Air Fresheners linked to Breast Cancer

Are you a neat freak? Always cleaning with windex, pledge, air fresheners and 409? The same chemicals that may be killing all those germs in your home may also be causing breast cancer in women.

Women who report greater use of cleaning products may be at higher breast cancer risk than those who say they use them sparingly. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health asked more than 1500 women about their cleaning product usage and found that women who reported using more air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control had a higher incidence of breast cancer. – Continue reading…

Because the FDA does not require cleaning products to list their toxic ingredients, our family decided to rid our home of all cleaners, soaps and personal products. We make our own soap and use a vinegar/water mix to clean surfaces. When we buy personal products, we research them and their ingredients and only buy products without human carcinogens or parabens. Continue Reading →

Parabens in Pap Smears May Cause Cell Mutation and Irritation

Femglide is touted as “sperm friendly” and one of the least harmful personal lubricant available. Methlyparaben in Femglide is a know mutagen, causing cells it contacts to mutate. Why that is considered “sperm friendly” evades me. Methylparaben, which is currently banned in the EU is also a skin irritant and is known to cause allergic reaction in humans. That would explain why I felt like crap after the doctor used a half cup on her hand. Continue Reading →

Take the No-Impact Challenge this weekend!

What are you doing this weekend? Anything to improve your quality of living or reduce your impact on the earth? Well, if those things appeal to you, sign up for a one week trial of guided No-Impact Living! The challenge starts this weekend October 18. There is no cost, just simply visit the website to sign up using an email account. Each day you will be emailed a how-to for each step along a one week period for reducing your footprint on the environment. Continue Reading →

No-Impact: Revised Apartment Living

I have rented apartments in Minnesota and Arizona. My top complaints with these buildings are the lack of foresight into the energy efficiency of the buildings and the lack of recycling in the apartment community. In Minnesota the insulation was terrible on most places resulting in monstrous heating bills. In Arizona, so many buildings are colored to absorb rather than reflect the blaring sunlight and so few buildings capture sunlight on the roofs with solar panels. Appliances are often not energy efficient, window glass is not insulated, carpeting is made from plastics, the list goes on and on.

However, there are some things a renter stuck in a situation where they are unable to control these factors can do to have a smaller eco footprint: Continue Reading →

No-Impact: Baby Food Jars vs Ziplocks

Ziplocks cost money. Every bag you use and throw away is about 7 cents/bag. That bag goes to the landfill and is never used again. When I was growing up my mother used to wash ziplock bags by hand and reuse each one about 10 times before throwing it away. I’ll give her brownie points for effort, but there is a simpler and healthier way to say goodbuy to needless plastic baggies. Baby food jars! READ MORE… Continue Reading →

Organic Toothpaste that actually works: PerioBrite

When our household switched from toxic products to non-toxic, all natural alternatives we enjoyed every part of it… except the toothpaste. We went through so many toothpaste brands like Jason, Toms of Maine and many others. All of them left our teeth feeling fuzzy. Some of them even still contained Flouride, one ingredient we get too much of in our drinking water and a chemical that disrupts the natural hormone production in the thyroid.

Feeling dismayed and out of options, we found ourselves at the Wholefoods store, staring at a wide array of natural toothpastes….. Continue Reading →

Excuse me, there is Mercury in your Corn Syrup

So corn syrup, otherwise known as HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) has gotten a lot of bad rap lately. Corn syrup is in loads of processed foods and drinks contributing to obesity,diabetes, DNA damage, and unhealthy eating habits in the majority of Americans. HFCS is made from the same type of corn crop that is used to make Ethanol used to fuel E-85 vehicles. But recently, we may have yet another reason (like there aren’t enough) to avoid Corn Syrup. Read on… Continue Reading →