Now More Than Ever...

You're reading this because your health is important to you. You're reading this because you recognize that health is more than just a good diet and exercise. You're reading this because you know that addressing the toxins in our lives is a non-negotiable. But now more than ever, we need to be proactive about addressing the chemical toxins in our lives, and I want to share with you just a few reasons why I believe this in my bones: (this is a lengthy, but juicy post, so hunker down! Note, I also get a little ranty!)   1. FERTILITY: Both maleREAD MORE

Greenwashing at the Green Festival?

Last weekend my fantastic assistant Lisa Fiorvante and I attended the NYC Green Festival. This event, hosted in a number of cities around the country is a project of Green America and Global Exchange which aims provide a platform for organizations & business to showcase their programs and products to forward thinking, socially, ethically, and environmentally conscious consumers. Just our kind of place! While this event didn't focus specifically on the issue of "environmental toxins", being a "green festival" meant that nearly all the vendors there were offering programs or products that were connected to this conversation. This part ofREAD MORE

Lifelong Learning & Chemical Headlines You Need To Read

As a health coach, you’re in a constant state of learning - about food, nutrition, the human body... about your clients, human behavior, and motivation.... and about running a business, staying competitive, and being profitable. Because of our need and desire to be “in the know” in so many areas, we must be in a perpetual state of learning. Some people might balk at this idea, but we don’t! Health coaches are a rare breed of people committed to lifelong learning, and discovery. I pride myself on having a stronger desire to learn now, than I ever have before inREAD MORE

How do I get rid of what’s already in me?

If I had to write down the most frequently asked questions about environmental toxins, ‘how do I get rid of what’s already inside me’ would surely top the list. This is an important question, and definitely the most obvious one when thinking about chemical-build up in the body. Just this past week I attended a lecture at the New York Academy of Medicine that addressed in part environmental toxins presence in human breast milk. Sitting behind me was Doula and Lactation Consultant who asked about how someone can remove toxins that have built up, and is there ever a pointREAD MORE

Hormones & Chemicals - Small Doses Matter

Did you know that there are around 70,000 checmials in the US that exhibit hormonal effects in the body? Yikes! Couple chronic toxic exposure with poor eating habits, too much sugar and processed foods, not enough exercise, stress of everyday life, and we've got a recipe for some seriously out of balance hormones. This hormonal imbalance is likely at the root of most people's weight problems, infertility, reduced sex drive, increased cancer risks, and could very likely be a significant factor in increases in childhood diseases and developmental and behavioral problems. Although I'm not the hormonal exerpt that Andrea NakayamaREAD MORE

BPA-FREE? Not so fast...

A few weeks back I posted about Bisphenol-A - the chemical plasticizer that also has the misfortune of being a synthetic estrogen. (That just doesn't sound good). This is a chemical that's used, among a number of other places, in clear, hard polycarbonate plastics. Think: Brita Water Pitchers, food processor bowls, and yes, your fancy and much loved VitaMix or Blendtec blenders. BPA's history as a synthetic estrogen goes way back to the 1930's where it was actually used as pharmaceutical hormone before being replaced with the more potent and way more horribly devastating chemical DES. But BPA found aREAD MORE

Hold up a minute Stanford…!

I'll start by saying that I'm not going to write another analysis of the Stanford study - there's enough of that going around as it is! (want to read some of the better comments made that punched holes in their study? click here for a fantastic, Grist breakdown. What I am going to do is highlight a little bit of the other side of the story that Stanford conveniently left out. You know, the big glaringly obvious PESTICIDES piece. Here's the deal. There are over 800 MILLION pounds and around 17,000 different kinds of pesticides used in the US eachREAD MORE

What These Coaches Know That You Need To...& Why!

Last March, 84 “early adopter” health coaches jumped on board for my very first Tools For Teaching Toxicity™ training program and they loved it! This was the first wave on coaches to be transformed by this need-to-know, but not-really-addressed-anywhere-else information, and what they learned has shifted things in their practice in a big way. Here are three stories of health coaches who absolutely understand the value of this information, both personally and professionally! “Lara, I was always very interested in the toxin subject, but I just couldn't get it together enough to use it with my clients. Telling them notREAD MORE

Lara Recommends: EWG’s Dirty Dozen

If you’ve not already checked out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen checklist, I can’t recommend it enough! While 100% organic, or as close to it as possible is ideal - it’s not always possible and it’s not always affordable. For times when you have to be selective about what foods to buy organic, it’s a good idea to have the newest version of the Dirty Dozen list on hand. Thankfully the EWG has a handy iphone app so you’ll never be without it. Even if you don’t have a smart phone you can still download the guide, print itREAD MORE

Organics... Is it worth it??

Organic foods have skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years - they went from a not so shabby $3.6 billion in sales in 1997 to a whopping $21.1 billion in 2008, and are steadily rising still.  Clearly a lot of people are on board. Conscientious parents all over the country are making the switch to organic foods for themselves and their kids. Whether they know the details of just what harm pesticides are capable of inflicting or not, they still have a strong gut feeling that avoiding pesticides is the smartest thing they can do for their kids. ButREAD MORE