In the early days of my career, concerns about EMFs were focused primarily on outdoor power lines and EMFs from wiring and appliances. Those sources are still greatly problematic regarding health, but in the past 10 years, we have had an additional, growing wireless source of serious EMFs called “radio frequency” EMFs, or RFs. In this radio show with Renegade Health, learn how to take steps that can make a real difference in your family’s exposure to several types of EMFs, and why you should be concerned.
You want to protect yourself and your family from EMFs, and you may be reading about the many devices on the market that are purported to protect against EMFs. But do these devices really make a difference? In this radio show, I debunk some of the myths about so called EMF protection devices, to help you discern what works from what doesn’t. http://renegadehealth.com/blog/2011/11/21/do-emf-protection-devices-really-work/
Many people who want to “go green” just figure that they have no choice when it comes to certain materials, like drywall. They assume it’s all the same when it comes to health, or they buy drywall with recycled content and assume it’s healthy. But is there such as thing a healthy drywall? Well, yes, there is! And it’s important to know the differences if you want to create an healthy interior and avoid toxic chemicals, including biocides in “green board” that never go away. Learn which brands are best in this article I wrote for Green Home Guide.
Many parents with growing families want to remodel or expand their homes and think they’re using “green” or safe products when they install or repair drywall in their homes. So that the joints between the large pieces of drywall don’t show, your installer will be applying “joint compound”, also called “mud”. Joint compound
is also frequently applied all over the drywall as “skim coat” to create a texture under the paint. Many people mistakenly assume that skim coat is plaster, but it’s not, it’s toxic, conventional joint compound! Conventional joint compounds contain many toxic ingredients that you and your family need to avoid.
For the low down on joint compounds and the safest alternatives, read my article on Green Home Guide:
In this radio interview, Debra Lynn Dadd interviews me about several critical healthy house concerns with special emphasis on certain types of chemicals that most concern me-the chemicals that stick to dust and never go away. They concern me because you and your family may be exposed to high levels of chemicals for many years (as long as the source remains), and babies and small children, who are closest to the floor where dust settles, get the biggest exposures. If you’d like to learn more about how to avoid or reduce chemicals that you inhale or ingest along with house dust, listen to this radio interview. On the link below, forward to minute 60 of the interview recording for the beginning of my interview.
Whether you’re sprucing up a living room, your kid’s room or turning an “extra” bedroom into a room for your new baby, paint and plaster can be a relatively fast way to make a dramatic change in your home.
Wall paint or plaster covers a lot of square feet, so you can avoid a big source of toxicity by choosing the right products. There are many green choices now, but remember, just because it’s green, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. In this article for Green Home Guide, I list some of my favorite paints and plaster, and explain why some green paints, such as those that contain linseed oil, may not be the best option in some cases.
You want to build or remodel “green” to protect yourself and your family from unwanted toxins. And you may even know that there are WAY less toxic ingredients in dry mix joint compounds that in the wet-in-the-bucket-ready-to-use versions. But are all dry mix joint compounds created equal? Read why some are healthier than others, and how to pick the best products, in my article on Green Home Guide:
Over the many years of my consulting practice, I regularly get calls from frantic clients who become sick from conventional outgassing materials and products that have been installed or applied in their homes.
If there are chemicals smells from toxic products in your home, and particularly if you are chemically sensitive, pregnant, or have small children, it’s best not to take any chances and play it safe. However, everyone should avoid toxic exposures from new materials, which further add to the body’s burden of overall toxic build up. If you’re concerned about newer, smelly products and materials in your home, here are some guidelines to follow in an article I wrote for Green Home Guide:
Bamboo flooring might be a great option for your home, but don’t assume that your local green store or flooring contractor is up on everything. Besides choosing the healthiest bamboo flooring and glue, it’s critical that your slab is moisture tested first, and that the perimeter drainage around your home is thoroughly checked and improved, if necessary. Read my recommendations on Green Home Guide: