I don’t often do two-part podcasts, but Marilee Nelson of Branch Basics has such an incredible story and so many tips for moms who have kids with health struggles.
In the first part of the interview (check it out here if you missed it), Marilee shared her son’s struggle with chemical overexposure and all of the symptoms that came from that. She had to make drastic changes to their home environment to heal her son, who is thriving today and even has a military career.
In this episode, Marilee and I dive into how to have the healthiest home possible and easy ways to avoid some of the biggest toxic offenders in many homes today.
Episode Highlights, Part 2: Natural Non-Toxic Products
- The most problematic chemicals in homes (and remove them from your home in under an hour)
- Why Europeans are starting to ban Wi-Fi in schools and libraries
- How to research the history of pesticide use around your home
- Non-toxic options for pest extermination
- The ins and outs of non-toxic paint
- Whether “low VOC” really means anything, and what to look for instead
- How to recognize greenwashed labeling
- Why antibacterial products are rarely a good idea
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Branch Basics
- Tyvek paper (to cover insulation)
- Air Doctor air filter
- EMF Kill Switch (Wellness Mama listeners receive 10% off with the code wellnessmama10)
- Smart plug with remote
- Volt meter
- EMF shields I use
- Homebiotic (prevents mold naturally)
- Advanced Chemical Sensors (ask for the 40-hour aldehyde test)
- Durisol concrete forms
- ECOS paints
- EnviroSafe paint
- Great HEPA vacuum
More From Wellness Mama
- New book! The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox (now pre-ordering)
- 135: Understanding Genetic Testing, Epigenetics, and Genetic Polymorphisms With Dr. Ben Lynch
- 175: When Natural Doesn’t Mean Safe & Creating Non-Toxic Homes With Green Design Center
- Organic Pest Control for Gardens (Natural Options)
- Diatomaceous Earth: 10 Amazing Uses for DE Around the Home
- The Dangers of Plastic
- Why I DON’T Use Antibacterial Soap
- Why We Don’t Use a Microwave
Have you or a loved one ever struggled with chemical sensitivity? What did you do? I’d also really appreciate if you took two minutes to leave me a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well!
A Big Thank You to Today’s Podcast Sponsors
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