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  • Live a Greener Lifestyle: 5 Things You Do Not Need in Your Home

    by Paula Gallagher | March 13, 2019

    In an effort both to live a greener lifestyle and save some money, I began making some small changes at my house. At first it seemed daunting and undoable, especially with a busy schedule and two young children, but after a few weeks and with some thought, we have cut down a lot on paper and plastic and we really don't miss these items like I thought we would. One of the biggest wastes is single-use plastic, such as water bottles, Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. Over half of the plastic we produce is for single use purposes and it is estimated that as much as 91% is not recycled. Much of it ends up in our oceans. So armed with that stat alone, we started our switch. Read more

  • Reduce Your Toxic Load

    by Paula Gallagher | December 26, 2016

    water-filterA toxic substance is any compound that has an unhealthy effect on cellular structure or function. We encounter toxic chemicals on a daily basis, often without even knowing it. Exposure may come from the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, or how we clean our homes and care for our yards. Toxins are everywhere. Even our own bodies produce toxic substances that need disposal. It is important to become aware of common toxins in your environment, take steps to limit exposure, and to increase your body’s natural defenses.

    Examples of common toxins include mercury from silver fillings, chemicals used to make non-stick cookware, Read more

  • 5 Plants That Purify Your Air

    by Paula Gallagher | June 7, 2016

    boston-fernAlthough the weather is warmer, many people still spend most of their time indoors for numerous reasons. Some because of work, others to escape the heat. Unfortunately, sometimes your indoor air isn't the best and may benefit from purifying.

    A great way to help detoxify indoor air from pollutants is to have plants in your home. Not only do plants brighten up a room, but certain ones can also help detoxify the air from pollutants. Indoor air pollutants include, but are not limited to, the following.

    Formaldehyde: Found in particleboard, paper, carpets, foam insulation, plywood, grocery bags, waxed paper, fire retardants, natural gas, and cigarette smoke. Formaldehyde is carcinogenic and can irritate our skin, eyes, nose, and throat, causing itchiness, coughing, and nosebleeds.

    Trichloroethylene: Found in varnishes, spot remover, inks, paints, and adhesives. Trichloroethylene is a known carcinogen that, if inhaled, can irritate the nose and throat and harm the nervous system. Symptoms of exposure can include headaches, nausea, drowsiness, and dizziness.

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  • Village Green Welcomes Healthy Home Expert Caroline Blazovsky

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

    Caroline-Blazovsky_IMG_8870a_cropHello 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, Read more

  • Sunday Radio Show: Chemical Sensitivity & Environmental Illness

    by Paula Gallagher | February 25, 2012

    Host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Walter J. Crinnion will be discussing environmental toxins, diabetes and obesity, and the connection with farm-raised salmon.

    Walter J. Crinnion, ND, is a professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where he is chair of the Environmental Medicine Department. In his first family practice, he specialized in allergies and in treating chronic health problems caused by environmental chemical overload. Then in 1985, Dr. Crinnion started the most comprehensive cleansing facility in North America for the treatment of chemically poisoned individuals. Dr. Crinnion is a frequent lecturer at both naturopathic and allopathic medical conferences and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of environmental overload.

    Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

    Last week's show was on healing Lyme disease. Click to listen.

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