Fran Drescher has a reputation for passion and commitment. She received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal as the lovable “MissFine” on CBS’s hit series,The Nanny, which she both created and executive produced. She also created, executive produced and starred in the groundbreaking TV Land sitcom,Happily Divorced, which was inspired by her real-life relationship with her gay ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson. Fran recently starred in the new NBC sitcom,Indebted, about a Baby Boomer couple who go broke and have to move in with their adult son and his young family. She has worked with many great directors in films such as Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap, to which Fran won Esquire Magazine’s One Minute Oscar, Milos Forman’s Ragtime, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Jack. She also starred in Beautician and the Beast opposite Timothy Dalton. Her famous voice is currently featured in the top-grossing SONY animated feature franchise film,Hotel Transylvania: In her role as Eunice, the wife of Frank Stein. In 2019, Fran starred in two indie films,The Creatress and After Class. She currently serves as the president of SAG-AFTRA.
An accomplished author, Fran received the prestigious NCCS writer’s award for Cancer Schmancer, which, along with Enter Whining, were New York Times Best Sellers. She also penned the celebrated children’s book, Being Wendy. Furthermore, Fran made her Broadway debut as “Madame” in Rodgers +Hammerstein’s Tony-Award winning Cinderella. Fran is a 20+-year cancer survivor and founder of the Cancer Schmancer Movement; dedicated to educating, motivating, and activating patients into medical consumers by connecting lifestyle to disease with her Master Class Health Summit and teen-targeted education video, Be The Change, starring Jamie Foxx.
This article is an excerpt from my Feb. 10th, 2022 Instagram Live conversation with Fran Drescher. The interview has been edited for clarity and format. To watch the full video, click here.
The home is a sanctuary, a place where we feel safe and at peace. Many of us focus solely on the look of our homes, tailoring them to reflect our personalities and energies. It’s helpful to have our living spaces project exactly how we want to feel inside them, but there’s a component missing to that equation. As important as it is to carefully construct a comfortable space, it is equally important to be mindful of the products we use in our homes. Some chemicals found in everyday products can be harmful to us and exacerbate or cause health issues. This is completely in opposition to the idea of creating a safe, peaceful environment to live in. So, how do we know which products are harmful? How can we start becoming more mindful about the products we use? I caught up with self-taught expert and all around wonderful human, Fran Drescher, to give you the answers. Fran is a cancer survivor and has made it her personal mission to not only advocate for safer products, but teach people how they can lead a more natural life. Fran is the definition of walking the walk, and I’m so grateful to her for sharing these tips.
The products mentioned in this article are suggestions from the Carrie Ann Conversations team based on Fran’s advice.
Switch to aluminum free deodorant and limit use of aluminum foil
“It should not have aluminum in it. I have found that people with brain diseases like Alzheimer’s have tremendous amounts of aluminum in their body. I actually don’t use aluminum foil to cook anymore, because it gives off noxious fumes that are not healthy. You have to line it with parchment paper if you need to use it, but I don’t. I grew up with my dad barbecuing and wrapping up big potatoes and corn on the cob in foil. But he has Parkinson’s, and a lot of his friends have dementia. And that’s actually not normal. It’s not something that comes with age, it comes with an environmental exposure”.
Turn off your WiFi and electronics periodically
“I installed as an on off switch next to my bed. The last thing I do is turn off the WiFi. I can sleep all night without those electromagnetic fields buzzing around my head and discombobulating my natural energy field, which is in perfect harmony with the earth’s energy fields”.
“The food in my house is always organic. I realize that organic can be more expensive, though it’s readily available at Costco or Walmart. But I would rather have an organic chicken once a week and eat vegetarian, stuff like rice and beans, the rest of the week”.
Find non-toxic candles or use essential oil diffusers
“Don’t use anything that has long lasting smells. I see these commercials. I don’t want to name names but they show people spraying the carpet and spraying the couches right next to the family dog. They’re saying this cleans the air and clears the air. That’s BS. It’s full of phthalates, which mask the air. The more you expose yourself to products that have smells to them, the more you’re asking for a lot of problems including bladder cancer. When I’m in an Uber or something and they’ve got that pine thing hanging from the rearview mirror, I ask them to put it in the glove compartment. I can’t even smell it. It’s so horrible. Once you detach yourself, you won’t be able to use things like that, or candles. Or plugin room deodorizers, or sprays for your furniture. You won’t be able to put those things in your laundry that are supposed to make it smell like springtime. It’s all it’s all carcinogens and toxins. It’s eroding your immune system, and aiding and abetting in your getting ill”.
Make your own natural cleaning solution
“We refill plastic bottles that were once filled with Seven Generation – which is eco-friendly – with white vinegar and peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil is antibacterial. You can also use alcohol with peppermint essential oil. Or do lemon and water. Tea tree oil is good too; it’s anti-bacterial. And baking soda. You can use it for scrubbing if you mix it with a little bit of water and lemon juice. And it’s so much cheaper, that way you can make up for paying a little extra for organic food. You can reduce your expenses by not buying all of this stuff”.
Switch to a natural, non-toxic toothpaste
“If you’re still using a toothpaste that says on the back “do not swallow”, or “call poison control”, you’ve got to walk away from that toothpaste. How counterintuitive is it that I’m brushing my teeth every day, and they’re saying that it has chemicals in it that are toxic? I use a toothpaste that actually has prebiotics in it to help support the microbiome in my mouth. We have to start thinking about that and realizing that the mouth is connected to the whole body. It’s not a separate anomaly. The mouth is the beginning of your digestive system and the gateway to disease”.
As you can see, Fran has so much knowledge from personal experience and the extensive research she’s done. She is such a bright light in this world and is working to change the way we approach health and wellness. If you would like to take a deeper dive into detoxing your home or learn about the Cancer Schmancer movement, please visit her website! Be kind and stay well.
For more information on Fran Drescher and her work, visit the links below:
Her Instagram, @officalfrandrescher