As the founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology and The Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, Deirdre says she wants to help kids affected by childhood illness. "Our mission is to identify, control and ultimately prevent environmental factors that may cause adult and especially children's cancer and all other health problems with our children," she says. In addition, Deirdre has made it her mission to educate people about toxins found in foods and chemical-laden cleaning and personal care products, saying both are important steps toward preventing illnesses in children and adults. She has developed a line of toxic-free cleaning products and is the author of Greening Your Cleaning, the first book in a series called Green This!
While buying chemical-free products and organic foods sounds like an expensive endeavor to some, Deirdre says there are small ways you can reduce exposure to toxins without going over your budget.
- Buy certified organic staple foods like pasta, fruit, cheese and milk.
- Reduce your consumption of fish—most are high in toxic mercury, Deirdre says.
- Switch your cleaning products to environmentally friendly brands. They work just as well and are priced comparatively, Deirdre says.
- Have people take off their shoes when they enter your home. It cuts down on the amount of toxins and pesticides brought inside from the outdoors.