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Environmental Toxins & Health

WHAT ARE ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS? Environmental toxins are naturally occurring or human-made chemicals that can be harmful to our health by disrupting delicate biological processes and systems. There are a variety of environmental toxins found all around us. They are in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, in the personal care and cosmetic products we apply to our skin, in the cleaning products, in the laundry and dry-cleaning detergents, in scented products creating aroma in our homes, in the products we apply to our lawns; environmental toxins are everywhere. There is consensus that exposure to toxic chemicals plays a role in the incidence and prevalence of diseases and disorders in the U.S. There are over 80,000 chemicals on the market. Few of these chemicals have been...

Skin Deep

Are you concerned with the ingredients in your personal care products but completely overwhelmed by having to memorize the long names? Is it a good or bad ingredient? Do not fret! The Skin Deep cosmetic database by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, allows you to look up ingredients. Simply enter the ingredient in question in the search box and obtain a wealth of information. The site provides overall rating  - 1-10 range with 1 being safest to 10 being worst, overall hazard as well as cancer, developmental & reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity health concerns, and much else. Try it out! Did you find any concerning ingredients in your products? If you are looking to transform your personal care,...

What is in Your Cosmetics?

Take a couple of minutes to watch the ABC Video (link below) capturing a simple experiment performed to test for the impact of parabens (preservatives in cosmetic) and phthalates (used to make fragrances stick to skin). Toxic ingredients found in cosmetics go through the skin, our largest organ, into the bloodstream thus impacting our health. Of course, not all chemicals are bad; however, those that are toxic can be very potent even in tiny doses. Here is an interesting example and some food for thought: In NuvaRing, there are 0.035 PPB (parts per billion) and that prevents contraception. Yes, that is per Billion. Beautycounter, a company on a mission to spread awareness on the issue of chemicals in personal care and cosmetics, bans both parabens and phthalates...

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