Healthy Home

Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond: The Healthy Home, Part II, The Bathroom

April 20th, 2011

Continuing our journey through the book, “The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family From Hidden Household Dangers” Today we are taking a look at the bathroom. I have to say that I was blown away at some of the hidden toxins in products that I use every day. To reiterate Dr. Wentz’s recommendations: Read product labels and make changes as you can. Even changing one or two items out can have a profound impact on your health. Further, if you are pregnant or have infants or small children, be especially vigilant about what products you use for them.

Dr. Wentz makes the following recommendations:

Avoid phthalates and parabens in products, especially those in young children. Both substances can alter hormone systems and contribute to early pubertal changes in children, especially young girls.

Avoid products that contain formaldehydes and formaldehyde releasing agents. They will be listed as,

  • Quaternium 15
  • 2-bromo-2-nitropopane-1,3-diol
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • DMDM Hydantoin

He also suggests avoiding products that contain the following substances, especially around children,

  • Parabens
  • Mercury
  • Lead Acetate
  • Diethanolamine
  • Synthetic Colors (pigments)
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Coal Tar
  • Toluene
  • Phenylenediamine (PPD)
  • Petrolatum

So how did my bathroom fare? I can definitely make some changes. Some products I will change out while others I will limit. It’s entirely up to you, but limiting your exposure to many of the aforementioned substances is really important if you are pregnant or are using them on small children. So take a look at what was in my bathroom. If you have comments or suggestions for changes, share them with us in our comment section and get a free copy of the book! Any other comments or suggestions can be sent to

Mamas on Bedrest: “The Healthy Home” Part I : The Bedroom

April 7th, 2011

This video blog kicks off our series on the Best Selling Book “The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family From Hidden Household Dangers” by Dr. Myron Wentz and his son Dave Wentz. Bedrest Coach Darline Turner-Lee highlights tips on toxic safety in the bedroom, tips most pertinent to mamas on bed rest. Be one of the first 5 people to submit a comment or tip about having a healthy bedroom or steps you’re taking to make your bedroom healthier and win a copy of The Healthy Home. This giveaway ends at 6pm CDT Monday, April 11, 2011. If you miss this giveaway, don’t worry. The book is divided into 5 sections, according to each major room in the house and giveaways will accompany each room. If you want to explore how to make your home healthier while on bedrest, sign up for a Complimentary 30 minute Bedrest Breakthrough Session by sending an e-mail to

Mamas on Bedrest: How Healthy Is Your Home?

March 30th, 2011

I am still reeling from the shocking near death experience of little Oliver Gibson. It is every parent’s nightmare to think that their home could be a toxic environment for their children. And while most families take precautions with their pets when they are bringing baby home, (When I was having my children, I had an indoor cat and both she and I had to be tested for Toxoplasmosis, a parasite commonly found in cat feces. Adults with competent immune systems generally ward off Toxoplasmosis quite well. Infants with congenital toxoplasmosis may have permanent disability, such as blindness or learning disorders. In individuals with compromised immune systems, toxoplasmosis can be deadly.) who would have thought that pet turtles, housed in an aquarium in another room in the house, could pose such a deadly threat as infant botulism?

The Gibson story is a very somber reminder that toxins can exist everywhere and we parents have to be ever vigilant about what comes in and around our children and our homes. I cite this story to in no way point a finger of blame. The Gibsons, like all of us, did the best they could with the information with which they had to work. Even federal authorities in both the United Kingdom and other countries were equally baffled. It just goes to show how difficult it can be to know what is potentially harmful.

So I was really excited to receive a copy of  The Healthy Home by Dr. Myron Wentz and his son David Wentz. Dr. Wentz is a microbiologist and immunologist who developed the first commercially available diagnostic test for the Epstein-Barr Virus.  He has dedicated his life to studying first what makes us sick and now in his later years, what can make us well. He has taken his years of scientific expertise and compiled a small “handbook” in The Healthy Home of potentially harmful substances around the home.

This topic has really gotten my attention, so I am going to read the book, divided by rooms of the house, and blog about each section.  I am also going to gift 5 copies of the book, one for each room of the house (Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, Living areas, Garage and Yard) to readers who posts interesting comments to my blog posts and complete a 30 Minute Complimentary Bedrest Breakthrough Session.

The story of little Oliver Gibson really blew me away, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason. Oliver’s mama, Kris (Our Mama on Bedrest in Ireland) told me that because of Oliver’s case, authorities in the UK were able to finally solve another case of infant botulism in which there was no readily available cause. That infant had also been exposed to the particular kind of turtle Oliver had been exposed to and had also made a full recovery. So while devastating, Oliver’s ordeal has provided scientists around the world with new information.

I hope to raise awareness of potential dangers in the home with these blog posts based on The Healthy Home. For some of us, this will likely be a mind-blowing read. For others, it will be confirmation that what you are already doing is the best possible thing. In any event, knowledge is power and my goal is to empower every mama on bedrest-and beyond-to do the best possible for herself, her baby and her family. So watch for the blog posts and even if you don’t win one of the books, sign up for a 30 Minute Complimentary Bedrest Breakthrough Session Today!