A Basic Deep Clean

Spring-cleaning is a tradition that is always very satisfying in the end. It feels good to have a clean, organized house. What better time to do a super spring clean that will greatly improve the air quality of your home and really make a difference. This basic deep clean should ideally be done sometime after you have completed the heavy-duty version, especially if you suspect that your house …

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Digestion Starts in the Mouth

What you eat is important, but if you don’t digest it you don’t get the necessary nutrients from your foods. The most complicated foods for the body to digest are carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are any food that is not a fat or a protein and includes grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits, nuts, seeds, sugar, starches, herbs, spices, etc.

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Laundry 101

There is a direct correlation between your health and the air you breathe. If you are wearing clothes, sleeping on sheets, and wearing pajamas washed and dried with laundry products that contain toxic ingredients, then you are surrounded by air clouded with VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) that can cause asthma, contribute to chronic illness, irritate […]

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A Heavy Duty Clean-Up Job

Ideally, when you start to make changes to improve your home’s air quality, a heavy duty deep clean should be done. Basically, that means you will thoroughly clean every surface in your home from ceilings and walls to books, upholstered furniture, stuffed animals, toys, and any small items around the home. It can be overwhelming to think of facing perhaps years of accumulated dust, but the effort will be well worth it.

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Digestion and Lung Connection

Chemical injury to the lungs can result in an imbalance in the gases involved in respiration, carbon dioxide and oxygen. After chemical injury to the lungs, the lungs many times go into a chronic state of hyperventilation, constantly breathing 2-3 times more than the metabolic need. This disturbs the body pH and the smooth muscle function, which can result in lung dysfunction. This lung dysfunction …

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Airplane and Travel Precautions

Some people say that they seem to get sick after going on a vacation or on a trip. There can be many reasons for this especially if the travel involves riding on an airplane. Airline travel presents the body with a myriad of stressors that can be prepared for. For example a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Research states that you might be 100 times more likely to catch a cold or flu …

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Travel Protection Guide: Bedding, Carpet, and Air

When you travel there are some steps you can take to make sure that your exposure to the chemicals in the mattress, bedding, and carpet is reduced. This is essential for the chemically sensitive and the steps below can make it possible for travel. The following options give you a range of protection. Possible Materials Used. Barrier Cloth Sleepsack from Janices (www.janices.com: 1-800-526-4237).

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A Need for Change

The recommendations we give are not meant to restrict or interfere with your lifestyle. They are, in fact, steps that will improve the quality of your life by reducing and preventing symptoms due to poor indoor air quality. Creating a healthy home or workplace can save money that might later be spent on doctor visits, medication and missed workdays. Creating a healthy work and living area …

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Cleaning Products for the Chemically Sensitive

If you are extremely chemically sensitive, then it is very important that you realize how essential it is for you to thoroughly pay attention to your diet and the environment that you live in. For the fastest and most complete recovery you should eat only organic whole foods (eliminate all processed/chemicalized food) AND you should do everything possible to eliminate your exposures to plastics, VOC’s, SVOC’s, certain molds, …

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From Spiders to Sinks: Safe Alternatives for Every Cleaning Need

Reducing chemical exposure takes a load off the body’s detoxification system. Removing this immune stress increases the body’s capacity for handling unexpected exposures to chemicals, increases the body’s ability to handle natural pollens, dust and mold, increases the body’s resistance to viruses and bacterial infection, and frees the body to use its energy to heal if there is illness.

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Cleaning Products 101

Most conventional cleaners are made with hazardous ingredients and are labeled with the signal words CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER. Some are even labeled as HAZARDOUS WASTE meaning they must be disposed of at a permitted hazardous waste management facility and can cause injury if handled improperly; they pose a threat not only to people but […]

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Cleaning and Storing Fresh Produce

The successful management of the kitchen through organization is essential. This will streamline meal preparation, encourage the use of whole fresh foods, and will facilitate variety in the meals with less time and effort. Make Room: The first step is to clean out your refrigerator. Make a shopping list for a weekly trip to the store. Make room for organization of newly bought items.

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Preparing for Diagnostic Medical Tests Involving Electromagnetic Radiation

Medical testing that involves exposure to radiation (both ionizing and non ionizing) presents the body with a stress that can be prepared for. Susceptibility to infection and a weakened immune response is intensified by this concentrated exposure to various electromagnetic fields. Taking a precautionary approach to strengthen and help the body withstand these medical tests is a smart thing to do …

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Soaking Beans for Better Digestion

Soaking or sprouting beans (any plant that grows seeds in a pod such as peas and beans) before cooking makes them more digestible and initiates the sprouting process. The sprouting process neutralizes enzyme inhibitors and removes phytates (phytic acid), which block the absorption of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, etc., and most of all zinc, in the intestinal tract. These minerals …

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Identifying the Best Produce

The stickers that appear on almost all fruits contain codes for the check-out clerk, but they also contain information that you should know. The numbers on the stickers can tell you how the fruit was grown, and frequently, the country of origin of the fruit. This is helpful to know when you are trying to select organic and non-GMO produce or to avoid fruits grown in countries where the pesticide regulations are…

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Cell Phone Risks, Re-Assessed

http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/04/06/media-ama-change-sides-on-cell-phone-use/ In a culture where people cradle their cellphones next to their heads with the same constancy and affection that toddlers hold their security blankets, it was unsettling last month when a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that doing so could alter brain activity.The report said it was unclear whether […]

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GLAMOUR Magazine Talks Toxins!

  It would be the understatement of the century to say we’re excited about the article written in May’s edition of GLAMOUR magazine, The New Toxic Threats to Women’s Health. A nationally-renown women’s beauty magazine talking about everyday chemicals (even those found in beauty products) and their link to sickness, disease and weight gain!? I’d […]

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