Health & Lifestyle Choices

Health & Lifestyle ChoicesOnline audio programs, including presentations, panel discussions, documentary and online interviews, talk radio guest appearances, broadcast radio news and feature stories, green performances, and radio documentaries with a broad focus on reducing the use of toxic materials in consumer products, cleaning supplies, and home yards and gardens, shifting diets to local, organic, and whole foods, and adopting healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.

Specific topics include the health and environmental dangers toxic flame retardants pose as well as regulatory reform efforts to meet fire resistance standards without using them, why organic and whole foods matter and how the food giants research, analyze and engineer food to change our tastes, expectations and desires, and farm-to-school programs featuring fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. Also covered are topics including food choices that combat climate change, how to clean your home with natural substances, other things you can do to remove toxics from your home, yard, garden, and personal environment, the precautionary approach to chemical regulation, and safe disposal of toxic products.

Is Your Couch Making You Sick? Interview with Arlene Blum. As the director of the Green Science Policy Institute, Arlene Blum talks about the fight to get toxic flame retardants out of our sofas and tells us everything we need to know about protecting our families. Listen Here >>

The Fresh Food Movement. David Steinman interviews Alexandra Gross. Individuals and grassroots organizations in rural and urban areas are on a mission to provide good food to people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. For example, farm-to-school programs have become options for thousands of school districts and food service programs are integrating fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms or from campus or community gardens into their menus. Listen Here >>

KCSB Sustainable World. Interview with Dave Wann. Much of the discussion is focused on Wann’s book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. Wann explains how social connections, good health, contact with nature, stimulating work, leisure time, and great neighborhoods represent our real wealth. By rethinking monster houses, excessive airplane travel, feedlot meat, and suburbs-without-stores, we can reduce our ecological footprint. Listen Here >>

The Climate Opportunity: Help the Planet While Improving Your Life! Interview with Laura Stec. This two-hour special is co-hosted by Beth Green and Dr. Grant Deane of University of California at San Diego. It includes an interview with Laura Stec, who as a chef, consultant and author shows us how to shop and eat for great taste, better health AND the climate. Listen Here >>

Better Living through Chemistry? Interview with Steven Gilbert & Rich Grady. We depend on chemicals in consumer products to perform as expected, and to be safe. But our regulatory system is not adequately protecting us from potential hazards in our food cans, diapers, shower curtains, baby bottles, and other consumer products. This interview includes discussion of the need for better regulation of consumer products, the precautionary approach to chemical regulation, and the importance of state-level policy change. Listen Here >>

Eight Steps To Improving Your Food Choices. Interview with Annie B. Bond. The author of True Food: 8 Simple Steps to a Healthier You, Bond discusses why slow, local, organic, and whole food matters, for both your health and the Earth. Listen Here >>

Do You Want Delicious Food, a Healthier Body, Mind, Spirit AND a Healthier Planet? Interview with Laura Stec. Stec explains how we can have more delicious food, healthier bodies and combat climate change all at once. She’s got a 6-pronged program that offers many alternatives. You’re bound to find something that works for you, whether it’s the way you shop, eat, cook or treat the soil. Listen Here >>

Tips For A Toxic Free Home. Interview with Annie B. Bond. The best-selling author of five books, including Better Basics for the Home and Home Enlightenment, Bond talks about the most important things you can do to remove toxics from your home, yard and garden, and personal environment. Listen Here >>

Salt Sugar Fat. Matt Levine interviews Michael Moss. Investigative journalist Moss, best-selling author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, talks about why you can’t stop eating those chips or cookies, about the ways America’s food giants research, analyze and engineer food to change our tastes, expectations and desires. Listen Here >>

The Wendel Forum: The Dangers of Flame Retardants. Interview with Arlene Blum. Flame retardants, which are used in electronics, furniture and baby products, are similar to PCBs and DDT, toxic chemicals that were banned decades ago. Blum explains that they pose serious, long-term health concerns because they alter hormone levels, damage reproductive organs, impair thyroid glands, and change DNA. These chemicals continuously migrate out of products. In the case of couches, for example, they emit toxic dust even when no one is sitting on a couch. Listen Here >>

Toxic Free Cleaning Basics. Interview with Annie B. Bond. Discussion of how to clean your home with natural substances you probably have in your kitchen, plus a few more that are easy to find and inexpensive. Bond is the best-selling author of five books, including Better Basics for the Home and Home Enlightenment. Listen Here >>

Canned Food Chemicals & Sleep On An Organic Mattress. David Steinman interviews Harriet Weinstein and Walt Bader. Weinstein, contributor to “E Environment” magazine, talks about the chemicals in canned food and Bader, author of “Sleep Safe in a Toxic World,” talks about the health benefits of organic mattresses. Listen Here >>

Women's Voices: Health Impacts of Chemical Flame Retardants. Interview with Arlene Blum. Janie Rezner's guest on Women's Voices, KZYX, is environmental health scientist Arlene Blum. Chemical flame retardants are found in almost all upholstered furniture, Blum explains. Flame retardants are associated with an assortment of health concerns, and a recent study found these chemicals in the blood of every child tested. You may choose to throw out your couch after hearing what Blum has to say. Listen Here >>

Natural Solutions For Bugs. Interview with Annie B. Bond. Bond has been researching and writing about safe DIY alternatives to toxic products for more than twenty years. On this show, Bond and her interviewer Debra Lynn Dadd discuss how to control pests, including ticks, mosquitoes and other summertime bugs. Listen Here >>

Green Clean Your Home With These Non-Toxic Tips. Interview with Linda Mason Hunter. Co-author of Green Clean (a step-by-step guide to cleaning your home with non-toxic, eco-friendly products), Hunter gives great advice on how to dispose of traditional, possibly toxic cleaning products. She suggests three basic ingredients to make your home sparkle: baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and vegetable-based soap. She also talks about the pros and cons of Borax, an old-fashioned, yet now controversial cleaning product. Listen Here >>

Method To The Madness. Interview with Arlene Blum. Lisa Kiefer interviews Blum, co-founder of the Green Science Policy Institute, author, environmental scientist, and record-setting mountaineer, about her battle against dangerous carcinogens in California furniture. Listen Here >>

How Toxins Impact Our Lives. Interview with Elizabeth Grossman. Discussion of the everyday toxics to which we are exposed, including both new technologies such as nanotech as well as more familiar products such as cosmetics, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and textiles. Grossman offers tips on what we all can do right now to reduce our exposure to toxins. Listen Here >> | Part 2 >>

Furniture Makers Getting Rid Of Flame Retardants In Their Products. Interview with Arlene Blum. Blum explains the dangers of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (or PBDEs) used as flame retardants, and describes regulatory reform efforts to allow furniture makers to meet fire resistance standards without using them. Listen Here >>

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