Resources for avoiding toxins
Here are some of the resources I think are helpful in addition to this site.
Learning more about what brands to purchase
- For carrageenan-free foods, the Cornucopia Institute has a guide.
- For corn-free foods, the search box in the right-hand column of this site.
- For general foods, see this thread on Ray Peat Forum for nice brands/sources.
- For general foods and supplements, check out this site I found, toxinless.com. It's run by some handsome fella.
- For general foods and household item ingredient warnings:
- For supplement lab testing:
- For medications, check the NIH's DailyMed to search for the active ingredient you're curious about. It will have the full label info of competing brands, allowing you to compare their ingredients.
- To help identify fake product reviews, try entering their Amazon listing into Review Meta and Fakespot.
US regional issues
- For the city you live in (or are considering moving to), check:
- The Environmental Working Group's drinking water quality database
- The American Lung Association's 2014 air quality report
- Greenpeace's map of chemical plants
- Sperling's Best Places for number of sunny days, UV index, elevation, and crime
- National League of Cities City Rankings for things like walkability and bike-friendliness
- Find local farms and farmer's markets with Local Harvest and EatWild.
- Find a local source for spring water with Find a Spring.
- Find out what produce is currently in season with RipeTrack.
- Get up-to-date urban air quality reports with Plume Labs.
Getting US products outside the US
- If a product you want only ships to US addresses, you can use a service that provides you a US address and then forwards received packages to you. The most popular are Reship.com and MyUS.com, but Philip in the comments below has suggested ViaBox for cheaper shipping and more reliability.
- For supplements, iHerb offers reasonably-priced international shipping.
- RayPeatForum.de has some discussion about finding products in Germany.
Making your own supplements and household products
- Scott Schlegal provides a guide for making low-risk topical products, and has some recommendations for commercial products. And if you're anything like me, he can also baffle you with graphs of stock market indicators.
- ScratchMommy is a site where Jess shares her recipes for making your own sunscreen, deodorant (underarm and feet), aftershave, cosmetics, and more.
- To purchase the active ingredient powders, Health Natura, PureBulk, and BulkSupplements.com are good choices.
- To convert between vitamin unit measurements, try the RFA Vitamin Calculator.
Here is a picture of a creepy jack-o'-lantern I made (in case you need one)
- There's a useful overview of the risks of different types of dental fillings, with more in-depth sources here and here.
- EMF WISE has practical advice for cutting back on EMF exposure.
- Dr. Sam Milham, author of the book Dirty Electricity, has access to his published papers here.
- Dr. Magda Havas has interviews and articles about EMF exposure, with the abstracts of her papers available here.
VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that can be "off-gassed" by household products
- The NIH has an overview of VOCs with details about common sources.
- M. Landman Communications & Consulting has a list of low-VOC paint brands.
Researching food, supplement, and medication ingredients
- If an ingredient is common and controversial, Wikipedia can be a good place to start for an overview of the health concerns about it.
- For foods, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has a food additive list with warnings about things they believe you should avoid.
- For foods, supplements, and household items, check the Environmental Working Group's general toxin information area and food-specific area for any ingredients you're curious about.
- For both foods and supplements, check the FDA's list of substances "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS), examining the "SCOGS Conclusion Type No." column for a number explained in the table on this page, and also clicking the ingredient name for more information. For a much higher level of detail, including studies supporting the safety of the substances, you can look up the substance in the GRAS Notice Inventory (when the search results appear, click the number in the GRN No. column, then click the number in the GRAS Notice row for a full PDF).
For a combined search of those four sites, enter the ingredient you're curious about here:
Learning more about the effects of a supplement
- Examine.com summarizes and rates studies about a wide variety of supplements.
- CureTogether compiles survey data on how well various treatments (supplements, medications, and lifestyle changes) address people's health conditions. It's well worth the free registration if you have a common health complaint, and you can help improve their data by answering their survey questions.
- Earth Clinic has compilations of people's experiences with different supplements and home remedies for various health conditions. You can search by the health condition or the remedy.
For a combined search of those three sites, enter the supplement you're curious about here:
Avoiding worrying too much about this health stuff
- Eat Something Sweet is an entertaining story that touches on the perils of health neuroticism. I enjoyed and recommend it.