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Healthy Home Hacks Podcast
49 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
40: How to Manifest Your Highest Potential with Suzanne Adams
Does meditation control your thoughts – or does it stop letting them control you? Our guest today is shedding light on this very question. Suzanne Adams' TEDx talk, How to use Quantum Physics to Make Your Dreams Your Reality, has received almost 1.5 million views. Suzanne, a transformational speaker, is the co-founder and CEO of Ignite and Expand, a program which helps heart-centered entrepreneurs create and scale soulful businesses. She shares essential tips anyone can implement to thrive during these uncertain times. Suzanne explains simple ways people can experience a Quantum Leap (up their vibration) in their life or business. Suzanne shares her personal breakthrough moment that changed her life for the better and how anyone listening can use their energy to create the life that they desire. She leaves us with a strategic plan to implement now to live your best life.
49 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
39: Celebrity Green Home Trends
Want to live in the lap of organic luxury like Leonardo DiCaprio, but don’t quite have enough green to splurge on a sustainable chateau? No worries. Our guest and TV host of Alive & Well, Michelle Harris shares affordable home-wellness design trends that you can implement right away to live more eco-friendly – and stylish. Michelle explains how we can save water both inside and outside of our homes, and reveals her picks for the best natural cleaning products. From luxe towels to jewel-infused water bottles, Michelle shares her favorite home products that are sure to knock your organic socks off. She leaves us with simple steps people can do right now to start living a cleaner and greener life.
48 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
38: Hidden Hazards in Your Tap Water
You’ve heard it said before: Water is essential to life. Our bodies are comprised of 50 to 70 percent water — our brains 75 percent, our blood 85 percent, and our bones 25 percent. But, according to the scientists at the Environmental Working Group, out of almost 50,000 water utilities studied, 45,000 detected contaminants linked to cancer. The scientists also discovered up to 110 million people may be drinking PFAS-tainted water (listen to Healthy Home Hacks episode #33). Our guest today, Eric Kurbanov from RKIN Water Systems, ‘filters’ through the misconceptions and myths around drinking water as we tackle some of the most common contaminants found in today’s tap water across the country including heavy metals, bacteria, fluoride, chlorine, and its byproducts, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and parasites. Eric shares the best filtration methods for your specific home and budget and explains the difference between a point of use and a point of entry filtration and if you need a water softener. Stay tuned till the learn how to win your own ZIP Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter valued at over $400.00!
39 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
37: Cell Phone Dangers & EMF Protection
You’re likely part of the 4.88 billion mobile phone users worldwide. Today, 2.52 billion more mobile connections exist than there are people worldwide making cell phones making the fastest-growing human-made technological phenomenon ever. So, what’s the problem with all of this wireless radiation besides the fact that the World Health Organization classifies RF (radio frequency) radiation from cell phones as a Group 2B carcinogen; possibly carcinogenic to humans? A 10-year study by the National Toxicology Program of mice and rats exposed to radiofrequency radiation from cell phones, found: DNA damage in some of the animal groups tested, children were the most vulnerable to cancer risk due to their skull thickness and developing brains and increased rates of cancer were found in male rats exposed to cell phone radiation. In this episode, a former engineer and founder of SafeSleeve, Carey Subel, shares technology for EMF protection that is certified in an FCC laboratory. We leave you with some simple ways to reduce your radiation exposure and protect yourself and your loved ones (and a special discount code for listeners).
44 minutes | May 26, 2021
36: What’s Really Lurking in Your Mattress?
Are you sleeping with the enemy? In this episode, we go undercover – literally – by taking a deep dive into what’s lurking in your mattress and explore the HEATED topic of flame retardants (FRs). After his grandchild was born, Barry A. Cik was fed up with the toxicity of crib mattresses while discovering that the majority of them are made of polyurethane foam and treated with flame retardant chemicals that are linked to endocrine disruption, lowered IQ, hyperactivity, altered sexual development, fertility issues, thyroid dysfunction, and cancer. Barry did what any board-certified environmental engineer and concerned grandfather would do, he founded his own certified organic mattress company, Naturepedic. Barry reveals natural alternatives to toxic flame retardants, the current laws around FRs, common sources of exposure, and the negative health impacts from dangerous chemical fire retardants. He leaves us with practical tips to avoid exposure in our daily lives.
65 minutes | May 19, 2021
35: Natural Ways to Boost Your Immunity
What’s gut got to do with it? There is so much talk about preventing COVID and other illnesses, but few conversations about how the body’s immune system determines recovery. Most people are shocked to learn that 70 percent of the immune system lives in the gut microbiome and that the tissue that lines our gut contains all of our immune cells Together with Holistic Health Practitioner and founder of New Bloom Media, Saarah Samadani, we tackle the importance of building and maintaining a strong immune system, naturally. Saarah’s struggled with an autoimmune disease and postpartum anxiety which left her frustrated with the failures of traditional medicine. She turned that pain into her passion and, today, she educates women about what they put on and in their bodies. Saarah shares foods that can boost our immunity with superfoods and immune-supporting recipes and explains the gut’s role in one’s overall health and wellness. Saarah leaves us with hacks to destress.
51 minutes | May 12, 2021
Insider Secrets to Choosing the Healthiest Mattress
Are you getting enough quality, healthy sleep? According to the CDC, more than 80 million American adults are chronically sleep-deprived. But most people ignore the materials they’re sleeping on 8 hours a night. Turns out, your mattresses can be host to toxic contaminants that can have negative health consequences by exposing your body to chemicals linked to cancer, fertility problems, hormone disruption, and more. Our special guest, Barry Cik, the founder and Technical Director of Naturepedic, a manufacturer of award-winning certified organic mattresses, sheds light on the difference between an organic mattress and a conventional mattress. He advises tips to avoid getting greenwashed, how most baby mattresses are loaded with chemicals and how to avoid toxic flame retardant chemicals. Barry breaks down the proper certifications to seek when shopping for a healthy mattress. Plus, ENTER NOW for a chance to win your own certified organic Naturepedic mattress valued up to $3,599.00!
27 minutes | May 5, 2021
33: The Ugly Truth About Nonstick & PFAS Chemicals
Are you still stuck on nonstick or other stain-, grease- and water-resistant chemicals found in coatings on cookware, carpets, and clothing, in microwave popcorn bags and fast-food wrappers; even on waterproof and stain-repellent clothing? In this episode, we interview Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., a senior scientist from the Environmental Working Group. Tasha explains what PFAS chemicals are, how you and your family are exposed, and shares the associated health implications including the impacts on cancer, immune function, metabolic outcomes, and neurodevelopment. Found in the body of virtually every person tested, Tasha explains the biggest source of exposure to PFAS’s and why they’re often referred to as ‘forever’ chemicals. Tasha leaves listeners with steps people can take right now to reduce their exposure to these poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).
27 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
32: Deodorant Dangers & Antiperspirant Bombshells
This bonus episode picks up from episode #31: From Cancer to Clean Beauty: A Mom’s Fearless Journey, with the founder of Authentic Skin Remedies, Amy Kearnan. This also wraps Season 1 of the Healthy Home Hacks podcast (subscribe now so you don’t miss Season 2). We tackle a hidden danger found in antiperspirants, aluminum, in addition to other nasty ingredients including chemicals and preservatives that can disrupt hormones, are linked to cancer, and can negatively affect organ functions. Amy shares why antiperspirants are the PITS and why it’s vital to implement an armpit cleanse before making the switch to natural deodorant. A 14-year cancer survivor, Amy reveals her must-have detox products and explains the necessity of detoxification, especially when it comes to armpits. She breaks down the stinky process of banishing built-up bacterial sludge and what to expect during the armpit-cleansing process. We discuss the many health benefits of sweating and Lisa leaves us with a few of her favorite healthy deodorant brands that harness the power of essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances to keep you smelling clean and fresh. Head to episode #31 for a chance to win your own Armpit Cleanse kit now. Disclaimer: The information provided on this podcast is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice.
57 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
31: From Cancer to Clean Beauty: A Mom’s Fearless Journey
According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States, and the number of new cases is set to nearly double by the year 2050. Our guest and busy mom of five, Amy Kearnan, is a 14-year survivor of stage 3 neuroendocrine cancer. Amy discovered the cancer she bravely fought has strong environmental origins, and the more she sought answers, the more questions she faced – especially regarding the skincare industry. She began asking, ‘Why should a lipstick contain lead? Should a foaming cleanser release formaldehyde? And, why is the cosmetics industry the least regulated in the United States, with no laws requiring the FDA to monitor the ingredients of cosmetics?’ Frustrated by the lack of truth in beauty products and instead of wasting boatloads of money on plastic tubes filled with carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and empty promises, she took beauty into her own hands, figuratively and literally. The result? A fully transparent, high-end, natural, plant-based skincare line that’s good for the earth and your skin. Amy shares the top resources to check ingredients of your personal care products, how to read labels and what to avoid, the most shocking animal by-products commonly found in beauty items, and leaves listeners with two chances to win bundles of her clean beauty goodies. Disclaimer: The content included on this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding medical conditions.
54 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
30: Plant-Based Pest & Rodent Control
Before you blast those creepy crawlies with toxic chemicals, you may want to consider the fact that poisonous pesticides are designed to kill living organisms. Think they’re not harming your health? Think again. According to the U.S. CDC, Americans now have an average of 43 different pesticides in their bloodstreams. These are chemicals that can trigger everything from nausea, vomiting, and headaches to more serious health concerns, such as lung damage, reproductive problems, and cancer. Once a single mom on food stamps, Kari Warberg Block, challenged an industry that by its nature is toxic. As the Founder & CEO of EarthKind, Kari discovered that 98% of pest control solutions sold were poison & kill methods – so she set out to invent a better solution: plant-based pest control powered by nature. Kari is joined by Rita Stadler, the Marketing Supervisor at EarthKind. Together, they reveal how we can rid our homes and schools of pests without harming them, the most common ways pests and rodents enter our homes, how pets contribute to pesky insect infestations, and can also be harmed by toxic pest control products including rodenticides and insecticides. Kari and Rita share misconceptions about the efficacy of natural pest control solutions and why integrated pest management (IPM) is vital today. They wrap the show explaining why ingredient transparency is key and why you should avoid those you can’t pronounce. Finally, Kari shares what EarthKind is doing to empower and educate teachers and students through their Harmony Hero Award.
54 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
29: Frequency Medicine: The Future of Healing
After traditional medicine failed to heal our guest, Dr. Anna Blessing, from years of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, anxiety/depression, and C-PTSD, she set out on a quest to healing herself. The journey led her to Biofeedback and Frequency Therapies which resulted in total remission and healing of all of her conditions along with the creation of Tucson Biofeedback where she treats patients via microcurrent therapies, safely, naturally, and effectively. Dr. Blessing explains the role of the Quantum Biological Aspect of our Body governed by Quantum Physics and why a positive mindset is vital to optimal health and wellness. Dr. Blessing reveals the non-invasive frequency medicine modalities that are successfully used for chronic health conditions and inflammation and leaves us with key takeaways that we can implement today including reducing stress levels and improving our mindset. Disclaimer: The content included on this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding medical conditions.
57 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
28: MASKED: The Physical, Emotional and Psychological Effects of COVID-19
No question is off-limits as we tackle hot topics including children's face masks, the stress from the ongoing lockdowns, and the long-term emotional effects of the coronavirus pandemic, especially on our youth. According to CNN, 'Experts have warned that the pandemic could lead to a mental health crisis. Mass unemployment, social isolation, and anxiety are taking their toll on people globally.' Today, we’re thrilled to speak with Dr. Mark McDonald, a clinical psychiatrist, and medical-legal expert who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. He trained in both at UCLA and achieved double board certification. Dr. McDonald’s work has been widely published in local and national news, including the Wall Street Journal. He shares his opinions on topics such as the need to re-open America’s schools, and the pandemic of fear plaguing the United States today. Dr. McDonald deciphers the difference between the emotional effects of a virus versus a lockdown, the effects of school closures on children, the physical, psychological and emotional dangers of long-term mask-wearing, and experimental vaccine risks. In fact, government statistics from Japan reveal that more lives were lost from suicide in October 2020 than Covid-19 claimed over the entire year. Dr. McDonald explains why we need to prioritize self-care and leaves us with suggested protocols and supplements to improve one’s immune system. Disclaimer: The information provided on this podcast is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice.
56 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
27: Ingredient Transparency: In-Depth with a P&G Scientist
This episode is a departure from our usual focus on small- to mid-sized eco-friendly consumer brands and likely a surprise to listeners who have doubts about the integrity of many corporate giants. However, the Healthy Home Hacks podcast aims to bring you honest conversations where no conversation is off-limits. We’ve shed light in prior episodes on plant-based household cleaning brands as well as do-it-yourself nontoxic recipes and, today, are sharing an intimate, in-depth conversation and a sneak peek into what is going on in terms of ingredient transparency, sustainability, the science behind the formulations and what the future looks like for Procter & Gamble, the largest manufacturer of consumer goods in the world. Our special guest is Morgan Brashear. Morgan is a Senior Scientific Communications Manager for the US Home Care Brand at Procter & Gamble. We dive deep into indoor air quality and discuss something called malodors and the negative effects of these, physically and psychologically. Morgan explains what a signature scent means for every home. She also illustrates P&G’s efforts towards ingredient transparency and how, since 2017, P&G publishes its fragrance ingredients down to 0.01percent for all fragranced products in the US and Canada on their website via a platform called SmartLabel in North America. Morgan explains the ‘red list’ on the P&G website that reveals the ingredients common to the ‘fragrance’ label that the company does not use. We tackle the differences between synthetic and natural fragrances, how P&G uses one hundred percent natural propellants versus aerosols, the healthiest options in the P&G line, and their sustainable efforts - including recycled containers and 100 percent renewable electricity in North America, Canada, and Western Europe. Morgan explains how P&G’s products are a reflection of consumer demand and if we wish to see more fragrance-free, natural, or eco-friendlier products, it’s up to each one of us to demand them by voting with our dollar. Discover their light or fragrance-free product versions as well as their many plant-based options which are perfect for allergy sufferers.
43 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
26: The Toxicity of Textiles
We talk a lot about toxins on this podcast– from dangerous chemicals in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the furnishings we sit and sleep on, and our household and personal care products. But today we’re going to discuss a source of toxic exposure that’s often overlooked. Few of us have given any thought to the chemicals that are present in our clothes, footwear, home goods, or the fabrics we sleep on. Four in 10 people are unaware of how textiles or clothing are produced, and most consumers are unaware of the importance of testing for the 4,000 to 8,000 individual harmful chemicals that enter factories in countless formulations that are harmful to the planet and people, especially children, the elderly and allergy sufferers. Our guest, Ben Mead, serves as the Managing Director of Hohenstein Institute America. Ben oversees the OEKO-TEX® (a textile certification that we dive deep into) responsibilities for the U.S. Whether it’s a pair of pants or a set of sheets, Ben explains why verifiable, third-party labels ensure a product has been tested for toxic chemicals. You’ll learn how voting with your wallet encourages textile chemical testing which has a positive impact on ourselves and future generations.
56 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
25: Why Green Cleaning is Good for Your Health
We’re gonna go out on a limb and assume you’re spending a TON of time at home right now making sure your surfaces are safe in the prevention of COVID-19. But, have you considered the price of this super sanitization; the hidden costs of using toxic household cleaners? Many name-brand cleaning products contain harmful chemicals such as synthetic fragrance, ammonia, phthalates, triclosan, chlorine, parabens, and sodium hydroxide, to name a few. Extended exposure to these is linked to eye irritation and respiratory issues to allergies and even cancer. Hold on to your scrubby brushes, friends, because our guest commits to creating cleaning products that will protect you and your loved ones without posing harm to people, the planet, or pets at a price people can afford. She explains how to read labels, what ingredients to avoid and why cleaning products are the number one weapon in the fight against COVID. Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks is the President and CEO of ECOS an environmentally friendly cleaning product manufacturer and an essential business in the fight against COVID-19. Kelly is widely recognized for her highly effective leadership and influential voice in the green movement and corporate social responsibility including green incentives and living wages for all ECOS employees. Kelly leaves us with a Healthy Cleaning New Year’s Resolution that everyone can join by following their Instagram account @EcosClean through February 13, 2021, for chances to learn tips and win prizes (hint: The Detox Your Home bundle and more!).
21 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
24: Manmade Electromagnetic Radiation Sources
Electrical engineer, Building Biology Environmental Consultant, and Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist, Lawrence Gust, has assessed approximately 5,000 homes spanning his 27-year career. In this episode, we discuss hidden sources of manmade EMR or, electromagnetic radiation, found in homes. Larry reveals the components of man-made Electromagnetic Radiation which includes radio frequency fields as well as power system field components that are found in today’s home and office environments. He shares how people are affected everywhere with unwanted symptoms that can occur via exposure; from immune suppression and fatigue to headaches and sleep disturbances. Larry uncovers ways that we can protect ourselves in our sleeping space from electrical radiation and offers do-it-yourself tools for measurement.
49 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
23: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition
Hippocrates said it best, let food be thy medicine. Our guest today is a pioneer in her field and as foodie-fate would have it, she and Lisa grew up in the same hometown! As a Certified Health Coach, the co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Nekter Juice Bar, and author of the children’s book Sneaky Spinach, our guest, Alexis Schulze, knows the importance of eating (or in this case, sipping) your way to optimal health. We wrangle the million-dollar juice versus smoothie debate. Alexis shares her perspectives on whether to count carbs or not, the ketogenic diet, immune-boosting tips and she breaks down what a superfood is. She offers her four must-have ingredients and leaves us with the dos and don’ts of taking supplements. We wrap with Alexis’ number one tip for eating healthy.
43 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
22: He Said, She Said with Your Hosts, Ron & Lisa
We're taking a holiday break from healthy living tips this episode to take you on our personal journey. It all began 20 years ago on the Hermosa Beach Pier in sunny Southern California. Yours truly are healthy home authorities, but not so long ago, we weighed a combined total of 50 pounds more than today and were clueless about the plethora of toxins that permeate our homes, personal care, and household products. Join us as Lisa Beres reveals her past role in a B-horror film and how she became the aerobics instructor for the Arizona State University's women's golf team while Ron Beres shares his number one fear and his time spent on Hollywood sets. We're getting personal with James Lipton-Esque-styled rapid-fire questions to each other so you can get to know us a bit better. Hold on to your seatbelts as we journey backward; it might get bumpy!
11 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
21: BONUS Walking Each Other Home
Picking up from episode #20, from living in a commune to getting family phone calls from Yoko One, Rainbeau Mars’ life has been anything but traditional. In this bonus episode, the herbalist, aromatherapist, author, and activist opens up about our collective desires to fit into societal norms while learning to embrace who we really are. Rainbeau believes we are all here to walk each other home.
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