Use a Water Purifier. Get an
under-sink Reverse Osmosis system with
charcoal filters for kitchen use and get
a filtered shower head to remove
chemicals for showers and baths. (www.kinetico.com
2. For House Air: Use
a Good Air Purifier. Get a High Quality
Vacuum Cleaner with a Hepa
filter. Clean Furnace and AC Filters
often. Fix Gas Leaks. Use Electric/Solar
Heat when possible. 1-800-787-8780
3. For Food:
pesticided, genetically engineered or
irradiated foods. Buy organic foods,
especially lowest-fat, free-range, and
“How to Avoid Genetically Modified
Foods”, by Jeffrey Smith.
4. For Cooking:
Do not use or have a microwave.
· Use an
electric toaster oven for
fast heating. They can be found for
about $20.00 but larger, high-quality
convection ovens can cost from $50 to
Popcorn: Get an air popper or use a
ceramic or glass pot with oil in bottom
and pour in organic corn kernels. Cover,
heat, stir and shake until no popping.
· Do Not Use Plastic Wrap: The chemicals
in plastic wrap can leach into contents
of foods and beverages.
5. For Sweeteners:
Use a natural sweetener such as honey or
pure maple syrup. Do Not use synthetic
sweeteners as Aspartame or Saccharine.
Try Stevia liquid for sweetener.
· For 1 cup sugar substitute 1/3 to 1/2
tsp powder or 1/2 to3/4 tsp of the
· For Xilitol use 3/4 cup for 1 cup sugar,
· For honey use 1/2 cup but lower recipe
liquid by 1/8 to 1/4 cup. (from
“Beating Cancer with Nutrition” by Pat
Quillin 760 804 5703).
Use no aluminum (pots or rice cookers).
Preferred is glass, ceramic coated steel
(find good used ones at estate sales) or
heavy stainless steel. Use no
aluminum foil for food storage or
cooking. Use no Styrofoam or
soft plastic for storage of water,
beverages or food.
7. For Plastic:
Try not to eat or store
in plastic. Try to buy foods, such as
mayonnaise, catsup, maple syrup, etc.,
in glass. Complain to the store manager
if not available. Hard plastic
is better than soft. Look on bottom of
container, #5 is best. Do not store cold
liquids in plastic in the freezer. Do
not heat or store hot liquids or foods
in plastic containers.
Use glass, as much as possible.
· Do not drink from
(soda pop/beer). Aluminum is
associated with Alzheimer’s.
· Avoid brominated ingredients (look for
word containing “brom” in ingredients).
· Avoid benzoates with citric acid
(vitamin C) in soda pop as benzenes have
been reported to cause illness.
For Household Cleaning:
Avoid typical ammonia, dishwasher
detergents, drain cleaners, toilet
cleaners, car wash tar and grease
removers. Avoid pine or products that
contain toxic phenol. Air fresheners can
contain formaldehyde and this can cause
· Buy safer cleaning agents (use baking
soda & white vinegar, 7th
Generation-Bi O Kleen-Earth Friendly).
· Try Safe-Tee Chem Products (Phoenix: 480
968 6828), PST for oven cleaners, grease
removers, household cleaners, carpet
spotters, glass cleaners or try health
food store products.
· For soap: Dr. Bronner’s soaps, Kiss My
Face. Use no antibacterial Triclosan
soaps (liver damage)
· For laundry bleach: (use hydrogen
peroxide-35% from www lighth2o2use.com).
· For disinfectant: (use 35% H2O2
· For deodorizers: (as air fresheners, try
a citrus essential oil, ECCO Mist),
· For scouring powder: Bon Ami (not the
· For candles: use organic natural wax and
· Use no regular fabric softeners
(problems because of fragrances, benzyl
acetate, chloroform and pentane). These
can damage lungs, brain and cause cancer
To soften fabrics add 1 cup plain baking
soda to each wash.
Do not buy plywood or synthetic filled
cushions. Use all natural wood, hard
plastic, metal, glass and find natural
stuffing and covers if possible.
For Mattresses and Bedding:
Do not use urethane, polyester,
form-fitting, synthetic or smelly pesticided mattresses or pillows. Do not
use feather pillows or comforters
because of allergy.
Allow no boric acid, antimony,
formaldehyde or glass fibers to be used
in on any newly purchased mattresses as
a flame retardant. This might be very
challenging because the laws passed in (
July 2007) stating that toxic flame
retardant chemicals such as (boric acid,
antimony and formaldehyde) can be used
in newer mattresses, and a new law is to
be passed in 2008 which will include
these same toxic chemicals in many other
stuffed items such as furniture,
pillows, comforters, etc.
· If you want an inexpensive safe pillow,
try some 100% well-washed cotton towels
in a pillow case.
· If you cannot afford a costly organic
cotton mattress, make your own with
thick layers of washed organic flannel
sheets sown together. Put into a organic
barrier cloth cotton mattress cover.
Avoid smelly linoleum, soft vinyl or
synthetic (4 phenylcyclohexene, styrene
and butyl rubber used as backing). Also,
avoid moth or stain resistant carpets,
use hard tile or ceramic tile, wood,
natural cotton or woolen carpets. Use
safe carpet pads and glue.707 571 1229 (www.naturalhomeproducts.com)
or Colin Campbell carpets (www.naturescarpet.com)
at 604 734 2758.
For Home Heating: Watch
for natural gas leaks from stoves, water
heaters or furnaces. Watch for oil leaks
in garage and basement or when oil or
kerosene is used for heating. Watch for
illness while putting gasoline in the
car. Avoid the fumes from all these
heating materials because they contain
hydrocarbons which can cause many forms
of allergy, such as asthma, headaches,
arthritis, fatigue as well as changes in
behavior, activity and memory.
Buy no polyester (formaldehyde in this
fabric can cause cancer), pesticide-free
or GE fabrics. Wear all natural clothing
(wool, silk, rami) and avoid all
treated, wrinkle–free, stain resistant
or pesticided cotton.
For Dry Cleaning:
Chemicals (chloroethylenes) used in
dry-cleaned clothes can cause cancer.
Air out and store freshly dry cleaned
clothing in a spare bedroom. Find
“green” non-toxic cleaners.
Use no mothballs or naphthalene.
Try essential oils such as cedar, clove,
mint or orange. Buy some vacuum zip
garment plastic storage bags. Larger
chain, grocery or linen stores usually
For Personal Care Products:
Lotions, creams, lipstick moisturizers*
can contain cancer causing
ingredients. Beware of lauryl sulfate, DEA cocamide,
Quaternium 15, PRG40, propylene glycol
(antifreeze), glycerine & talc. Watch
your perfumes (Read S. Epsteins
“Unreasonable Risk” 800 638 7819 and
“Cancer Gate”). Buy body products at
Health stores and use organic coconut (www.mercola.com)
or jojoba oil as a moisturizer. Use no
regular fingernail polish or remover.
They’re probably safer if purchased from
Health Food Stores.
For Sanitary Products:
Use only natural because some sanitary
products can be bleached white with
dioxin (like Agent Orange). Buy
Essentials or other safer products from
Health Food Stores because the bleach
used to whiten some sanitary products
has been reported to be related to rise
For Hair Coloring:
Use no regular hair dyes. Some can
cause cancer. Use natural hair dyes
(health stores, such as VitalWave) or
20. For Toothpaste:
Use no fluoridated toothpaste. A
pea-sized amount of fluoridated
toothpaste has been reported to be
unsafe for a 7 year old child if
swallowed. Use only organic toothpaste
from health food stores. (There
are also reports that it is unwise to
have it in our water supply.) Dr
Robert Bernardini’s book, “Truth About
Children’s Health” - 800 366 3748.
21. For Diapers:
Best, by far, is to use diaper service
and natural cotton diapers. Disposable
diapers contain plastic in the form of bisphenol-A which is reported to make
male infants more effeminate. Use
Tushies (Health Stores) for infants.
Also beware of perfumed or excessively
smelly baby wipes.
22. For Pests and Weeds:
Use only organic pest and lawn control.
See your local phone book for safer pest
· For safer pest control check,
with a free internet book -“The Bug
It is possible to become ill from the
chemical (pyrethroids with piperonyl
butoxide) used for fogging to kill
infected mosquitoes. There are also some
questions about the chemicals used to
control the light brown apple moth in
California. Chemicals which are claimed
to be safe, plus those used for weed
control, appear to cause asthma, rashes,
tremors or spasms, headaches, problems
thinking clearly, swollen painful lymph
nodes, numbness and burning or skin and
extremities, diabetes, thyroid problems
and cancer. Some children become
hyperactive, fatigued or act
inappropriately if accidentally sprayed.
These chemicals can sometimes be toxic
to birds, fish, mammals, and beneficial
insects like bees.
· If they are spraying in your area, go to
another sector of town the night they
spray. Do not allow dogs outside on the
lawn and keep children off the lawns for
at least 24 hours. Turn off your home
air-conditioner. If you must stay home,
keep windows shut and sealed and use a
fan in the bedroom (mosquitoes do not
like a breeze.) Use safer insect skin
repellents such as Bite Blocker, or All
Terrain Herbal Armor (5 oils to deter
bites). There are reports suggesting
that preparations that contain high
concentrations of Deet should be avoided
and be careful if used on sunburned
Illness can be caused by exposures from
computers, cell phones, nearby high
power wires, TV cable or radio towers
· You can
put a button on your cell phone, Get
from Naturx 480 361 8410 or Bio Pro
· You can
wear of lovely necklace disc that will
help protect you. Rene at (310) 821-4506
· If children are exposed near power lines
to 2 milligauss (mG) or more, there are
reports they can be more prone to
leukemia and brain tumors. Get a meter
and measure your home, school or work
exposure or call an expert. See
· If very
exposed, MOVE to a different safer
· No need to
get a cover on your new computer. But if
your computer is very old, you will need
a screen for the monitor. They cost
24. For Art Materials:
Avoid chemical marking pens, or smelly
crayons that have a food aroma.
Non-toxic ones are often available.
For Reading Materials:
Avoid smelly, shiny, white paper in
certain books or newspapers (especially
the colored sectors) because the ink,
dyes and chemicals in the paper can
cause illness. Spread out books or
papers and carefully heat items in oven
to get rid of odor.
For Dental Care:
Allow only ceramic, never mercury or
metal fillings. . There can be a
problem later on because of the toxicity
of the metals. Some believe the mercury
on a mother’s teeth plus that found in
vaccines has been a factor related to
the alarming rise in autism. No root
For a Safer Home, Consider This:
Check with your health department for
safe areas to live in your city. Never
live in a moldy home, near an expressway
or over a toxic dump site. Do not live,
work or buy near high-power electric
wires, TV stations and cell phone
towers. Radiation can be very bad. Move,
if your city or town is badly polluted
with factory odors or if there are too
many high power wires or sources of
radiation. If you go away and are well
and go back home and are continually
sick, something in the home can be a
factor. It can be less expensive and
healthier to simply move.
For Infant, Child or Adult Vaccinations:
Allow no immunizations until you have
read the pros and cons of each type of
vaccine. Spread the shots out and do not
receive multiple ones at one time. Do
not allow another vaccination if you
have concerns about the previous one.
Toxic metal-related brain damage has
been reported since 1991. Less
mercury in vaccines = less autism in the
minds of many health professionals. The
Amish, who do not vaccinate, have no
autism. I personally believe it is one
major factor related to autism. Read
books and see videos 440 268 0897 - by
Dr. S. Tenpenny. Call 703 938 0342 or
Nat.Vacc.Imm.Comm. for more information.
29. Become Proactive. All of us must
become much more active by sharing
information with as many people as possible because we all can be seriously
hurt by chemicals. Also, share what we
can do about it. We must have an immense
e-mail data base of aware and concerned
people so we can notify politicians and
decision makers all over the world if
and when they are going to pollute in
ways to harm everyone. The water and air
know no borders. We can save this planet
and our people, but only if we unite and
insist on much less pollution or our
air, water, foods, homes, schools and
These tips will be available in an
expanded book form in the future. Read
“Our Toxic World, A Wake up Call”
and “Is This Your Child’s World?”
NATURAL HOME SUBSTITUTES
Cleaning the House Safely by Elizabeth
Five basic nontoxic ingredients that can
be used as cleansing agents:
These ingredients, supplemented with
vegetable-oil- based soaps, lemon juice,
herbs or toothpaste, can be mixed
together and used to bring a natural,
economical and safe shine to your home.
* baking soda
* washing soda
* white vinegar
Here are some of the compounds you can
- Mix 1/2 cup borax (a natural mineral
that kills mold and bacteria) with 1 gallon hot water.
- Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Steep
for 10 minutes, strain and cool.
- Store in a recycled plastic spray
Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons
For greasy floors, add 1/4 cup washing
soda and 1 tablespoon
vegetable-oil-based soap to the above
Mix 1 cup vinegar with 4 cups hot water.
Wood furniture cleaner:
To remove mildew from bathtubs, bathroom
curtains and tile, make a mixture of:
one-half cup vinegar, one-half cup of
Borax cleaning detergent and 2 cups of
water. Pour it on the dirty areas and
let it sit for a few minutes, and then
scrub with a cloth. If mildew is still
visible, use the mixture twice.
Clean the toilet bowl: Combine equal
parts of baking soda, Borax cleaning
detergent and white vinegar. Pour
generously around the bowl and scrub
with a brush. Or leave it over night if
Removing crayon, pencil or ink from
To remove crayon, pencil or ink marks
from the walls (without removing paint),
take about 2 tablespoons of baking soda
and mix in water. Dip a white wash rag
in the solution and rub the marks away.
Wipe away excess baking soda with the
Removing crayon, pencil or ink from
· To remove blood stains, combine one
quart of Borax cleaning detergent with
two cups of cold water. Rinse stained
clothing item in cold water, and scrub
in warm water with your hands. Then dip
in solution and wash by hand.
Coffee and chocolate stains:
· To get crisp results when ironing
clothes, combine 1-2 tablespoons of
cornstarch in one pint of water. Pour
into a spray bottle, shake and spray
clothes before ironing.
· To keep bugs out of flour, pasta, rice,
pancake mix and other wheat products,
put 2 to 3 bay leaves in the containers.
· Rather than pesticides, you might foil
roaches by placing bay leaves around
cracks in the room and leaving out
dishes of equal parts baking soda and
powdered sugar. The last resort is a mix
of powered sugar and boric acid (a
· For other pests, a soapy water spray can
be an insecticide, and a shallow pan
filled with stale beer will kill snails
· To protect the family pet, alternatives
to toxic flea collars include eucalyptus
ointment, herbal baths and a pinch of
brewer's yeast or Vitamin B with dinner.
· To remove grease or hair from the drain,
use equal parts of vinegar, salt and
baking soda. Pour mixture down the drain
and let stand for 15 minutes. Then pour
boiling water down the drain.