Europe bans 1,342 toxic chemicals from their personal care products and the US bans only 11. There’s something wrong with that. Your personal and home care products (from shampoo to antibacterial wipes to makeup) may contain carcinogenic ingredients, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and allergens that can be downright hazardous to your health. You can learn how to select safer products for your families as well as learn how to make your own products.
You or your loved ones may have struggled with certain health issues that just won’t go away, and you feel like you’ve tried everything: Changes in diet, changes in daily movement, medications, prescription creams….it’s frustrating. You spend hours in stores, checking out labels, but not knowing what you’re even reading, because the ingredients are long and unpronounceable. Or, you’ve spent tons of money on what you thought were “natural” products, but since there are no labeling laws here in the US for personal care and home care products, you have just discovered that those “natural” items are no better than the less expensive options on every store shelf in the country. You just want to do right by your family. What now??
The FDA does *not* regulate the personal care and home care product industry in the United States. There is no testing of products to ensure that the things we put on our skin every day aren’t contaminated. Men, women, and children are being exposed to many toxic chemicals through things such as hand soap, shampoo, and deodorant. There is research that has been done that links these chemicals to various health issues from allergies to cancer. Knowledge is power – – we can choose to know what goes on our bodies and make more informed choices.
1. You have the power to control what you put on your body and what you breathe in, and you can vote with your dollars. If people stop buying the toxic products, eventually the companies will stop making them.
2. You can’t trust the words “natural”, “organic”, and “pure”. They are just marketing. Make informed choices by learning what ingredients to avoid and how to tell what is really in a product.
Learn how to make your own products. There are a number of recipes that can be found on the Internet.
Did you know?
Women are exposed to an average of 250 chemicals before they leave the house in the morning, and men are exposed to an average of 80. A study of newborn cord blood found an average of 287 carcinogenic chemicals. Cleaning up our products is something that can benefit *everyone* in the family.
First off, HERE is a recipe to start you on your path!
Here are some links (click image to learn more) that Meredith wanted to share.