What's New at momsAWARE . . .
Are you curious about the hype over toxic mold? Have you experienced a mold exposure and are unsure of your next step? This valuable resource from momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry is designed to help you navigate your way through mold testing, remediation, exposure symptoms, detox methods, cross-contamination issues, legal recourse, and much more! It's a handy, concise guide offering hope and help for anyone concerned about indoor air quality and its effect on human health. Now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions: Is Your House Making You Sick? A Beginner's Guide to Toxic Mold.
Toxic Mold: You Are Not Alone
Those who have experienced ill health due to toxic mold exposure often feel isolated, and even crazy. Toxic Mold: You Are Not Alone will assure you that many are struggling with feelings of isolation, desperation, desolation, and panic. We share excerpts of emails received in a three-week period in 2018 in hopes that, if you're dealing with a mold exposure, these will validate your own experience and help lessen your feelings of isolation.
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? ERMI testing analyzes dust samples to identify and quantify the mold species present, and it's a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. momsAWARE is pleased to offer two levels of this laboratory testing through our Online Store. To learn more about the testing process, check out our article on How to Interpret ERMI or HERTSMI Mold Test Results.
Natural Year Challenge: Month Five
Welcome to Month Five of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! We hope you're enjoying our 10-step journey to naturally healthy living. Join us this month as we explore the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Dairy Ferment. Ever wondered how to make homemade yogurt? What about kefir? It isn't as hard as you may think, and the health benefits are huge. Recipes, step-by-step instructions, and a demonstration video by Andrea will help you take the probiotic plunge! Take our Month Five Food Challenge and start enjoying the many benefits of dairy ferments.
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Clean Your Kitchen. Our natural, chemical-free cleaning moves to that all-important room of the home: the kitchen. How can you have a sparkling kitchen without all the toxic fumes and chemicals? See our Month Five Household Challenge for tips on safely cleaning your oven, cutting board, wood cabinets, dishwasher, sink, and more. Product recipes and video demonstration included!
Spring is the ideal time to throw open the windows and do a deep cleaning in your home. What are some natural, chemical-free ways to clean? Can a clean home really make a difference in your family's health? See our Guidelines for Spring Cleaning for 10 great tips, plus our free downloadable Dustbusting Dozen checklist!
Are you one of the many who are trying to use fewer chemicals in your home? The good news is that switching to natural cleaning and personal care products can actually save you money! See our article on Five Cheap, Natural, Accessible Products for Your Home and discover a few common items that will go a long way in your household!
Tips for House Hunters
What should you look for when buying or renting a home? How can you choose a safe environment and avoid hazardous water damage that can lead to serious health issues? See our Guidelines for Buying or Renting a Home for 10 tips to help you find a living environment that will benefit your family's health for years to come! To hear a helpful conversation on this topic, visit our Radio Interviews page for our past Toxic Talk on House Hunting.
Mold is an opportunistic pathogen, which means it will take advantage of any conditions favoring its growth. When this growth finds its way indoors, adverse health effects may follow. What factors in your home, school, or workplace can provide favorable growing conditions for mold? Find out in our article on Understanding Mold Growth.
You'll love the versatility of our all-natural signature Just So Clean Coconut Castile Soap! Use for safe personal care or try making your own liquid soap with shavings of this popular chemical-free bar. Check out our momsAWARE Online Store for this and other natural products to help you on your journey toward a healthier, less chemical-laden lifestyle!
How can you care for your lawn without using harsh chemicals? Can how you mow and water make a difference? What are some natural alternatives for weed control? And are all weeds necessarily "bad"? Don't miss our article on Natural Lawn Care for numerous resources to help you maintain a safe, attractive lawn for your family's enjoyment!
Choosing a Mold Remediator
Tackling a serious mold issue yourself can often make matters worse, as opening up a wall without proper containment can easily exacerbate the problem. But finding a qualified mold remediator who understands the potential hazards of improper remediation can be difficult. See How to Choose a Mold Remediation Company for eight questions to ask before making a hiring decision.
Building Relationships: Toxins in Our Home
momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry joins Dr. Gary Chapman to tell her compelling story of sick children, a sick home, and the radical decisions that affected her marriage, family, and future—and led her down a path toward helping others with the knowledge she gained on the journey. If you missed this inspiring broadcast, listen online to our Building Relationships Interview.
What Is Building Biology?
How important is the relationship between our health and our indoor environment? Can natural building materials really make a difference in our homes, offices, and schools? Building Biology studies these questions and offers 25 guiding principles for safe, health-supporting building practices. See our article explaining What Is Building Biology? to find out more!
"How I Survived Toxic Mold"
Have you experienced a serious toxic mold exposure or know someone who has? These stories will encourage anyone walking through this difficult valley. Read the accounts of several fellow travelers who have made it to the other side in our Mold Survival Stories.