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Exposure to fluoride is a contentious topic, mostly because exposure is everywhere. Not only is fluoride a common ingredient in toothpaste, many municipalities have a fluoridated water supply. Why? Well, the reason we're given is that it encourages oral health... even though it's not known to prevent harmful oral bacteria. [1] What is known is that fluoride is toxic. In fact, the number one reason for poison control calls concerning fluoride are for children who've eaten toothpaste. [2] [3] Long-term ingestion is harmful to the brain, digestive system, heart, bones... […]

You know that feeling when you open your refrigerator to discover that your bright green kale has turned straw yellow? You're not alone. In 2017, Americans generated more than 41 million tons of food waste![1] In fact, 30 to 40 percent of all food created isn’t used.[2, 3] This phenomenon of food waste is not just in private pantries and fridges, but also in restaurants, grocery stores, and farms. But there’s good news: many individuals, charitable organizations, and governments are working to turn the tide. In 2015, the United States […]

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Did you know that every year, in 2018 alone, volunteers collected more than 23 million pounds of trash during the International Coastal Cleanup on beaches around the word?[1] More and more people are figuring out creative ways to reduce plastic use — so that it never creates waste in the first place! You may have heard the adage "reduce, reuse, and recycle," but it’s even simpler than it sounds. A few small changes to your daily habits can quickly add up to less plastic waste. You can swap everyday items […]

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Anyone who has dealt with mold knows that it's smelly, hard to remove, and can cause headaches — literally and figuratively. You don't have to accept its presence in your home! Mold exposure can lead to health concerns, from rashes to respiratory ailments, so eliminating mold safely and effectively is important. If you want to get rid of mold without harsh chemicals, read on. "If you find mold in your home, don't panic," explains Dr. Lauren Tessier, a Naturopathic Physician in Vermont. "Stressing over things just activates our flight or […]

Recently I talked about the dangers of lead and how, at one time, lead was used as heavily as plastic. Not anymore. Lead was discovered to be highly toxic and the use of it in products like paint, toys, and electronics drastically declined. There is concern now that we're in a similar position with plastic. Let's look at a few reasons why you might want to consider going completely plastic free. (more…)