Live Toxin-Free to Boost Fertility: An Interview with Manda Aufochs Gillespie, aka The Green Mama
Manda is so knowledgeable on the topic of toxins and our health that the important information just rolls off her tongue, all while she is smiling and enjoying that she gets to share this important wisdom. This is part 1 of many more to come as it is such a big topic that one interview just won’t cut it. There are so many great take aways during this podcast that you are going to want to have a pen and paper ready. This is realistically the easiest way to take steps toward improving your fertility and ensuring your future children do not begin life in a toxic environment. ~ Spence
“What people forget is that actually we’re absorbing even more from the things that we put on our body because they do not filter through our digestive system, which means that we don’t have as many ways to kind of protect ourselves, and that stuff still slams into our liver. A young child can absorb 90% of what’s put on its skin directly, and for a grown up, it’s probably closer to 60%. An average woman is putting more than 500 different chemicals, many of which are untested and many of which we know are linked to cancer, to hormonal issues, etc, on their body every single day, the majority of them on their face. So, these will pass through your body and into your unborn child, many of them will sit in your body for a long, long time, and then pass on to your future children. They will affect your fertility, and they all affect your future chances of things like Alzheimer’s, cancer, Parkinson’s, etc, so it’s a very big issue. My mantra is, if you like the ideal world, we would not put anything on our bodies that we would not eat, living toxin-free.” – Mandy
Manda Aufochs Gillespie is the author of the Green Mama series of books (Green Mama: Giving your child a healthy start and greener future and Green Mama-to-Be: Creating a Healthy, Happy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy) and publisher of the award-winning website thegreenmama.com.
She’s been writing, consulting, and giving advice (mostly solicited) on green living and design for a million years. Before handing out that (mostly solicited) advice she does a lot of research and tries things out on her own children and her husband. (They are all still living and they all still have their limbs.) Sometimes her husband rolls his eyes, but as the media says she is “the green guru” so he has to listen. Despite what her children may say, Manda is a lot of fun and mostly right. Manda has helped green one of America’s first environmentally conscious childcare facilities, managed one of the world’s only urban ecovillages, and has taught hundreds of parents and small business about how to go green (without going broke). She has appeared as the green living expert on the TV shows The Lazy Environmentalist (HBO) and Save My Planet (ABC’s Living Well Network) and the documentary The Beginning of Life. She is a feature write for EcoParent Magazine and has recently started working on radio for CKTZ. She can be found on social media as The Green Mama, but prefers to be found wading into the Pacific Ocean with her children.
Author of the Green Mama series of books: Green Mama: Giving your child a healthy start and greener future .
Green Mama-to-Be: Creating a Healthy, Happy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy; both published by Dundurn
Publisher of the award-winning website www.thegreenmama.com.
Feature writer for EcoParent Magazine on topics such as health, pregnancy, parenting, and personal essays on modern living
Appeared on CTV Breakfast TV, ABC Simply Living, HBO the Lazy Environmentalist, and CBC radio multiple times. Called “the green guru” by the media.
Author and founder of The Green Mama and publisher of thegreenmama.com (2006 to now)
EcoCity Cleveland: environmental planner and green writer; manager Cleveland EcoVillage (2000 to 2004)