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Our Toxic Life Style - Hygiene

There are no legal definitions for Natural, Green, Eco-friendly, Botanical. It’s one of the reasons it's important to know how to read a label. In your busy world you may feel you don't have the time, and we will help, but you need to be aware of the danger of everyday items.

Your skin is NOT an effective barrier to toxins. Your shampoo, toothpaste, soap and many other everyday items are full of toxins that are easily absorbed into your body. How can this happen? How can our government let companies produce products like this? Well that's a long story and you don't have time for it now. What is important is to realize what the dangers are and how to avoid them.

Try this; look at your toothpaste (you may need a magnifying glass). Does it say "be careful not to swallow"? It probably does. That's something to think about. Here's an example: "Crest Vivid White Fluoride Toothpaste, Invigorating Mint". Yummy, mint, wow! But look at the label. "... Do not swallow. To minimize swallowing, use a pea-sized amount in children under 6..." and "Keep out of reach of children under 6 yrs. of age. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away."

While they do warn you to call the poison control center, they don't happen to mention this:

The ingredients in this product are linked to:
Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity and there are other concerns for ingredients used in this product, such as:
Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes.

95% of similar products are LESS harmful, so reading the label, or getting good advice on these products DOES matter.

Another example, The popular shampoo:
Suave Natural Care Shampoo, Coconut

Ingredients in this product are linked to:
Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity
Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards

Your creams, deodorants, shampoos, etc., do they have "fragrance" or "natural fragrance", listed as an ingredient? Fragrance can contain almost anything and often does. A loophole in federal law for product labels doesn't require companies to list any of the potentially hundreds of chemicals in a single product's secret fragrance mixture. Manufacturers are not required to reveal the "secret" formulas for their fragrance and this is where they usually have lots of dangerous chemicals such as phathalates.

So what should you do?

  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Don't assume popular brand names are safe
  • Research products and ingredients
  • "Organic" applies only to food. "Organic Shampoo" is meaningless!

 All the products on this website have been researched to help save you the time.

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