Top 3 Tips for a Nontoxic Lifestyle with Samantha Radford, Evidence Based Mommy

Feb 08, 2024

What are the top three ways to start detoxing your lifestyle from harmful chemicals, heavy metals, and EMFs?

Sophia shares her answers and discusses nontoxic lifestyles and approaches to motherhood with Samantha Radford from Evidence Based Mommy. 

Samantha Radford is a PhD chemist, Public Health expert, and mom of four. Learn more about her here!

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Keep reading for the Show Notes!


[00:00] Non-toxic living and motherhood with a PhD chemist and public health expert.

  • Samantha Radford, PhD chemist and public health expert, shares her journey to nontoxic living and resources for moms and young kids.

[02:03] Nontoxic living and simplifying practical tips for parents.

  • Sophia shares her passion for simplifying nontoxic living, inspired by her daughter and career in distressed investing. After discovering toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and radiation in her daughter's products and environment, she shifted her career and personal priorities.

[06:48] Nontoxic lifestyle strategies for families.

  • Importance of nontoxic living and shares the top three suggestions for beginners.

[13:09] Indoor air quality and its impact on health.

  • Importance of indoor air quality, citing EPA findings that indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and simple steps to improve it, such as ventilating during cooking and opening windows when air quality is better outside.

[18:36] Reducing toxic exposure in daily life.

  • Keeping phones and other devices away from bedrooms to reduce radiation exposure.
  • Buying organic produce from the "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean 15" lists to minimize pesticide exposure.
  • Lead and asbestos in older homes built before 1978 and taking steps to remediate them.
  • Encapsulation or fresh paint can help cover up lead in walls, windowsills, and door frames.
  • Potential health risks associated with pre-2013 glass baby bottles.

[28:04] Toxic chemicals in products and their health impacts. 

  • Pros and cons of different paint brands, with a focus on low VOC (volatile organic compound) options.
  • Concerns about the safety of lead in products like lipstick and backpacks and suggests visiting the Environmental Working Group for more information.
  • Lipstick can contain harmful chemicals like lead, which can enter the body through skin absorption or ingestion.
  • Challenges of measuring chemical concentrations in products, including the limitations of using parts per million or billion as a measure of safety.

[33:19] Nontoxic living and parenting. 

  • Prioritize your mental health and set up your home to minimize exposure to toxic chemicals, wanting her children to be carefree and enjoy celebrations without anxiety. 


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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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