In this episode, Tony and I discuss something so many of us are concerned with, and that is Candida. We discuss the many myths about Candida and how it’s NOT as simple as avoiding sugar (though that will exacerbate the condition, but does not heal the root cause.) You’ll also learn the real truth about the cause of it and how to heal.

Next, we have my very special guest Ken Cook, co-founder and president of the Environmental Working Group, who is a widely sought public speaker on environmental health issues. Ken is responsible for the Dirty Dozen and Skin Deep database, which you may have heard me refer to in my blogs over the years. Listen in, as Ken shares how he founded EWG and what inspired him to pursue this nonprofit group.


  • We talk about the myths around candida…
  • What Candida is and the multiple symptoms that come from overgrowth of yeast…
  • How more men are having imbalance of candida and who are prone to having it…
  • Ken shares the idea to change the policy process, resulting in cleaner and healthier foods for all…
  • Why his focus went from policy to focusing more on the consumer…
  • We discuss Ken’s current relationship with the FDA and the EPA…
  • How the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 are tested and what it all means…
  • Ways to reduce toxic exposure and live a healthier lifestyle…
  • How critically important it is that civil society be engaged on what needs to be fixed at the policy level and how…
  • What positive adjustments are being made with regards to the food system and the personal care industry…


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About Ken Cook

Ken Cook is president and co-founder of Environmental Working Group and is widely recognized as one of the environmental community’s most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture, U.S. food and farm policy and the nation’s broken approach to protecting families and children from toxic substances.

Cook has been named as one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill and The Huffington Post.  He’s appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes, NPR, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and many other programs.

Under Cook’s leadership over the past 20 years, EWG has pioneered the use of digital technologies to expose the harms done by misconceived crop subsidies, crop insurance and runaway agricultural pollution. The organization has also empowered American families with easy-to-use, data-driven tools to help reduce their exposure to potentially harmful ingredients in foods, drinking water, cosmetics and other household products.

Cook is a widely sought public speaker on these and other environmental health issues and is frequently cited for the outsized impact that his and EWG’s work has had on policy debates.

About Tony Flores, a long-time friend of Kimberly who, after graduating from Stanford University, began researching and writing professionally full-time. He has a passion for natural health, especially Beauty Detox, and loves to share exciting new studies and insights he learns with Kimberly and the community!


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