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Join Jillian and Marla as they help listeners understand how taking a holistic approach to designing a healthy home provides real results. Each segment focuses on a specific step from the Wellness Within Your Walls® Healthy Living System™. Listen to candid interviews with health and wellness experts that give advice on how to take control of the process of creating a healthier home.
 
Healthy building expert Andrew Pace uses his 25+ years experience to produce this weekly podcast, dedicated to the discussion and education of home health and human wellness. With over 20,000 satisfied clients all over the world, Andrew has a keen awareness of the issues relating to chemical sensitivity, green building, mold remediation and toxicity reduction. As a healthy home consultant, Andrew continues to be sought after to assist on projects all over the world, but his true passion is t ...
 
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While I normally leave the nutrition-related podcasting to my friends Robyn Openshaw, Ashley James and Katie Wells, this was one episode that Jay and I HAD to do. Tim James has an eye-opening story to tell and beyond that, an incredible gift to share with everyone. The gift of personal health. Tim does private and group session health coaching, and…
 
Oh boy do I love this time of year. You can feel the cooler weather starting to make its way in. Leaves are beginning to change. What stays consistent, however, is the amount of calls and emails we get asking us questions about healthy home projects. Today, we're tackling some of those questions and I'm pretty sure at least one of two of them will …
 
Even though I'm a trusted healthy home consultant and materials expert, I could never say that I know it all. When I'm stumped on a project, Caroline is one of my go-to experts. We've had the pleasure of working together on projects over the years and it's about time we had the chance to put one of our conversations on record and share it with the …
 
A few years back when we started the podcast, Jay and I both did an intro episode to give you all a little background. In these last years, we've gained thousands of new listeners and I get several emails a week asking about how I ended up in this business. So, this may be a refresher course to some, but it should be enlightening to all. The histor…
 
One of the most frequent calls we get. My walls, my carpet, my cabinetry is off gassing...what do I do??? Today, Jay and I tackle that question and discuss what off gassing really is and how to deal with it. Plus, I take a little time to talk about why I LOVE doing what I do and helping people with their healthy home dreams.…
 
Jay and I always appreciate the opportunity to talk with Jen and Rusty Stout from JS2 Partners about their business. On this episode, we'll find out how the pandemic has affected construction times, as well as helped their clients focus on what's most important. Lots of exciting news from them, so please enjoy the show!…
 
Many people do not realize the importance of minimizing the presence of chemicals in all areas of their home. Today’s guest, Alysia Reiner, is an actress, activist, producer, and eco-mom. Alysia is passionate about creating a clean environment not only for the planet, but inside our homes. In this episode, she shares ways she has created an eco-fri…
 
Many years ago, our local builders association constructed a model "green" home that achieved LEED Platinum status. I walked in to inspect it and had to walk out minutes later due to the offgassing coming primarily from the closet shelving systems. Since then, I've been on a quest to find the perfect system. Well, here it is!! Today I talk with Rob…
 
Stick frame, ICF, rammed earth, net zero..... what does it all amount to when you are building a new home or doing a major remodel.... one that has to be healthy, sustainable and light on the earth? In today's episode of NTE, Jay Watts interviews architect Michael Frerking of Living Systems Architecture. Michael has perfected the construction techn…
 
Today’s guests, Savannah and John R. Seydel, are newlyweds with a passion for sustainable living. In this interview, Savannah and John R. share ways that they are prioritizing sustainability in their home, life, and at work. They discuss how they have been able to give back to the community by making ethical choices for their wedding, home, and car…
 
Im a huge fan of ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) construction... have been for years. It can be the single best way to avoid mold in a new home project, but I've steered away from it because of the cost. With the rising prices of traditional lumber, is now a good time to rethink ICF for our new projects? I'll talk about that, along with some early sp…
 
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never had a dog. Today’s guest, Carol Novello, has worked in the animal welfare sector for 10 years and has started a multitude of programs to help get animals fostered, cared for, and into a loving home. Carol shares what inspired her to start working with animals, as well as the many benefits a furry…
 
Its been few weeks since Jay and I sat down together to talk about what's rambling through our minds. Sure, the high cost of building and material shortages are putting a stranglehold on parts of our industry right now, but there are silver linings and great deals to be had. We'll talk about this and several more timely topics on today's show.…
 
When problems arise in the home, many of us tend to sweep it under the rug. What many of us don’t realize, is the real impact having a clean home has on our health. Today’s guest, Bill Hayward is a building scientist and healthy living specialist. In this interview, Bill shares his story of living in a “sick house” and how it inspired him to help p…
 
Jay steps up to the plate this week to knock out a great interview with another sustainability expert and thought leader, Ian Johnson. Ian talks about the broad picture of sustainable building, but also shares his extensive knowledge and experience with healthy materials research. Signature Sustainability Reducing Emissions of VOC's... Thrive Colla…
 
Compassion is one of the most fundamental parts of being human, but not all of us practice it. While it’s a natural behavior, not everyone utilizes it in their day to day life. Today’s guest, Carol Beck is the Associate Director of The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. The Compassion Center focusing on teaching students …
 
One of the hottest topics in our email and phone messages these days is the idea of refinishing furniture. Let's face it, the cost of buying new seems overwhelming, so why not just freshen up what we already have? I wish I could say its an easy task, but in order to do it right and make it look good, it requires a lot of patience, skill, the correc…
 
Oh boy, this is a hot, hot topic right now. People are stuck inside their homes because of weather and the pandemic, so how do you know if the product you're using to refinish those cabinets is safe or not? Ah yes, check the safety data sheets, right?? Not so fast people...this really wont help you at all. Uh oh. Now what? Let Andy and Jay fill you…
 
2020 was a challenge, of course. But here at NTE we were still able to produce over 30 quality episodes of the show. So with that, Jay and I decided to produce a 'Best of 2020' for you all to enjoy. It is OUR distinct honor to be able to enter your home, car or headphones throughout the year, and we thank you so so much for listening. Bring on 2021…
 
Jay and I take some excellent listener questions this week. Crawlspace moisture issues, tiling questions and a discussion about what to look for when buying an existing home. Keep these questions coming folks! We love the interaction with our listeners and really appreciate the opportunity to provide assistance to you all.…
 
Just can't believe how fast Thanksgiving is upon us this year, but with how strange 2020 has been for all of us, I guess I can't be surprised. Jay and I do this episode every year...talking about what we are thankful for. Of course, our families, employees, friends and neighbors who have been so supportive this year. But from a Non Toxic Environmen…
 
If I'm building a home, should I be choosing natural building materials or man-made, synthetic ones? The answer is really not as easy as you think. Remember this...just because something is natural, it doesn't automatically make it safe for you and your family. Just ask anyone who used to work in the asbestos industry. Jay and I have a great one on…
 
Great to be back after a week of hiking the Appalachian Trial. So beautiful and relaxing. This week I'm sharing a few listener calls with you so I can answer their questions on air. Hopefully, these will resonate with things you're thinking about as well. New home building costs, sealing wood smells, etc. Thanks for listening!…
 
Jay and I talk about several topics today. Caulking techniques, how-to and how not to "cut-in" a painted wall, and most important, a frank discussion about the state of the retail home improvement industry. I know you want your project done right away, but there are many reasons why that may not happen, and none of these reasons are the fault of yo…
 
Jay and I hear the same thing every single week... "why does my contractor (or spouse) fight me on my healthy home choices?" Whether its lack of respect, lack of confidence or just a breakdown in communication, some people will just fight the adoption of materials that are new to them. This episode is a very frank on honest conversation about this …
 
Sarah Walker is a world renowned interior designer, furniture expert, stylist, educator and a Lyme survivor. She uses her own severe chemical sensitivities from her disease as a guide in her design practice in Toronto. She joins us today to discuss her new online detox guide as well as a series of educational events she is producing. The first epis…
 
In the field of environmental architecture and design, both commercial and residential, Eric Corey Freed is truly a one of a kind. Eric is a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design, and a nationally known expert in deep green buildings. He has authored 11 books with another coming out soon, plus a multitude of articles, present…
 
If you're remodeling your home, there are many different flooring materials you can use and hundreds of manufacturers to choose from. So you start researching your options and it becomes overwhelming. Let's take wood flooring. Do you want it solid, pre-finished, floating, engineered...folks, the options are many and most home owners aren't aware wh…
 
Well, not really confessions, but its a deep look into the day to day dealings with current clients and potential new projects. Once again, our friends at JS2 Partners in Texas join us on the show and as always, we learn about new things happening for them. Lots of great current data about the building industry and some exciting trends to look out …
 
About 25 years ago, I was introduced to a natural mineral product called Deodoroc. This was way back when the green industry was still the Wild West and there were thousands of so-called "green" home goods. But this product was special. This is when I learned all about zeolites and the natural abilities they have to help clean and maintain our home…
 
Air purification is always a hot topic with our clients and even more so these days. Today, we sit down with Steve Mores who is the VP of Sales and Training for Dynamic Air Quality Systems to have an awesome conversation about all the different ways to filter and purify your indoor air. Pleated filters vs polarized media. Why do we want to use carb…
 
Sealers, waterproofers, water repellants...so many terms, so many different products! What are they and why do we need all of them? This episodes dives deep into the world of sealers to familiarize you with the terminology and descriptions so that you choose the right one for your job. Concrete driveways, stone showers, stained patios...we talk abo…
 
You've all heard me say that no project ever goes perfectly smooth. Mother Nature can drop 10 inches of rain. Sub-contractors ignore your request to use the healthier product. Folks, these things happen all the time. It's not a question of 'what if', its a question of 'when'. So when the time comes, it requires quick action by the homeowner and/or …
 
Last week, Jay and I talked about some of the more common myths and misconceptions we deal with regularly. This week, we're focusing on the individuals we would call our influencers...the legends, if you will. You may have heard of some or many of these folks, but we'll talk about why they were so important to us as we molded our careers. There you…
 
I know I've harped on the topic of internet research before, but this episode takes it much further. This week, Jay and I discuss many of the myths and fallacies of the green and healthy building process and hopefully, shed some new light on them for you. We'll talk about plumbing, flooring, VOC's and more. This was such a fun episode for us and I …
 
Roofing and waterproofing. A couple things that Jay and I get asked about regularly, but have yet to address here on the show. Since we're in the throws of a rainy spring, now is a great time to start this discussion. Whats the best roofing material for your home and is it affordable? If I'm planning a lower level in my house that will be a livable…
 
While the nation is on lockdown, work still needs to be done. Today we speak with one of our partner builders in Texas that gives us a ton of useful information about working within this current environment. Jen and Rusty from JS2 Partners specialize in custom healthy home builds, so they are used to working with clients who have serious health iss…
 
** ATTENTION ** This is the most important podcast we've ever done ** While the world deals with the COVID-19 virus, we asked our friend Dr. Lisa Nagy from the Environmental Health Center of Martha’s Vineyard to come on the show to talk about her experiences and recommendations for protecting ourselves during this pandemic. What we got from Dr Nagy…
 
We're obviously in the midst of a world wide health crisis and I know dozens of experts in the alt/health community are podcasting and YouTubing all about protecting our personal immune systems. My expertise is in the health of your home, so this episode is all about making your less less susceptible to viruses through the use of healthier material…
 
So often we have clients that are stuck spinning their wheels because of the fear of too many toxins and pollutants. They use the phrase "what if" when discussing their homes. What if is has asbestos...what of it has lead...what if it has formaldehyde... Folks, just about every home will has its own set of problems to deal with and these can almost…
 
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