What a week!!!
Thanks to everyone for your calls, emails, comments, and messages of congratulations. I had no idea how many people there are out there cheering for me. I hope you all realize there is NO WAY I could achieve such amazing results without your support and love. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.
Tomorrow hubby, Miss M, and I are off to Mexico for our week long celebration. Hooray! But I thought I’d post one more piece of my healing puzzle before we go…
Today’s puzzle piece is about eliminating toxins.
Unfortunately, harmful chemicals and toxins are everywhere. It is impossible to get rid of them all but we can get rid of many.
I firmly believe that the growing use of toxic chemicals plays a significant role in cancer. There are specific chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors, hormonal imbalancers and carcinogenic compounds that are in our every day products. While one chemical alone may not produce cancer, together, the synergistic properties are definitely toxic.
For a complete list of what is in your products go to the Environmental Working Group‘s website. It is amazing. Check out the book What’s In This Stuff: The Hidden Toxins in Everyday Products & What You Can Do About Them. As well as Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams.
MOST COMMON CHEMICALS TO AVOID:
- parabens (personal care & baby products)
- phthalates (personal care products and plastics)
- BPA (plastics & tin can linings)
- formaldehyde (cleaning products – can appear under a number of different names)
- sodium laurel sulfates
** Many chemicals are listed under different names. For example, “fragrance” is often code-word for a combination of chemicals including phthalates. So avoid things with fragrance. **
Here is a rundown of the products I’ve changed & some great all natural ones I’ve found:
HAIR: I stopped coloring my hair… I switched my shampoo & conditioner as well as my hair styling products (most contain parabens). I found a great pomade: John Masters Organics. It’s a bit pricey but I bought it almost 6 months ago and still have over half left. A little goes a long way!
SKIN: Look at the ingredients in your soap, cleansers, moisturizer, and antiperspirant. I stopped wearing antiperspirant all together (because of the aluminium & fragrances). I switched to all natural ingredient soap (ie. no ingredients i can’t pronounce) – Dr. Bonner’s is a great brand to try… As well as all natural facial moisturizer – I adore Loving Naturals Anti-Aging Cream… And I wash my face with Eminence Organic Coconut Milk Cleanser (which smells heavenly!)… For sunscreens try to avoid commercial brands with oxybenzone, avobenzone, & octinoxate. I just ordered some new natural ones to bring to Mexico if they turn out good I’ll let ya know!
MAKEUP: I rarely wear makeup these days. Right now I just use Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer. Which you can get at any pharmacy or grocery store. I also stopped getting manicures & pedicures But recently found some non-toxic water based nail polishes that I’m excited to try (Acquarella, Sante Nail Polish, Suncoat, & Piggy Paint for kids).
TEETH: I’ve read that it’s best to avoid too much flouride so I switched to all natural, flouride free toothpaste (for both me & Miss M). There’s already enough flouride in the water. Also, many big name brand toothpastes contain sugar & sugar substitutes (xylitol, sorbitol, saccharin). And one brand (I won’t name names but read your ingredient list) contains the toxic chemical triclosan. Plus, I keep hearing mercury amalgam fillings are toxic. So i need to get mine switched. Anyone know of a good dentist who does that???
CLEANING: Toxic chemicals are in our clothing detergents, dryer sheets, dish soaps and most household cleaning products. I use Planet dishwashing liquid… Seventh Generation dishwasher and clothing detergents… I’m trying to wean myself off dryer sheets… And I just started making my own household cleaning products that I SWEAR work even better than commercial ones. (The recipe involves water, white distilled vinegar, tea tree oil, lemon, + peppermint oil or lavender oil for fragrance).
KITCHEN: We switched to stainless steal pots & pans (no more Teflon!)… Although we do have one Green Pan which is non-stick but less toxic at higher heats with less chemicals… We got rid of our plastic Tupperware and switched to Pyrex glass… Plastics are the big worry here. Especially avoid putting plastic in the microwave or dishwasher or placing hot food in plastic containers as this leaches the harmful chemicals out & into your food.
FOOD: Stop drinking bottled water (the chemicals leach out of the plastic into your water) – Plus, it’s just BAD for the environment!… Watch out for pesticides (especially in fruits & veggies), and avoid food in cans. Can linings are riddled with BPA. Be especially careful with tomato products – the acid from the tomatoes leaches even more chemicals from the can lining. The only brand of canned beans that does NOT have BPA in the lining is Eden Foods. And if you’re gonna eat dairy please make it organic. They pump cows full of hormones to keep them lactating after their babies are taken away and those hormones end up in the milk & then in us. I partially blame hormonal dairy for the rise in early puberty in girls and estrogen positive breast cancers.
Phhewww…. That’s a lot. And I’m sure I missed out on a whole bunch of other stuff as well.
One thing I’ve learned on this journey is that you must take baby steps or else it is totally overwhelming. So don’t try to tackle this whole list. Just pick a few things & start there.
Every little thing makes a difference!
See ya’ll in a week! Hugs, - T