Maia James

Gimme the Good Stuff | Founder & CEO

Maia James is the founder of Gimme the Good Stuff, Inc., an online store and free resource that gives busy moms peace of mind by helping them easily navigate the confusing world of “natural” products.

Maia grew up in a home-schooling household in Vermont without a TV or microwave, where her family followed a strictly organic diet and eschewed most Western medicine.

Left to her own devices in college, Maia gravitated towards a more conventional lifestyle, but once adulthood hit, she drifted back to her flax-seed-grinding, wheat-grass-drinking roots. Now a parent herself, Maia strives to find the balance between the convenience of a standard American childrearing style and a more natural—but often more difficult—approach.

Maia has written for or been mentioned in a variety of publications, including The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and she has appeared numerous times as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show.

Before becoming a mother in 2009, Maia was the communications manager at Philanthropy New York, a nonprofit organization in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Deodorants

Are “Natural” Deodorants Safe and Nontoxic?

In my private consulting work, I often encounter frustrated clients who are in search of natural deodorant that really works.You probably know that conventional deodorant and antiperspirants contain ingredients that may come with health risks; these include phthalates in the fragrance blend, parabens as preservatives, aluminum chlorohydrate to block your sweat glands, triclosan for antibacterial action, propylene glycol to soften the product, and talc to sop up wetness.

non-toxic matress

What to Avoid When Buying a Non-toxic Mattress

I often tell my private consulting clients that their mattress should be the first thing they replace if they want a non-toxic home. I feel so strongly about this because of the fact that a) we spend such a large portion of our lives in our beds, and b) most mattresses contain a range of chemical components, linked with everything from nervous system disorders to cancer.

Baby Formula

Healthy Baby Formula Update

In 2013, I wrote a guest post for Dr. Lipman’s website that provided guidance on choosing the healthiest infant formula for your baby. We all know that breastmilk is better, but the fact remains that many conscientious mothers are looking for safe, natural, organic formula for their infants. With an ever-growing number of organic formula options, my private clients were increasingly confused about which was best choice, and I wanted to supply them with some clear guidelines for choosing the best formula possible.

Sweeping Dust Cloud

Stop Sweeping!
(And 4 Other Easy Ways to Detox Indoor Air)

Even if you live in a city like I do, the air inside your home may be more polluted than the air outside of it. Some of the contamination of our indoor air quality comes from things like wall paints, glues in carpeting, and flame retardant chemicals leaking out of furniture.

Coffee Pods

Four Lesser Known Sources of Toxins and What to Do About Them

The dangers of environmental toxins continue to grab mainstream media attention, and many of us have done a pretty good job of reducing our exposure—ditching our air fresheners, choosing mineral sunscreens, and perhaps even trading in our memory foam mattresses.For those of you who would like to take it a step further, and root out even more sources of chemical exposure, here are four places that you might be surprised to learn contain a heavy dose of toxins.

Two Girls With Fever

Why You (Usually) Shouldn’t Treat a Fever

I grew up in a home without Tylenol, Motrin, or even aspirin in the medicine cabinet. My mother, a holistic health coach, never gave her kids fever-reducing medications when we were sick, and instead relied upon treatments that ranged from spoon-feeding us daikon-radish tea to placing warm onions over our ears.Mom maintained that fevers serve an important function in the body’s immune response--and thus they should not be suppressed. At the time, conventional medical wisdom held that there was no downside to administering Advil or Tylenol as soon as the thermometer’s reading went about 98.6 degrees, so our pediatrician probably thought my mother was a crazy sadist.

Microwaved Food

Phthalates in Food: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure

You probably know that some plastic toys—like the now infamous rubber ducky—contain the hormone-disrupting, birth-defect-causing, probably-carcinogenic plasticizers known as phthalates. You may have even heard that this group of chemicals is also found in the fragrance of your favorite personal care products.