Archive for the ‘Toxins’ category

Botulism – A True Story

Posted January 17th, 2015 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

bot·u·lism – ˈbäCHəˌlizəm/noun – Food poisoning caused by a bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly sterilized canned meats and other preserved foods. Many homesteaders tell me they are concerned about canning their own foods, for fear of getting sick. The concern is valid and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many food born illnesses reported each year. […]

Prescription Mattresses?

Posted July 24th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

When my son entered middle school he was 5’6” and wore a size twelve shoe. He’d grown out of his bed, and needed a desk for the pending workload. It was time for some new furniture, but his room is tiny so we opted for a futon to maximize space and give him room to […]

What the heck is Wrong with these pears?

Posted May 30th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

My family eats mostly organic. We grow a lot of our own produce, and shop at natural food stores for the rest. The other day I was running late so I stopped at a big-name grocery store on the way home to pick up dinner and some fruit for the week. Pears are my favorite, […]

E-Waste Debate

Posted November 21st, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

With the holiday season upon us, and noting electronics are at the top of many people’s list, I find this to be a timely discussion. Debate Question Should manufactures and retailers be required to take back all of the electronic items they sell when people are done with them?

NEW! The “Clean Lists” Page

Posted February 20th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Do you ever wonder what’s in your sunscreen, shampoo, laundry detergent, water, the food you eat? I do. All the time. So, I thought I’d share some of the lists I refer to on a regular basis to keep my family and my home as toxin free as possible. Click the “Clean Lists” tab on […]

Fracking Debate

Posted May 17th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (1).

It can be overwhelming trying to understand some of our modern day environmental issues. We read myriad articles but who has time to keep it all straight. I do. And now you can also with my new “Debates” series. I’ll be taking a few of the hottest environmental issues and researching both sides for you. […]

Would You Rather Die Instantly or Slowly?

Posted April 25th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I have been researching the 60’s in preparation for my first book, scheduled to be available on Earth Week 2013. Durning this process I came across a photo, in a 1968 newspaper, of a 12 year old boy who had tied a lawn chair to his skateboard and was riding it down a very big […]

Book & Movie Reviews

Posted March 29th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I get countless inquiries every year asking me “what I read.” I can’t think of a better place than my blog to provide a list of good reads and pics on contemporary environmental issues and sustainability. Enjoy.

Shop Local – It Matters

Posted February 23rd, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Many communities have launched “Buy Local” campaigns with good reason. Research shows that for every $100 you spend in your community, $68 of it stays local versus only $23 from chain stores. That difference goes to create jobs, services, parks, sponsor kids’ soccer teams, and so on. But if that’s not enough to convince you […]

Fire retardants surround you every day. They’re in your car, couch, carpet padding, curtains, mattress, pillow, computer, TV, remotes, DVR, VCR, printer, office chair, hair dryer, kitchen appliances and on and on. A recent study by Friends of the Earth discovered 67% of all upholstered furniture tested in stores and 52% of furniture tested in […]