Beware Of Toxins In Our Homes
We all live in a world where the manufacturers are busy creating toxin products that we use in our homes daily, and we don’t even know! We face all kinds of health issues, never knowing that they may be because of the toxins lurking in our own homes.
Whether it is the cleaners that we use in our home, or the beauty products, they are all infested with chemicals that are playing havoc with our health.
I have attended a few seminars on this very topic and realized that it is essential to spread this knowledge in our community and create awareness, so that a little at a time we can start detoxifying our homes and start living in a cleaner world.
It all begins with one person creating awareness.
At a recently attended seminar, an Ava Anderson Consultant revealed the following (extracted from Ava Anderson’s Resource):
“Did you know:
– Europe bans 1,342 toxic chemicals from their personal
care products and the US bans only 9?
– up to 60% of what goes on your skin gets to your
bloodstream…up to 100% if it is on your scalp,
underarm or groin.
– “safe”, “organic” and “natural” does not mean your
products do not contain toxic chemicals as well?
– 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their
lifetime, 1 in 78 children and 1 in 54 boys are born with
Autism in the US, and that Alzheimers is up 500% in the
past 20 years?
– according to the President’s Cancer Panel only
10% of cancer is genetic and 90% is caused by
– your personal and home care products (from shampoo
to antibacterial wipes to makeup) contain carcinogenic
ingredients, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors and
allergens that could be hazardous to your health?
Know your backside!
Read your labels and avoid the following chemicals:
FRAGRANCE is a “trade secret” in the industry and
manufacturers can legally include hundreds of chemicals
in this one ingredient. More than 75% of the time if you have
fragrance, you have legally hidden phthalates (THAL ates),
known endocrine disruptors, that are linked with birth
defects, breast cancer, infertility, liver, cancer, diabetes,
obesity, and now with autism and ADHD in pregnancy
by Dr. Philip Landrigan, Mt Sinai, Children’s Environmental
PARABENS: are preservatives linked to breast cancer,
endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, and
developmental defects. California Study (10/11) of BPA
and methyplaraben combination turned healthy cells into
cancer cells, and rendered tamoxifin ineffective.
TRICLOSAN: is the active ingredient in “anti-bacterial”
products, is registered with the government as a pesticide,
and is a known endocrine disruptor. Triclosan is believed
to disrupt thyroid function and contribute to liver and
OXYBENZONE and OCTINOXATE: (and other chemical
sunscreen “active ingredients”) are UV ray filters that are
known endocrine disruptors.
PETROLATUM & PETROLEUM INGREDIENTS: endocrine
disruptors and carcinogens.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL SIX OF THE ABOVE ARE “ENDOCRINE
DISRUPTORS” which are important to avoid, because the endocrine
system regulates ALL biological processes in the body: development
of the brain and nervous system, growth and function of the
reproduction system, metabolism and blood sugar levels, ovaries,
testes, pituitary, thyroid and the adrenal glands. (Natural News)
The World Health Organization and the UN recently released
a report that called endocrine disruptors a “Global Threat.” Small
amounts matter, especially to the developing fetus.
PEG’s (polyethylene glycol) are petroleum byproducts.
During manufacturing process carcinogenic
contamination is created: 1,4-dioxane, which is a known
human carcinogen, with liver and kidney effects.
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) and SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE
(SLES) are considered carcinogens. SLES is sometimes
contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. You will never see
1,4-dioxane on a label, as companies are not required
to list carcinogenic contaminants.
INGREDIENTS THAT END IN “-eth”: like ceteareth,
triceteareth, etc., carry the contamination concern
IMPORTANT NOTE: all THREE of the above ingredients carry
carcinogenic contaminant concerns created during manufacturing
for 1,4-dioxane. The government allows 10 ppm (parts per million) in
any one product, but no one is testing. 1,4-dioxane can be stripped
for pennies, and must be done for any product exported to EU.
RETINYL PALMITATE: in the presence of sunlight enhances
skin cancer lesions by 21% (FDA, 2011 Report). It is in
many sunscreens and moisturizers.
NANOPARTICLES: can cross the cell barrier and drive into
organs, including the brain in humans. There is no way
of knowing particle size, unless stated on the label. EU
manufacturers must list nanoparticles
ALUMINUM and metals: these are bio-accumulative,
meaning they store in your fat cells and accumulate,
and are very hard to get rid of.
DIETHANOLOMINE (DEA) and COCAMIDE DEA, LAURAMIDE
DEA: DEA reacts with other ingredients to become the
extremely carcinogenic nitrosodiethanolamine. Beware
of other ethanolamines like triethanolamine (TEA) and
FORMALDEHYDE RELEASERS – DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, DMDM
HYDANTOIN, QUATERNIUM: found in most personal care
products. Formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions,
dermatitis, joint pains and headaches, cancer and
SYNTHETIC COLOR/DYES: made from coal tar, which is
a mixture of many chemicals, derived from petroleum.
These colors may be contaminated with low levels of
heavy metals and some are combined with aluminum
substrate. Aluminum compounds and many heavy
metals are toxic to the brain.
GLYCOL (propylene, butylenes, etc): is a synthetic petro chemical
mix known to cause allergic and toxic reactions. Has been linked to cancer,
developmental/reproductive issues, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption.
MINERAL OIL: a petroleum ingredient that coats the
skin like plastic wrap, disrupting the natural immune
barrier, inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb
natural moisture and nutrition, and its ability to release
toxins, which can promote acne and other disorders.
The process slows down skin function and normal cell
development causing premature aging.
TALC: is in the same family as asbestos. Talc is dangerous
to inhale and has been linked to ovarian cancer.
SILOXANES: cyclomethicone and ingredients ending
in “siloxane” (e.g., cyclopentasiloxane) are toxic,
persistent, and have the potential to bioaccumulate.
The EU classifies some as endocrine disruptors and
possible reproductive toxicant that may impair fertility.
Research shows some to cause uterine tumors and harm
to the reproductive and immune systems. Some siloxanes
can also influence neurotransmitters in the nervous
system. Cyclomethicone is a mixture of three siloxanes.
What you can do:
1. Control What You Can Control (food & products) and
make Small Changes.
2. Challenge Words Like “Natural”, “Organic” and “Pure.”
Make Informed Choices.
3. Speak Up! Tell The FDA/ Cosmetics Companies that you
care and are concerned! (If we don’t buy it, they will
stop selling it! Vote with your wallet).
4. Keep Learning”
Wellness Haven will bring in an Ava Anderson Consultant for such a presentation in the near future.
Be Aware and Take Charge of Your Life. ~ Umang Goel
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