Environmental Health

Enivronmental Health 101

Is the Environment Compromising Our Health?

What exactly is environmental health? In short, there is a strong connection between our health and what we’re exposed to in our daily environment. The environment isn’t just the air, rivers, and trees. It includes everything we encounter in our daily lives: It is our homes, workplaces, and schools; stores and restaurants; and even the cosmetics, cleaning supplies, furniture, and electronics that we all use every day. At Beautycounter, we believe that your health shouldn’t be compromised by your environment.

Manicure and Pedicure

The Ugly Side of Manicures and Pedicures

For many women, the beauty of a manicure and pedicure comes at a terrible price. Although those who are on the receiving end of these beauty treatments face some health risks, the price is mostly paid by those who provide these salon services, and the cost can include devastating health problems and even death. In addition, the women often are forced to work excessively long hours, without pay during training, and below minimum wage once they are hired.

Detox Bedroom

Detox your Bedroom and Reduce your Toxic Load

When you think of areas of your home that might contain toxins, I bet your bedroom is the last room on your list. You may be surprised to learn that there are several things in this room that may contain potentially harmful chemicals. Since we spend an average of 8 hours a day here, it’s important to make sure it’s as healthy as possible.

Dishwashing

Clean Your House Without The Toxins

In 2010, the Silent Spring Institute conducted a study of nearly 800 women who had breast cancer. They compared them to about the same number of women who didn’t have cancer, and found out something disturbing.Those women who reported a greater use of cleaning products were at a higher risk for breast cancer than those who used cleaning products sparingly. Those who reported the highest combined cleaning product use had double the risk as those who reported the lowest use.

Reduce Your Toxic Load:  <br/>Greening and Detoxifying Your Purse!

Reduce Your Toxic Load:
Greening and Detoxifying Your Purse!

Are you trying to get rid of the chemicals in your life? Are you reading labels, buying more natural products, and cleaning out your home of potentially dangerous toxins?There may be more places where you can make changes than you thought and can get rid of potentially harmful chemicals in various different areas of your life.Ladies, let’s start with your purse.

Hell No, GMO:<br/>The Smart Shopper's Guide to Non-GMO Foods

Hell No, GMO:
The Smart Shopper’s Guide to Non-GMO Foods

For years, I’ve been extremely concerned about the dangers lurking in genetically modified foods. I’ve written frequently on the topic and have always advised my patients to “vote with their feet,” walk away from GM foods and minimize their impact on short and long-term health.If you’re not familiar with the dangers of GM foods, the simplest argument against them is that we simply don’t know what GMOs do to our bodies. Many scientists believe there’s a direct correlation between eating GM foods and the rapid rise in rates of severe food allergies, gut disorders, neurological problems, reproductive issues and many other diseases, over the last two decades since GMOs came into wide-spread use.

Solutions for Dust Mites in Your Bed <br/>And Allergens in Your Home

Solutions for Dust Mites in Your Bed
And Allergens in Your Home

When I moved into my current home in Southern California nearly 20 years ago, I went searching for nontoxic paint, carpeting, and other furnishings. My efforts were met mostly with odd looks and raised eyebrows (ah, the olden days!). So I was overjoyed when I finally found Mary Cordaro, just starting out on her path as a consultant on healthy, green home building and remodeling. She spoke my language! She immediately became my non-toxic home guide, and over the years I have referred her numerous friends and patients: people with allergies or, simply, those interested in green, clean living. Mold, volatile chemicals, indoor and outdoor pollution -- you name it, she has a resource. President of Mary Cordaro, Inc., she works as a healthy home consultant and certified Bau-biologist, lecturing around the country as well.

School Yourself: The Smart Way to Eat Fish

School Yourself: The Smart Way to Eat Fish

Incorporating fish into your diet is a great way to help boost health, protect your brain and heart and even help stave off certain kinds of cancers. To say the least, fish is a powerful ally to have on your dinner plate -- but only if you’re eating the best, safest fish possible. Here are a few ways to hunt down seafood that will support your health as well as the ocean’s: