Wellness Information


Nutrition/Water

  • Willett, Walter C. Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy. 2001.
  • Brand-Miller, Jennie. The New Glucose Revolution. 2001.
  • Blaylock, Russell L. Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. Health Press. 1997.
  • Avoid MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, aspartame (NutraSweet®, diet soda)
  • Avoid soft plastic water bottles as they may leach chemicals into the water they contain.  Do not freeze the bottles with water in them as this increases the release of dioxins from the plastic.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables well, especially if not organic.  Options include:
    • Fill sink with cold water or a few drops of Pure Castile Soap (available at most health food stores), dip produce in solution, scrub with vegetable brush, rinse.
    • Soak produce in sink half-filled with cold water with 1 tablespoon of food-grade hydrogen peroxide for 5-15 minutes (shorter time for thin skinned produce) and rinse.
    • Soak produce in 1 gallon cold water with 1 teaspoon unscented Clorox® Regular bleach for 5-15 minutes, then rinse for 5 minutes under cold, running water.
    • Veggie Wash® spray (100% natural fruit and vegetable ingredients) 1-800-451-7096
  • Green disc for crisper drawers in refrigerator (neutralizes ethylene gas) - ExtraLife Produce Preserver discs
  • Wild salmon.
  • Pasture raised meat and poultry - Freeman Homestead 716-672-8022; available here 
  • Meat-Label Lingo
    • Free range only means that the animals have ACCESS to the outdoors (it could be one small door to the outdoors in a large coop); it does not necessarily mean that the animals feed on grass as opposed to corn meal.
    • Natural means only no artificial ingredients or added color; it does not mean no antibiotics or no hormones.
    • Grass-fed does not necessarily mean no antibiotics
    • Animal Welfare Approved means no antibiotics are used for growth promotion or disease prevention, but may be used to treat sick animals.
    • Certified Humane means no antibiotics are used for growth promotion or disease prevention.
    • No antibiotics means no antibiotics used at all, including no antibiotics for treatment.
  • Look here for report card of most and least pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables (Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen)
  • Community supported agriculture - Porter Farms - 757-6823
  • Farmers & Artisans
  • Consider a shower head filter - the chlorine absorbed by the body during a 10 minute shower is approximately equivalent to the amount in 2 gallons of chlorinated water. Available here.
  • Consider a bath faucet filter - Available here or here.
  • Water filter for the kitchen sink (Consumer Reports. 2/12. 44-45; 5/10. 33-35; 5/07. 38-40). To choose a water filter effective for specific contaminants (based upon testing of your water supply), go here and search for “water filters.”

Air/light

  • Golos, Natalie.  Success in the Clean Bedroom.
  • Rea, Bill. Your Home, Your Health, Your Wellbeing.
  • Vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter or water capture
  • Humidifier to maintain humidity at 35% - 55%.
    • Clean daily, as dirty machines can release bacteria from standing water into the air, potentially causing human illness (Consumer Reports. January 2016. Page 9).
    • Every day, drain, rinse, and dry.
    • Every week, remove any visible residue with vinegar, disinfect with a bleach solution, following the manufacturer's instructions, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Plants
    • Spider plant removes carbon monoxide
    • Boston ferns, chrysanthemums, striped Dracaena, rubber plants, and dwarf date palms remove formaldehyde (found in new carpets, acrylic paints, particle board).
    • Peace lily removes benzene (found in dry-cleaned clothing and oil-based paints).
    • Draceana removes trichlorethylene (released by photocopiers and printers).
    • Areca palm removes toluene (found in nail polish, perfume, permanent markers).
  • Dry-cleaning - avoid perchlorethylene, or air out clothes in garage after cleaning. Look here for alternatives
  • Avoid scented candles because they create more soot when burned (lead wicks now banned in this country).
  • Avoid permanent press sheets, clothing, and curtains, as well as pressed wood products - they may emit formaldehyde fumes.
  • Other sources of indoor pollution include gas appliances, air fresheners, aerosol sprays, moth crystals, stored paints and solvents, gardening chemicals and pesticides, bottles of perfume and household cleaning products, incense.
  • Consider obtaining a measurement of radon gas levels in the basement. Information available here. 96 hour collection kits available at Home Depot; 90 day collection kits are sold online.
  • Have chimneys checked regularly and ventilation in house assessed by an expert – more information here or 317-837-5362.
  • Consider full spectrum light bulbs

Electromagnetic Frequencies

  • Move the clock radio away from the bed at least 12 inches because the EMFs interfere with the release of melatonin in the brain.
  • Consider a Trifield® meter to measure EMFs in the home or workplace.  Consider wristwatches embedded with a unique electronic chip for EMF protection. Available here.

Supplements

  • NCCAM fact sheets and alerts and advisories available here.  
  • KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN – VITAMINS, HERBS AND ESSENTIAL OILS DO NOT HAVE SAFETY TOPS

Spirituality

  • Unity Prayer Line 1-800-669-7729
  • Temagami Vision Quest every summer in remote Canadian wilderness - Vision Quest c/o David and Cynthia Knudson; PO Box 478; St. Peters, PA 19470   (610-469-4661)    

Medication Savings

  • Don't always use your health insurance, as some chains and big-box stores offer generics for as little as $10 for a 90 day supply, which may be less than the co-pay with insurance.
  • Seek a 90-day prescription for maintenance medications
  • If paying cash, always ask if the store can offer a better price (and independent pharmacies often have flexibility in this regard). Use the websites Blink Health or GoodRx  to learn the "fair price" of a medication.
  • Note that prices are often higher at chain pharmacies than at big-box stores or independents
  • Note that on Consumer Reports surveys, Costco often offers the best price, and you don't need to be a member to use its pharmacy.
  • If you use an internet pharmacy, use only those which clearly display the VIPPS symbol, which indicates that it is a Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site.
    • Check nabp.net to find accredited sites.
    • BEWARE that sites which refer to themselves as "Canadian" are often not Canadian, and may be selling counterfeit products.

Miscellaneous

Medical Identification Bracelet available here or 1-800-363-5985

Animal Nutrition - available here

Animal Welfare - beware of definition of free range (daily access to the outdoors),  strive to eat “grass-fed” beef and poultry

Gardening - avoid fertilizers containing bone meal or blood meal (there is a possibility these could cause prion disease)

Organic plant food is preferable to synthetic fertilizers

Insect repellants

  • DEET on exposed skin or over clothing, but not under clothing. Look for products with 15-30% DEET, as testing has shown that products with > 30% DEET are no more effective (Consumer Reports. July 2015. Pg. 35; August 2005. Pg. 6).
  • Permethrin sprayed on clothing is effective for up to two weeks (Consumer Reports on Health. 8/04).
  • Repellants with 20% picaridin (Cutter Advanced ®) are effective, based on Consumer Reports testing.
  • Repellants with 30% oil of lemon eucalyptus (Repel ®) are effective, based on Consumer Reports testing.
  • Dr Andrew Weil recommends products with gerianol, available as BugBand
  • Consider thiamine 500 mg/day, based on anecdotes in Alaska

Educational material by diagnosis: available here and here

Public and private assistance online here and here

Resources

  • Consumer Reports for information on environmentally friendly and economical products, as well as groups that accept broken products; and here (by subscription) for information on over 60 common and serious medical conditions.
  • Environmental Working Group.
    • Dirty Dozen’ foods most contaminated with pesticides here
    • Data on safety of thousands of skin care products
  • Tools for Wellness for information on and sale of wellness-promoting items (EMF measuring devices, sleep masks, air ionizers, wrist watches with imbedded chips, cell phone diodes).

Page Updated July 3, 2017