Practical Nontoxic Living

Sophia Ruan Gushée—nontoxic lifestyle expert, author of the critically acclaimed book "A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures," creator of the D-Tox Academy, wife, and mother of three—talks to guests about their stories of wellness and healing, while unveiling tips for optimal healthy living through a holistic mindset.
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Feb 21, 2019

Should we be worried about the 5G rollout?

5G is the next wireless communication network that is supposed to work even better: with greater speed for a greater bandwidth of data transmission. 

5G will be rolled out worldwide, and aggressively throughout the United States. This has many people wondering, Will the 5G rollout be safe for my family and I?

Daniel DeBaun, previously a telecommunications engineer at Bell Labs and AT&T, describes EMFs as "bees in the room." One bee won't hurt you unless you are allergic. The more bees in the room, however, the greater the risk of getting hurt by the bees.

You can think of EMF sources as bees. The more EMF sources, the greater the risk you will be harmed. 5G is a new species of bees that will be layered into our more-crowded-than-ever environment that is full of new species of bees (or EMFs).

Daniel DeBaun founded his company DefenderShield after he realized that all electronic devices emit low levels of radiation called electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and that EMFs have been proven harmful after a long period of exposure close to the body. He couldn't find a product that completely blocked all radiation coming from our mobile devices so he decided to make a shield that blocked up to 100% of mobile device emissions. And with that, DefenderShield was born.

As an EMF-expert, Daniel co-authored a book with his son Ryan DeBaun, called Radiation Nation. Radiation Nation is an easy-to-read guide to everything EMF, from current research to the best tips and tricks to protecting yourself from mobile device radiation.


Listen to my podcast with former telecom insider Daniel Debaun

Daniel provides great context around EMFs and how they can affect our biology, and therefore how to consider 5G. We also discuss our bodies' own EMFs, how "grounding" works, and EMF protection approaches that work. 

You can listen to my conversation with Daniel by clicking below. Or, review the transcript of the podcast.

Jan 24, 2019

Sick building syndrome (SBS), or sick house syndrome, consist of various nonspecific symptoms that occupants of indoor areas experience. 

Symptoms of SBS include headaches, dizziness, chronic fatigue, nausea, irritation (of eye, nose, throat, or skin), difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to odors, allergies, cold, flu-like symptoms, increased incidence of asthma attacks and personality changes.

Angela Cummings was a stranger who emailed me years ago. She reached out as a fan of my work, expressing interest in writing for me. I was very intrigued that she had discovered that her home had made her and her son sick. 

Having read about symptoms associated with toxic exposures from what makes up our homes and the things we buy for them, I was excited to talk to someone who had personal experience with this, especially because Angela was able to empower herself to recover and heal.

Having met people of all ages who suffer from various chronic symptoms, I suspect that considering the health of our homes could help many. Most people just don't know that their homes and household items can contribute to health issues.

For Angela, conditions she experienced included sinus and ear infections, itchy feet after walking barefoot on her carpet, swollen feet after walking barefoot on newly installed composite wood floors, feeling sick after using her wood-burning fireplace, and feeling not well after painting walls.

Other symptoms that Angela had?

  • Earaches
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Dizziness 
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Exhaustion

In this podcast, you'll hear Angela say, "I had a lot of symptoms, I just didn't understand what the cause of the problem was."

If you or someone you know have unexplained chronic symptoms, then maybe something you hear in this podcast might inspire you to consider the health of your home. You'll hear how Angela tracked her and her son's pattern of symptoms to discover which home exposures were making them sick.

And, please keep in mind a new online program I'm launching in April 2019 called Home Detox 101. It lays out easy ways you can detox your body burden by choosing simple tips to detox your indoor air, drinking water, sleep, house dust, and more. Through short videos and a menu of options, this is meant to welcome you onto a pleasant path of detoxing your home for healing spaces.

For now, check out my conversation with Angela. By the way, this was recorded years ago. Since then, Angela has helped me with articles about detoxing our homes. You can find these free resources—along with the transcript to this podcast—at And please visit Angela's website Occupant Wellness through which she helps people live healthier, more comfortable lifestyles.

Dec 27, 2018

We live with more EMFs than ever from our wireless and wired technologies. Headaches, nausea, heart palpitations, and fatigue are some symptoms that could signal electrohypersensitivity.

Learn more about this by listening to this podcast. There are things you can do to help you take care of yourself. You'll learn more about our ability to develop resiliency and recover. I also ask Dr. David O. Carpenter about EMF protection products: do they work?

I ask relevant experts whenever I can about EMF protection products. There is no consensus on whether they work: I hear both yes, they help; and, no, it doesn't make sense to me that they work. So I keep asking and listening so that I can figure out what feels right for my family and I. And I keep sharing this information so that you may do the same. As always, consult your trusted healthcare providers as well.

Dec 13, 2018

A public health physician who is also an expert in how toxic exposures—chemicals, heavy metals, and electromagnetic fields (EMFs)—may influence health and development, Dr. David Carpenter shares his insights on healthy eating, drinking water, breastfeeding versus infant formula, vaccines, and more. 

Listen to learn important information for taking care of you and your loved ones. You'll end the conversation with helpful perspectives and practical tips to apply to your choices.

Oct 12, 2018

Dr. Joseph Braun, a Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University, is interested in studying the potential health consequences of environmental chemical exposures in pregnant women, infants, and children. More specifically, he has a special interest in studying how early life chemical exposures—ones that we can also modify—may influence obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Dr. Braun has been identified by peers as one of the top 20 pioneers under 40 in environmental public health. Dr. Braun was chosen for his exceptional work. According to a press release by the nonprofit organization, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Dr. Braun’s work will pioneer environmental health science and catalyze policies and actions to protect the health of children, families, and communities.

In August 2017, I spoke to Dr. Braun. I wanted to learn what inspired him to research how early life exposures may affect our long term health. And I was also curious how he applies his expertise into healthy choices for his healthy living.

In addition to getting those questions answered, I got Joe’s top six detox recommendations for the average person. They involve drinking water, canned foods, plastics, carpets, cleaning, and organic foods.

Whether you’re already a parent, considering having children, or if you are just interested in healthy living, you’ll learn valuable information and helpful tips by listening to this conversation with Joe about our toxic exposures. Also remember that you can review the transcript for this on my website at

This is an important topic that we must keep learning more about.

Sep 7, 2018

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals—including parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists as well as businesses from across the nation.

One campaign that you should know about is called Mind the Store, which ranks retailers based on their policies towards eliminating toxic chemicals from products that these retailers sell. Listen to the campaign director, Mike Schade, discuss which retailers they found as leaders in protecting us from toxic chemicals so that we can support those who are proactively setting healthier standards for us.

Dec 27, 2017

Sophia talks to Deborah Hanekamp (Mama Medicine), a seeress carrying over 17 yrs in the healing arts. They discuss people's auras, the spirits that surround us, destiny, and our many teachers.

Deborah is an Initiated Amazonian Shaman, Reiki Master and Yogini. She has developed Medicine Readings and led Medicine Reading ceremonies all over the world. Her work has been featured in Vogue, New York Times & Marie Claire Magazine. Vogue magazine called her "Fashion's Favorite Healer."

Listen to this provocative conversation that may leave you feeling more calm, compassionate, giving, and loving.

Sep 19, 2017

Dr. Hugh Taylor is an internationally-recognized expert in female reproductive health. In this podcast, Sophia Ruan Gushée talks to Dr. Taylor about how toxic exposures (including cell phone radiation) may affect reproductive health, like fertility and outcomes of pregnancy and IVF.


Dr. Hugh Taylor is:

  • Chair of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine
  • Chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Active researcher that has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health  for more than 20 years. He has conducted extensive research in such areas as endometriosis and menopause, and spoken on such topics as how cell phone exposure in utero can damage babies’ brains
  • Professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, and of molecular, cellular and development biology at Yale School of Medicine
  • Directs The Yale Center for Reproductive Biology
  • Even as an international expert in his field, he is a devoted physician who still sees patients, drawing upon the latest research to provide patients with the best evidence-based treatments for such conditions as endometriosis, infertility and menopause
  • Dr. Taylor has published more than 200 articles in leading medical journals
  • He is the Editor-In-Chief of Reproductive Sciences


Aug 9, 2017

I love listening to Heather Lilleston talk about suffering. Heather exudes beauty, sunshine, and happiness. And she glows with love, kindness, and grace. So, how could she discuss suffering with such familiarity and study? 

For those who suffer, and feel alone, and that they somehow deserve their pain, I share the following conversation with you as a reminder that no one's life is perfect, we each have our own set of challenges, and we are each in this human experience together. You are not alone.

Heather and I also discuss money, teaching, and business! To review podcast show notes and links to more information on Heather and Sophia, click here: Podcast Show Notes of Sophia & Heather.

Jun 26, 2017

Sophia Ruan Gushée discussed halotherapy and salt baths with Shannon Coppola of Montauk Salt Cave. Visitors, Shannon, and Shannon's family experience relief of symptoms from eczema, Lyme disease, respiratory issues, and other inflammation-related issues after spending time in a salt cave. Listen to consider whether halotherapy should become part of your weekly routine. Click here for more: Podcast show notes on Montauk Salt Cave.

Jun 3, 2017

Sophia Ruan Gushée visits beekeeper Laura Klahre, founder of Blossom Meadow, which is located in the North Fork of Eastern Long Island. Sophia and Laura discuss Colony Collapse Disorder, the pollinator crisis, and simple steps we can pursue to support our bees, other pollinators, and our ecosystem.

Feb 1, 2017

Sandor Katz is a NY Times bestselling author of the books Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation. Among his loyal fans is renowned food writer Michael Pollan, who has referenced Sandor in his own books, and has turned to him as a fermentation teacher in his most recent book Cooked.

From my apartment in Manhattan, I spoke to Sandor via Skype while he was at his farm in rural Tennessee. My hopes for this podcast are that it helps listeners reconnect with our fermentation roots (every culture has them), inspire you to start fermenting foods to enrich your gut flora, and help you feel more comfortable making your own fermented vegetables. Listen to practical wisdom from this extremely knowledgeable, kind, humble, and fascinating cultural icon. It will reframe bacteria as a tool that can boost immunity, resilient health, and possibly heal.

Highlights of what this episode covers are below.

  • The dangers & precautionary measures one should be aware of when fermenting
  • What to do with mold
  • The difference between pickling vs. fermenting, and health benefits of each
  • Various cultural practices of fermentation from around the globe
  • Probiotics vs fermentation, and whether probiotics are worth the money
  • Fermentation basics: what kind of salt, water, & vegetables should I use? How much of each? How long do I wait? Etc.
  • and so, so much more.

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Dec 16, 2016
Have questions about essential oils? So did we! Essential oils have been rumored to help with everything from better sleep and curing colds, flu, allergies, asthma and eczema to easing anxiety and stress-- as well as supporting people with more serious conditions, like autistic spectrum disorder. In this episode of the Practical Nontoxic Living podcast, host Sophia Ruan Gushée sits down with Alaknanda Nabar of Family of Light Holistic Center in Brooklyn, NY to learn from her family's healing journey with essential oils. Learn HOW to begin using them in your own home, precautions to take, and gain inspiration from this expert's amazing daily holistic care routine.
Dec 5, 2016

In this episode of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Podcast, Sophia sits down with Kristen Rannala, mother of 3 & founder of Organique-- a cutting-edge, completely organic mattress company based out of California. 

Get the quick download on everything you need to know about a healthier mattress-- for you, and your family. How your health might be impacted by conventional mattresses off-gassing toxicants like chlorine, formaldehyde, heavy metals, pesticides, phthalates, and VOC's-- and the simple steps you can take to clean up your night's sleep. 

As a bonus, you will hear what this health-conscious mother of three feeds HER children for breakfast. Inspiration galore!

Visit for more information about Kristen's mattress company, as always, visit for more tips & tricks on practical nontoxic living!

Sep 9, 2016

In this episode, host Sophia Ruan Gushée sits down with Matthew Waletzke (Environmental Consultant) to learn about concerns over excessive EMF exposures, and how we can gain clarity, wellbeing, and restorative sleep through reducing our EMF exposures in a few simple steps. 

Aug 9, 2016

In episode 2, Sophia sits down with Ashley S. Cooke & Eden Connelly of the Practical Nontoxic Living team to discuss how learning about toxins in our environment has disrupted--and enhanced--their lives.

Jul 27, 2016
Get an inside glimpse into why Sophia Ruan Gushee created her critically acclaimed book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures. In the author's first podcast, she shares heartfelt speeches from her book launch party, as she invites listeners to join her never-ending journey of discovering new tips and tricks for practical, nontoxic living.