Your Personal Care & Household Cleaning Products are likely to contain Toxins
The GOOD NEWS is that ...
You Can Make Your Home a Sanctuary from Hidden Toxic Chemicals
Do you believe that, "Man was made to live in a Pristine Environment"?
What is beyond doubt is that mankind is continuing to pollute the natural environment, consequently making our prospect of a long and healthy life more uncertain.
For millions of years our planet has evolved to sustain life for the billions of people who live here. Throughout her vast history mother earth has remained in a pristine state of life-giving balance and abundance. Sadly, over the past couple of hundred years (in what could be considered a blink of an eye) we have changed the world we were meant to live in. With the coming of the Industrial Revolution we polluted our air, contaminated our water, depleted our soil and introduced thousands of new chemicals into our environment.
These chemicals and pollutants have resulted in a more toxic environment than at any other time in the history of the world, the end of the so-called "Pristine Environment". And now it's not only possible for you to end up with many of these chemicals in your body, it's inevitable. We inhale pollutants into our lungs from the fossil fuels we burn and consume herbicides and pesticides from the food we eat and water we drink. But these are not the only source of toxins in our bodies. A surprising number of toxic chemicals we are exposed to come from the personal care products and household cleaners we use every day. If you wash your face, brush your teeth, shampoo your hair, use deodorant or rub lotion into your skin you almost certainly have potentially harmful chemicals in your body at this moment. And it doesn't stop there; if you clean your clothes with detergent, live in a home with stain free carpet or drink bottled water chances are you have potentially harmful chemicals in your body that can wreak havoc with your health.
Most people now realize that we live in a world that's far different than only a few decades ago we live with air pollution and water contamination for example. And most people know about these issues because we hear about them everyday in the newspapers and on television. But when it comes to personal care products like hair shampoo, color cosmetics, mouthwash, toothpaste it seems that fewer people are well informed about the potentially harmful ingredients and the potential harm they can do long term. The problem essentially is that we are living with over 90,000 man-made chemicals in our environment. Chemicals that are used in everything from food and packaging to personal care products to prescription drugs to solvent and cleaners and detergents of every kind. But not only do we have those 90,000 chemicals to contend with we invent about 2,000 new ones every year. Even more shocking than that, we import or produce an estimated 7.1 trillion pounds of those chemicals into the United States annually.
Do you think some of those chemicals are finding a way into our bodies? You can be sure they are. But the worst part is there's no telling what kind of damage they are doing. Only 200 of those 80,000 chemicals have ever been tested for safety and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulated only five of those chemicals. What's really alarming is to look at the studies done by the Environmental Working Group. The EWG studied 9 different individuals and found 167 chemicals in their bodies. In another study they looked at the umbilical cord of 10 randomly selected newborn babies and found 232 different chemicals in their bodies.
We are being polluted before we even get here that's alarming. In yet another study 16 hormone altering chemicals were found in 20 teenage girls, teen girls use more personal care and cosmetic products than the average adult woman and unknowingly expose themselves to higher levels of cosmetic ingredients linked to potential health effects at a time when their bodies are more susceptible to chemical damage.
Perhaps the most important question we should be asking ourselves is simply what can we do about it. The evidence that we actually have these toxic chemicals in our bodies is overwhelming. The good news is that we can do something about this to protect ourselves. We can use personal care products that don't contain potentially harmful ingredients. However we also experienced oxidative stress from the environment. When oxidation occurs free radicals that are in our environment attack our cells, they attack our DNA and they disrupt normal cell function. Similar to the way that an old car body rusts over time, deterioration and oxidation occur and when finally it takes its toll on our bodies we begin to break down. We lose energy, we become sick and ultimately we age.
Eating fruits and vegetables can help supply our bodies with antioxidants that combat free radicals by pairing up, neutralizing them and rendering them harmless. But is it enough? Researchers now believe our foods are nutrient deficient due to over farming because of the vast number of people our planet is required to support. We have depleted our soils of vital nutrients. In the 1800s the human race had grown to a total world population of 800 million people. In only 100 years that number doubled to 1.6 million, over the next 60 years the world population doubled again to 3.2 billion people. Then in an even shorter amount of time only 40 years we doubled again to 6.5 billion living here on planet earth.
Dr. Linus Pauling two-time Nobel Prize winner said, "You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency". In the 1900s one in every 80 people died of cancer today one in every two and a half people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. By 2050 it is estimated that every person born on earth will get some form of cancer. Consider the 400 billion dollar pharmaceutical industry that for decades has been the most profitable industry in America, it makes a lot more money when we are sick than when we are healthy. The average person over 65 takes between 10 and 20 prescription pills every day.
What is the alternative? As health care costs continue to skyrocket more and more people are turning to natural products to maintain and promote their health. While our advances in modern science have introduced a plethora of harmful chemicals into our everyday lives that same science has provided us with the means not only to pinpoint the problem but also to provide a solution … there is HOPE.
Now that you know what is lurking in your everyday household products, what are you going to do about it?