Crazy Thyroid Story – Full Version

This is a long story.  There’s some very personal information in here – if that makes you uncomfortable, you might not want to read this.  If you’re short on time, read the short version. In November 2009, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on synthetic thyroid hormone replacement.  I expected my symptoms to clear … Read more

Detoxify Your Personal Care and Cosmetics

The following are changes I made to my Personal Care & Cosmetics – eliminated: Sodium laurel sulfate Parabens (any form) Fragrance (unless from essential oil) Triclosan Benzene (any form) Hair dye.  Yes, I finally embraced my natural color! Methylhexylcinnimate Petroleum distillates such as Propylene Glycol, PPG, PEG, etc. Fluoride Many others – too many to … Read more

Detoxify Your Home

Here’s how I detoxed our home: No synthetic fragrances in ANYTHING – essential oils only (more on this later) No Paraffin candles – they release benzene when burned (Recognized by the IARC, NTP, EPA, and NIH as a known human carcinogen) Use nontoxic detergents and cleaning products with a low rating on the Environmental Working … Read more


My name is Amanda Hodgson. I’m an Army wife, stepmom to a teenage boy, and dog mom to two mixed breed rescue dogs. Cody lives with his mom and visits throughout the year.  Our four legged children are a male Chiweenie and a female Cocker Spaniel/Miniature Poodle/Cairn Terrier mix. Together we enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, … Read more

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