Something You Should Know about Going Green

Saving Energy

November 25, 2015


Interview with Brain Keane President of SmartPower




Mike Carruthers:
Getting consumers - people like you and me - to really conserve energy has been a tough sell. Because to conserve energy means, to many of us, to sacrifice.


Brian Keane:
We actually did focus groups among college students today. You talk to them about conservation and they will talk about Jimmy Carter. And these guys weren't even alive when Jimmy Carter was president.


Brian Keane

Why Men Are Becoming More Feminine - Part 2

January 22, 2014


Interview with Dr. John LaPuma, author of the book Refuel: A 24-Day Eating Plan to Shed Fat, Boost Testosterone, and Pump Up Strength and Stamina




Mike Carruthers:
Men are becoming more feminine. Part of it has to do with body weight and part of it has to do with toxins in the environment.


Dr. John LaPuma:
The simplest ways for men to get started to avoid estrogen in their food and plastics that can corrupt their hormones and gender bend are to simply wash your hands more often.

Dr. John LaPuma

Why Men Are Becoming More Feminine

January 21, 2014


Interview with Dr. John LaPuma, author of the book Refuel: A 24-Day Eating Plan to Shed Fat, Boost Testosterone, and Pump Up Strength and Stamina




Mike Carruthers:
The weight loss industry and the research that supports it is mostly focused on women.


Dr. John LaPuma:
19 out of 20 peer reviewed studies in the medical literature on weight control programs are done in women or primarily in women – only 5% are done in men. But half of the people who are obese in this country are men.

Dr. John LaPuma

Protecting Yourself From Cancer

August 29, 2013


Interview with Devra Davis, author of the book The Secret History of the War on Cancer




Mike Carruthers:
Exposure to toxic substances seems to be a leading cause of cancer. But why do some people get it and others don't when they're exposed to the same level of toxins? 


Devra Davis:
There's a wide range of vulnerability. Some people (like my grandfather who lived to 97) are pretty tough.


Devra Davis

What You Didn't Know About Air Conditioning

July 2, 2013


Interview with Jeff Wilson, author of the book The Greened House Effect: Renovating Your Home with a Deep Energy Retrofit




Mike Carruthers:
This time of year thoughts turn to air conditioning, which is expensive to run now and is about to get more expensive.


Jeff Wilson:
People may not realize that the Freon that we use the R22 Freon the old refrigerant that we use is being phased out by the EPA. And the new ecofriendly refrigerant is being phased in.

Jeff Wilson

Are You Going Into Debt To Buy Christmas Presents?

December 17, 2012


Interview with Mary Hunt, author of the book Debt-Proof Your Christmas: Celebrating the Holidays without Breaking the Bank




Mike Carruthers:
Spending discipline... it often flies out the window this time of year because, well, we need to buy Christmas gifts for people.


Mary Hunt:
Let me ask you a question: “Tell me what you received for Christmas last year?" Yeah, see people don't remember, so why in the world should you buy a gift now that you're going to have to pay for for the next twenty years, when the person you give it to isn't even going to remember?

Mary Hunt

Why You Need Nature - Part 2

May 25, 2011


Interview with Richard Louv, author of the book The Nature Principle




Mike Carruthers:
We all pay a price for spending so much time indoors and so little time outdoors.


Richard Louv:
Study after study show a connection between spending more time in the natural world in increased health both physical health and mental health.

Richard Louv

Toxins In Your Home

April 19, 2011


Interview with Dave Wentz, author of the book The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers




Mike Carruthers:
Toxins come into your home in lots of little ways and they all add up. For instance dry cleaning…


Dave Wentz:
Most people don’t have any idea what that is it just magically works and their clothes are clean. But dry cleaning isn’t even a dry process; they wash your clothes in this chemical called perc, and that perc is a toxic chemical.

Dave Wentz

The Dark Side Of Plants

June 9, 2009
Interview with Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants




Mike Carruthers:
We think of plants as being fairly benign but there are some mean, nasty and dangerous plants - for instance oleander.


Amy Stewart:
Oleanders grow all over the southern part of the United States and it is really a highly, highly toxic shrub that will make you very sick. It will make you very weak and can kill you quite quickly.

Amy Stewart


Going Green At Home

April 28, 2009
Interview with Diane MacEachern, author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World




Mike Carruthers:
If you want to be green and protect the environment one thing you can do is…


Diane MacEachern:
Buy products that are in concentrated form - and this is particularly easy to do with cleaning products like laundry detergent.

Diane MacEachern


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