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  • 10 Tips to Help Avoid Mold and Mildew

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | April 25, 2016

    mold-and-mildewMany of us associate PMS with the female reproductive system, but it is something that can affect our homes as well. PMS, or as we call it, “Poor Maintenance Syndrome,” may make your home a haven for allergens and compromise your health.

    Surveys by the Environmental Protection Agency reveal that 30% to 50% of all structures (home and office building) in the northern U.S. and Canada have damp conditions, which may encourage the growth and buildup of mold, mildew and other biological pollutants. This percentage is likely to be higher in warm, moist climates.

    Researchers have found that people who live in a moldy house are more prone to allergies, asthma, colds and other respiratory ailments. Read more

  • EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2016

    by Paula Gallagher | April 13, 2016

    strawberryThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its 2016 Dirty Dozen™ last week. The list exposes the most pesticide-contaminated produce. This year strawberries beat out apples for top spot on the Dirty Dozen list. USDA tests found that strawberries are the fresh produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating.

    Although washing produce thoroughly can help reduce the pesticide residue, I would still recommend choosing organically grown produce when possible, especially for foods on the 2016 Dirty Dozen™ list. Read more

  • A Healthier Home – Inside and Out

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | March 28, 2016

    cleaning-products2Being kind to the environment involves not only what we use outdoors in our gardens and landscape, but also what we are using indoors in our living spaces. Indoor products such as cleaning agents, detergents and personal care items contain chemicals that can contaminate our homes, contribute to health complaints, and end up in our environment, affecting plants, animals and our ecosystem. These products that we use daily may contain formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, as well as many other chemicals. It is important to educate ourselves about the products we use and understand how they can affect us. By switching to natural home cleaning and personal care products, you can reduce possible harmful exposure, while promoting a healthier home and planet. Read more

  • A Healthy Home – Some Steps to Take

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | February 22, 2016

    cleaning-productsThe decision to start creating a healthy home is not always an easy one. Many people feel overwhelmed and confused by the process. I often hear questions like: What is a healthy home? Where do I begin? What might be toxic for me and my family? Remember, changing to a healthier way of life is a learning process. It does not happen overnight. Each move is a stepping stone toward the goal of healthier living. Be patient. This should be an exciting and positive experience. Here is some information to help you on your journey.

    Most detergents, commercial cleaning agents and personal hygiene products populating grocery shelves contain chemicals that can contaminate our homes, contribute to health complaints, and end up in our environment, affecting plants, animals and our ecosystem. These daily-used products may contain formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, as well as many other chemicals. It is important to educate ourselves about the products we use and understand how they can affect us. By switching to natural home cleaning and personal care products, you can reduce possible harmful exposure, while promoting a healthier home and planet. Read more

  • Village Green Welcomes Healthy Home Expert Caroline Blazovsky

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | February 16, 2016

    Caroline-Blazovsky2aHello all! It is wonderful to be joining the Village Green blog team! For over 15 years, I have been helping individuals create healthy living spaces. You may be asking what that means. It is my mission to help physicians and homeowners understand the importance that our environments play in our health. In my opinion, three things matter most to wellness; what you put into your body, your environmental exposures, and your genetics.

    Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with top physicians and individual clients to solve health-related complaints that stem from environmental issues. It is amazing how many health complaints come from our exposures to things like mold, dander, pets, VOCs (chemicals), and other things. It is even more satisfying to watch health improve when we diagnosis and correct problems in our living conditions. Read more

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