Thomas
    October 19, 2011
    Thomas

    When I talk to people about lead poisoning they always ask about toys. The recent concern over lead in toys has brought the issue to the forefront of American parental consciousness. (more…)…

    Occupy
    October 18, 2011
    “Occupy”

    We’re all following this “Occupy Wall Street” movement now to some degree. You can’t avoid it. Even if you’re someone like me – a busy, working mom with four young boys – who often can…

    Homemade Foods - Healthier for Your Kids and for the Planet
    October 17, 2011
    Homemade Foods – Healthier for Your Kids and for the Planet

    As back to school shifts into full gear, a recent study examining the relationship between   commercially prepared foods and the rise in childhood obesity concerned us. The findings concluded that a…

    Stress and Environmental Toxins
    October 6, 2011
    Stress and Environmental Toxins

    Of course reducing toxic exposures is an important way to reduce risks from unhealthy chemicals, but a growing body of research suggests paying attention to positive habits – such as good food, heal…

    Here we go again
    August 5, 2011
    Here we go again

    It’s been a year and a half since my bout with asthma. It’s under control, I’m working out hard again, and my husband no longer puts fertilizer on our lawn when we reseed. I’m as healthy as ca…

    A breath of Fresh Air
    August 1, 2011
    A breath of Fresh Air

    Let me start off by saying, I don't have asthma. Well, I don't normally have asthma. I haven't had it for most of my life. I only had it for about two years of my life when I was around 22, which I tr…

    Connecting the Dots
    July 22, 2011
    Connecting the Dots

    Our homes hum with electric power, and our neighborhoods are scattered with the poles and wires that deliver it to us. What's less visible is the air and water pollution this system produces. (more&he…

    How to Deal With Mold
    July 21, 2011
    How to Deal With Mold

    THE QUESTION: Dear Alexandra, I live in a 17th Century building with very thick walls and lots of black mold. We Clorox-spray it off in the winter, but now have a newborn baby whose lungs are probably…

    What You Don’t Know: Kitchen Cleaners and Your Food
    July 20, 2011
    What You Don’t Know: Kitchen Cleaners and Your Food

    Many people will spend the extra dollar or two on buying organic, especially when it comes to poultry.  Unfortunately, many are still using an army of questionable chemicals to clean their kitchen co…

    Storing Safely
    July 19, 2011
    Storing Safely

    Plastics are everywhere in the kitchen. And it seems that there are news reports daily on the hazards of hormone-disrupting chemicals found in plastics, which get into our food, beverages, and even ba…

    Savoring the Simple Life: Slowing Down
    July 8, 2011
    Savoring the Simple Life: Slowing Down

    Transitioning to a simple life can be a complicated affair. Every lifestyle habit needs scrutiny and adjustment. Slowing down your life’s pace is the best way to process and work through these chang…

    Complexity Is Not Chaos
    July 7, 2011
    Complexity Is Not Chaos

    “In general usage, complexity tends to be used to characterize something with many parts in intricate arrangement.” ~ Wikipedia Simple living can be a complicated endeavor. Not the lifestyle itsel…

    Simplicity: Complicated
    July 6, 2011
    Simplicity: Complicated

    The truth is, it isn’t really simple or straightforward to start living consciously after a lifetime of unconscious convenience. At that point, convenience is swimming somewhere in your blood. (more…

    Simple Living Is Not Easy
    July 5, 2011
    Simple Living Is Not Easy

    When you look at someone living a simple life, it really seems ‘easy’. Reading a book, engaging in thoughtful conversation, cooking fresh food, feeling grateful, and collecting meaningful experien…

    The Essence of Simplicity
    July 4, 2011
    The Essence of Simplicity

    There’s a growing movement in our world today, something known as voluntary simplicity. The essence of simplicity is to make room for what you truly love. In a world where bigger is better, faster i…

    The Real Dangers of E. coli
    July 1, 2011
    The Real Dangers of E. coli

    For most of history Escherichia coli (E. coli) wasn't considered a problem. Then, in the 1980s undercooked hamburgers, unpasteurized apple cider, and raw ground meat started making people sick, some d…

    Campaign for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
    June 27, 2011
    Why I’m Joining the Campaign for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

    As I’m pregnant with my second child, I have been thinking back to the days when my husband and I decided to start a family, nearly four years ago. Just the thought of bringing a child into this wor…

    What Can We Do to Avoid GMO’s?
    June 17, 2011
    What Can We Do to Avoid GMO’s?

    Now that we know the dangers and risks associated with GMOs we need to find practical ways to avoid them. We are the consumers and boy are we a powerful bunch.  Our pocket books can do some of the ta…

    Dangers of GMOs
    June 16, 2011
    Dangers of GMOs

    The FDA and others in the food industry claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe, properly tested, and necessary to keep the world well fed. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine i…

    GMOs Place Organic Crops at Risk
    June 15, 2011
    GMOs Place Organic Crops at Risk

    Whenever I can I buy organic. Part of the reason being-organic foods, by definition, can't contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But genetically modified corn, soy and other crops have become…