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Little boy's asthma disappeared with healthier home

I’d like to invite you to read Jennifer’s story from the Home Environment book. When Jennifer’s little boy was two, he was diagnosed with “suspected asthma,” put on an intensive medication and had to use a nebulizer.

Jennifer had started learning about the effect of everyday chemicals on health when she was dealing with…

Great guide to safer sunscreens

Every year the Environmental Working Group puts out this great guide to safer sunscreens. Many (most?) suncreens are loaded with iffy ingredients, and some even contain ingredients that studies have shown can increase your risk for skin cancer! But today there are also many cleaner brands providing products that work. 

Check out the guide here: www.ewg.org/2014sunscreen/

Our…

End-of-life lessons for life

A nurse caring for people who were dying noticed five common regrets as people looked back on their lives. I figure we can all use a reminder on these:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d…

More uses for coconut oil

For the last few years, the main moisturizer I’ve used on my face (and sometimes whole body) is plain coconut oil. I take a few scoops of the same coconut oil we use for baking and store it in a little glass jar in my bedroom to use on my skin.

Coconut oil (sometimes mixed with olive oil) is also our moisturizer of choice for our baby girl and little boy.…

What's the point of being healthy anyway?

People sometimes ask me health-related questions about why I do a certain thing (or why I don’t do some other thing). I do my best to answer by explaining how this or that choice influences wellbeing. But I realized that if I distill the answers about why I do anything I do, it always comes down to this:

Because I feel better.

That, I believe, gets at the purpose of health:…

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