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Better Living Without Chemicals

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Dr. Marianne Marchese is a naturopathic physician interested in helping you live in a safer, cleaner environment. She suggests cleaning up your water by using a filter, around the outside of your home in terms of pesticides, and cleaning up the air in your home. Each of these suggestions are simple, need not be expensive, and can really hit us where we live.

Dr. Marchese is clinical supervisor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Marchese:
I’d like to give you three tips on what you could do in your home to help remove chemicals that you might be being exposed to.

The first would be, filter your water. This would be the water that you drink and the water that you cook with, and the simplest way to do that is to get an under the sink reverse osmosis system, which they sell at any of the major hardware stores.

The second thing that you could do would be to stop using pesticides around the outside of your home, on your lawn and especially on the inside of your home, you know, if you are using insecticides to kill bugs. There’s a national organization www.pesticide.org that gives alternatives to killing weeds and insects other than using those toxic pesticides.

And then the third thing people could do at home would be to clean up their air. The indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air. This was determined by the Environmental Protection Agency a few years ago. So you should buy some room-based air filters for the bedroom and for the TV room that has HEPA technology. The HEPA system will filter out almost any chemical and particulate matter that would be in your indoor air, and those are the three simple things that people could do at home.

About Dr. Marianne Marchese, N.D., L.L.C.:
Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator. She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and specialized in neurological and orthopedic conditions while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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