Fragrance-Free

Fragrance-Free Companionship and Dating

bob-kosbergToday my guest is Bob Kosberg, Founder of Tears of Joy, a fragrance-free dating service. We’ll be talking about living fragrance-free and finding others to love and live with who also live or want to live fragrance-free. (I’ll tell my stories too about getting friends and loved ones to be fragrance-free around me). A long ago Chicago to LA transplant, Bob worked for 25 years in real estate as a broker, and a facilities manager until his Muscular Dystrophy symptoms and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities caused him to retreat from the every day working world. Seeking both Eastern and Western medical help, he has succumbed to many allergy tests and remedies and other treatments to no avail. That is when he began to research the toxic chemicals in all of our daily personal care and cleaning products and inspired him to create an informational website as well as a “dating” community based on living a fragrance and chemical free lifestyle. Tearsofjoy.singles is actually a sanctuary for all types of people, singles and couples and families, seeking fragrance-free companionship. Bob is happiest when he is outside in the freshest air possible riding his specially designed recumbent bicycle or raising awareness about his cause. www.tearsofjoy.singles

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How to Have a Fragrance-Free Workplace

alison-johnsonMy guest today is Alison Johnson, Chairperson of the Board of The Chemical Sensitivity Foundation. We’ll be talking about something that affects the health of everyone: exposure to toxic chemicals in fragrances in the workplace and how your can eliminate the fragrance hazard from your workplace. Alison is a summa cum laude graduate of Carleton College and studied mathematics at the Sorbonne on a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She received a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. In 2010 she received a Distinguished Achievement Award from Carleton College for her work on chemical sensitivity. Alison has produced and directed documentaries titled Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How Chemical Exposures May Be Affecting Your Health; Gulf War Syndrome: Aftermath of a Toxic Battlefield; The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Health Disaster; and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Life-Altering Condition. Alison’s books about chemical sensitivity are Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive; Gulf War Syndrome: Legacy of a Perfect War; and Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity. www.chemicalsensitivityfoundation.org/fragrance-free-workplaces.html

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How Toxic Obesogens Can Make You Fat and Prevent Weight Loss

Lara AdlerMy guest today is Lara Adler, Environmental Toxins Expert and Certified Holistic Health Coach. We’ll be talking about how obesogens affect your weight, what happens to toxics stored in fat when you lose weight, specific chemicals that are obesogens, and and what you can doShe trains and educates practitioners within the health and wellness community to better understand the links between environmental toxins and their impact on disease states—from weight gain and diabetes, to thyroid disease and developmental disorders—so they can better support their clients. Lara is deeply committed to peeling back the curtain and opening up the conversation about environmental toxins to people in a way that’s informative, accessible, actionable and totally free from overwhelm. She takes a practical, real-world approach to minimizing toxic exposure to safeguard our health. www.laraadler.com

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Fragrance-free Cleaning Products That Benefit The Environment Too

Mary AllenMy guest today is Mary Allen, co-owner of Savvy Green LLC with Rita Knorr. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, their new brand of fragrance-free household cleaning products are also designed with the environment in mind. We’ll be talking about toxic chemicals in cleaning products and how simple cleaning products can work just as well. Mary and Rita started their company at home, using a simple recipe to create a dry laundry detergent to give to friends and family. The thought was that if all of their friends used the powder detergent “gifts,” that alone could account for a significant reduction of detergents in large plastic containers and their associated carbon footprint. Of course, their friends loved the powder and a new cleaning products brand was born. Mary grew up in a family of grocers. From a young age working in the store, she loved to understand what brought people into the store. After college started working retail specialty and department stores as a buyer and manager in many areas of the store. She has worked in product development, merchandising, testing, packaging, marketing and sales. She has traveled the world to bring the best products to her customers. most recently for 21 years with Bealls Department Stores and Bealls Outlet Stores. www.savvygreen.net

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Creating a Fragrance-Free Life

My guest Alonna Shaw has been blogging about what she’s doing to remove toxic synthetic fragrance from her life (the link below has an index to all her posts on the subject). A writer and editor living in Northern California, Alonna utilizes her background in theater, film, television, and appreciation of nature in her work. Storytelling interests include transformative adventures, travel, biography, and social science fiction. The goal of her alter ego, Alecka Zamm, is “no more freakin’ fragrance.” Because of her sensitivity to fragrance, “Alonna’s world has narrowed to nature, away from anything that spews, reeks, or leaves scent trails. Where there is fabric softener, pesticides, plug-ins, scented shampoos, lotions, potions… she shouldn’t go. Alonna may miss a lot, but breathing means more to her than that once exciting city life, even suburban life. There are many doors in life and she’s still exploring what her fragrance-free door has to offer. Life smells much better without perfume.” www.alonnashaw.com/2013/08/my-interview-on-toxic-free-talk-radio.html

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