It’s working, organic shopping is catching on. You and yours are spending over $30 billion per year to avoid toxins in your food and over half of that spending is for organic food.
Other things to look for
In addition to the organic vegetable isle, you should be also looking for organic food in places you wouldn’t necessarily think of.
Normal ice-cream is produced from cows that are fed antibiotics, hormones, genetically engineered corn and soy.
Look for ice-cream labeled organic. The cows will have to been fed a natural diet of grass and hay. Their fat will contain heart-protecting and cancer preventing fat called CLA or conjugated linoleic acid.
Cage free chicken eggs
Most eggs found in your store are from chickens that are crammed into a small cage and fed hormones and antibiotics to make them grow quickly. To prevent disease they are sprayed with insect spray to keep bugs off of them.
The sales of organic eggs have doubled in the last few years. Cage free and organically fed chickens are happier and produce healthier more nutritious eggs.
Not Just Food
Shampoo and skin care
It seems like just yesterday, the local news was informing us that women apply over 80 different chemicals to their bodies daily. Men only 30.
I won’t list them all here but the most shocking to me was that lipstick contains lead.
You are putting lead in your mouth, or at least on your mouth.
Shampoo is just as bad. Look for organic products with skin care too.
NATURAL or ALL NATURAL means absolutely NOTHING!
Toxic Ingredients In Our Skin And Hair Care Products
Here is just a taste of what you are getting:
Isopropyl Alcohol– inhalation or ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis and coma.
Baby oil is 100% mineral oil. This commonly used petroleum ingredient coats the skin just like plastic wrap.
The skin’s natural immune barrier is disrupted as this plastic coating inhibits its ability to breathe and absorb the natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition). The skin’s ability to release toxins is impeded by this “plastic wrap”, which can promote acne and other disorders.
Skin function is slowed down and normal cell development hampered, causing the skin to prematurely age.
This is an abbreviation for poly-ethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as thicken products.
Because of their effectiveness, PEG’s are often used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners and yet are found in many personal care products.
PEG’s contribute to stripping the natural moisture factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable. They are also potentially carcinogenic.
Propylene Glycol –
Basically antifreeze. There is no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in personal care products.
Used in industry to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of) yet it is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after shave- deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpaste.
also used in our food
It is also used in food processing. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance.
The Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. Consumers are not protected. There a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.
Even though PG is a safer replacement for Ethylene Glycol, which causes kidney and liver damage if consumed by humans or animals. It is far from safe.
in our pets food
Propylene glycol is a controversial additive now used to help preserve the moisture content in some commercial dog foods.
You may already recognize this chemical for its more everyday use — as the key component in newer automotive antifreeze
dangerous for cats yet still in dog food?
Because it has been proven to cause,
Heinz body anemia, a serious type of blood disease in some animals propylene glycol has been banned by the FDA for use in cat food.
But unfortunately, it can still be used to make dog food.
It is probably safe — in small, infrequent doses.
Yet unlike most humans who are inclined to vary their diets with each meal, dogs are typically fed the same food on a perpetual basis — meal-after-meal, every day for a lifetime.
And it’s that continuous exposure to a synthetic substance like propylene glycol that tends to cause problems.
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) –
Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers.
Yet both sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are used more widely as one of the major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste, hair conditioner and about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam.
According to the American College of Toxicology both SLS and SLES can cause malformation in children’s eyes.
Other research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties.
It is possibly the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products.
Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens, which causes the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels that eating nitrate-contaminated food.
” According to the American College of Toxicity report, “SLS stays in the body for up to five days…” Other studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain.
Doris J. Rapp, M.D., author of Is This Your Child’s World?, says that exposure to chlorine in tap water, showers, pool, laundry products, cleaning agents, food processing, sewage systems and many others, can affect our health.
Chlorine contributes to the development of asthma, hay fever, anemia, bronchitis, circulatory collapse, confusion, delirium, diabetes, dizziness, irritation of the eye, mouth, nose, throat, lung, skin and stomach, heart disease, high blood pressure and nausea.
It is also a possible cause of cancer. Even though you will not see Chlorine on personal care product labels, it is important for you to be aware of the need to protect your skin when bathing and washing your hair.
and it goes on and on – jughandle