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Introduction

This official Links page groups individual links by subject. However, stand-alone, uncategorized links also appear throughout my home page; thus, not every link at this site resides on this Official Links page. However, most do.

Links for my last and most important Key to Good Health, love, enjoy a dedicated page.

I have personally selected all links and consider each important, insofar as I have been able to acquaint myself with the company, organization, and/or products, services, or bodies of information each provides. I have paid a preliminary visit, at least, to each listed site and received a favorable overall impression, based upon compliance with a set of specific criteria. One essential criterion, for example, is sale of products that are actually labeled organic, and not merely "natural."

Please note, however, that unless otherwise indicated, I have not personally verified every single claim made by every single business and organization, whether in regard to its approach to customers and clients or to one or more of its products, services, or information offered, nor have I confirmed or concluded categorically that every product each sells or service each offers is the most natural and non-toxic available. Such a comprehensive large-scale task would be difficult for anyone.

Generally, however, companies and organizations listed here and on my home page are still among the best available for those interested in building and maintaining health.



LINKS


BUILDING THE NEW SOCIETY

Brotherhood of Man
"Advocating Economic & Personal Change"

(We're all brothers and sisters in One Human Family. However, the world is not presently arranged to reflect this:  our global economic system of capitalism, especially in concert with its culture of egoism, is the cause of almost every problem we've got, individually and collectively--including and especially every form of ill-health. The Brotherhood of Man project has the only solution that is permanent, comprehensive, and realistic:  replacement of capitalism and its culture of egoism with a far superior classless, moneyless, needs-based, love-assisted (C.M.N.L.) socio-economic system, indeed, the long dreamt-of Brotherhood of Man. Far more powerful than traditional revolutionary programs for change, the Brotherhood of Man program is unique--there is simply no other like it. If you really want to change the world, this is the only place to be.

Without such a transition, it will remain impossible for humankind to dramatically and permanently bring about health, or similarly solve any other human problem.)



GREENWASHING

Top Ten Greenwash Alerts
Good British eco website.

Greener Choices Eco Labels Center
Consumer Union's Green website analyzes product labels and what they really mean.

Whole Foods Markets
The best available, at least in the Northeastern U.S.



GLYCEMIC LOAD

Glycemic Index

The Official Website of the Glycemic Index and GI Database

Revised Int'l Table of Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Values



EVOLUTION

The Weston A. Price Foundation



AIR

World Asthma Day

American Lung Association, State of the Air: 2008

Or simply enter your zip code, here:



Smoke

Medical Effects of Exposure to Smoke Particles



FOOD SUPPLY

Paleo Diet

Paleo Magazine
"Modern Day Primal Living"

(Note:  this is a brand new magazine devoted exclusively to the Paleo diet and lifestyle, including recipes, photos, and articles. Keep the latest copy lying around your kitchen for knowledge and inspiration.)


Food Purity

The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It
"Quotation Pending."

(Note:  An essential resource for all of us, with special reference to children, or elderly parents, friends, or neighbors.)

The Hundred Year Lie - How Food and Medicine are Destroying Your Health
"Quotation Pending."

(Note:  a groundbreaking book with a message similar to that of the book, above. If anything, this book goes further.)

The Campaign - Do You Know What is in Your Food?

Say No to GMOs!

HealthyChild.org
"We are igniting a movement that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals."

EndocrineDisruption.com
"Quotation Pending"

The Endocrine Society
"Quotation Pending"



WEIGHT

Brotherhood of Man
"Advocating Economic & Personal Change"

(The Learn the Issues section of the Brotherhood of Man (BOMA) web site contains an important extended analysis of obesity. Highly recommended.)



WATER

Clean Water Network
"working to keep the promise of the Clean Water Act" - The Clean Water Network (CWN) is a coalition of more than 1,200 public interest organizations across the country, representing more than 5 million people, working together to strengthen and implement federal clean water and wetlands policy. It is the largest national coalition working to defend and strengthen the federal Clean Water Act.

(Note: sounds good!)

Natural Resources Defense Counsil
"The Earth's Best Defense"

(Note:  a longstanding and respected organization, with many Internet resources.)



SLEEP

Organizations

National Sleep Foundation
"Waking America to the Importance of Sleep."



STRESS

Books

The Relaxation Response
"The classic work"


Music

Oriental Sunrise - New Music for Zen Meditation. Riley Lee, 1996

"Centuries of advancements in musical instruments have bypassed the traditional shakuhachi flute, an ancient instrument formed from bamboo root and equipped with just five finger holes. Its tender, ethereal tone thus remains essentially unaltered since its distant origins in Japan, and in the hands of a master player such as Riley Lee...it sings to our spirits with a graceful gentleness that seems just beyond the reach of modern instruments. Lee here performs a series of duets with a koto, a stringed instrument with a harp- or zither-like character...evoking moods of serenity and calm, carrying away your concerns on the receding mists of a golden dawn. Sweet, not shrill, Lee's gentle playing (accented by the sounds of surf at the disc's opening and close) is easily accessible to Western ears and is well-suited for meditation and massage."


Articles & Documents

Hormonal Weight Gain


Television & Radio

Stress: Portrait of a Killer
A National Geographic Special featuring Stanford University's Robert Sapolsky.

Killer Stress: a National Geographic Special
Same special as above but with a slightly better introductory section.



ORGANIC & NATURAL LIFESTYLE

The Cure for All Diseases, by Hulda R. Clark
"Quote from Dr. Clark here"

Presents a truly a critical thesis: it is life in the modern world itself, that is utterly pernicious to health.

Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
"...the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers." "...been able to mobilize hundreds of thousands of consumers to pressure the USDA and organic companies to preserve strict organic standards."

(Note: this website is absolutely fabulous! Absolutely comprehensive, informational, and dynamic in support of the organic consumer and citizen! While KeysToGoodHealth.love is not a political website, there is a political component to the OCA that seems in large measure (though not in all respects) necessary in order for them to achieve such essential goals as successfully safeguarding the rights of the organic consumer, and maintaining strong organic standards.)

Additional Note, 2017: the OCA site at one point seemed to imply, if not indicate, support for abortion. Such a posture is irrelevant to its mission, however, and I've emailed it several times for a clarification, receiving nothing back but steely and deafening silence. I've even received several telephone solicitations from the OCA, apprising the telephone solicitor each time of the problem, to no avail. No one ever gets back to me.

Thus, as of several years ago, I cannot and do not officially support this organization.

National Green Pages
"The nation's only directory of screened and approved green businesses"

(Note: appears to be a comprehensive and excellent green directory.)

The Organic Pages Online
"Organic Trade Association (OTA) presents The Organic Pages Online to provide users with a quick, easy way to find certified organic products, producers, ingredients, supplies and services offered by OTA members, as well as items of interest to the entire organic community."

Life Without Plastic
They sell a variety of items made from natural materials.



SUGAR

Sugar, Sweet Suicide, Part I
Critical and eye-opening exposition by Health Educator Gary Null of the manifold and pernicious effects of sugar, though there is better exposition on this, at this point, which I'll list, soon. Moreover, I contacted Gary Null about the typographical errors on this web page, but received no response.



CHEMICALS ALL AROUND US

Organizations

BeyondPesticides.org

HealthyChild.org
"We are igniting a movement that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals."

Articles & Documents

Biosolids concerns bubble to surface
"Neighbors say sewage sludge spread on fields may be making them sick"



COGNITIVE HEALTH

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Association
Short description here pending.

Exercise Boosts Brain Power



GREEN BUILDING & HOME IMPROVEMENT SUPPLY

Green Depot
"Environmental living & building" - "Make 'green' building and living solutions accessible, affordable and gratifying"

(Note:  Order online, or Tri-state area residents can visit their store locations in Newark, N.J., Brooklyn, N.Y., or their new flagship location in Manhattan.)

Green Elements
"Healthy Design & Building Center"

(Note: Tri-state area residents can visit their store location in Boonton, N.J. or their website.)

Eco Safety Products
"We are a leading national wholesale Green Building Products distributor and manufacturer serving the green building supply, professional trade, and safety conscious organizations seeking high performance, safer solutions."

(Note: this company appears to sell to individual consumers, as well.)



LAWN, GARDEN, & PLANT

Organizations

BeyondPesticides.org

HealthyChild.org
"We are igniting a movement that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals."

SafeLawns.org

O.M.R.I.
Organic Materials Review Institute

Articles & Documents

Beware the Phrase Organic-Based
(Note: this is the critical article suggested above, describing why lawn care products must not only be be organic, but OMRI Certified Organic.)

The Best Control 2
"Encyclopedia of Integrated Pest Management" - Free Guide to Safe Nontoxic Pest Control"

Biosolids concerns bubble to surface
"Neighbors say sewage sludge spread on fields may be making them sick"

Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Pest Control Products

Fire Belly Organic Lawn Care
"...every one of our products is completely safe to use..."

Planet Natural
"Earth-Friendly Products, for Home, Lawn, & Garden"

Safer Brand
"Kills on Contact - Confidently Organic"

LivingWithBugs.com

EcoSMART Organic Insecticides



INDOOR PEST-CONTROL

(Includes DIY Products)

Boric Acid

Guardian Of Eden Boric Acid
Sometimes out of stock of boric acid, but excellent informational page.

Home Harvest Garden Supply
See bottom of their web page for their boric acid product.



MOMS & KIDS

The National Children's Study

"The National Children’s Study is a multi-year research study that will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. The goal of the Study is to improve the health and well-being of children."

"...the National Children’s Study will be one of the richest research efforts geared towards studying children’s health and development and will form the basis of child health guidance, interventions, and policy for generations to come."

Organically Hatched - bringing you the best organic baby products

"We pride ourselves in bringing you the best of the best in organic baby products. As a new mom, it's been difficult finding the right products and with so many choices out there, sometimes a lot of research is required before you find the best product for your needs. By offering what we believe are the best organic baby products out there, we will hopefully eliminate the confusion and time required to search for quality baby products."

"All of our organic baby products are unique and we feature the best natural organic baby skin care products. We also offer beautiful organic cotton baby clothes as well as BPA free bottles, dinnerware and pacifiers. Take time to view our selection and if there is anything we can help you find, please let us know."

The Smart Mama - Simple Steps to Non-Toxic Kids

NatureBaby & Family - natural choices for healthier living - for baby, moms, family & home

"At NATUREBABY & FAMILY, we realize that the choices you make for your family can have a great impact on their health, now or in the future. This is especially true for those who are chemically-sensitive and chronically ill, as well as for expecting moms, nursing moms and babies. That is why NATUREBABY & FAMILY has carefully considered each and every non-toxic, organic and natural product we offer to be sure that it is the safest and healthiest product for your baby and family, as well as our environment. We've been your trusted source for organic, non-toxic and natural baby and home products for over 8 years."

"Many people have the mistaken notion that if a product sells, it must be a safe product. Unfortunately, for the last 40 years or so, many products were invented quickly, and with a lack of thought, solely for the sake of convenience. Some of these products have the ability to affect us, and our planet, in a negative way."

"As a licensed Esthetician since 1987, I was always disappointed by the toxic ingredients that were in most skin care lines ... After developing chemical sensitivities and allergies, I knew I had to search for alternatives to the many harmful products I was using. After realizing there actually were safer substitutes for these products that work well, I decided to find a way to make others aware of the toxins in everyday products and offer them healthier choices."

"It is impossible to avoid all toxins. However, until there are cures for the diseases of the world, especially those linked to environmental exposures (such as cancer), it makes sense to lessen the burden of toxicity in our bodies... Naturebaby & Family was conceived from this philosophy."

Mothering - inspiring natural families since 1976

Healthy Schools Network

Holistic Moms Network

Fat Brain Toys
"As you peruse Fat Brain Toys, you may find something missing. In fact, if you're accustomed to the toy selection found at most stores, you may find lots of items missing. Missing are the licensed, violent, cheaply made toys that end up in the trash can shortly after being played with by your child. But what you will find instead are THOUSANDS of quality, open-ended toys, games, and gifts that entertain AND educate.

For the past seven years, we've been carefully choosing the best toys from around the world in addition to aquiring [sic] the single largest selection of American-made toys found anywhere."

(Note: Old-fashioned toys that are well-built, non-toxic, and wholesome. Very highly recommended.)



COSMETICS

Aubrey Organics
"100% Natural Products Since 1967 ... Our mission is to provide all-natural, safe and effective personal care and lifestyle products to the consumer. We offer a true and authentic alternative to many of the mass produced synthetic products on the market today. We craft only the highest quality all-natural products without compromise as to ingredients, packaging or cost ... There is nothing to be found in an Aubrey Organics product that does not come from nature ... We...mix our products the old-fashioned way, by hand (as you might in your kitchen). Every product is handcrafted in small batches of 50 gallons or less for greater quality control ... A dedicated animal rights activist, [Aubrey Hampton] is strongly committed to operating a cruelty-free company. This commitment led to his being named “Activist of the Year” in 1990 by the Culture and Animals Foundation."

One of the very few cosmetic companies I recommend, as there are very few whose products contain nothing but 100% right-from-nature ingredients. Prior to my own shift to Dr. Bronner's liquid soap as my shampoo, and simple coconut oil as my conditioner, I used Aubrey products. I still recommend them. You'll find they are expensive, as you'd expect them to be, given the absolute premier-quality that they are.



MATTRESSES & BEDDING

Pure-Rest Organics / Eco-Baby Organics
"I am a mom of 4 and know what it is to worry about the slew of chemicals, all the deception by companies trying to make a buck, and if your child or yourself will be one of the 30% to get cancer because of all this chemical intake."

Woman-owned company obsessively concerned with purity in their products. Shop here first!

a happy planet
"Since 1996 A Happy Planet has been proud to bring you quality merchandise, made with respect to humanity and the earth. We provide sensible, durable products created only by those manufacturers who are committed to using organic and natural materials."

San Francisco Manufacturer and retailer of organic mattresses. Strong emphasis on organic and chemical free. Co-owner:  Kevin.



HEALTH PORTALS & DIRECTORIES

Dr. Lam
"The Authority on Natural Healing"

(Note: this site is absolutely fabulous!)



RESIDENCE & HOME

EcoNest
"For most of us, our home is our center. It should be a sanctuary that nurtures body, mind and spirit. Sadly, standard homes today are built with little regard for our health or the environment. There are better ways to build; a home can be the focal point for health and sustainability.

The EcoNest is our simple solution. Health, ecology and sustainability begin at home in an EcoNest. These elegant, hand-crafted homes utilize natural building techniques including: timber framing, clay/straw walls, earth plastering and natural, non-toxic finishes throughout."

As Hulda Clark asserts in her book "The Cure for All Diseases" (a book with controversial elements, to be sure), the principle threat to human health, understood broadly, is modernity, itself, at least as presently constituted. And a chief toxic expression of modernity is our homes and apartments, as they are full of hazards of many kinds (some of which we introduce ourselves through our choice of cleansing agents, for example, and some of which are built-in, such as linoleum flooring or high-VOC paints). Thus, Dr. Clark actually recommends finding and relocating to a pristine natural geo-physical environment and living as much of your life outdoors there, as possible.

Insofar, however, as one still desires or requires a form of indoor dwelling, structures such as those built by EcoNest are best, as they are built non-toxic, non-chemical, and thus non-harmful from the ground up. Living enveloped in such a structure with natural, Earthen materials all around us puts us in direct and joyous contact with our planet, as well.

Additionally, in terms of maximizing the healthfulness of your present dwelling, I highly recommend the EcoNest article Tips For a Healthy Home. In fact, the entire EcoNest website is a powerful de facto library of information on healthy vs. unhealthy living space.



HAND WASHING

ScrubClub.org
Note: A creatively-done handwashing advocacy site for kids.

Clean Up! - A Kid's Guide to Handwashing

Note: A handwashing advocacy page of reasonable detail and comprehensiveness, suggested to me via the following email received April 24, 2012:

Good morning!

I know you don't' know me personally, but my name is Sarah and I am an after school counselor for some Kindergarten students out in Colorado. They have been using your webpage, http://keystogoodhealth.org/links.html , for their project and brought to my attention how helpful it has been for them! (They are learning how to wash their hands!)

As a thank you, one of my students, Michelle, wanted to suggest another resource:

"Clean Up! - A Kid's Guide to Handwashing" http://www.commercialofficecleaning.com/kids-handwashing-guide.html

She was wondering if you could add this to your page? I researched the article and it is very resourceful which is why I decided to write to you on Michelle's behalf.

We would like to thank you again for the wonderful resources and hope that you add our newly discovered resource to your page! If you do decide to add it, please let me know, as I would love to show her the suggestion up!

Have a wonderful day!

Sarah Cromwell
sarah@afterskoolkids.org



EXERCISE

Exercise Boosts Brain Power



MARKET & GROCERY

Whole Foods Market
"We go to extraordinary lengths to satisfy and delight our customers."

(Note:  In my experience, there is simply no other place to shop, generally speaking:  this chain and this chain alone seems most single-mindedly interested in offering the most pure and pristine products to the consumer. As such, Whole Foods Market is presently the best market available for persons genuinely interested in maintaining health.

There are many instances and examples of this orientation; one concerns plants. Do you wish to bring plants and flowers into your home or garden but ensure that they've not been sprayed or otherwise treated with synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or other toxic materials? Do you wish to ensure that when your child learns the texture, feel, and smell of a particular leaf, stem, stalk, or flower by touching it with their hand, there is no toxic residue of any kind, in any amount, that will adhere to their skin, perhaps to end up in their mouth, nose, or eyes?

Save Whole Foods Markets, I know of no retailer of plants or flowers whose products are untreated (yet healthy and vibrant). Note: WFM does not treat their plants, nor even apply cosmetic chemicals such as leaf shine. However, WFM employees acknowledge that the plants are not organically grown, and they don't know if they were treated by their growers prior to shipping to Whole Foods. They likely were.

Whole Foods Market has stores in Montclair, West Orange, Paramus, and Ridgewood. Their newest local store, and one of their largest nationwide, is the new Paramus store. It is absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend a visit.

NOTE, July 01, 2013:  my attitude has changed a bit concerning Whole Foods Market. While still the best market overall to secure the widest range of organic and other healthy foods and items for living, WFM has slowly come to sell a rather large army of garbage, too, including pizza, all manner of sugary pastries, cookies, and baked goods, and now even such foods as cheese-laden pastas and hot dogs and hamburgers, though freshly-prepared. Regarding the latter, for example, a pure and trans-fat-free WFM burger or dog is still far healthier than just about anyone else's, yet still consists of (non-organic?) red meat and a roll, which is a refined grain product.

Update, September 2017: WFM Market has experienced a steep decline in the healthfulness of its foods. I routinely find undesirable, if not downright unacceptable, ingredients in its foods. For example, "distilled monoglycerides," which I understand to be a back-door form of the dreaded Trans-Fat. Additionally, I've found contaminants any number of times in WFM prepared foods, such as shrimp shells in the Jambalaya and wax paper in the meatloaf. My Mother, for one, stopped trusting Whole Foods Market prepared food some time ago.



NOISE

Eliminating Objectionable Noise

The Right to Quiet Society

Noise Free America

Noise Pollution Clearinghouse

BarkingDogs.net


Preserving Your Hearing

National Hearing Conservation Association

International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise

Center for Hearing and Communication
(formerly the League for the Hard of Hearing)

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers


Preserving & Promoting "Natural Silence" and its Benefits

The Looming Death of Natural Silence (Article)

The Sound Tracker

the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

The Merton Institute For Contemplative Living


Harms of Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

NOISE: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide. The Anti-Noise, Anti-Leafblower Handbook.
This book includes my illuminating essay "Leafblower as Assault Weapon" that reveals the true character of the so-called "leaf" blower, and likely confirms your suspicion regarding just how extremely dangerous this cannon masquerading as lawn equipment can be.



ELECTRICAL POLLUTION

Articles & Documents

Health Effects of Electrical Pollution


EMF Meters & Shielding

Recommended is the AlphaLab Tri-Field meter, as it easily measures each of the three relevant kinds of fields, and is relatively low-priced for such a comprehensive device.



RELAXATION

Meditation is Easy

The World Wide Online Meditation Center



PROTECT THE EARTH

EarthDay.gov - U.S. Government Portal

EarthDay Network

Natural Resources Defense Counsel
"The Earth's Best Defense"

(Note:  a longstanding and respected organization, with many Internet resources.)

Sierra Club
"The Club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, we are 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet."

(Note:  awesome!

The Walden Woods Project

"...preserves the land, literature and legacy of Henry David Thoreau to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The Project accomplishes this mission through the integration of conservation, education, and research."








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