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Green is where the Heart Is for April 2nd, 2014

“Instead of cleaning I just watched an episode of hoarders. I didn't realize how fantastic my house really looks.” ~ anonymous

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Most of you know that I am unavailable most Fridays as that is my sacred MoMo day.  It is the one day every week that I spend with my grandchildren.  “MoMo,” says Jackson, “let’s bowl. 
I’ll be the bowler and you be the machine.”  My duties include setting up the pins in a triangle shape, clearing the downed pins, ball return and most importantly, keeping his younger sister from grabbing the pins and ruining his game.  I would never consider taking these precious children in my car without a car seat or on a bike ride without a helmet and I also apply these same standards to the safety of the products used in my home.
‘Biomonitoring’ was a groundbreaking study at the Mount Sianai School of Medicine conducted to determine human exposure to synthetic chemicals in our living spaces.  According to Thomas Boik, Phase out the Toxins, Phase in Clean Alternatives, “The nine otherwise healthy individuals they tested carried an average of 91 industrial compounds and other pollutants inside their bodies.
Of the more than 150 chemicals that researchers found, 76 were known carcinogens, and 79 have been linked to birth defects or other developmental disorders. We cannot allow these dangerous contamination levels to continue.  While the Mount Sinai results are disturbing, they should not be surprising.
About 82,000 synthetic chemicals can be found in the consumer products we bring into our homes. Most probably pose no serious threat to human health, but some do. Unfortunately, we cannot always tell the difference. The EPA estimates that fewer than 10 percent of the most commonly used chemicals have been tested for their potential health impact. 
Even when chemicals are tested, the results are hardly conclusive. Most testing is performed on animals and may not tell us much about what a substance will do to humans. Researchers also tend to test for acute dangers that appear immediately, not the lingering threats that evolve from low exposure rates over long periods of time. 
Scientific uncertainty aside, all experts agree that children, especially babies, face the greatest risk from chemical exposure. Kids' small bodies and underdeveloped immune systems have a more difficult time filtering out pollutants than those of older individuals. Small children also spend more time near the ground where dust and heavy chemicals can gather, and they frequently put objects in their mouths to chew.
Toxins that build up in the body during these critical development years can continue to affect a person for the rest of his or her life.  Advances in "green chemistry" have made many dangerous chemicals unnecessary. It is now a matter of phasing the toxins out and the clean alternatives in.”
The most effective cleaning products I have found come from a company called Melaleuca.  These products clean and disinfect relying on essential oils like tea tree oil, thyme oil and citric acid (the power of 20 lemons,) to kill germs like strep, rhinovirus and influenza-A.  These products do not contain harmful chemicals – no bleach, no ammonia, no phosphates. These products are delivered to my door every month making it convenient and because they are concentrated they are more cost effective than the name brand cleaners at the big discount stores.  Instead of investing in costly advertising, when I refer a friend to become a preferred customer, they pay me a referral fee.  With a 100% money back guarantee there is no risk and you have up to 60 days to try it and love it or return it.  I believe in happy, healthy homes.  Call me and I will show you how to create a safe and loving environment for yourself, your family and your planet.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.