Hazardous Chemicals in Our Everyday Life

Why You Should Consider Natural Skin Care

This is a topic very close to my heart. Most people do not realize (or even think about) the amount of chemicals that find their way into our body everyday. The human body is a remarkable vessel, designed to take care of itself. Our immune system is capable of providing all the protection and healing power necessary to overcome any disease, yet are we getting sicker everyday.

Why do so many Americans suffer from a multitude of chronic illnesses?  Why is cancer, heart disease, and diabetes so widespread?  Why are so many of our children suffering from asthma and diagnosed with ADD?

I personally believe that it’s due to the incredible amount of chemicals that we introduce into our bodies everyday.  Did you know that there are more than 82 thousand ingredients used in personal care products and that 1 in 8 of those are industrial chemicals? That’s just in our personal care products.  Our systems are also bombarded with chemicals in the food we eat, the air we breath and the over the counter drugs we take.

My name is Cheryl Campbell, and if you are wondering “who the heck is she to be talking about this” I would like you to know that I spent 14 years as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at a Hazardous Waste Facility.  A large part of my responsibility was teaching our employees how to be safe around dangerous industrial chemicals. There is so much I would love to share with you here, but it would take hours to write, so let me leave you with a few things to think about instead.

Most importantly, do not be fooled into believing that just because our personal care items are sold in stores that the ingredients are good for you.  Most of the unpronounceable ingredients on your labels are nastier than you think.  

Here are a few common ingredients that are definitely not good for you:​

Propylene Glycol

Found in many brand name toothpastes PG is also the active ingredient in anti-freeze.  It’s also widely used in makeup and many deodorants.

The EPA requires workers to wear protective gear including gloves, clothing, and goggles when working with it.

Direct contact can cause brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities yet the FDA says we can use it on our bodies and put it in our mouths.

Mineral Oil

The main ingredient in Baby Oil.  Sounds healthy right?  Wrong.   Petroleum based products coat your skin in such a way that it’s like putting plastic wrap all over your body.

This reduces your ability to sweat. Unfortunately, sweating has gotten a bad reputation, but sweating is your body's way of getting rid of toxins.

Every day these toxins build up in your pores and need to be released. When they are not they build up and cellular development is slowed, disrupting hormonal activity.  

Possible results include dermatological problems and early signs of aging.

Sodium laureleth sulfate (SLES) or lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is found in over 90% of personal care products as well as in garage floor cleaners.  In combination with other chemicals SLS turns into nitrosamine, a potent carcinogen.

Research studies on SLS have also shown links to organ toxicity and developmental & reproductive toxicity.

 SLS sometimes hides behind the ingredient description "coconut derived" or "comes from coconut".  Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural.

Keep in mind that the concentration of many industrial chemicals found in the products we use are very low, but we use them everyday.   Once these chemicals find their way into our bodies they tend to accumulate because we do not have the necessary enzymes to break them down.

There are literally thousands of chemicals used in personal care products, and the U. S. government does not require mandatory testing for these products before they are sold.  

Did you know that in the European Union more than 1,110 personal-product ingredients have been banned for use in cosmetics because they may cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive ills yet only 10 are banned here in the United States!

Please go through your home and read the labels on your products in your cleaning cabinet, in your bathroom and in your shower.  Write down the ingredients and Google them.  Do your own research and prove this to yourself. See it with your own eyes. Shop with your eyes open!

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