Balance Out The Bad Podcast
By Molly Trucano & Amanda Conrad
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We are Amanda Conrad and Molly Trucano and we started a podcast about all the things that might be killing us. We hear in the news, on Facebook, inside clickbait articles, and from our own quirky circle of yogis, alternative healers, and health coaches that literally everything is killing us or environment. But is it really? Or are we all just falling victim to scare tactics? And if everything really is killing us, what can we actually do about it? Through this show we try to bring some balance and sanity to the conversation. We can't take everything as fact, otherwise we'd have to go live in a cave without any modern resources--and that would really be insane. Twice a month we'll investigate the myths and claims about some common everyday products that we hear might be killing us. Things like GMOs, insect repellent, skincare and beauty products, cell phones, tampons, fast fashion, food coloring, etc, etc. We'll try to separate the facts from the fallacies--and hopefully not go crazy in the meantime. Disclaimer: We are not professionals. We are not scientists or doctors, or nutritionists, or health coaches, or anything other than just two women who tend to have a bit of Chicken Little attitude. All the research we do is from talking to people and what we can dig up on the Internet. We welcome your questions. And if you know more about this stuff than we do, please share! Note: We don't make a dime off this project. If we recommend a brand or product or company, it's because we have done the research or used it ourselves and give it our little stamp of approval.
||CleanEpisode 22: Meat Part 2||On this very delayed episode of BOTB, I talk about a vegan fight on Abbot Kinney, never using the word "lagoon" again, and whether cooking meat is actually killing us. It's part two in a three-parter! Get ready to keep hearing me blab about meat and the meat industry!||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Cellphones Part 1||If you're anything like me, you can hardly wait 2 minutes before needing to check your phone again. I'm so attached, that I had to strap a device to my wrist! But I have lately been hearing about the risks, not only FOMO, but serious claims of brain tum||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Molly's Surprise aka Factory Farming aka Meat Part 1||Molly nearly loses her mind when it comes to factory farms, antibiotics, sentience, and ice cream trucks.||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18: Birth Control Part 2||We're following up on the very important topic of birth control with a few personal stories. I interviewed my mom about getting birth control in the 1970s, and I share my own story of dealing with annoying hormone side effects for years. Molly also shar||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: Birth Control Part 1 - Special Mega-sode with Welcome to the Clambake!||We have a really fun episode for you guys today. Molly and I met up with feminist podcast Welcome to the Clambake to talk all about Birth Control! If you're a lady over 18, you're likely on birth control, have been on birth control, or have considered||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: DUH!||Rapid fire episode on things that we KNOW are bad for us, but aren't sure just how bad||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Nail Polish||In this episode, we explore nail polish, gel nail polish, the Environmental Working Group, and more!||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Candles||In today's episode, Molly and I chat about our favorite candle fragrances.... oh yeah and if candles are killing us! Reviews are mixed, but there are definitely some things to watch out for!||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Butter Drinks||Happy New Year! Molly and I did a little drink experiment around Thanksgiving and we thought this would be the best time to share our experiences with drinking butter, in case any of you are looking for a cleanse or new coffee habit for the new year.||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Skincare Part 2||Today we have a follow up on our last Skincare episode with Alli Reed of Stratia Skin. If you haven't listened yet, it's one of our favorites. Skincare is such a huge topic, and one that gets pretty confusing. There are SO many claims out there of what'||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: California Prop 65||Do you like in California? Ever wonder what those vague warnings about cancer in your grocery stores and coffee shops area all about? We did too! Molly researched the weird California Prop 65 law so you don't need to be afraid anymore!||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Pumpkin Spice||What actually IS cinnamon? What about nutmeg? Bet you never really thought about that before, have ya? That's why you listen to Balance Out The Bad! We're getting into the finer points of pumpkin pie, and then we'll go the other direction and try to fig||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Skincare Part 1||In today's episode we interview Skincare Wonder Woman, Alli Reed, the founder and chemist behind Stratia Skin!||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Coffee Mini-sode||A quick follow up to last week's episode on caffeine, where we look at 4 coffee labels to look for when you go shopping, and the results of a little experiment we put together.||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Caffeine||In this episode we take a second look at our favorite legal stimulant, caffeine. It's everywhere and we're consuming more and more in order to keep up with our demanding lives, but is it causing more harm than good?||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Deodorant||This week, we myth-bust the sh*t out of a hot topic - DEODORANT! You will want to listen to this one...||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Kitchen Rapid-Fire||Instead of diving deep into one topic, we're giving you the short and sweet on 8 different kitchen themed topics, like MSG, the Keurig, bromated flour, olive oil, shredded cheese, food coloring, dish soap, and carageenen||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Pet Food||In this episode of Balance out the Bad, Amanda takes us through the very complex supply chain of the pet food industry. It's a doozy folks.||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Palm Oil||What's the big deal about Palm Oil? Why should we care? Molly takes us to chemistry class, and we take a trip to the peat lands of Indonesia!||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Microwaves||Amanda teaches us all about MICROWAVES! How does that little metal box cook our food in seconds? Is that actually safe? Listen to find out!||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Sunscreen||Molly tells us all about SUNSCREEN! What's "SPF", and what do the numbers mean? Are we damned if we do, damned if we don't? Listen to find out!||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Love these two!
Two Facts: 1) I'm a working mom of two kids who does not have the time to research all of the things I worry about putting in/on my body. 2) I have a graveyard of 'natural' deodorants that did not work and I'm at my wits end with finding the right product. Solution = Balance out the Bad. These two lively females dig into life's pondered wonders and lay out the facts in an entertaining yet education way. I've listed to a few and am hooked. Highly recommend giving thse a listen.
Smart Informed and Funny!
I love these two! They are actually providing useful information in a non-boring way and they clearly have such fun together!