Sophia Ruan Gushee and Reina Honts are sitting in Sophia's office as they record this Practical Nontoxic Living podcast.

🎧 NEW PODCAST: "If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer."

home detox indoor air lungs podcast Nov 20, 2020

This podcast episode was inspired by lung cancer awareness month. My friend Reina Honts, who is also the guest of this episode, has taught me that lung cancer is not just a smoker's outcome. If you have lungs, then you should be aware that:

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide
  • Lung cancer takes twice as many women's lives as breast cancer
  • Lung cancer takes twice as many men's lives as prostate cancer
  • People who have never smoked account for 20K-30K lung cancer diagnoses each year
  • Nearly 229,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year

Lung cancer

Despite being the leading cause of cancer mortality, lung cancer receives far less research funding than any other cancer. That’s why funding from nongovernmental organizations is so critical. The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) plays a pivotal role in funding scientific discoveries that may lead to improved lung cancer outcomes. 

Reina Honts

Reina Honts joined the Lung Cancer Research Foundation Board of Directors in November 2018. Why?

Reina's mother died of lung cancer at the young age of 53. So, as Reina approached her 50th birthday in 2018, she had a strong instinct that she could get tested with a baseline CT scan.

Since Reina had no symptoms and was a non-smoker, it was a surprise that the CT scan revealed a tumor in her lung. After undergoing a lobectomy, Reina is now cancer-free.

Reina believes that early detection was invaluable for her lung diagnosis and joined the Lung Cancer Research Foundation to help spread awareness and raise money for lung cancer research.

Again, lung cancer is relevant for everyone to learn more about--including those who are young, healthy, and non-smokers. You'll understand more after listening to Reina's story.

In addition to spreading awareness of lung cancer and how invaluable early detection can be, I want to emphasize that indoor air tends to be at least 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air, even in the most industrialized cities. What we buy, own, and do contribute greatly to this indoor pollution. While that can be upsetting, it is also empowering because we can influence our indoor environments. While there's a lot that we cannot change easily, there's also a lot that we can improve with practical tips.

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To learn more about the impactful, budget-friendly things you can, check out my new Home Detox Workbook: Checklists to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals (Amazon paid link). It will help you detox your indoor air, dust, hands, water, and sleep areas. You can find it worldwide on your country's Amazon website.

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Before you start listening to the podcast, I want to emphasize that while Reina and I talk about health and medicine, please do not take interpret any part of our conversation as medical advice. Reina and I are sharing her story so that you can consider conversations that you may want to have with your healthcare providers.

Now on with my conversation with Reina, which we recorded with members of my online D-Tox Academy on Zoom from my home office in November 2019 (watch our conversation below).

And special thanks to my podcast producer, Chris Robertson, for elevating the listening experience.

We hope this podcast helps you or someone you know.


  • Examples of environmental factors that can contribute to lung cancer:
    • Smoking
    • Secondhand smoke
    • Living near facilities that emit toxic fumes, like a dry cleaning facility
    • Living in an area with air pollution
    • Indoor air pollution
  • Consider whether you should talk to your healthcare providers about testing

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Ruan Living simplifies a nontoxic lifestyle through its Practical Nontoxic Living podcast, free detox workshops, online D-Tox Academy, and transformative 40-Day Home Detox. It aims to help you avoid toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from what you buy, own, and do— without compromising your joy and convenience. Ruan was founded by Sophia Ruan Gushée, author of the bestselling critically acclaimed book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Toxic Exposures and several detox workbooks. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Business School, Sophia has served on the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Council and Well+Good Council. A popular nontoxic living speaker, consultant, and teacher, Sophia lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her passion for empowering others to enjoy nontoxic living began with the birth of her first daughter in 2007. Everything she creates is a love letter to her children and for the healthiest, brightest future possible. You can learn more here: Sophia’s Impact.


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