This blog is going to become a series. There is way too much information to attempt to absorb at one time.
We have all heard the old saying “you are what you eat.” But the reality is far beyond that. Yes, we are what we eat that is why whole, unprocessed foods grown in healthy soil is vital for optimum health, but what about what we put on our skin and focus our thoughts on.
Are Your Health and Body Care Products Toxic?
Our skin contains thousands of pores. Those pores both help remove toxins and allow what our skin touches to be absorbed. Your skin is your largest organ, and its large, porous surface creates an opportunity for toxins to enter your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body.
During my healing journey with an auto-immune disease, one of the things I was diagnosed with formaldehyde poisoning – say what!? I knew I had not been embalmed yet, so where did all this formaldehyde come from. Turns out it, along with many other disease-causing chemicals, are in commercially produced body and health care products. A tricky part of this is that there is somewhere around 23 different names for formaldehyde alone. So, my make-up, soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, toothpaste, medications, wrinkle-resistant clothes, mattress, cleaning supplies and other such items were all poisoning me. I used to believe that the government entities created to oversee our safety did just that and that poisonous item would not be sold to customers. That was misplaced trust. Money talks and the right amount of money can basically get anything approved regardless of its true safety.
The Following is from Dr. Amy Myers “An average of seven new industrial chemicals get approval by the US government daily, and eighty percent of these are approved in three weeks or less with little or no safety testing done. Many of these industrial chemicals are the basic ingredients in our cosmetics and personal care products.
Even more shocking than the incredibly high volume of chemically laden products, is that our governmental does not regulate the safety of these products. You read that correctly – the FDA does not investigate or test for the safety of personal care products before consumers buy them! Instead, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an industry-appointed and funded panel, reviews the safety of cosmetic ingredients.
According to EWG, there are approximately 10,500 ingredients used in cosmetics in our country, and in its thirty-year history, the CIR has screened only 11 of those ingredients. This means that, if we do the math again, nearly ninety percent of cosmetics ingredients are left, un-reviewed and un-tested for safety.
And what’s even worse – is the number of loopholes that the cosmetic industry has in place to make it difficult for even the most educated consumer to read and understand its labels. For example, the industry is not required to use the FDA’s ingredient name convention guidelines and therefore one ingredient can be spelled and labeled many different ways in different products. Any product with the word “fragrance” could have virtually anything in it and need not be disclosed to the consumer because the chemicals that go into making a fragrance are considered “trade secrets”. In one study by the EWG, phthalates, a known toxin, were found in 75% of all products yet was not listed on the label but rather hidden in the word ‘fragrance’.”
So, what can we do instead?
I am not one to present a problem without offering solutions. Some people have a calling to fight the system directly, the rest of us can make better choices.
Make your Own Products
Diving into the world of making your own products can be overwhelming. Therefore, I recommend starting with one area of products like cleaning supplies or health/beauty care products. Here at Himalayan Salt Therapy Spa we started with classes to make your own body scrubs and next we will be doing a luxurious body butter all made with wholesome ingredients. Check our website for list of current classes and other resources for healthy living. This blog is going to explore areas where chemicals can enter our lives and examples of healthier alternatives.
Careful What You Think or Focus On
Exam your life and how certain activities make you feel. Becoming anxious or angry over one listen’s to or watches on the radio, television or social media is also unhealthy. Repeatedly becoming angry damages the liver; liver is in charge of purifying the blood. Experiencing fear or anxiety causes the kidneys to become weak. Everything that happens to you, weigh it - what should be your reaction. Let go those things that are just distractions or are intended to cause you harm. Be kind, it has to start somewhere.