{Guest Post} MISSION: Very Possible! Dr. Mommy Health Tips

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate your bathroom and weed out any toxic and potentially harmful products that may be lurking there. We have highly credible sources that can confirm there may be deodorant, body lotion, shampoo, cosmetics and the like posing as ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘pure’ when, in fact, just the opposite may be true.

This mission will require you to have detective skills in reading a label. In some cases, a magnifying glass may be needed as well as an interpreter.

Your first step will be to abandon the old participation in mindless consumerism .. ignorance may once have been bliss, but now it spells danger in our mass manufactured, profit driven, long shelf-life, chemical romanced society.

Within your detective work, it is imperative that you do not overlook bottles that may be “fruity”, have colorful pictures on them, or come in fancy shapes. Nothing should be assumed safe just because the package is pretty. Celebrity endorsed products are not excluded. Do not be fooled by anything. These manufacturers will go to great lengths to trick you into perceiving the product is safe. History confirms that profit-driven interests are likely to take precedence over safety and health considerations.

Do not take this mission lightly … women use, on average, 10 cosmetic products a day, exposing themselves to approximately 130 unique chemicals.

Our mission is to make sure women and men alike are not DYING TO LOOK, SMELL & FEEL GOOD, when there are safer alternatives.

The following is a list of suspects for you to apprehend, and although this is an incomplete list, it is a great start.

Good luck to you, and remember, your health, and the health of those around you, depend on the outcome of this mission. Remember this … just because your products aren’t making you sick right now, doesn’t mean they aren’t affecting your health in the long term.

This post will not self destruct, but should be shared with as many others as possible.

Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate sometimes goes by the alias ‘suttocide’. This ingredient decomposes in water to release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde causes cancer.

Parabens – another preservative commonly used to extend a product’s shelf life, but these antimicrobial chemicals also have hormone disrupting effects.

Fragrances – Look closely at the ingredient label for the word ‘fragrance’. Although companies are required by law to list all chemical ingredients in a product, a special loophole allows them to hide what makes up that ‘fragrance’ and what’s hidden in that pleasant sounding word can include complex mixtures of up to hundreds of chemicals that studies show, may be linked to a variety of health problems, including allergies, skin reactions, endocrine/hormone disruption, and possibly even birth defects. (EWG website)

MEA, DEA, TEA – ah, the amines or ammonia compounds – these can form harmful nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. Used as foaming agents, synthetic stabilizers and to adjust the pH of cosmetics.

Nitrosamines have been identified as one of the most potent classes of carcinogens, having caused cancer in more than 40 different animal species as well as in humans. NDELA is the specific nitrosamine “to which human exposure is the greatest,” since it occurs “in cosmetics” and is absorbed readily through the skin.” Carginogenesis 1985, National Cancer Institute

Use of DEA in cosmetics has been banned since 2001 in Europe

1,4-Dioxane – is considered a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer” under proposition 65, and is also suspected as a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant, among others, according to the California EPA. 1,4-Dioxane is a chemical carcinogen and is created when ingredients are processed with petroleum derived ethylene oxide (ethoxylation). Apprehend any product with “eth” in the word, such as ‘cetearth’, ‘laureth’, ‘oleth’, ‘polyethylene glycol’ (often disguised as PEG), ‘polyoxyethylene’, ‘sodium laureth sulfate.

PAHs – or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, are common contaminants in petrolatum, also called petroleum jelly or paraffin.

Petrolatum is listed as a probable human carcinogen in the European Union’s Dangerous Substances Directive (UNECE 2004)

PAHs and breast cancer – Researchers at Columbia University found that the breast tissue of women with breast cancer was 2.6 times more likely to contain elevated levels of PAHs than the breast tissue of women without breast cancer (Rundle et al. 2000)

Petrolatum is found in 7.1% of products on the market, including 15% of all lipsticks and 40% of all baby lotions and oils.

Dibutyl phthalate – birth defects / deformities, Endocrine disruptor, liver damage, impaired immunity, kidney damage, neurotoxin (brain damage), reproductive toxin (infertility).

Coal tar – known carcinogen. Synthetic colors are made from coal tar. Labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number.

Phenoxyethanol – there’s that “eth” again. In cosmetics formulations, it’s used to kill bacteria and stabilize the formulation. It’s supposed to be a “safe” alternative to parabens, but studies show just the opposite. Animal studies show damaging effects on the brain and nervous system.

Cocamidopropyl betaine – used as a surfactant and is contained in many shampoos. Has been known to cause occupational allergic dermatitis in hairdressers. It is also a potential allergen, and has been in part responsible for cases of dermatitis on the neck and head.

Manufacturers often list the source of the chemical to lull consumers into a false sense of security about the ‘naturalness’, ‘purity’, and ‘safety’ of their ingredients.

Cocomidopropyl betaine (coconut oil) – method of synthesis is a reaction of fatty acids with amines and monochloracetic acid i.e. ammonia oils and a toxic herbicide.

Olefin sulfonate (coconut oil) – method of synthesis is sulfonation of olefines i.e. reacting petrochemicals with boiling sulfuric acid.

Dr Tingle, Dangerous Beauty – “I suggest that many illnesses are not simply misfortune. I suggest they are preventable and can be linked to the chemicals in our food, water, homes, workplaces, general environment and in the products we use. I suggest illnesses such as cancer, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities can be related to the unprecedented increase of chemicals in our environment.”

So, what can we as concerned consumers do about all this?

(1) Certified Organic – The safest way to keep our bodies free from toxins is to make sure all our personal care/cosmetic products are certified organic.

(2) Carefully Read Labels – Many products contain harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrance along with a featured natural or even certified organic ingredient. Don’t be fooled by a label that tries to draw you in with a compelling ingredient Education is the key !

Jim Kueny is an Independent Representative for ONEgroup , makers of the first comprehensive range of certified organic skin, hair, personal and cosmetic products. http://yesorganic.miessence.com

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