When one thinks of pesticide poisoning, they most likely think of pesticides that are utilized on produce, such as apples, lettuce tomatoes, lettuce and other fruits and vegetables. There are additional means of pesticide exposure that occurs from insecticides and lawn treatment, but additional exposure is common from the many flea and tick control products that are used everyday.
Here are a few simple ways to minimize exposure to pesticide poisoning:
- Grow your own produce. Growing your own crops means that you can use healthful methods to control any pests. There are all-natural remedies for controlling pests and enriching soil. Or you can use organic pesticides.
- There are certain produce items which contain the highest levels of pesticides. Avoiding these crops can reduce your pesticides consumption levels by as much as 90%. Some of these items are fruit like cherries, apples, peaches, pears and grapes. Vegetables you could avoid are celery, spinach and sweet bell peppers. Remember, if they are organically grown, then these are safe to eat.
- If you spray your lawn, switch to organic lawn care. Only treat your lawn with organic products. This decreases exposure to harsh chemicals to you and your pet.
- Choose natural and organic garden care products when caring for your lawn. Be sure to read the labels to make safe choices to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning.
- Use natural flea and tick prevention products that are safe for you and your pets. Wondercide was founded on the principal of ecological and ethical means to make the world safer.
Stephanie Boone, founder of Wondercide, started her company when her precious dog Luna became so ill from veterinarian-prescribed flea and tick prevention meds. Veterinarians suggested she put Luna down, but that was not the answer. She sought out help from scientists, professors and holistic veterinarians to develop Wondercide. Stephanie stated, “Treating the source, not the symptom” drives her to educate the public and offer an alternative to toxic flea and tick prevention medications. Luna is now 14 years old and is healthy and happy.
Evolv™ is natural and organic and is the alternative to the harsh chemicals found in veterinarian prescribed and over-the-counter flea and tick preventive medications that sickens and kills pets every year. Evolv not only repels, it kills on contact. Wondercide states, “Effective on all life cycle stages, this bio-based formula safely protects your your pet without risk to adults or children.” It’s a safe and natural way to keep your pets free from critters, all while being safe for pets and children.
- Clean Refrigerator Coils – Coils can collect dust, making them less efficient for cooling. Be sure to clean coils two times per year to eliminate buildup and reduce energy use by up to 6%.
- Clean Ventilation – Air conditioning vents and dirty air filters should be cleaned and/or replaced regularly. Changing filters can reduce HVAC energy use and electricity costs from 5 to 15%.
- Inspect Vent Hoods – Check vent hoods for need of cleaning or filter replacements.
Energy Star certified ventilation fans can use 60% less energy than standard models.
The prep for caulking and sealing small repairs like windows and doors is usually pretty minimal. The surface needs to be clean and dry and it is best if the temperature is at least 55. Rain should not be in the immediate forecast as the caulk needs to cure properly. Using the right material for the job, however, is critical. Price is not really an issue, as most of the caulking materials are inexpensive, but there are some ease-of-use issues. The water-based spray foam is probably the easiest for a novice to use around windows and doors and the clean up is pretty easy. Look for low or no-VOC products that carry the Greenguard label to maintain good indoor air quality.
Here is a chart from Consumers Reports that outlines several products and their best uses:
|Type of Caulk
|Acrylic tub and tile
||To seal kitchen and bathroom fixtures.
||Flexible; mildew resistant; cleans up with water.
||Not paintable; not as durable as 100% silicone.
||$4 and up per tube
||To seal and fill around windows and skylights and around flashings and in gutters to seal dissimilar materials (glass, metal, plastic, wood, and concrete). More flexible (can stretch in multiple directions) than silicone. Good in areas that experience high temperature variations. Formulations with with asphalt are best for roofing repairs.
||More flexible (can stretch in multiple directions) than silicone; can be painted after curing one week. Good in areas that experience high temperature variations. Formulations with asphalt are best for roofing repairs.
||Does not adhere well to painted surfaces; shrinkage varies; might require two applications. Can be toxic; precautions must be taken and requires solvent cleanup.
||$3.50 and up per tube
|Concrete and mortar repair
||To repair cracks in concrete and damaged masonry and mortar.
||Can be shaped to fit before drying; remains flexible, cleans up with water, dries to color of concrete mortar or can be painted.
||Not recommended for horizontal surfaces where water could accumulate.
||$4.50 and up per tube
||To seal gaps in exterior walls and plug holes and fill gaps in interior walls and woodwork before painting.
||Inexpensive; takes paint well;, can be sanded; easy to work with; cleans up with water.
||Will crack eventually where temperatures vary greatly (acrylic latex formulations are more durable); needs to be painted when used outdoors; won’t adhere to metal.
||$1.50 and up per tube
|Oil or resin-based
||To seal gaps in exterior walls.
||Inexpensive; will bond to most surfaces.
||Cracks after a few years; much less durable than elastomeric (silicone, latex, or acrylic) caulks.
||$1 and up per tube
||To fill around pipes and vents and building structures made of nonporous materials and plumbing fixtures. Not as effective on wood or masonry.
||Very durable and flexible; doesn’t crack.
||Expensive; limited colors; can’t be painted or sanded, gives off strong odor when curing; solvent required for cleanup.
||$4.50 and up per tube
||Same uses as 100% silicone, except not on plumbing fixtures.
||Very durable and flexible; rarely cracks, many colors available; cleans up with water; less expensive than 100% silicone.
||Can’t be sanded.
||$3.50 and up per tube
|Spray foam (polyurethane-based)
||To seal around window and door frames or to fill cracks and holes.
||Expands more than latex and fills a greater area than caulking alone.
||Expands after application, so it can warp door and window frames; can’t resist UV light; must be painted for exterior use; very difficult to clean up after use.
||$5.40 and up per can (but one can fills as much space as many tubes of caulking)
|Spray foam (water-based)
||Around window and door frames or to fill cracks and holes.
||Does not expand as much as polyurethane foam; can be shaped while wet; easy cleanup with water; will not cause windows or doors to bind.
||Does not adhere as tightly to materials as urethane; takes longer to cure (up to 24 hours).
||$5 and up per can (but one can can fill as much space as many tubes of caulking)
Chart Courtesy of Consumer Reports.
Why is Smoking Addictive?
There is no doubt about it: Smoking kills. One of the best ways to live a longer, healthier life is to stop smoking. This however, has proven to be one of the hardest things for smokers to do. It is hard for smokers to quit because they are addicted to nicotine. Nicotine is a powerful, highly addictive drug found in tobacco that is considered to be as addictive as heroine and cocaine.
But, nicotine is not the only harmful drug found in tobacco. There are over 4000 toxic chemicals and gases that are toxic and addictive, including arsenic, methane, ammonia, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. The smokerbecomes physically and psychologically dependent on the nicotine and other chemicals and this is what sets up the ever increasing addiction. When smoke is inhaled, these chemicals enter the bloodstream via your lungs and move throughout the body.
Nicotine also acts as a stimulant, increasing your heart rate and producing pleasant, satisfying feelings making you want to smoke more. The health and wellbeing of others are also affected when you smoke around them. Second-hand smoke is just as dangerous as active smoking, and that is why smoking in public has been prohibited.
Dangers of Smoking
Smoking is responsible for serious medical conditions such as lung cancer, bladder cancer, heart disease, systemic organ damage, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis to mention just a few. It also causes premature wrinkles, bad breath stained teeth, fertility problems, low energy levels, and places you at a greater risk of illnesses like colds and flu.
Women who smoke during pregnancy stand a greater chance of having a miscarriage or a low birth-weight baby. There are also implications if you smoke while breastfeeding, as nicotine is passed through the breast milk to the baby. If you are over the age of 35, smoke and use birth control pills, you have a much higher risk of having a stroke or a heart attack.
Help to Stop Smoking
Kicking the habit and stopping smoking is extremely difficult and requires willpower, determination and support. Once you have made the decision that you want to stop smoking, there are various treatment options available to assist you such as:
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which is available over-the-counter or by prescription in the form of nicotine patches, gum, microtabs, lozenges, inhaler, nasal spray or inhalators
- Prescription medication such as Zyban and Champix which are variations of antidepressant drugs prescribed to help people stop smoking
- Laser therapy treatment
Natural Remedy Products
Crave-Rx Drops™ Natural remedy with herbs to help support emotional health and balance moods while quitting smoking
Triple Complex NicoTonic™ Homeopathic remedy to relieve symptoms of quitting smoking such as irritability, restlessness and tension
The Hovenring is an incredible suspended roundabout designed by IPV Delft to allow cyclists to safely navigate congested traffic by traveling above it. The Hovenring is located between Eindhoven and Veldhoven in the Netherlands. The circular steel bridge not only offers an alternative route for cyclists, but is also aesthetically pleasing landmark for locals and tourists.
The structure adds is an intriguing element to the landscape, with a pylon that soars approximately 230 feet high with 24 steel cables attached to it, holding the circular pathway up like a hovering saucer. The Hovenring provides spectacular viewing in daylight and at night, when the structure is illuminated. The Hovenring bicycle path offers an innovative approach to future road designs focused on efficiency and safety.
Your baby’s skin is the largest and most delicate organ. Yet we regularly massage the skin with products loaded with petrochemical ingredients. If you would read the label on the back of your child’s shampoo or wash bottle, you would see dyes, preservatives, synthetic foams, parabens and petrochemicals. Remember, the skin is a porous membrane, so up to 60% of products that are applied to skin will make its way into the body. This results in over 90 industrial chemicals that the body can’t breakdown and eliminate. This material will accumulate over time and can lead to serious diseases like cancer.
The average consumer can’t fully determine the long term dangers of applying various chemicals and corrosives to their children’s skin and scalp. As more parents are becoming aware, they are reconsidering using conventional bath products. Here is a further listing of some of the harmful ingredients in many conventional bath products:
- Diethanolamine or DEA – This is a carcinogen that if used repeatedly could lead to cancer.
- Propylene Glycol – Ingredient in industrial antifreeze. Gives shampoo slippery characteristic.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – Inexpensive detergent chemical that creates foam. Found in most dish detergents.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate – Found in industrial engine degreasers.
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate- Inexpensive detergent and makes mixtures foam well.
- Olefin Sulfonate – Deodorized kerosene
True organic shampoo and wash products offer a wealth of benefits for hair and skin that will be immediately noticeable. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils. Keep in mind that not every natural ingredient is safe for a baby’s delicate skin. Some essential oils may be irritating so when choosing a shampoo or body wash for your baby, read the label carefully and be sure it has been proven safe for infants. There are lots of shampoos to choose from, so check out a few to see which one best meets your needs.
Vermont Soap Organic Baby Wash is great because it is two products in one. It can be used to wash both baby’s hair and body. Bath time will only take about two squirts–one for the body and one to shampoo hair. Typically, one bottle will last much longer than most store bought brands. So even though it’s a little more per bottle, you will save in the long run. Plus you’re getting the benefit of knowing you’re using the most natural ingredients for your baby’s sensitive skin.
When you use organic bath products, you’re also helping your environment by letting bio-degradable substances go down the drain and not harsh chemicals.