The Savvy Path

    What We Can Learn From A Small Cup Of Pee

    Yes, I said, “pee.” And not just because I’m trying, and failing, to potty-train my three-year-old at the moment.

    I’ve always had a fascination with health and science. I’ve lived with ulcerative colitis for nearly 30 years, grew up the daughter and stepdaughter of parents in the pharmaceutical industry, and currently work not only as an independent consultant for a better-for-us business but also as a writer and media relations consultant for health IT and consumer health companies.

    That’s why I knew I needed to participate in Silent Spring Institute’s crowdsourced biomonitoring study on exposure to toxins. Pass a cup please...

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    Made Safe Products

    Do you feel overwhelmed when trying to read labels while shopping for personal care or cleaning products--or any products, for that matter? Maybe you spend inordinate amounts of time parked in the aisle turning over bottles, puzzling over words like "green," "eco," or "natural," thinking what do those words even mean, anyway?! You pull out your smartphone to check through your apps, and discover that some products aren't even on apps. You go back home and do research on your laptop. Maybe you give up - you would be far from the first.

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    Plastics, Food Packaging & Nontoxic Living

    Do you feel the pressure to do it all? When it comes to nontoxic living, do you sometimes wonder if you are doing enough? What if we added one more to the to-do list?  Such as reducing plastic? The good news is there is a lot of overlap. Reducing the plastic in our routines also reduces the number of toxins we are exposed to daily.

    Here are four areas in which you can challenge yourself to use less plastic. Start with one challenge or do all four!

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    Cutting Back on BPA | A Journey Worth Taking

    When I first heard about BPA and its potential to disrupt hormones, I was in disbelief.  After all, I had been drinking from plastic water bottles for years. Surely I would know if plastic- specifically bisphenol A- was harmful!

    However, after our health crisis in 2008, I learned to ask questions about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. I learned not to assume anything when it comes to toxicity in our environment. 

    Because we were radically altering everything about our lifestyle, the thought of eliminating plastic was overwhelming. But I knew from experience that every change matters, no matter how small.

    Small Changes

    My first step was to eliminate plastic water bottles. After reading that it takes anywhere from 400-1,000 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose, I felt compelled to make the change. I learned that BPA-free didn’t necessarily mean toxin-free. Studies now tell us that the common substitute BPS (bisphenol S) may be just as hazardous. I transitioned to glass (with silicone sleeves) and stainless steel water bottles. They come in handy during the summertime in Arizona!

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