6 Ways Your Home Is Making You Sick And How To Fix It

green-homeWe all like to think that our home is a safe space. But what if I told you your home could actually be making you and your family sick? Yup. Unfortunately consumer products today are allowed to be sold first without being tested for their effects on human health. Crazy, I know. Remove these 6 culprits and follow the tips to removing health crushing chemicals from your home.

1. Your Cleaning Products: It’s hard to believe that the very things we are using to clean our homes are also making us sick. Most conventional brands of cleaners use toxins that either are known carcinogens (cause cancer) or have never been tested for their effects on human health. Thanks to marketing we were raised to believe “clean” should have a smell. But did you know those fragrances are made from petroleum based chemicals which are harmful to our health!

Solution: Switch to non-toxic, organic, biodegradable cleaners.

2. Your air fresheners: Air fresheners can contain up to 2,000 different synthetic chemicals. Many of which, like conventional cleaners, have chemicals in them that have not been tested. We’ve been conditioned to believe everything should have a “clean smell” but what is available today in the form of air fresheners are actually harming our health. Air fresheners can cause red eyes, runny noses, headaches, and sore throats.

Solution: You can make your own essential oil sprays, buy them at a health food store, or order on line. To get smells out of carpets cover them in baking soda when you leave for work and vacuum them when you get home. If you do this of about a week, you can get rid of almost any smell. Another option, open the windows often, everyday even in the winter to help circulate air.

3. Your pajamas, bed and bedding: Most beds and bedding have baked on flame retardants which in the case of a fire are meant to help slow the burn. New research is slowing that flame retardants do more harm than good, contributing to cancer, learning disabilities, and skin issues. Check out the documentary Toxic Love Seat for a real eye opener on the dangers of flame retardants.  If you can’t afford organic, then let new products off-gas outside or with the windows open until the smell dissipates.

Solution: Purchase organic sheets. If your purchasing a new mattress find companies who use natural wool to help slow flames.  Look for pajamas that say flame retardant free. Most pajamas that contain flame retardants say so, so check the label!

4. Your couch and carpet: Couches and carpets also contain flame retardants and a slew of other chemicals to keep spills from taking hold. Plus many fabrics now are laced with plastics which can leach phthalates (a plastic softener, a now known endocrine disruptor) and glues which contain formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen.

Solution: When it’s time to purchase new look for organic couches and real wood flooring, organic carpets and rugs. A quick google search will now pop up many choices! If you are not looking to buy new anytime soon, you can purchase organic slip covers and remove old rugs. Again, if organic is out of the budget try to have new carpeting and couches off-gas outside or with the windows open.

5. Wearing your shoes in the house: We’ve all heard the saying “You don’t know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes” and in this case you don’t want to wear those shoes in the house because you don’t know where they have been! Think of all the places you go all day, parking lots, public stores and bathrooms. All these places leave traces of oil, grime, and chemicals on the bottom of your shoes. When you wear them in the house you are bringing all those contaminants in with you which rub onto floors and carpets. If you have children or pets then you know they are touching these contaminates with their hands, feet, or paws, and then climbing on the furniture spreading the grime around. Children and animals tend to put their hands, feet, and paws in their mouths which means that they are also consuming the grime.

Solution: Remove shoes upon entering your home and ask guests to do the same. In colder months you can have extra slippers available for guests.

6. Not cleaning often enough: Plastics, furniture, glue from particle board and our ever loved Ikea products off-gas formaldehyde, phthalates,  and flame retardants which attach to dust particles floating around the air and end up all over the house as dust. We then end up breathing these carcinogens in, touch them with our skin, and ingesting them.

Solution: Dust and vacuum often (at least once a week). Open windows daily to let fresh air in, whether it is summer or winter it is important to get fresh air flowing.  Add more house plants. Plants help filter the air.

In the Beginning there was Food

farmFood. Today the word means so many different things to so many people. But food just used to mean whatever we could get from the earth and arrange in a way that was suitable for eating.

Today food means petrochemical food additives, synthetic flavors cooked up in a lab, and strange unpronounceable preservatives. Food became whatever could be made the fastest, cheapest, and shipped farthest. Genetically modified crops, allowing them to be sprayed with dangerous pesticides are now the norm. This blog is about taking back our power to know what is in our food, where it was grown, under what condition, and how to find safer alternatives to what is currently available on store shelves. This blog is about returning to health and a better, safer way to live and eat, and just be.

This blog will also be about my personal journey of choosing healthy foods and products for me and my family and helping others to do the same.

The Shaklee Difference

~ 8 Key Reasons Why You Should Trust Your Health to Shaklee ~

1. SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE for NEED — Shaklee does not follow ”fads” but only uses ingredients that have been extensively studied.

2. PUREST INGREDIENTS — The most stringent protocol in the industry, Shaklee tests for up to 350 chemical contaminants. Rather than simply accept a supplier’s Certificate of Analysis, Shaklee actually retests to confirm.

3. SAFE & EFFECTIVE — Shaklee conducts over 100,000 tests a year ensuring safety, efficacy, and that each ingredient listed is present in appropriate amounts.

4. MORE POTENT — Shaklee’s proprietary formulations ensure key active ingredients are included at clinically efficacious levels, often significantly higher than the competitors’.

5. MORE NATURAL — Shaklee products contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners, and or added preservatives. We use only non-genetically modified (non GMO) soy protein.

6. OPTIMIZED ABSORPTION — Shaklee uses patented nutrient delivery systems to optimize bioavailability and conducts clinical tests to prove their nutrient delivery advantages. Shaklee has been awarded 60 patents.

7. PUBLISHED CLINICAL PROOF — More than the next 5 leading companies combined: Over 90 publications in peer–reviewed journals and …The Landmark Study (UC Berkeley) which showed people who took Shaklee over 20 years had markedly better health than both single-multivitamin and non-supplement users

8. REAL RESULTS — Shaklee has fueled countless Olympians and some of the greatest human achievements in history:

· Shaklee-powered Olympians have won over 125 medals / 56 gold

· Shaklee fueled 7 of Time-Life’s “25 Greatest Adventures of All Time”

· Shaklee has been used by NASA astronauts for decades


Dr. Jamie McManus, MD, FAAFP

Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education for Shaklee Corporation