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Sloan Barnett

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Bug Off!

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 3:14 PM

You might find yourself keeping company with uninvited guests once the cool autumn weather sets in. And keeping creepy crawlers and furry creatures barred from your home as naturally as possible will prevent unnecessary exposure to toxic pesticides.

The first line of defense is to pull in the welcome...

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The Truth About Healthy School Lunch

(54) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 4:55 PM

You see vending machines filled with junk food at your child's school and you try not to hyperventilate. Then, the school serves french fries and touts it as a "vegetable" and now you know -- you've got a problem.

Most of us have read the devastating news that childhood...

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The Real Scare of Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2011 | 11:32 AM

It's that time of year again, and I can't help but think about the ghoulish chemicals our children are coming in contact with. Add to that the 6.9 billion dollars that Americans are spending on one-time use decorations and costumes this year, and my head starts to spin....

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Don't Throw That in the Trash!

(4) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 12:36 PM

We know the mantra well: "Reduce, reuse, recycle." We often start by repairing, selling or donating our unwanted stuff but eventually, we must figure out how to recycle that old refrigerator Grandma gave you in 1980. And recycling can even be cost effective when its energy use is taken into...

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Living Green: Focus on Fido

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 1:50 PM

We spend a lot of time providing a healthier life for our family. This month we've talked about cleaning up our water, cleaning products, mattresses, our paint and even our bodies. But now it's time to worry about another important...

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Truly Clean Laundry Has No Smell

(13) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 8:24 AM

Doing the laundry is simple enough, right? Sort by color, choose your water temperature, add the detergent, set the cycle -- and then off you go to brew a fresh cup of tea, for a job well done.

Except that as you sit and sip, you recall...

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Put a Hold on Mold

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 12:01 PM

When mold rears its ugly head, we usually want to hit it with maximum fire power. But hold on! Those caustic mold removers are as worrisome as the mold itself. Why leave yourself gasping for air when there are plenty of natural alternatives?

Mold is a microscopic...

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How To Pick A Greener (Healthier) Paint For Your Walls

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2011 | 11:25 AM

Are we supposed to care what claims like "low VOC" mean when all we really want is the perfect shade of blue on our bedroom walls? You might when you learn what the EPA has found -- indoor concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are up to 10 times as...

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Is Your Home Sick?

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 12:50 PM

We tend to think the big, bad world outside is where the unhealthy air is. But for the main source of air pollution in your life you need to look closer to home. In fact, it is your home. The EPA says that in the average home, levels...

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Forget Monsters Under the Bed, What About the Monsters Hiding in Your Mattress?

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 11:34 AM

You may be tucking your little one in with sneaky intruders each night -- and magic monster spray won't make them go away! Each time your baby lays down to sleep on a waterproof polyurethane foam mattress, she's being exposed to hazardous chemicals. And considering that children spend...

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5 Health Dangers Under Your Sink

(4) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 8:23 AM

Just 50 years ago, most chemicals found under our sinks existed only in chemistry labs. Today, we consider them essential to modern life. We're in the habit of grabbing the same "pine fresh" cleaning products -- without pausing to consider the hazards we are bringing into our homes.


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I'll Take My Water Un-leaded

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 4:38 PM

You've been drinking tap water your whole life and you're fine, right? Well maybe. Did you know that your crystal clear tap water may contain perchlorate (rocket fuel!), arsenic, endocrine disruptors and even pharmaceutical residues? With any contaminant, there are two kinds of possible effects: acute and chronic....

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4 Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Greener And Healthier

(10) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 8:33 AM

I just plain love food.

To me, it's so much more than fuel that keeps us going. For one thing, it's so sensual: Choosing, cooking and eating appeals to all the senses -- taste, obviously, but also sight, smell, touch, even sound. It's also communal, the moment when family,...

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Are You Giving Your Kids Asthma?

(24) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 1:29 PM

My son Spencer had just turned three when, one day, I noticed he was coughing a lot. At first, I didn't think anything of it. Kids get sick. I told him to lie down, thinking he'd be fine -- it was just a cough. A short time later, I realized...

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The Stinky Facts About Smelling Good

(16) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 11:42 AM

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list of your favorite fragrance? I guarantee you cannot pronounce most of the words. That can't be good. And did you also know that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found 14 secret ingredients not even listed on the label -- they...

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Germs Don't Have to Be the Enemy

(9) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 2:18 PM

Remember what your mom always told you? Scrub your hands before dinner, right? She certainly didn't say, "Make sure you slather on plenty of antibacterial gel." Well, she had it right, because washing with plain soap and water is just as effective as using antibacterial soaps and sanitizers....

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A Landmark Day in the Life of a Toxic Chemical: Interview With Ken Cook of the EWG

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 4:56 PM

You've heard about BPA in the news for years, and recently you have even seen product labels that declare, "BPA Free!" But somehow BPA is still a dangerous presence in our world and is found in more than 90 percent of all Americans. It has been publicly linked...

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What's Your Body's Chemical Burden?

(36) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 6:48 AM

Would you believe me if I told you even your unborn child has toxins flowing through her blood? It's scary, but true. More than 200 toxic chemicals were identified in the umbilical cord blood of unborn babies in a groundbreaking study by the Environmental Working Group.

Most Americans,...

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10 Household Hazards That Could Be Making You Sick

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 8:35 AM

Think your home is safe? Think again! More than 80,000 chemicals can be found in the products we eat, spray in the air and use everyday in our homes. How many of these chemicals have been tested for their toxic effects? The answer is shocking: only a fraction.

It turns...

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Cleaning House with the Obamas: Join the Online Movement

(5) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 10:13 AM

If you read this blog back in October, you may remember my open letter to President and Mrs. Obama where I offered to help our First Family truly green the White House. You may also recall my follow-up post where, due to the amazing response, I...

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