Tips from a PhD on Reading Labels to Avoid Obvious Toxins in Personal Care Products

February 6, 2014
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Hi, my name is Ashley. I work at The S File and I recently attended a discussion, titled “How to Read a Product Label.” Led by Sarah Evans, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Evans answered common questions about harmful ingredients in personal care products that we share below. Do chemicals […]

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Dust Bunnies: An Inside Look at their Arsenal

January 31, 2014
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In case you missed it, there has been a lot of news coverage on cancer-causing arsenic found in rice and products that contain rice as an ingredient (like rice milk, baby rice cereal, or products that contain brown rice syrup). Consumer Reports: “Arsenic in Your Food;” November 2012 The Environmental Working Group: “Getting Arsenic out […]

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How toxic is your car?

January 27, 2014
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Hi everyone!  Soon after my first child was born, I stumbled across upsetting information regarding environmental toxins — endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, reproductive toxins, and others — that contribute to developmental and behavioral impairment in children.  What kept me up at night was learning that my daughter’s exposure to these toxins would come mostly from our […]

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Crib on Wheels: I Wish I Had This Sooner!

January 21, 2014
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Already an owner of two cribs for my two girls, I reluctantly decided to buy a third crib and thought, wouldn’t it be great to have a crib on wheels that would be thin enough to fit through doorways? Living in small NYC spaces, I’m constantly on the search for multi-functional, flexible things to minimize […]

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What Makeup Do New Moms and Supermodels, Giselle and Miranda Kerr, Love? It’s organic, nourishing, and flattering…

January 13, 2014
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Spring is around the corner!  With warmer weather and more sunshine, I’m excited to start feeling fun-loving and pretty (it’s been a long, cooped-up winter).  One of the first areas for improvement is my make-up.  In addition to wanting to look better, I have been wanting to detox my cosmetics with lower toxic options ever […]

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Organic Eating on a Budget

December 27, 2013
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Dr. Oz recently provided some tips on how to save money while eating more organically.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn some new tips (and happy to have my post on pesticides in wine reaffirmed!). Below is a summary of the four tips from the Dr. Oz Show, Save Money: Organic Secrets. You can earn […]

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Low-Toxic Cleaning Indulgence: Spray Bottle with Cleaning Recipes Silk Screened On It!

May 6, 2011
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A few years ago, I read that studies have shown that women who work inside the home have significantly higher cancer rates than those who don’t. Repeated exposure to cleaning products is one of the contributing factors. Since then, I’ve read about a long list of health concerns related to conventional cleaning products so my […]

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Olive Oil for Skin: Nature’s Best Moisturizer

April 28, 2011
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Olive oil as skin care is an ancient beauty secret that the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans have been using for thousands of years. It wasn’t until this past weekend, however, that I actually experienced the true skin care powers of olive oil! My Weekend Skin Care Dilemma My family and I spent the past weekend […]

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Banana Peels for Your Skin?

April 19, 2011
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My mother recently called, excited to share a new discovery: banana peels as skin care. She’s had patches of itchy, rough patches of skin on her face for years. Her doctors had prescribed a cortisone-based cream that worked but that became harsh for her skin. She recently tried applying a banana peel on the patches, […]

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Nut Milks: An Easy Homemade Milk Alternative

April 14, 2011
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After really enjoying nut milks made by some local restaurants, I finally bought a nut milk bag and started making my own at home. I was surprised by how easy it is and by how delicious they are even when I make them! Both my three-year-old and one-year-old also really enjoy drinking (and making!) the […]

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