There once was a time when the safest place on earth for a person was home.
Today, we live in an environment that is fundamentally different than that of 50 years ago. In many ways the world is better. Children live longer, healthier lives than the children of any previous generation. Thanks to safe drinking water, better education, decent housing, and modern medicine children no longer face polio, smallpox, measles, yellow fever, cholera, and the other infectious diseases – Infant mortality is greatly reduced.
But we have our own issues.
Whether we like it or not chemicals are all around us and are increasing, in places we would have never imagined. Chemical substances are part of everyday life and are a major part of our economy, our communities, and our homes. While chemical substances provide some benefits, they also have harmful effects if not properly managed. There are some places where toxic chemicals are causing serious problems. Our homes are filled with chemicals. In our cleaners, our personal care products, our cosmetics, our pots and pans. These can negatively impact our health and environment.
Let’s be clear. Yes, we are made up of chemicals, essential oils are chemicals, but I’m not talking about those chemicals. We are talking about the harmful chemicals, that can negatively impact our health and our environment. Whether we like it or not chemicals are all around us, in places we would have never imagined.
Let me introduce you to “The Dirty Dozen”
These are toxic chemicals commonly found in personal care products. There are a lot of chemicals listed but let’s just introduce you to some of the names and at a very high level where they are used and when they are suspected to do to our bodies and our environment.
1. BHA and BHT: Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Also, harmful to fish and other wildlife.
2. Coal Tar Dyes - Artificial colors - also found in processed foods, lipstick. Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colors listed as "CI" followed by five digits. The U.S. color name may also be listed (e.g. "FD&C Blue No. 1" or "Blue 1").
3. DEA-related ingredients: Used to make cosmetics creamy or foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Also acts as a ph Adjuster. Also found in sunscreens, soaps, cleansers, and shampoo. Acute toxicity to aquatic organisms and potential for bioaccumulation
4. Dibutyl phthalate (pronounced thal-ate), or DBP, is used mainly in nail products as a solvent for dyes and as a plasticizer that prevents nail polishes from becoming brittle. Phthalates are also used as fragrance ingredients in many other cosmetics, but consumers won't find these listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients (see also Fragrance/Parfum). DBP is also commonly used in polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) to render it flexible.
5. Parabens: Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won't find that listed on the label.
6. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. These formaldehyde-releasing agents are used as preservatives in a wide range of cosmetics. Other industrial applications of formaldehyde include production of resins used in wood products, vinyl flooring and other plastics, permanent-press fabric, and toilet bowl cleaners.
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance): Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as "unscented." Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.
8. PEG compounds: Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases.
9. Petrolatum - aka mineral oil or petroleum jelly: Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. The European Union classifies petrolatum a carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics. PAHs in petrolatum can also cause skin irritation and allergies.
10. Siloxanes: Look for ingredients ending in "-siloxane" or "-methicone." Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. These silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth, and moisten. They make hair products dry more quickly and deodorant creams slide on more easily. They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments.
11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Used in foaming cosmetics. It is common in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers. It is also found in household cleaning products, like dish soap. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate
12. Triclosan - Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and the extensive use of triclosan in consumer products may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan.
FOR FURTHER RESEARCH DOWNLOAD - THE “DIRTY DOZEN” BACKGROUNDER
which reviews “INGREDIENTS INVESTIGATED IN THE DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION SURVEY OF CHEMICALS IN COSMETICS “
These chemicals are a proven risk to our health and environment.
Today people face hazards that were unheard of a few decades ago. We are at risk of exposure to thousands of new synthetic chemicals. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been invented since World War II. Most of these chemicals did not previously exist in nature and they have been circulated widely into the environment.
Why are these chemicals a threat?
- Easy absorption - Synthetic chemicals can enter the body by ingestion, inhalation, or through the skin. Infants are at risk of exposure in the womb and through breast milk.
- Mass production - Over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the nation's environment each year, including 72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens.
- Too little testing - Only a fraction of chemicals have been tested for toxicity and more studies are needed.
- Heavy use of pesticides - Over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the United States each year and approximately 5.6 billion pounds are used worldwide. The US Department of Agriculture has estimated that 50 million people in the United States obtain their drinking water from groundwater that is potentially contaminated by pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. These chemical pesticides are used on lawns and gardens, and inside homes, schools, day-care centers and hospitals.
- Environmental Persistence - Many toxic chemicals will persist in the environment for decades and even centuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200 high-volume synthetic chemicals can be found in the bodies of nearly all Americans, including newborn infants. Of the top 20 chemicals discharged to the environment, nearly 75 percent are known or suspected to be toxic to the developing human brain. From the moment a child is born, over 200 courses through their veins.
So how do we know what to replace them with? Which products we can trust?
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I want you all to think about 1 or 2 products you would like to replace right away. What are they? Write them down right away, make a written commitment to yourself to start today.
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By replacing just a few products each month, within a year you will significantly reduce impact of toxic chemicals in your home. It’s about small simple changes! By consistently replacing a few products each month you can easily reduce the impact of toxic chemicals. You can impact someone’s entire life with YL and we can make this world a safer place with just small, simple changes. What are you waiting for? A year from now, you will wish you had started today. Click here to begin your journey!
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