Articles By: Britta Britta

Phthalates Linked with Childhood Asthma, and Many Other Health Problems

Phthalates Linked with Childhood Asthma, and Many Other Health Problems

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Phthalates Linked with Childhood Asthma, and Many Other Health Problems Phthalates cause health problems. The evidence continues to come in. Here’s the latest: a study from the University of Columbia reports that exposure to phthalates in personal care products and

Overwhelmed by Which Cosmetics are Safe and Which Aren’t? 5 Easy Steps for the Everyday Person

Overwhelmed by Which Cosmetics are Safe and Which Aren’t? 5 Easy Steps for the Everyday Person

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  Overwhelmed by Which Cosmetics are Safe and Which Aren’t? You Don’t Have to Be a Chemist —5 Easy Steps for the Everyday Person I’ve done several presentations now to help people reduce their toxic exposure in life. I talk

Could Your Gel Manicure Leave You with Nerve Damage or Skin Cancer?

Could Your Gel Manicure Leave You with Nerve Damage or Skin Cancer?

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Could Your Gel Manicure Leave You with Nerve Damage or Skin Cancer? I got a very disturbing comment from one of our Cinco Vidas readers a little bit ago. After reading it, I felt really angry that more isn’t done

Check Out My Safe Shopping Recommendations in WVE’s Non-Toxic Guide!

Check Out My Safe Shopping Recommendations in WVE’s Non-Toxic Guide!

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Check Out My Safe Shopping Recommendations in WVE’s Non-Toxic Guide! I was really excited when our friends at Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) asked me to submit my favorite non-toxic, safe gift ideas. They have done a great job

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Generators After Hurricane Sandy

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Generators After Hurricane Sandy

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Generators After Hurricane Sandy—Keep Yours Away from the House If you’re one of the millions who lost power during hurricane Sandy, and since then have been using a generator or other alternative mode of power or

12 Natural Solutions for Eczema

12 Natural Solutions for Eczema

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12 Natural Solutions for Eczema Did you know that about 1 in 18 people in the U.S. have eczema? That’s about 15 million people suffering from this itchy, inflammation of the skin. Eczema, also called “atopic dermatitis,” causes dry, patchy

10 Ways to Enjoy a Green, Non-Toxic Holiday

10 Ways to Enjoy a Green, Non-Toxic Holiday

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10 Ways to Enjoy a Green, Non-Toxic Holiday Its obvious consumers around the world are getting smarter about going green, and are looking to buy more environmentally friendly and sustainable products. We’re also growing more aware of the waste we’re

8 Ways to Detox Physically and Mentally Every Day

8 Ways to Detox Physically and Mentally Every Day

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8 Ways to Detox Physically and Mentally Every Day Even if you’ve decided to try to reduce the number of toxins in your life, you may find it a bit challenging. All that label reading and research is one thing,

Toxic Hair Dyes: How to Reduce Your Toxic Exposure at Home and at Your Salon

Toxic Hair Dyes: How to Reduce Your Toxic Exposure at Home and at Your Salon

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Toxic Hair Dyes: How to Reduce Your Toxic Exposure at Home and at Your Salon A lot of people have been asking me about hair care lately, particularly about toxic hair dyes. What’s safe and what’s not? Why should we

Dimethicone: The Truth Behind This Common Cosmetics Ingredient

Dimethicone: The Truth Behind This Common Cosmetics Ingredient

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Dimethicone: The Truth Behind This Common Cosmetics Ingredient You may have seen it on the ingredient list of your shampoo, conditioner, cream, lotion, foundation, or makeup primer—dimethicone. What is this ingredient, and should you avoid it? What is Dimethicone? Dimethicone

3 New Carcinogens Added to Government List: How to Avoid Them

3 New Carcinogens Added to Government List: How to Avoid Them

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3 New Carcinogens Added to Government List: How to Avoid Them Last summer, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) added eight more substances to their list of carcinogens, which now numbers 240 chemicals and biological agents. Their report on June

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