Practical Nontoxic Living

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," founder of Ruan Living, wife, and mother of three—talks to experts and wellness warriors to unveil tips to optimize your well-being, healing, and life experience.


June 11, 2024 47 mins

This episode features Alison Davin, founder of Jute Interior Design, which curates beautiful spaces rooted in wellness with a focus on nontoxic materials. Her projects have been featured in Elle Decoration, Architectural Digest, and Luxe, among others. She is a member of the Design Leadership Network, the Good Future Design Alliance, and the AD PRO Directory.

Alison and Sophia discuss:

-How having multiple chemical sensitivities pr...

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This week on Practical Nontoxic Living, Sophia Ruan Gushée details three common ways microplastics and nanoplastics infiltrate your home — and how to avoid them! Swapping these products for less toxic alternatives can protect both your long-term health, fertility, and well-being, and also the environment! 

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This episode features a short excerpt from January's Detox Workshop, all about Obesogens! This is a short overview on the most researched theories about the recent meteoric rise of obesity and metabolic syndrome across the world, and especially in the United States. 

The full presentation is available via replay through the D-Tox Academy! D-Tox Academy is a membership-based library of nontoxic resources, designed to simplify clean ...

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Welcome back to Practical Nontoxic Living! This week, we have Heidi Kuimjian of Holistic with Heidi and the Lifelong podcast. Heidi is certified in Holistic Nutrition and helps people thrive holistically! Heidi and Elizabeth discuss their journeys to holistic health, nontoxic living, and their favorite tips. Enjoy!

Register: Obesogens Workshop Jan 24 1-2pm EST

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This week we welcome Samantha Radford (@evidence_basedmommy) to the Practical Nontoxic Living Podcast! Samantha Radford is a PhD Chemist, Public Health Expert, and mom of 4. She and Sophia share their journeys to nontoxic living and each share their top 3 easy tips to transform your health and home — without denting your budget! This episode is a must listen for nontoxic beginners or long-time practitioners! 

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This week, Daniel DeBaun, founder of DefenderShield, joins Sophia on Practical Nontoxic Living! 

A former telecom engineer before creating EMF protection products, Daniel is extremely knowledgeable about wireless radiation, EMFs, and different countries' regulations. Daniel and Sophia discuss how to protect our bodies from EMF exposure, if regulations reflect the most up-to-date science, and an update on the iPhone 12 wireless viol...

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Sophia sits down with Nancy Buermeyer of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). BCPP works to eliminate environmental toxins that contribute to cancer from our water, food, and consumer products.

Nancy is the Director of Policy and Programming, and has influenced state and federal laws that protect consumers from these environmental toxins. Nancy and Sophia discuss Forever ...

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September 26, 2023 45 mins

Dr. David O. Carpenter joins Sophia this week to discuss EMFs, cellphone radiation standards, and how to protect yourself from cellphone emf exposure.

Dr. David O. Carpenter is a public health physician whose research areas of interest include electromagnetic fields (EMFs), other environmental contaminants (like PCBs), and their effect on human health. Practical Nontoxic Living podcast show notes: Ruan Living.



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September 12, 2023 17 mins

All about the 40-Day Home Detox program! 

You can also watch this workshop replay. Seeing the slides that Sophia discusses can make it easier for you to learn about the health risks from environmental & household toxic exposures, and why a foundation of nontoxic living is so important in your home. Click here to watch.

Read more about the program here: 40-Day Home Detox

Questions? Reach out to or @ruanliving on...

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This episode features Jenna Hua, PhD, MPH of Million Marker. 

Jenna shares her journey from working in the hospital system, to her struggles with fertility, to ultimately researching our household toxic exposures. She founded Million Marker, a mail-in body toxicity test that uses your data to improve your chances of conceiving through sustainable diet and product recommendations.


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Did you know that neurotoxicants, which are exposures that can alter or compromise the structure or function of the nervous system, are found in countless household items, school supplies, and more? This episode features an excerpt from a live workshop Sophia hosted in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Listen to learn the current trends & statistics regarding mental health, which household toxins could be contributing to the...

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This week's podcast features Human Design expert Erin Claire Jones! 

Erin and Sophia discuss the basics of Human Design, energy types, unique blueprints in parenting & family life. 

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DON'T FORGET: 50% off your first month's membership at the D-Tox Academy expires May 31st! Use code SPRINGCLEANING at checkout. 

FREE WORKSHOP: Our next free workshop is June 21st...

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This week's episode is an excerpt from our most recent Use the News segment — all about mental health, technology, and toxins! 

Don't miss our FREE workshop on mental health & household chemicals, Wednesday, May 24th at 11am EST. Register here. 

Remember: through the end of May, get 50% off your first month's memberhsip at the D-Tox Academy! Use code SPRINGCLEANING at checkout. 


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May 16, 2023 23 mins

This week's episode is all about sleep & your cirdcadian rhythm! Sophia and Elizabeth discuss melatonin supplements & overdoses, cortisol, if watching the sunset can help you fall asleep at night, and more. Enjoy!

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Featuring Andrew Pace! Founder, Green Design Center, healthy home concierge, and host of the Nontoxic Environments Podcast.

This week’s episode is an interview between Sophia and Andrew from his podcast, Nontoxic Environments, which was released earlier this year.

It’s filled with the basics of setting up a healthy home environment — from free tips, to adjusting your mindset, unexpected ways n...

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This week’s episode is all about protecting your skin from endocrine disruptors — especially from touching receipts (and other thermal paper!)

Did you know that using hand sanitizer before touching a receipt can cause your skin to absorb 100X more BPA from that paper??

Listen to learn more background information about BPA & other hormone disrupting chemicals in receipts, and some great tips to...

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This week's episode is all about MOLD. 

Cheryl Ciecko joins Sophia to discuss:

  • How she became interested in mold exposure as an architect
  • Her personal healing journey from toxic mold exposure
  • Top tips in order to avoid mold and dust accumulation in your home
  • Creating “safe spaces” inside your home.

Cheryl Ciecko is an architect...

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This week is another quick one! Sophia and Elizabeth chat about nontoxic living in current headlines — and break down some studies for you! Specifically, they discuss how endocrine-disrupting chemicals have been linked to alterations in male reproductive organs — like lower quality and/or less sperm, smaller anogenital distance, and even smaller genitals! They also give you some quick and easy tips to start implementin...

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This week is a quick tips episode! Sophia and Elizabeth discuss recent studies making headlines about forever chemicals in fish. They break down the findings for you, discuss their favorite ways to enjoy seafood mindfully, and some easy solutions for you to implement in your grocery list!  


Follow, rate, and subscribe if you are enjoying this info — or go the extra mile and share it wi...

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This week, we are joined by Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Trust.

The EHT recently won a lawsuit against the FCC for not updating their wireless safety regulations according to current research. (The last time it was updated was 1996!)

We discuss the EHT's work to protect our families from the known and unknown effects of wireless exposure, and compare the U.S. standards of technology use to that ...

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