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Author of critically acclaimed bestselling books A to Z of D-Toxing, Home Detox Workbook, and EMF Detox Workbook, Sophia Ruan Gushée hosts one of the best podcasts on clean living. She talks to thought leaders and wellness warriors to bring you empowering tips and frameworks for a practical nontoxic and healing lifestyle. Sophia can help you detox chemicals, heavy metals, and EMFs from what you buy, own, and do while protecting your joy and convenience. 

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Below are featured Practical Nontoxic Living podcast episodes. For a complete list, including the latest episodes, please click the button below.

E47. Home Detox Part 2

In spring 2021, Sophia led a three-part home detox workshop series. If you're a beginner, then this series will be so helpful. Click here for podcast show notes: Home Detox Part 2.

E45. Make Home a Pillar of Health

A California native and Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Domonique Silva started her career at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center and has been learning and working in the field of Environmental & Occupational Health for 10 years. 

Given her expertise in environmental health, I thought it was particularly interesting to learn what helped Dominique's personal struggles with allergies, eczema, bloating, fatigue, and depression. They were healed by changing her diet, detoxing her household products and drinking water, and making her home healthier. Click here for podcast show notes.

E44. Tips to Protect Your Body from 5G

Daniel DeBaun is an internationally recognized expert in Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF), co-author of the bestselling book, Radiation Nation, and co-founder & CEO of DefenderShield.  When Daniel last appeared on Practical Nontoxic Living podcast episode 17, 5G had not yet rolled out nationwide. What then, have we learned about the new wireless communication network? Sophia and Daniel discuss the current EMF environment, how 5G differs from previous signals, the importance of creating a “sanctuary” free of mobile devices in your bedroom, and much more! 

E43. Milk's Magnetic Powers

Multi-passionate and multi-talented Jody Levy is a creator of art, wellness ventures, and much more. In this episode, we hear how Jody's personal experiences and passion for our inner- and outer- ecosystems have inspired her professional endeavors including The LabElymental Milk Cleanse—an Ayurvedic-inspired, doctor-developed cleanse that combines the magnetic power of full-fat milk and proprietary supplements to help clear, cleanse and balance our modern lifestyle. To watch this conversation from our Instagram Live and view podcast show notes, click here: episode 43.

E41. Benefits of Flower Essences

Katie Hess is a flower alchemist, author of Flowerevolution, and founder of LOTUSWEI, one of the world’s leading floral apothecaries. With her signature elixirs featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and the LA Times, her flower-powered community is thriving in over 15 countries. Listen to how flower essences can enhance your wellbeing. Click here to see the podcast transcript and watch our Instagram Live recording: episode 41.

E39. Transform Unconscious Patterns Into Conscious Choices

Jozi Radus is the creator of the Unconscious Mapping System (UMS), which is a method that she designed to help clients transform their unconscious patterns into conscious choices. The UMS can empower and liberate you for an elevated life. Click here for the podcast show notes: episode 39.

E38. How Your Fertility & Reproductive Health Signal Your Later Health & Life Expectancy

Author of the groundbreaking book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race (with writer Stacey Colino), Dr. Shanna H. Swan is one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists at Mount Sinai in NYC. Listen to Dr. Swan's empowering insights to optimize influences on your reproductive health, fertility, assisted reproductive efforts, pregnancy outcomes, and overall health.. Click here for the podcast show notes: episode 38.

E37. Alchemy From Daily Rituals

Diagnosed in her 20s with autoimmune diseases, Shiva Rose, author of the bestselling book Whole Beauty and creator of Shiva Rose Beauty, transformed her health and wellbeing by modifying her daily rituals. Listen to Shiva's inspiring story of resiliency, recovery, and thriving from a physician's death sentence. Click here for the podcast show notes: episode 37.

E36. Glowing Skin From Kitchen Staples to Primally Pure

Founder of Primally Pure, Bethany McDaniel is a farmer’s wife and mother of two young kids. In this podcast, Bethany shares the small detox tweaks that transformed her life. They led Bethany, in 2015, to launch her gorgeous brand, Primally Pure—a line of natural skincare and personal care products that are made with clean, certified organic, and consciously sourced ingredients. She shares many practical tips—like starting with your pantry ingredients as you begin your self-care detox. Click here for the podcast show notes: episode 36.

E35. Feel Better With Age!

At age 61, Elissa Goodman is a glowing reminder of how effectively mindful living can heal.

Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 32, Elissa was later diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, and Celiac disease. Eleven years after her cancer diagnosis, her husband Marc was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and passed away 18 months later at age 45.

At age 61, Elissa feels better than ever, even better than she did in her 20s! Hear simple ways through which Elissa transformed her life. Click here for the podcast show notes: episode 35.

E34. "Sick of Being Sick"

Functional Health Coach for Women’s Health & Fertility, Nita Ewald was often sick as a child. Starting at age 29, however, she started to become less sick. And there was only one change that occurred: She detoxed her cleaning products, personal care products, diet, etc. Nita believes this "environmental" change strengthened her immune system.

Healthier than ever, she was surprised to be diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Listen to the #1 thing that helped her become pregnant naturally.

With a master's in chemistry and now a Functional Health Coach who empowers women on their fertility journey, Nita offers a unique perspective that can help everyone—whether your fertility feels relevant or not. Because, as Nita says, fertility is a reflection, or extension, of our health. Click here for the podcast show notes: episode 34.

E33. Infrared Saunas: Optimize the Benefits

Connie Zack is co-owner of Sunlighten. Click here for the podcast interview: episode 33.

E32. Healing & Thriving Lessons from Cancer to Optimize Your Life Quality

Ariana Ost Martz is founder of her design atelier Ariana Ost. Click here for the podcast interview: episode 32.

E31: Effortlessly Enjoy Curated Natural Wines: Biodynamic, Organic, Lab-Tested for Purity

Todd White is founder of Dry Farm Wines, the largest importer and reseller of natural wines in the world. Dry Farm Wines is bringing natural wine to the health-conscious masses. Click here for the podcast interview: episode 31 with Todd White, founder of Dry Farm Wines.

E30: Master Organic Mattresses & Sustainable Interior Design for an Eco-friendly Home

Anticipating his first grandchild, Barry A. Cik shopped for a suitable crib mattress. However, as a board-certified environmental engineer with eco-friendly preferences, Barry was surprised to learn that most bedding manufacturers used harmful chemicals and materials. This inspired Barry to leverage his background in environmental engineering to create the safest mattress products possible for various price points. Thus, Naturepedic, an industry-leading organic mattress manufacturer, was formed. Click here to watch the podcast interview: episode 30 with Barry Cik, founder of Naturepedic.

E29: "If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer"

As Reina Honts approached her 50th birthday in 2018, she had a strong instinct that she should get her lungs tested. Since Reina had no symptoms and was a non-smoker, it was surprising that a tumor in her lung was found. After undergoing a lobectomy, Reina is now cancer-free. Reina, who joined the Lung Cancer Research Foundation as a Board Member, believes that early detection was invaluable for her lung diagnosis and wants more people to know that "If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer." Click here to watch video clips and podcast show notes: Lung Cancer Awareness.

E28: Detox EMFs With Your Family At Home & School

As Executive Director of the scientific think-tank Environmental Health Trust, Theodora Scarato is uniquely informed about the health risks from our EMF exposures. So how does she apply her expertise into real life: with her kids, at home, and in her community? Listen to this relatable conversation to help encourage you to keep detoxing EMFs with your family at home, school, and in your community. Click here to watch video clips and podcast show notes.

E27. Money's Energetic Power

Beloved healer Deborah Hanekamp is founder of Space by Mama Medicine and author of Ritual Baths: Be Your Own Healer. Deborah has fascinating wisdom to share on the most essential ways to consider energy, love, self-care, and connection.

In episode 27, Sophia explores Deborah's perspectives on money and its energetic influence on our well-being and even on our children. Deborah describes the energetic powers of money, and that we should consider money's energetic exchange.

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E26. Heal Burnout, Anxiety, and Stress

Kelsey Patel is one of Hollywood’s leading wellness and reiki experts. She is not only a sought after spiritual empowerment coach, yoga teacher, reiki healer, and meditation teacher, but also a multi-faceted entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. Kelsey's newly published book Burning Bright: Rituals, Reiki, and Self-Care to Heal Burnout, Anxiety, and Stress is especially apropos during this time of great uncertainty. Click for Podcast Show Notes


E25. Heal Your EMF With Energy Medicine

Author of Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing, Jill Blakeway has been treating patients for more than 25 years with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In this episode, hear about the groundbreaking field of energy medicine and what Jill learned from top healers, researchers, and practitioners—including from Stanford and Princeton professors' research on the physics behind energy medicine and healing. Click for Podcast Show Notes


E24. Protect Your Brain and Body from 5G and Other EMFs

Dr. Devra Davis, founder of Environmental Health Trust and Nobel Peace Prize winner, explains what science has discovered about the health risks from the wireless radiation from our everyday devices. Author of several award-winning and critically acclaimed books, including Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, Dr. Davis discusses the biological effects from 3G, 4G, 5G and the Internet of Things. We end the podcast with her nine recommendations to promote healing from cell phone radiation. Click for Podcast Show Notes


E23. Grounding Yourself with Meditation

Tal Rabinowitz, founder of Den Meditation, helps ease our way into finding a meditation style that can help us get grounded, centered, and soothed. Hear about different ways you can start. There are so many! But, they all share the goal of helping us learn about—and love—ourselves more fully. Don't waste one more day from discovering the depths and diversity within you. Listen to my conversation with Tal by clicking below. Click for Podcast Show Notes.


E22. Heal your eyes from digital screens

A leading holistic optometrist who has been practicing for 40 years and is a NY Times bestselling author, Dr. Marc Grossman shares fascinating and empowering insights about your eyes. 

This delightful conversation will inspire you to take more breaks—with specific strategies (like eye exercises)—to counterbalance the modern strain on our eyes. Especially since many of us are staring at digital screens more than ever!

This is an important and relevant conversation for you and your loved ones. Listen to my conversation with Dr. Carpenter by clicking below. Click for Podcast Show Notes.


E21. Optimize Your Immune Response for the Novel Coronavirus

World renowned public health physician, Dr. David O. Carpenter enlightens us on how to optimize our immune response to covid-19 with four key strategies.

Key questions discussed: Are toxic cleaning products worthwhile now because of the novel coronavirus? Homebound with wireless devices, are our EMF exposures undermining our immune response to covid-19? Is climate change going to make infectious diseases part of our new normal? Can air pollution make you more vulnerable to the coronavirus?

Listen to my conversation with Dr. Carpenter by clicking below. Click for Podcast Show Notes.


E19-20. How to Select the Best Air Purifier for You

Indoor air quality and air filtration guru, Vinny Lobdell, Jr, is co-founder of Intellipure, president of Healthway Family of Brands, and Global President of Pure Wellness. 

Air purifiers are helpful for filtering toxic fumes, allergens, fungi, particles, and ultrafine particles (they are smaller than the tip of a hair). These ultrafine particles can irritate and inflame our air passageways, like our lungs. They can also penetrate to other areas of our body and contribute to cancer, heart disease, and more. 

Listen to my conversation with Vinny Lobdell, Jr by clicking below for tips on how to select the best air purifier for your circumstances and budget. Podcast show notes.


E18. Essential Features of a Healing Home

Esther Sternberg, MD is Research Director and Chair at the Andrew Weil Center Integrative Medicine. She is also author of the books, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions.

In this podcast, Dr. Sternberg explains what the science has discovered about how certain design elements of a physical space can affect our immune response, stress, relaxation, memories, and peace. You'll also learn how to incorporate positive, healing triggers into your home and routines. 

Listen to my conversation with Dr. Sternberg by clicking below. Or, review the transcript of the podcast.


E17. EMF Protection Tips from a Former Telecommunications Engineer

Co-author of the book Radiation Nation, Daniel DeBaun, previously a telecommunications engineer at Bell Labs and AT&T, describes EMFs as "bees in the room." One bee won't hurt you unless you are allergic. The more bees in the room, however, the greater the risk of getting hurt by the bees.

EMF sources are likes bees. The more EMF sources, the greater the risk you will be harmed. 5G is a new species of bees that will be layered into our more-crowded-than-ever environment that is full of new species of bees (or EMFs).

Former telecom insider Daniel Debaun provides a great context of EMFs and how they can affect our biology, and therefore how to consider 5G. We also discuss our bodies' own EMFs, how "grounding" works, and EMF protection approaches that work. 

You can listen to my conversation with Daniel by clicking below. Or, review the transcript of the podcast.


E16. Can Your Home Contribute to Chronic Symptoms?

Author of Organic Lifestyle Made Easy: How To Create A Chemical-Free Household One Step At A Time, Angela Cummings learned that her home was making her and her son sick. 

Conditions she experienced included sinus and ear infections, earaches swollen glands, dizziness, and chronic fatigue.

People of all ages suffer from various chronic symptoms. I suspect that considering the health of our homes could help many. Most people just don't know that their homes and household items can contribute to health issues.

If you or someone you know have unexplained chronic symptoms, then maybe something you hear in this podcast might inspire you to consider the health of your home. 

Click below to listen. You can also review the transcript: Transcript of podcast with Sophia and Angela Cummings of Occupant Wellness.

E15. Headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Might you be electrohypersensitive?

Headaches, nausea, fatigue, and heart palpitations could signal that you may have electrohypersensitivity.

Listen to this podcast to learn more about EMFs, symptoms that may indicate that you are sensitive to your regular EMF exposures, EMF protections products, and how you can take care of yourself. You'll learn more about our ability to develop resiliency and recover.

Click below to listen. You can also review the transcript: Transcript of podcast with Sophia and Dr.Carpenter.

E14. Insights on Diet, Fracking, Drinking Water and Vaccines

Having studied my family's toxic exposures, I grappled with a practical approach to diet, drinking water, breastfeeding versus infant formula, vaccines, EMFs, and more. While my family's physicians were wonderful, they were not trained in environmental factors' influence on health. 

For years, as I came across the work of Dr. David O. Carpenter, I wished for the opportunity to ask him many questions, like: Do you eat meat and dairy? Are the vaccination schedules for children safe given the toxic ingredients reported to be in some? What kind of water filtration system do you use? How do you live with technology given your expertise in EMFs?

My wish came true. And you can listen to my conversation at the link below. You can also review the transcript: Transcript of podcast with Sophia and Dr.Carpenter.

E13. Overlooked Healthy Choices for Healthy Living

Identified by peers as one of the top 20 pioneers under 40 in environmental public health, Dr. Joseph Braun, a Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University, studies how early life chemical exposures—ones that we can also modify—may influence our lifelong health. This is one of the best lifestyle podcasts that your health won't want you to miss.

Whether you’re already a parent, considering having children, or if you are just interested in healthy living, you’ll learn about an overlooked pillar of health—toxic exposures from our everyday products—and six detox tips for the average person. They involve drinking water, canned foods, plastics, carpets, cleaning, and organic foods.

You can also review the transcript: Transcript of podcast with Sophia and Joseph Braun.

This is an important topic that we must keep learning more about.


E12. Support these retailers that are providing you with healthier products

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families works hard to protect us from toxic chemicals by fighting to strengthen laws, working with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals from the marketplace, and educating the public about how to protect our families from toxic chemicals. 

One campaign that you should know about is called Mind the Store, which ranks retailers based on their policies towards eliminating toxic chemicals from products that these retailers sell. Listen to this podcast, or view the podcast show notes to see how you can support leading retailers that are protecting us: Transcript of Sophia and Mike Schade.

E11. Auras, spirits, destiny, the soul's journey, and how our hardship teaches

Sophia talks to Deborah Hanekamp (Mama Medicine), a seeress carrying over 17 yrs in the healing arts. They discuss people's auras, the spirits that surround us, destiny, and our many teachers.

Deborah is an Initiated Amazonian Shaman, Reiki Master and Yogini. She has developed Medicine Readings and led Medicine Reading ceremonies all over the world. Her work has been featured in Vogue, New York Times & Marie Claire Magazine. Vogue magazine called her "Fashion's Favorite Healer."

Listen to this provocative conversation that may leave you feeling more calm, compassionate, and loving. Podcast show notes coming soon: Transcript of Sophia and Mama Medicine.

E10. How toxic exposures threaten our reproductive health and children's health.

With a list of impressive and varied roles at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital (among other organizations), Dr. Hugh Taylor is an internationally-recognized expert in female reproductive health. In this podcast, Sophia Ruan Gushée talks to Dr. Taylor about how toxic exposures (including cell phone radiation) may affect reproductive health, like fertility and outcomes of pregnancy and IVF. For podcast show notes, please click here: Reproductive health expert from Yale Medical School discusses how toxic exposures may influence our reproductive health and children.

E9. No one is exempt from suffering, so let's have more fun with Heather Lilleston, co-founder of Yoga for Bad People

I love listening to Heather Lilleston talk about suffering. Heather exudes beauty, sunshine, and happiness. And she glows with love, kindness, and grace. So, how could she discuss suffering with such familiarity and study? 

For those who suffer, and feel alone, and that they somehow deserve their pain, I share the following conversation with you as a reminder that no one's life is perfect, we each have our own set of challenges, and we are each in this human experience together. You are not alone.

Heather and I also discuss money, teaching, and business! Click below to listen, or read Podcast Show Notes.

E8: I tried halotherapy at the Montauk Salt Cave, and this is what I learned

Sophia Ruan Gushée discussed halotherapy (or salt therapy) and salt baths with Shannon Coppola of Montauk Salt Cave. Visitors, Shannon, and Shannon's family experience relief of symptoms from eczema, Lyme disease, respiratory issues, and other inflammation-related issues. Listen to consider whether halotherapy should become part of your weekly routine. Click here for more: Podcast show notes on Montauk Salt Cave.

E6: Probiotics, Gut Health & Fermentation with Sandor Katz

Are probiotics worth the money? In this episode, Sophia chats with Sandor Katz-- a NY Times bestselling author of the books Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, to learn all about gut health, the microbiome, probiotics, and pickling vs. fermentation for improving overall health and wellness. Healthy gut flora has been rumored to help everything from allergies and asthma, to eczema, and even anxiety, stress and depression. Listen further to learn "Fermentation 101" from this renowned guru!

Read show notes & highlights here, & listen to episode below!


E4: Healing Through Essential Oils

Have questions about essential oils? So did we! Essential oils have been rumored to help with everything from better sleep and curing colds, flu, allergies, asthma and eczema to easing anxiety and stress-- as well as supporting people with more serious conditions, like autistic spectrum disorder. In this episode of the Practical Nontoxic Living podcast, host Sophia Ruan Gushée sits down with Alaknanda Nabar of Family of Light Holistic Center in Brooklyn, NY to learn from her family's healing journey with essential oils. Learn how to begin using them in your own home, precautions to take, and gain inspiration from this expert's amazing daily holistic care routine.

E3: Reducing EMF Exposures for Better Sleep and Health

Sophia Ruan Gushée sits down with Matthew Waletzke (Environmental Consultant) to learn about concerns over excessive electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures, and how we can gain clarity, wellbeing, and restorative sleep through reducing our EMF exposures in a few simple steps.

Click here to read podcast notes: Reducing EMFs.

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