Stephanie

Source: Toxin Detective

I’m Stephanie and my mission is to spread awareness about toxins in our daily lives and simple steps we can take to reduce them.  

My concern with toxins actually began at a young age.  Since around the age of twelve, I have been acutely aware of all of the chemicals around me from strong perfumes, hairspray, fumes from paint, car and truck exhaust, air fresheners, dry cleaning sheets that smelled up the house, strong cleaning products … perhaps a physical chemical sensitivity or perhaps all in my mind — either way, it just didn’t seem that it could be good for anyone to be inhaling and ingesting these things.

But it wasn’t until a few years ago when dealing with my own health issues (autoimmune symptoms and an emergency surgery to untwist my intestine) that I started really researching health and nutrition online and discovered there may actually be something to my concerns.  As I learned more about the potential health hazards of all of the toxins in the foods we eat, water we drink and products we use on a daily basis, I decided to clean up my life and see if it made a difference – so I ditched the diet soda, oral synthetic hormones, and the multitude of phthalate and paraben-filled personal care products lining my shelves (literally several large grocery bags full of them!) to name a few — and I witnessed a dramatic improvement in my health over the course of the next few months.

At that point I began to dig even deeper and discovered the extensive library of research linking a vast array of negative health effects to repeated exposures to low-doses of the chemical toxins that are lurking in our everyday lives.  As I learned more, I desperately wanted to share this information with as many people as I could (and would tell anyone who would listen).  PEOPLE NEEDED TO KNOW THIS STUFF!!!

I know I had assumed that surely “if it was bad for us, the government would not allow it to be sold,” and that there must be laws regulating what’s in our products to keep us safe, but as I researched this I was again shocked (and disappointed) to learn that the current laws, at least in the United States, are sadly outdated and ineffective. The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 has never been updated even though it’s so weak that it doesn’t require safety-testing of chemicals prior to being put on the market and essentially allows manufacturers and companies to use hazardous chemicals in many household products! And the existing federal cosmetics regulation – the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938 – cedes decisions about ingredient safety to the cosmetics industry. Under the current law, the FDA doesn’t have the power to require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments, and can’t even require product recalls. (The FDA didn’t even have the authority under the law to issue a mandatory recall of Brazilian blowout hair straightening products after they were found to contain formaldehyde!) …. PEOPLE DEFINITELY NEEDED TO KNOW THIS TOO!!!  

I knew there were many great groups (Environmental Working Group and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to name two) and many bloggers who were already sharing this important information, but I wanted to help spread it too – every single person empowered with this knowledge counts!  And thus, Toxin Detective was born.

And as learned more, I also ignited my passion for the field of natural health.  In fact, my desire to help others and spread this message was so strong that I made the decision to give up my full-time career as an attorney to return to school – naturopathic medical school that is – with the goal of learning all I can to help people based on the principles that guide my own life.  There have definitely been moments of fear as I embark on this new journey, but I knew when I was crying myself to sleep at night because I so badly wanted to be pursuing this dream that I had to make the change.  So here I am, back in school and soaking up all I can in hopes of sharing what I learn to help people enjoy healthier and happier lives.

By way of background, I graduated from Princeton University in 2005 with a bachelors degree in Anthropology and then from Stanford Law School in 2008.  After practicing law full time for five and a half years beginning in 2008, I made the decision to follow my passion in the spring of 2014 and am currently a naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University.  The naturopathic medical philosophy perfectly suits my desire to help people attain health and prevent disease through lifestyle management and proven natural remedies and treatments (you can read more about naturopathic medicine here).   

My goal and dream is to have a naturopathic medical practice where I can implement naturopathic therapies for my patients to help them with a variety of health issues and concerns with a focus on naturopathic detoxification for all sorts of conditions including pre-natal preparation and care, infertility, hormonal issues, skin issues, allergies, and autoimmune conditions.

Wishing you the best of health!

Want to learn more about naturopathic medicine? You can go here.

To learn more about the mission of Toxin Detective you can go here.

 

7 Responses to About Stephanie

  1. Rusty says:

    Stephanie,

    I am very proud of you. This is an awesome website that will help guide interested people to a healthy, happier way of life. It is great to have a source that will help sort out fact from fiction. Hopefully, this will help foster in a whole generation of parents and children who understand that food, used correctly, is like medicine.

    Rusty

  2. Adam says:

    Stephanie,

    Not only will this site be very beneficial to those interested in healthy living, it will educate many in the importance of understanding health and how it relates to the overall self. I cannot think of a better guide to lead this journey and your genuine passion, honesty, experience, intelligence, resourcefulness, and gentile leadership are the perfect combination to build trust and respect amongst your followers. You will reach and positively impact many.

    Adam

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and for your overly-kind and generous comment!! It all really means so much. I only hope to live up to that amazing comment!!!

  3. Annette says:

    Stephanie –
    I am very proud of you and all your accomplishments. I love the “drive” you have to help others. I look forward to learning from you about naturopathic medicine.

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