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  • 3 Toxic Substances to Avoid

    by Rob Brown, MD | January 16, 2018

    paint-cansI am very concerned about three chemicals many of us have in our homes that have been proven to be extremely toxic. Since Scott Pruitt and the EPA recently placed a hold on banning these chemicals, we must be cautious and extra vigilant to protect ourselves and our loved ones from these poisons.

    A Little Background

    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was created in 1976 in an attempt to clean up our environment and improve the health of the US population. Read more

  • Gift Ideas for Everyone

    by Paula Gallagher | December 12, 2017

    giftsThe hustle and bustle of the holidays are upon us. Along with snow, family get-togethers and plenty of food, gift giving is a big part of this time of year. If you are struggling with what to get that special someone, Village Green Apothecary has options that are natural and unique.

    For the Tea Lover

    With names like Get Happy and Get Relaxed, and flavors like Orange Ginger Mint, teas from Republic of Tea are a tasty and warm gift to give. Pair a tin of tea with a beautiful antique tea cup and tea strainer for a lovely gift for the tea lover. Read more

  • 10 Tips to Make Your Home Healthier

    by Paula Gallagher | December 4, 2017

    shoes-by-the-doorI am currently in the middle of renovation chaos. Everyone told me it would be hard, but I don't think anything really prepares you for it. Truthfully, I thought not having a functional oven, or running water, would be the most difficult thing to deal with (yes, I know, first world problems), but it is the amount of dust that really is the hardest. But even if you aren't going through a renovation, dust is everywhere and can aggravate allergies and asthma. And it's not just dust... there are many items in your house that can be less than healthy for you and your family. Read more

  • Your Healthy Home Can Be a Resource for Wellness

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | April 3, 2017

    living-roomAs a healthy home expert, it is my job to help physicians and clients understand the relationship that our homes play to our overall health and wellness. When we examine homes around the country, we find that many have mold problems, clutter and dust, chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers that are associated with health complaints of the homeowners. Physicians are now using our services to test homes for contaminants to better understand the relationships that exist between how we live and our wellness. In public health, we believe that about 90% of our health is determined by genetics, environment, socioeconomic status and behaviors. Read more

  • Toxins in Our Fruits and Vegetables

    by Paula Gallagher | January 31, 2017

    cornfieldIn Dr. Pizzorno's new book, The Toxin Solution, he outs the amount of toxins found in "healthy food." Fruits and vegetables can be riddled with pesticides and other chemicals that we ingest, that further harm us. There are three reasons the majority of our food is now ladled with chemicals.

    Synthetic Fertilizers: When industrial farming was introduced 70 years ago, farmers started to become dependent on synthetic fertilizers, which exhausted soil to maximize profits. Phosphates, a major ingredient in synthetic fertilizers, can release high levels of cadmium, a highly toxic metal, into the soil. Even worse, the fertilizers do not replace the trace minerals we need. Read more

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