Book Was A TreeBefore earning her M.A. in Secondary Science teaching and writing THIS BOOK WAS A TREE, Marcie had plunged into a whirlpool of prerequisite employment—everything from organic lettuce farmer, to tropical rainforest field technician, to stuffed animal designer, to Alaskan tent-dwelling goose researcher. Her award-winning blog MOSSY is devoted to families who share a love of slowing down, simplifying, getting dirty, and finding hands-on connections to art and nature. |

Honoring Rachel Carson–The First Author to Write About Toxics–For Earth Day

Silent Spring is a classsic environmental book, but it was also the first popular book to write about the toxic effects of pesticides to human health. Today I have two guests who have studied Carson’s life, to tell us more about her life and works, and how she contributed to our modern awareness of toxics.

Rachel Carson is one of my inspirations and heros, because she stood up for our rights to live in a toxic-free world when nobody else was talking about it. So today I want to honor her.

Linda LearLinda Lear PhD is the author of the acclaimed biography of Rachel Carson, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, and numerous articles on Carson. Lear’s biography of Carson was awarded the prize for the best book on women in science by the History of Science Society and has been translated into eight languages.

Patricia DemarcoPatricia DeMarco PhD has been a Rachel Carson scholar since 2005, with service as the Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and as the Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. She writes and speaks extensively on the environmental ethic of Rachel Carson and her relevance to modern times. She is currently writing a book titled “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future.”

Silent Spring Rachel Carson                    Rachel Carson Linda Lear

Building Homes That are Healthy…and More

Jan FlanzerToday my guest is Jan Flanzer, CoFounder and Managing Director of Healthy Home Builders in Scarsdale NY. We’ll be talking about the the toxic-free materials used to build healthy homes. Jan grew up in a real estate oriented family, but took another direction for her career. When she became sick from toxic chemical exposure, she re-evaluated her life and decided to build homes that are not only safe, but a joy to live in. HHB creates properties that are distinguished by understated elegance, thoughtful floor plans, and meticulous detail. The guiding principles for the firm’s projects are to be mindful of how their buildings will become part of the fabric of their community. No two projects will necessarily be alike, as the aesthetic of each home is attuned to the history and architecture of each neighborhood. They believe that indoor air and water quality are overlooked aspects of sustainable development. The firm’s core principle is to pioneer the use of materials, systems, and design to protect the health and wellness of its occupants through improvements in indoor air and water quality. They carefully test and select construction materials in order to incorporate non-toxic or minimally-toxic products. Their buildings combine architecturally-contextual exteriors with clean building technologies. By minimizing energy usage and harmful chemicals, they strive to provide homeowners with a better and healthier interior home environment.

A Different Way to Play—Natural Toys Inspired by Waldorf Education

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 today is Sarah Baldwin, owner of Bella Luna Toys, a leading website offering families natural, wooden, and eco-friendly toys inspired by Waldorf education. We’ll be talking about how natural toys are a safe alternative to the usual toxic toys, and how Waldorf education offers children a different way to play. Sarah is a former actress and teacher and is the author of Nurturing Children and Families, a guide for Waldorf-inspired play group leaders. She has taught music-and-movement classes for parents and toddlers; started a support and activity group for stay-at-home-mothers; and worked in preschool classrooms in Los Angeles before earning a master’s degree in Waldorf early childhood education in 1999. Sarah taught early childhood classes at the Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport, ME for ten years, and currently serves as a board member of LifeWays North America, an organization devoted to developing healthy childcare and training programs for caregivers, parents and educators.

Preparing Your Own Food? Learn How to Have Food Ready When and Where You Are

Tammy CredicottToday my guest is Tammy Creditcott, author of Make Ahead Paleo. Even if you don’t eat Paleo, Tammy will help you with the logistics of preparing food every day as part of a busy life. The key to staying on an out-of-the-ordinary diet is having food on hand when you’re hungry and when you’re out, and that’s what this book is about. Tammy Credicott is a recipe developer, food photographer, public speaker, allergy-friendly cooking instructor, and the national bestselling author of Paleo Indulgences, Make Ahead Paleo and The Healthy Gluten Free Life. Tammy has a passion for understanding health and wellness as it relates to nutrition and has used this knowledge to help her family overcome health issues such as celiac disease, multiple food intolerances, eczema and ADD. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and two daughters.

The Healthy Gluten Free Life     Paleo Indulgences     Make Ahead Paleo

How Smoke From Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, BBQs and More Contribute to Outdoor Air Pollution and Affect Our Health

Mary RozenbergMy guest today is Mary Rozenberg, Co-Founder of the Burning Issues website, a project of the nonprofit organization Clean Air Revival. We’ll be talking about particulate pollution in outdoor air, how you are contributing to it, and how it is affecting your own health and the health of others. Since 1987, Mary and members have been working tirelessly to improve ambient outdoor air quality through the reduction of Fine Particulate Pollution. The most common sources of deadly Fine Particulate Pollution are residential wood burning (RWB), restaurant wood burning, coal burning, forest fires and agriculture burning, and diesel and auto exhaust. It is estimated that 72,000 people die annually in the United States from the effects of these fine particles. Once emitted they are impossible to clean up. More than half of the fine particulate is caused by fewer than 10% of the population using the dirtiest fuels for recreation and heating. Their principal activity is public education, including the collection and dissemination of the latest science information regarding health effects, economic impacts, and individual actions to reduce and stop solid fuel combustion. Burning Issues also actively does particulate monitoring and has published the results.

Wondering What’s in a Product? Here’s a Way to Find Out That You’ll Love

Due to a last minute scheduling problem, today’s guest has been rescheduled. Today we presented a replay of the Building a Food Forest for a Perpetual Food Supply show with Diann Dirks.

My guest today is Diann Dirks, Certified Permaculture Designer. We’ll be talking about Food Forests, a kind of orchard growing food and herbs in an integrative way so that all ground and vertical layers of growing plants are utilized, making the best use of the land, instead of just trees and grass. The use of many kinds of companion species are used like in nature. The point of a Food Forest is that once installed, people have a very long future of available food and medicine at hand, with minimum effort other than harvesting and tree care. Diann is very involved in solving the problems of feeding people long term in an earth-kind way, producing abundance for people and regeneration for the earth. A food forest once installed will feed people for generations and rebuild the soil as well as eliminate erosion, a real problem in today’s customary agricultural practices. Permaculture is a design science based on Natural Laws observed and codified by Bill Mollison and his students about 30 years ago, mapping out how nature creates long term sustabilable life systems. It comes from Permanent Agriculture because in nature the system is permanent. Using those laws observed, and based on a code of ethics, a permaculturist is looking to not only get good yield out of an agricultural system, but also, restore the earth like nature does after a natural disaster, only faster. Diann is a professional consultant in Permaculture, an organic gardener for over 45 years, and the builder of a Food Forest on her property in NE Georgia.

The Dangers of Exposure to Radiation and How to Protect Yourself

Steven GilbertMy guest today is toxicologist Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, who has been on the show several times before. Today we’ll be talking about radiation. 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. Dr. Gilbert 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.

Make Your Own Herbal Bodycare Products

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 Dina Falconi is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody. We will be talking about nuturing and healing your body with herbal products you can make yourself—many using ingredients you already have in your own kitchen. Dina is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter, and permaculturalist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and an organizer of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. Today  Dina is also the author of Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook (she’ll be back on the show soon to talk about this)

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