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Ingredient Safety

Should You Switch to a DEET-Free Bug Spray?

With our short summers, not even mosquitos, black flies, deer flies, and ticks can keep me from enjoying warm evenings by the campfire. I’ve been avoiding DEET, but only based on a general understanding that it’s toxic. How bad is it? And if you should avoid it, what is a DEET-free bug spray that works?

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Ingredient Safety

Is SLS toxic?

I’ve seen so many comments about people being excited about a product until they found out that it had SLS in it. It’s one of those ingredients that is controversial. But is SLS toxic for real? I’ve tacked other contentious issues like EMFs, essential oils, and fluoride, and now it’s SLS’s turn! Let’s do this…

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Ingredient Safety

There’s No Such Thing As Scientific Proof

I’ve been asked a lot recently for the science that proves we should be concerned about ingredients in our personal care and cleaning products, mattresses, air, and water. It’s from women who’s partners are skeptical and need the science to prove it before they make any changes. I’m not surprised. “There’s no scientific proof” is

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Beauty & Personal Care

Should You Switch to Organic Tampons & Pads?

There is no shortage of blog posts out there with terrifying headlines about how toxic pads and tampons are. But what’s the actual risk and should you be switching to organic tampons and pads, or other menstrual products entirely? I’m digging into the issue here so you can feel confident about the choices you make

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Ingredient Safety

Is Fluoride Safe?

If you already know the answer you want to hear, you will have no difficulty finding enough articles, studies, and position papers to support it. For every “yes, fluoride is safe” there’s a “no, fluoride is toxic”, and everything in between. Each side has compelling rebuttals against the other, and they all have dozens of

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Food & Drink

Glyphosate in Food: What You Should Know

If you saw the recent EWG reports that the herbicide glyphosate causes cancer and is lurking in your Cheerios, granola bars, and oatmeal, you probably had one of the following reactions: “OMG, I’m being poisoned! This is terrible!” OR “Whatever, it’s just exaggerated, no way are my Cheerios giving me cancer.” OR  “What does it

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Beauty & Personal Care

Lysol as Birth Control and Other Marketing Ploys

I was listening to Dr. Aviva Romm’s podcast the other day and in it she mentioned Lysol’s ad campaign, telling women to use it as a feminine hygiene product and even as birth control. Lysol. Putting it you-know-where. I had to rewind the episode and listen again to make sure I heard it right. Utterly

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Cleaning

Is There Formaldehyde in Your Laundry Detergent?

Thanks to clever marketing tactics designed to make us spend, spend, spend, we’ve been conditioned to think that a clean house and clean clothes and clean sheets have to smell clean. The problem is that the ingredients used to make these things have any smell at all – whether they’re synthetic or natural – can

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