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Practical Nontoxic Living with Sophia Ruan Gushée

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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 Ruan Detox Immersion and the Essential Detox, wife, and mother of three—talks to experts and wellness warriors to unveil tips to optimize your well-being, healing, and life experience.

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 Ruan Detox Immersion and the Essential Detox, wife, and mother of three—talks to experts and wellness warriors to unveil tips to optimize your well-being, healing, and life experience.


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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 Ruan Detox Immersion and the Essential Detox, wife, and mother of three—talks to experts and wellness warriors to unveil tips to optimize your well-being, healing, and life experience.




37. Alchemy From Daily Rituals

Diagnosed in her 20s with autoimmune diseases, Shiva Rose, author of the bestselling book Whole Beauty and creator of Shiva Rose Beauty, transformed her health and wellbeing by modifying her daily rituals. Listen to Shiva's inspiring story of resiliency, recovery, and thriving from a physician's death sentence. You'll also hear about Shiva's morning and evening rituals, which include simple things that you can adopt as well. Shiva Rose Shiva Rose beauty productsShiva's The Moon & You...


36. Glowing Skin from Kitchen Staples to Primally Pure

Bethany McDaniel is a farmer’s wife, mother of two young kids, and founder of Primally Pure. In this podcast, you’ll hear how small detox tweaks transformed Bethany’s life. Starting with detoxing just her facial moisturizer, and then her diet, Bethany’s skin became healthier than ever. These experiences led Bethany, in 2015, to launch her gorgeous brand, Primally Pure—a line of natural skincare and personal care products that are made with clean, certified organic, and consciously sourced...


35. Feel Better With Age!

At age 61, Elissa Goodman is a glowing reminder of our healing opportunities. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 32, Elissa later discovered that she also had Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, and Celiac disease. Then, 11 years after her cancer diagnosis, her husband Marc was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After battling cancer for 18 months, Marc passed away at age 45. As a single mom of two young daughters, Elissa quit her job at Vogue and became a Certified Holistic...


34. "Sick of Being Sick"

Functional health coach for women’s health & fertility, Nita Ewald was often sick as a child. It wasn't until she was about 29-years-old—and with a master's in chemistry—that she started to detox her purchases as she learned about the ingredients in her personal care products, cleaning products, pots and pans, and more. This eventually led Nita to become increasingly less sick, which later led her towards healthier eating and other healthy changes. Feeling better than ever, Nita was...


33. Infrared Saunas: Optimize the Benefits

Regular Sunlighten infrared sauna use is reported to support detoxification, immunity, pain relief, weight loss, anti-aging, relaxation, wound healing, blood pressure, circulation, muscle recovery, and autoimmune issues. In this episode, Connie helps us understand how: recipesoptimize NOTES: Sophia's affiliate link for Sunlighten


32. Healing & Thriving Lessons from Cancer to Optimize Your Life Quality

"...she had [terminal lung cancer] that was supposed to take her out in six months... she ended up living for 3.5 years, looking amazing, glowing. And she found such fulfillment in this research and health and knowledge. And she ended up helping so many people and enlightening so many people..." —Ariana Ost Martz, founder of the design atelier, Ariana Ost Topics covered:


31. Effortlessly Enjoy Curated Natural Wines That Are Biodynamic, Organic, Lab-tested for Purity

Did you know that there are 76 FDA-approved additives that US wine-makers can use? While some of these are natural, some are toxic. Fortunately, Dry Farm Wines ensures that the artisanal wines delivered to you have been laboratory tested for purity. The largest Natural Wine merchant in the world, Dry Farm Wines sells curated organic biodynamic natural wines that are sugar-free, lower in sulfites, and lower in alcohol. The wines are friendly to low carb, Paleo, ketogenic, and low sugar...


30. Master Organic Mattresses & Sustainable Interior Design for an Eco-friendly Home

Anticipating his first grandchild, Barry Cik shopped for a suitable crib mattress. However, as a board-certified environmental engineer with eco-friendly preferences, Barry was surprised to learn that most bedding manufacturers used harmful chemicals and materials. This inspired Barry to leverage his background in environmental engineering to create the safest mattress products possible for various price points. Thus, Naturepedic, an industry-leading organic mattress manufacturer, was...


29. "If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer."

As Reina Honts approached her 50th birthday in 2018, she had a strong instinct that she should get her lungs tested. Since Reina had no symptoms and was a non-smoker, it was surprising that a tumor in her lung was found. After undergoing a lobectomy, Reina is now cancer-free. Reina, who joined the Lung Cancer Research Foundation as a Board Member, believes that early detection was invaluable for her lung diagnosis and wants more people to know that "If you have lungs, you can get lung...


28. Detox EMFs With Your Family At Home & School

As Executive Director of the scientific think-tank Environmental Health Trust, Theodora Scarato is uniquely informed about the health risks from our EMF exposures. So how does she apply her expertise into real life: with her kids, at home, and in her community? Listen to this relatable conversation to help encourage you to keep detoxing EMFs with your family at home, school, and in your community. Click here for podcast show notes. TOPICS DISCUSSED: Podcast producer: Chris Robertson


27. Money's Energetic Power

Beloved healer Deborah Hanekamp is founder of Space by Mama Medicine and author of Ritual Baths: Be Your Own Healer. Deborah has fascinating wisdom to share on the most essential ways to consider energy, love, self-care, and connection. In episode 27, Sophia explores Deborah's perspectives on money and its energetic influence on our well-being and even on our children. Deborah describes the energetic powers of money, and that we should consider money's energetic exchange. For example,...


26. Heal Burnout, Anxiety, and Stress

Kelsey Patel is one of Hollywood’s leading wellness and reiki experts. She is not only a sought after spiritual empowerment coach, yoga teacher, reiki healer, and meditation teacher, but also a multi-faceted entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. She is the creator and founder of Magik Vibes, a soul-enhancing lifestyle brand, that was named one of the top 7 subscription boxes of 2017. In 2018, she became co-host of the celebrity-endorsed podcast series, Break Up with Your Bullshit and in...


25. Heal Your EMF With Energy Medicine

Author of Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing, Jill Blakeway has been treating patients for more than 25 years with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In this episode, you'll learn about: The groundbreaking field of energy medicine and Jill's global quest to learn from top healers, researchers, and practitioners—including from Stanford and Princeton research on the physics behind energy medicine and healing Stagnant, blocked energy, and its influence on...


24. Protect Your Brain and Body from 5G and Other EMFs

Founder of the Environmental Health Trust (EHT), Dr. Devra Davis has a long list of very impressive accomplishments that have helped protect us from cigarette smoke, asbestos, lead, cell phone radiation, and more. Her nonprofit, EHT, is also spearheading a lawsuit against the FCC after the FCC refused to update its wireless radiation standards, which were set in 1996. Dr. Davis is author of several award-winning and critically acclaimed books, including Disconnect: The Truth About Cell...


23. Grounding Yourself with Meditation

Are you interested in, but also intimidated by, meditation? Tal Rabinowitz, founder of Den Meditation, helps ease our way into finding a meditation style that can help us get grounded, centered, and soothed. Hear about different ways you can start. There are so many! But, they all share the goal of helping us learn about—and love—ourselves more fully. Don't waste one more day from discovering the depths and diversity within you. Click here for podcast show notes. Podcast composer: Chris...


22. Vision therapy with Dr. Marc Grossman, leading holistic optometrist

Dr. Marc Grossman, a leading holistic optometrist and international bestselling author, inspires us with how we can improve our eye health through an integrative approach. Topics discussed: Dr. Grossman’s latest co-created book is titled Natural Eye Care, Your Guide to Healthy Vision and Healing. Natural Eye Care is a landmark guide written to empower readers of every age to support and preserve healthy vision through the health of the whole body. Click here for podcast show...


21. CORONAVIRUS: Optimize your immune response to covid-19

World renowned public health physician, Dr. David O. Carpenter enlightens us on how to optimize our immune response to the novel coronavirus with four key strategies. Key questions discussed: Dr. David O. Carpenter is a world-renowned research physician, author, editor, professor, and much more. Since 2001, he has been the Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at SUNY Albany in upstate NY. The Institute is a Collaborating Center of the World Health...


20. Indoor Air Quality: Q&A from Practical Nontoxic Living Podcast Listeners

Following my conversation with air filtration expert Vinny Lobdell, Jr (episode #19), listeners to Sophia's live podcast recording asked Vinny questions. Listen to his responses to questions about: Visit to see a video of Vinny measuring the performance of three popular air purifiers: Intellipure, Dyson, and Molekule -- Podcast Composer: Chris Robertson


19. Air purifiers: How to select the best one for you

Fine and ultra fine particles—a fraction of the size of a tip of human hair— are all around us along with viruses, mold and other toxins. They are both outdoors and indoors. Leaving them unfiltered can have a big impact on the health of you and your family. Indoor air quality is attracting a lot more attention as more of us grapple with health issues, and realize that indoor air quality can be a contributing factor. The US EPA estimates that indoor air tends to be at least 2 to 5 times...


18. Essential Features of a Healing Home

Could your home environment be contributing to you and your family's stress? It may be without you realizing it. Did you know that, conversely, your home can be curated to encourage relaxation, joy, and healing--to optimize wellbeing? Esther Sternberg, MD is Research Director and Chair at the Andrew Weil Center Integrative Medicine. She is also author of the books, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions. In...