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I want to introduce you to Debra Lynn Dadd who has been called the "Queen of Green. Debra's knowledge of how to live a toxic free life is not just theoretical; she has lived it and has lovingly been sharing what she has learned for more than 30 years! In honor of her recently published book, I asked if she would like to do a guest blog post for us.
I have long been a fan of Harmony Art Organic Design because toxic fabrics played a part in disabling my health, and I greatly appreciate that Harmony has created safe, organic fabrics that are also colorful and beautiful.
Back in the late 1970s my body became very ill from a multitude of exposures to toxic chemicals in my home from various consumer products—not that my home was any more toxic than any other American home, but even the average level of toxic chemical exposure was too much for my immune system, to the point where I could barely function in life.
One of the most surprising sources of toxic chemicals I found was the very sheets I was sleeping on every night. They were made from a polyester/cotton blend, coated with a permanent press resin that released formaldehyde day and night. One of my symptoms at the time was insomnia. Imagine my surprise when I learned that one of the symptoms associated with formaldehyde exposure is insomnia! Here we have bedsheets that cause insomnia and sales of sleeping pills are higher than ever before (in 2008, the New York Times reported that about 42 million prescriptions for sleeping pills were filled in 2007, up nearly 60 percent since 2000). I wasn’t taking sleeping pills, but it made sense to me that if formaldehyde on bedsheets caused insomnia, and I couldn’t sleep, I should just find some sheets without formaldehyde. It wasn’t easy to find formaldehyde-free sheets in 1978, but one brand did exist (no organic sheets at all then). I put them on my bed and I finally was able to sleep.
What an awakening! I not only saw that if I replaced one toxic product with a nontoxic alternative that symptoms could disappear, but I also realized that this disabling condition I was in could have been prevented in the first place if I had been using products in my home that were not toxic.
I did regain my health by removing all the toxic chemicals from my home that I could identify and replacing them, one by one, with nontoxic alternatives. And I began to write about toxic chemicals in consumer products and how to choose safe products. I felt everyone should know that toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products could make them sick, and that they have a choice to create a toxic-free home.
Now, thirty years later, I’ve written seven books, have a huge website, and the world is catching up with me. More than ever before the general public is becoming aware of the toxic chemicals we are exposed to in daily life. Today we have safe choices available for every product we regularly use in our homes. It’s just a matter of making the decision to live toxic-free and doing it.
Thanks Debra!! The world is a better (and less toxic) place with you in it! I have recently finished reading Toxic Free and I for one, learned a lot! We expect that if it is on a store shelf it is safe, but the sad fact is that it just isn't the case. The good news is that her book isn't all doom and gloom but is more an easy to read guide book to live a less toxic (and fuller) life.
NOTE: Debra is graciously offering her book at 30% off - $15.95 plus shipping AND you can get an autographed copy! Just place your order directly by calling Debra at 727-466-6812 or email her and mention Harmony Art. In addition to her books, Debra also maintains a web site directory of more than 1000 Non toxic products, offers personal consultations, a Q & A resource, hosts Toxic Free Talk Radio (I was a guest on her inaugural 12-hour marathon), speaking around the country and much more! WHEW!! Talk about one busy woman!
On a side note, if you are looking for organic sheets and bedding (and MANY other items) you can check out our products page or contact one of our retailers and make your own. Since Harmony Art organic cotton sateens are wide width (110") they are perfect for NON TOXIC sheets. Sweet Dreams.
Back in October I went to Colorado to visit a friend from high school and to help celebrate the birthday of another dear friend (Suzanne Gerber). Suzanne's birthday party was held at her friend Robyn's home in Boulder. What a home! I was immediately smitten by the real, authentic, lived in, creative vibe the place exuded. This was no cold, heartless show house but a home. A place that had me immediately at ease. Robyn is the former editor of Natural Home and Garden magazine and as such we had exchanged emails from time to time but we had never met in person. She is a gem!!!
As we were saying goodbye Robyn mentioned a book she had written entitled "Simply Imperfect" and she gave me a copy. (Of course I made her sign it.) I read the entire book cover to cover on the way home on the plane. This is a design book that espouses reusing, repurposing and things that are worn with stories and life! Not only does Robyn write of such things she lives it.
Imagine my surprise when I got to the back of the book, to the resources section, and found on page 162 in the Textiles and Upholstery section: Harmony Art! I just about fainted. I am sure the person seated next to me on the plane was wondering what I was giggling about. How totally amazing.
Robyn is the newly appointed editor of Organic Spa magazine. With Robyn at the helm, I am sure it will be wonderful, thoughtful and inspiring.
Oh, and Suzanne is up to some really exciting things in 2012 too.... so stay tuned to hear about more women of strength and purpose.
Founder of Harmony Art organic design.