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Dust Mites in Your Bed? Allergens in Your Home? We Have Solutions!

Hyla Cass, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Hyla Cass, M.D.

My latest concern, likely in response to some incessant commercials on the subject, is the existence of disgusting, invisible dust mites that camp out in our mattresses, living off our skin flakes (yuck!) and generally up to no good.

Flame Retardants Refuse to Burn Out

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 03.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Think the flame retardant Tris is a thing of the past? Think again. Last week the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States released a study that found 80 percent of new baby and children's products tested positive for chlorinated Tris (TDCPP).

How To Green Your Halloween

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.29.2011 | Health and Fitness
Sloan Barnett

With a little planning and creativity, you can create a safe costume, save a little money and reduce your waste for an all-around green Halloween!

Don't Throw That in the Trash!

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

We know the mantra well: "Reduce, reuse, recycle." But recycling certain household items may be trickier than you think.

Put a Hold on Mold

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

It's clear that we need to keep mold from growing in our homes and that prevention is the easiest solution. But when you're stuck with some nasty black fungus in your tile grout, it doesn't have to involve caustic chemicals.

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

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

You may be tucking your little one in with sneaky intruders each night -- and magic monster spray won't make them go away.

5 Health Dangers Under Your Sink

Sloan Barnett | Posted 10.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

Just 50 years ago, most chemicals found under our sinks existed only in chemistry labs. Today, we consider them essential to modern life.

I'll Take My Water Un-leaded

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

Most of us, thank goodness, don't get sick right away when we drink tap water. But it's the long-term effects of very small amounts of contaminants that are troubling.

4 Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Greener And Healthier

Sloan Barnett | Posted 10.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

There are real health hazards to be found in the kitchen. We'll take a look at the top priorities -- from the food you buy, to preparation techniques, to the kitchen products you use.

Are You Giving Your Kids Asthma?

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

The U.S. is in the midst of an asthma epidemic. The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million in the last decade.

The Stinky Facts About Smelling Good

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

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.

Germs Don't Have to Be the Enemy

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

When we overuse antibacterial soap, the germs get smart and become resistant to the chemicals we use against them. Isn't that ironic?

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

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

The good news is that several states have taken the lead and banned BPA. California has just followed suit this week with legislation requiring the elimination of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups made or sold after July 1, 2013.

What's Your Body's Chemical Burden?

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

Would you believe me if I told you even your unborn child has toxins flowing through her blood? It's scary, but true.

10 Household Hazards That Could Be Making You Sick

Sloan Barnett | Posted 10.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

It turns out that the pollution inside our homes is worse than outside. Your home may smell clean and feel safe when it's actually filled with toxins from cleaners, paint, tap water, furniture and more.