Ovarian Cancer? Not On My Watch! with Celebrity Guest Cobie Smulders

Ovarian Cancer? Not On My Watch! with Celebrity Guest Cobie Smulders

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month just ended, but cancer is a topic that never stops affecting our lives.

On this episode of Just Ask David, actress Cobie Smulders of “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Avengers” shares her struggles with ovarian cancer struggles and how it led to her partnership with TESARO to create Not On My Watch.

Not On My Watch is an ovarian cancer education organization dedicated to empowering women to take their health into their own hands.

“I believe that having knowledge about your disease is empowering,” Cobie shares. “It’s nice to build a community to start more of a discussion about this and to be more proactive.”

Listen to the podcast for the full interview – you won’t want to miss this one!


Just Ask David Cares About Safe Beauty

Most of us put a lot of care into our looks, but your health is the most valuable thing you have. Don’t risk your health by using cosmetics with toxic chemicals.

For more information on safe beauty products, follow @JustAskDavid on Instagram and check out our blog!

Steer Clear of These Ingredients

Steer Clear of These Ingredients

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Personal care products we use on a regular basis like shaving cream, body wash, and even toothpaste can have toxic chemicals hidden in their ingredient lists.

In fact, the European Union recently banned over 1,100 chemicals from being used in any beauty or personal care products.

The United States, on the other hand, has only banned 11.


Hidden Ingredients and How to Look for Them

Some of the chemicals commonly used in our personal care products create a by-product called 1,4 dioxane.


1,4 dioxane is a carcinogen.


But because it’s a by-product created through a process called ethoxylation, it’s not included in the ingredients list.

And actually, the big brands could spend the extra money to purify these chemicals from cancerous byproducts.

There are even safer and equally effective (and slightly more expensive) chemicals that could substitute for chemicals that create hazardous by-product.

But many brands refuse to change their formulas.

While the Safe Beauty movement is amping up the standards for chemicals used in our products, there is still much work to be done.

Empower yourself by remembering these 3 rules the next time you shop for beauty products.


  1. Avoid PEG/Polyethylene/Polyethylene Glycol

PEGs, also known as Polyethylene Glycol, is used as a solvent in many of our common toiletries.


  1. Anything ending in ‘eth’ is TOXIC

Chemicals that end in “-eth” usually help a product foam. So look for this hint on shampoos, hand soaps, and body washes.


  1. Stay Away From Chemicals With “-oxynol”


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6 Life Hacks for Saving Money on Prescription Drugs with Special Guest Ruben Castaneda

6 Life Hacks for Saving Money on Prescription Drugs with Special Guest Ruben Castaneda

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Prescription medication can burn a serious hole in your wallet.

Rising healthcare costs mean that many of us are scrambling to get the money for prescriptions we need to be healthy.

It’s a depressing reality. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can do to shave a few dollars off the price tag.

Wellness reporter Ruben Castaneda of  the U.S. News & World Report returns to Just Ask David to offer insider advice on little-known ways to save money on your prescription medications.

  • “Ask your doctor about possible alternatives”

Sometimes, there is more than one medication that may work for us.

Generic medications, natural remedies, even trying a different brand name are all fantastic ways you can spare your bank account from pricey prescriptions.

Ruben suggests asking your pharmacist or healthcare provider follow-up questions before picking a new medication.

“Ask for other, less expensive options,” he advises. “What will this medication do for me? What are potential side effects?”

  • “Make an appointment with your pharmacist”


Many of us don’t realize it, but pharmacists are more than just the people who fulfill our prescription orders.

They’re often knowledgeable about the different kinds of medicines available on the market and what they’re used for.

“Have him or her review your complete medication list,” Ruben adds. “They can often find ways that you can save money.”

  • “Shop around for the best price”


Don’t feel like you’re obligated to fill your prescription at one of the big pharmacy chains, like those in Walmart or CVS.

There are other places you can go to shop for your medical essentials. And plenty of them offer competitive prices.

Besides your obvious pharmacies, Ruben also recommends checking prices at local independent drug stores and big box store pharmacies.

Listen for #4, 5, and 6!

Want to hear even more of what Ruben Castaneda has to say? Check out his article, 7 Ways Pain is Sometimes Misdiagnosed on U.S. News & World Report and follow him on Twitter @rcastanedaUSN!

The Exclusive Spa Day Event for Women Cancer Patients & Survivors With Special Guest Caitlin Kiernan

The Exclusive Spa Day Event for Women Cancer Patients & Survivors With Special Guest Caitlin Kiernan

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Just Ask David fans know that David Pollock’s dedication to Safe Beauty all stems from cancer awareness.


Our special guest Caitlin Kiernan joins us right before the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – to share an extraordinarily inspiring opportunity for women who have dealt with or are currently dealing with cancer.


Even as an award-winning journalist and beauty director for the likes of Life & Style Weekly, Star!, and OK! magazines, the Cancer Wellness Expo is a passion project for Caitlin.


Caitlin has been featured as a contributor in The Wall Street Journal, Refinery29, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New York Times, among other prestigious media outlets.

But after the rewarding feeling of releasing her book Pretty Sick: The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer, Caitlin wanted to do even more for cancer patients and survivors.


“It’s all about taking care of yourself during treatment because sometimes that gets lost in the mix. I wanted women to have access to all the information I had access to when I was going through treatment.”


Caitlin calls the Cancer Wellness Expo her book come to life.


What is the Cancer Wellness Expo?

A cancer diagnosis is more than enough to make anyone’s head spin.


And while treatment can help get rid of the cancer, many cancer patients become so worried about surviving that they neglect other parts of their overall wellness – understandably so.

Simply put, the Cancer Wellness Expo gives women who are cancer patients or survivors the best spa day they’ve ever had.


Let’s put it this way: your morning begins with a peaceful yoga session and ends with a VIP cocktail party.


“It’s all the different facets of wellness just for cancer patients and survivors,” Caitlin explains. “All the unique things that affect us, from how our medicine changes our body to how we reposition our relationship with food and exercise.”


And the Cancer Wellness Expo is just as educational (and star-studded!) as it is rejuvenating.


“We’re bringing in all the leading experts and influencers and celebrities to have these kinds of provocative conversations and to also have a lot of pampering,” Caitlin says. “Who doesn’t need that when you’re going through treatment?”


Follow Caitlin Kiernan and the Cancer Wellness Expo on Social Media

Visit the Cancer Wellness Expo website for resources on upcoming events!

Want to keep an eye on Caitlin and her cancer awareness work? Visit her website, “like” her on Facebook, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @caitkiernan.

How to Dye Your Hair NATURALLY – No Harsh Chemicals! With Special Guest Jodie Moore

How to Dye Your Hair NATURALLY – No Harsh Chemicals! With Special Guest Jodie Moore

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The color of our hair is important to a lot of us. For some, it’s the way we single ourselves out as individuals. A head full of curly red hair can passed down like a family heirloom. And some of us rely on hair dye to conceal gray hair.

Many of us dye our hair to get that special color: the hair color that makes you feel unique, the color that brings out your eyes, the one that shaves 15 years off of you.

But anyone who has dyed their own hair knows that it is not always a carefree task. Harsh chemicals threaten to damage your hair and scalp. It irritates sensitive skin. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, brace yourself for the likely possibility of a bad hair day.

Jodie Moore knows all about the ups and downs with hair dye, as Chief Operating Officer of the exclusive distributor for Herbatint hair color, Bioforce USA.

Not only has she proudly advocated for this B Corp certified brand for the past 15 years, but she also has personal experience with all the ups and downs of dyeing hair. Her passion for hair color has led to Herbatint becoming one of the most highly respected and best-selling hair color brands in the natural industry.

Jodie joins Just Ask David to lend us a few tips on dyeing and maintaining hair.

Safe AND Effective: A Balancing Act

Just Ask David has always been ahead of the game when it comes to the shift toward safe ingredients within the beauty industry.

But even we are a little stumped when it comes to safe hair dye.

Many of the natural hair dyes on the market are frustratingly weak. No one wants to buy an entire box of hair dye that will just wash out in a few days.

Jodie’s advice? “It’s really about balance.” You don’t want your hair dye to have harsh chemicals, yet you want a significant change in the color of your hair that will last. Something has to give.

“You want it to work so there will be some level of chemical in the color. So what consumers like yourself and other people really need to do is find that safest product.” She adds: “Herbatint is the only brand in the world that has been dermatologically tested [as safe] for sensitive skin.”

Good to know.

Tips for Dyeing Your Hair At Home, Accident-Free!

Dyeing your hair at home may not be rocket science, but it IS chemistry.

Such a drastic change to your hair can be nerve-wracking on its own. But the threat of going into work the next day with bright red hair puts a lot more pressure on those of us going the DIY route.

“The biggest thing about doing hair at home is following directions and really understanding the product that you’re using,” Jodie suggests. She also says that using natural hair dyes like Herbatint pretty much eliminates the risk of a no-good-very-bad hair day.

Why? What’s so different about natural hair dye? “There’s no lift in the product,” Jodie says.

“In a normal salon setting, or even a mass market brand, you can go brown to blond in a box… with the natural colors, there’s so little amount of chemical – usually less than 1%. There’s no lift,” she explains.

“So you’re really going to have to stay within two shades of your natural color. So that can take a lot of the anxiety out of doing it. You’re not going to go too drastic one way or another.”

Follow Herbatint on Social Media!

A natural hair dye company like Herbatint is paving the way for other natural hair dye brands – a niche that has been sorely ignored during the Safe Beauty revolution.

Show them some love by following Herbatint on Instagram @herbatint_usa, Twitter @herbatintusa, and liking them on Facebook! Don’t forget to shop their hair dyes!

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