Do You Really Know What You're Putting On Your Body?
We’d like to think that products stocked in supermarket stores and health food stores are safe for us to use and consume. Who would think otherwise? The government or TGA (FDA if you’re outside Australia) wouldn’t let anything in that is harmful for our health. Would they?
I know, up until recently, that I have never even thought to question if what I was buying off the supermarket shelves was safe for me. I just assumed that the ‘powers at be’ had my best interests at heart and that my health needs were being taken care of.
It wasn’t until 2008 when I met a relentless couple who were on a mission to educate people about health that I even became aware that many of the personal care products and cosmetics I was using could potentially be harmful to my health.
I also learnt that many companies that marketed their products as ‘safe’ or ‘natural’ still had many harmful ingredients in them. Talk about blindly believing what you’re told!
Furthermore, the Australian government apparently does not require any proof of safety testing what-so-ever and personal care product manufacturers can use almost any chemical they want, regardless of risks.
You see, what we put ON our bodies is absorbed straight into our body, bloodstream and lymphatic system, so it’s just as important as what we put IN our bodies.
So I’ve compiled a list, in no particular order, of 5 potentially harmful ingredients to be on the lookout for in your personal care products, cosmetics, household products as well as the food you consume:
Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS)- Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath
- Propylene Glycol- Propylene glycol is a type of mineral oil that, in the industrial grade, is used in antifreeze, paints, enamels, and airplane de-icers. The pharmaceutical-grade form is used in many personal care products, including toothpaste, as a surfactant. A known skin, eye, and lung irritant and may cause organ system toxicity
Phthalates- Phthalates are widely used chemicals that make plastics more flexible. Products such as your shower curtain, food packaging, vinyl gloves and vinyl flooring contain phthalates. These chemicals are also in your household cleaners, cosmetics and personal care products
- Triclosan- Triclosan, a high production volume ingredient used as a bactericide in personal care products such as toothpaste, deodorant, and antibacterial soap,
Parabens- Parabens, which inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and molds, have been used in personal-care products like shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, and sunscreens
You can also check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research toxic chemicals that could be in your cosmetic and personal care products.
Chris Woollam- Author, speaker, alternative health researcher claims that ‘Chemicals in everyday products can poison your gut, change your hormones and affect your DNA.
Other natural health professionals and researchers, such as Corey Seivers and Linda Barker from The Savvy Team believe that toxic chemicals in personal care, cosmetics and household products are possibly linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, allergies and the like.
So, what is a person to do? Are there any products that are safe?
Thankfully there are a few reputable companies who don’t just have profits as their focus, but who have made a total commitment to providing safer, healthier alternatives. I believe it’s our responsibility to change brands and support those companies who are looking after our health.
Making safe changes in the home requires ‘voting with your feet’. That is, refusing to support those companies willing to compromise your well-being, and then choosing only to use products found (proven and publicly verified) to be safe.
I believe it is up to us as individuals to become informed and to make sensible choices based on the facts.
If you want to educate yourself more on the potentially harmful ingredients in personal care products, then check out the following links.
The Savvy Team (http://www.savvy-team.com/hww/)
Chris Woollams (https://www.canceractive.com/)
Philip Day (http://public.thinkmoreraw.com/)
Dr Peter Dingle (https://www.drdingle.com/)
Dr Samuel Epstein( http://www.healthy-communications.com/epstein'spage.html)
If you’re interested in a company that leaves out over 3,000 ‘chemicals of concern, then click here and check out their non-toxic personal care products, household products and cosmetics. they also offer a wide range of extremely high quality nutritionals which you defiantly need to check out as well.
The old saying “What you don’t know won’t hurt you” couldn’t be further from the truth. In actual fact “What you don’t know, may actually be killing you”
DR. MERCOLA, 2016 'Would you like some food with your plasticizers?'phthalates-plastics https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/19/phthalates-plastics.aspx
Dr. EPSTEIN, 2002 'Dr. Sam Epstein's Explanation to the Hazards of SLS - Sodium Laurel Sulfate' Healthy Alternatives for Safety Conscious Products for your Body and Home. http://www.healthy-communications.com/epsteinslsexplanation.html
Dr. P. Dingle,2016 'Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in common household products cost hundreds of billions of dollars in health.' https://www.drdingle.com/blogs/dr-dingle-blog/endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-found-in-common-household-products-cost-hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars-in-health
Chris Woollam. 'A review of environmental toxins, pollution, health hazards and toxic chemicals in the home.' As Safe As Houses. https://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=203
Savvy Team, 2012. 'Health Link To Environmental Toxins and Poor Nutrition.' http://www.savvy-team.com/hww/health-link-to-environmental-toxins-and-poor-nutrition/
Phillip Day. 'Toxicity is killing us.' Think More Raw http://public.thinkmoreraw.com/toxicity-is-killing-us
Public health statement for propylene glycol. 1997. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=1120&tid=240
Savvy Team, 2015. 'Sick Home-Healthy Home.' http://www.savvy-team.com/hww/sick-home-healthy-home/