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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," 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.


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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," 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.




E71. Top 3 Tips for a Nontoxic Lifestyle with Samantha Radford, Evidence Based Mommy

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! This audio was originally published on the Evidence Based Mommy podcast. RESOURCES Detox Gift Sets Shop — Amazon by Ruan 40-Day Home Detox Waitlist Crash Courses & Mini Courses


E70. Cellphone Radiation & EMF Regulation with Daniel DeBaun

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 violations in France. For podcast show notes, click here: Practical Nontoxic Living podcast show notes at Ruan Living. Use code RUAN to get 10% off your order at ! RESOURCES: Text DETOX to 66866 to sign up for the weekly newsletter! GIFT: Ruan Living Detox Boxes Explore Ruan Living's new offerings menu D-Tox Academy: last day to sign up before 2024! 40-Day Home Detox Waitlist for January 2024 Shop Amazon—Curated by RUAN


E69. How do Forever Chemicals Affect Breast Cancer?

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 Chemicals, recent California legislation, Prop 65 labeling and what it means, and what to do if you're ordering from another state, and more! Click here for podcast show notes: Practical Nontoxic Living podcast at Ruan Living. Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to the Ruan Living weekly newsletter! RESOURCES GIFT: Ruan Living Detox Boxes Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN D-Tox Academy Membership (nontoxic library resource) 40-Day Home Detox Waitlist EMF Detox Ebook


E68. Is Cellphone Radiation Harmful?

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. RUAN RESOURCES SHOP: Curated Nontoxic Amazon Storefront READ: The A to Z of D-Toxing LEARN: Join D-Tox Academy to start your nontoxic lifestyle today! GIFT: Ruan Living Detox Boxes


E67. The 40-Day Home Detox

All about the 40-Day Home Detox program! You can also watch this free workshop replay to learn about the health effects and burden of 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 Instagram. RUAN LIVING A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide To Reducing Our Toxic Exposures (belongs in every health-conscious home)Ruan Living detox gift boxesComplete portfolio of offerings


66. Which Toxins Are in My Body? with Jenna Hua, Million Marker

Practical Nontoxic Living is back!! 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. Enjoy! The 40-Day Home Detox is now open!!! Enrollment closes September 17, and due to the personalized nature of this program, spots are extremely limited. Learn more here! Questions? Reach out to and @ruanliving on instagram!


65. Which Household Items Threaten Mental Health?

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 current mental health challenges, and as always, practical tips you can implement today to start reducing your exposure. Please rate & leave a review if you enjoy it! Any questions/comments feel free to email or DM @ruanliving on Instagram or Facebook. For show notes, visit RESOURCES BlogAmazon StorefrontD-Tox Academy40-Day Home Detox


64. Living in Alignment & Human Design with Erin Claire Jones

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. HUMAN DESIGN BLUEPRINT: Get 10% off with code RUANLIVING at checkout here 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 at 11am EST. This will address brain health and environmental toxins. Reserve your spot here! RESOURCES D-Tox Academy Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN 40-Day Home Detox


63. Isolation, Technology, and EMFs: How Can We Adjust Our Habits?

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. RESOURCES Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN D-Tox Academy Read: Ruan books


62. Melatonin & Circadian Rhythm

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! To subscribe to our newsletter, text DETOX to 66866 Right now, get 50% off your first month membership at the D-Tox Academy with code SPRINGCLEANING at checkout. RESOURCES D-Tox Academy Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN Supplement article discussed in episode


61. Foundations of a Healthy Home Environment

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 nontoxic living can actually make your life easier (and save you money). Listen to learn more about Sophia’s background and career prior to researching environmental toxins, and what drives her to help others embrace practical nontoxic living. RESOURCES D-Tox Academy — get your first month for 50% off with code “SPRINGCLEANING” at checkout Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN Naturepedic Mattresses — use code ruanliving15 at checkout for 15% off your purchase! The above is an affiliate link. Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to our newsletter. If you enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to rate & review us on your podcast platform, and share the empowerment with a friend!


60. How Can I Avoid Endocrine Disruptors like BPA in Receipts?

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 avoid your exposure! This audio is a replay of a presentation given in Fall 2022. CODE SPRINGCLEANING or SPRINGCLEAN50 for 50% off your first month membership in the D-Tox Academy! RESOURCES D-Tox Academy Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN Our favorite nontoxic mattress Elizabeth’s favorite nontoxic clothing brand Nontoxic Living Blog Workbooks to Detox Your Home Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to our weekly newsletter! Make sure to follow/subscribe to this podcast and rate us 5 stars! Find us at @ruanliving on Instagram and


59. How Does Mold Affect Health? & How to Prevent Mold in Your Home with Cheryl Ciecko

This week's episode is all about MOLD. Cheryl Ciecko joins Sophia to discuss: Cheryl Ciecko is an architect who specializes in helping homeowners and building professionals avoid mold exposure. Find her online at AvoidingMold or her personal page to learn more or schedule a consultation, or find her @CherylCiecko on Instagram and @CherylCieckoArchitect on YouTube! Enjoy — don’t forget to hit “Follow” and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts! Send us your questions and comments! or DM on Instagram @ruanliving or @practicalnontoxicliving RESOURCES Subscribe to our weekly newsletter by texting DETOX to 66866 D-Tox Academy Membership (enrolling now!) Shop Amazon — Curated by Ruan


58. How Do Chemicals Affect Masculinity?

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 implementing today. This conversation is an excerpt from the new offering for D-Tox Academy members — which is Use the News! We are joining our D-Tox Academy community live every Thursday at 12pm, to share with our community health/wellness trends in current headlines, and break down recent health studies. It’s nontoxic living, simplified for you! Join our free newsletter! Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe for weekly nontoxic tips, straight to your inbox RESOURCES Shop Amazon— Curated by Ruan D-Tox Academy Private Consult with Sophia Books by Ruan Count Down by Dr. Shanna Swann


57. What is the cleanest fish? Tips to detox chemicals & heavy metals from your diet

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! Enjoy! Follow, rate, and subscribe if you are enjoying this info — or go the extra mile and share it with a friend too! RESOURCES D-Tox Academy Community — use code SPRINGCLEAN50 for 50% off your first month’s membership (offer only valid through 4/14/23)! 40-Day Home Detox Nontoxic Workbooks Shop Amazon — Curated by Ruan Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to weekly newsletter RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Freshwater Fish Contain Harmful Forever Chemicals EWG Map of Freshwater Fish Contamination in U.S.A. CNN — Freshwater Fish Contamination


56. How Safe Are Cell Phones, Wireless, and 5G for My Body? with Theodora Scarato (Environmental Health Trust)

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 of other countries. Did you know that in France, cell phones come with a warning not to use against the pregnant or adolescent abdomen?? I hope you enjoy! Feel free to reach out with any questions/comments to or DM us @ruanliving on Instagram. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH TRUST: Join EHT's Campaign to Educate Lawmakers: Sign up for EHT's newsletter! Read the Science: Reduce Your Exposure: RUAN LIVING RESOURCES: Feeling empowered by this info on EMFs and want to start reducing your home's exposure? Try small habit tweaks with our FREE Digital Detox here. Or, become a member of our D-Tox Academy for more info and community support. Join our newsletter by texting DETOX to 66866. Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN.


55. How Can I Avoid Forever Chemicals in My Food?

Quick Tips today! This episode is just Sophia and Elizabeth— they sit down to chat about ways to avoid PFAS/forever chemicals in your daily routine. They talk about which foods might be the most contaminated, how they shop in groceries stores to minimize their exposures, and how to avoid PFAS in other aspects of your daily life — like laundry detergent! Listen to the end for an update on the regulations on 1,4 Dioxane implemented in 2023! Enjoy! Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to our weekly newsletter! Questions/Comments? Email: Instagram: @ruanliving @practicalnontoxicliving RESOURCES: Digital Detox Challenge D-Tox Academy Membership 50% off your first month with code SPRINGCLEAN at checkout — limited time offer!!! Shop Amazon — Curated by Ruan


54. How Can I Cultivate Mindfulness and Safety with Technology? with August Brice

This is the one allll about energy and EMFs! Sophia and Elizabeth sit down with August Brice, Founder of TechWellness, to discuss EMFs (electromagnetic fields). We talk about what they are, different types of EMFs and frequencies, different ways to protect our bodies while traveling and in our homes, and how amazing and resilient our bodies are! If you're curious about EMFs but don't know where to start, this is the episode for you! Our Listeners get 20% headphones and Level 1 EMF Protection Pack at TechWellness! Use code "RUAN" at checkout! Contact or on Instagram @ruanliving or @practicalnontoxicliving with any questions/comments. We look forward to connecting with you! RESOURCES Digital Detox Challenge D-TOX Academy Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN


REVISIT: How Can I Restore My Energy? Healing & EMFs with Dr. Jill Blakeway

REVISITED: How to Heal from EMFs with Energy Medicine, with Dr. Jill Blakeway. This week’s episode features Sophia’s interview with Dr. Jill Blakeway, originally published in 2020. Although so much of our world has changed since then, this episode is full of excellent takeaways to apply into your everyday life! Spring cleaning is more than just your house — time to cleanse your energetic field too! Dr. Jill Blakeway wrote Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing. She also co-authored Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility, and Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido. Dr. Blakeway is also a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, clinical herbalist, and founder of the Yinova Center in NYC. As a practitioner, she is known for her intuitive approach to Chinese medicine and particularly for her skills as an acupuncturist and energy healer. For more resources, join the D-Tox Academy! Pillar 3 is all about reducing EMFs in your home. Sign up today! For EMF reducing accessories, our friends at TechWellness have so many options! Use code “RUAN” at checkout for 20% the Level 1 EMF package, and headphones— the rose gold airtube ones are Elizabeth’s favorite! Join the newsletter for practical tips in your inbox every Tuesday morning! Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe. RESOURCES Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN D-Tox Academy A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Toxic Exposures


52. How Can I Apply Nontoxic Living in My Life?

Welcome Elizabeth McCormick! Our newest member of the Ruan Living team sits down with Sophia to discuss how the two are currently applying nontoxic living into their homes and lives. Elizabeth shares her personal journey that led her to nontoxic living, how she and Sophia connected, and what she’s currently working on in her home and habits! Enjoy!! New York City area: Join us at Souk Yoga Studio on Saturday, March 11 for a Ruan Immersion Detox to help you reduce your exposure to EMFs in your home. Reserve your spot today! To join our newsletter, text DETOX to 66866. RESOURCES by RUAN LIVING Shop Amazon—Curated by Ruan D-TOX Academy Sources about Parabens linked to breast cancer: Literature Review 2016 Study