Why We Need To Become Label Readers
We are all familiar with the saying “It’s the final straw that breaks the camel’s back.”
Today that saying is applicable to our well-being, the “straws” being all the factors which are causing our bodies to suffer “dis-ease” and which range from poor nutrition and toxicity to being stuck in a traffic jam every day.
Some things we have no control over but we can take control of others and the more “straws” we can remove, the better for us and for our well-being.
ONE “straw” that we can remove, thus lifting an unnecessary burden from our lives, is the daily poisoning of our bodies and homes.
Over the last few years, ordinary people, that is non-scientists like you and me, have become increasingly aware of the dangers posed by man-made chemical ingredients in products we use every day at home so I decided to take this opportunity to share with you what I have learned. I firmly believe that everyone has the right to make choices but to do this effectively, we need knowledge.
It’s hard to believe that the most dangerous place to be is inside our own home.
A 15 year study showed that “women who worked at home had a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who had jobs elsewhere.”
Way back in 1989, a study by the US Dept of Occupational Safety and Health showed that of 2,983 chemicals used in personal and household products:
- 884 were known to be toxic. Of these:
- 778 were acutely toxic
- 146 were carcinogenic
- 218 were believed to cause reproductive complications
- 314 were believed to cause biological mutations
- 376 were known to cause eye and skin irritation
Since then, thousands more have been invented!
In 2003, the “ContamiNATION” study by the World Wide Foundation found as many as 70 different chemicals in the blood of UK citizens. The average number was 27 with one poor man having 49. Babies were being born with as many as 20. Toxins tend to be stored in the fat. The implication is that mothers are passing on toxins in their breast milk.
In 2010 the EU Parliament decided that, by 2025, 1000 man-made chemicals used in the home would be banned.
I’m sure you’ll agree that these figures are very alarming!
Household products release toxic vapours even when they are not being used. We don’t need our eyes to tell us where the washing powders and cleaning products are in the supermarket, do we?
Then there are the air fresheners. Do you know it takes at least 100 chemicals to make a “perfume”? Have you ever read the warnings on the back? Nasty!
“Most homes have airborne concentrations of hazardous and toxic chemicals 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outside. Some homes are 70 times higher!” (US Environmental Protection Agency 1989)
The most common ingredients to watch out for in personal care products are these (although there are more than 100 alternative names for the first one alone!):-
- Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate – corrosive industrial degreaser. Affects the eyes and the lining of the mouth, can alter DNA. (foaming products)
- Propylene Glycol – main ingredients in anti-freeze, brake fluid (moisturisers, baby wipes)
- Glycerine – ok to eat but stops the skin breathing (moisturisers)
- Talc – similar molecular structure to asbestos (cosmetics)
Ask me for a list so you can check the safety of your current products.
An added complication is “potentially” Harmful Ingredients. A lot of chemicals are safe UNTIL mixed with something else e.g. Triclosan and water = toxic dioxins. (so why is it in toothpaste?).
The scary thing is that thousands of ingredients used in the household have NEVER been tested, so no-one knows whether they are safe or not.
Well that’s the BAD NEWS…
Some GOOD NEWS is that, just as not all natural substances are safe, not all chemicals are harmful. In fact, some are very beneficial.
The trick is knowing which is which.
And, here’s the REALLY GOOD NEWS…
Someone I know, told me about a company that does KNOW THE DIFFERENCE………. and has acted on it. 🙂
So now we can take out the guess work by buying the full range of effective every-day-use products from the company who, more than 30 years ago, pioneered the formulation, manufacture and distribution of products made only from ingredients KNOWN to be safe.
I have transferred my spending on my products to them. You can too.
You don’t have to go and find your products and carry them home. You can order on-line and they will be delivered to your door.
Do you want the benefits of a Healthy Home and Family?
If so, please contact me for further details