Author: Brittany Thomas

Cleaning to Death

Did you know that companies are not required to list the ingredients in their cleaning products? Do a little digging and you will be shocked at what is in cleaning supplies. Ammonia, Bleach, and Formaldehyde are all carcinogens and yet they are found in the bottles of cleaning products. Deadly, if swallowed, which is why parents get lectures about locking their cupboards. Most of us, do not chug bottles of window cleaner but these chemicals are hazardous even in their fumes. Just spraying air freshener can cause allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Yet, people spray this stuff constantly, just because it smells nice. Let’s just breathe in the formaldehyde, shall we? There are many toxic chemicals in our cleaning supplies. Here are just a few. Propylene glycol: main ingredient in anti-freeze. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: causes gene mutation. Formaldehyde: respiratory problems, has been linked to brain cancer, lung cancer, and leukemia. Phthalates: is an endocrine disruptors and is known to cause hormonal abnormalities, reproductive problems and birth defects. If any of these toxins were not enough to convince you, just think about the fact that cleaning chemicals are harmful to the environment. If these chemicals effect dogs, birds, frogs, etc, why should we be using them? What can we use to keep our home clean? The answer is probably in your pantry already! There are three amazing products, when...

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Organic, Conventional, and GMO – How to Tell The Difference

 We have come a long way from the day when you walked into the produce department and you only had to decide between a red or green apple. Now you step into that section and there are dozens of choices, not only in colors but also in how the produce was grown. We now have the decision of organic, conventional, or GMO produce. What’s the difference? How can you even tell? Isn’t an apple, an apple? Not anymore. In fact, they even make apples that taste like grapes now! So what IS the difference? What is Conventional Food? Conventionally...

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Safer Sipping

Drinking water is a great way to have a healthy body. However, the container we use to hold the water might be causing us to have toxins in our bodies. Many people drink water and other liquids out of plastic water bottles. Sadly, not all plastics are safe. Many contain Bisphenol A, a hormone disrupter. BPA has been linked to reproductive problems, obesity, and even hyperactivity. Not something I want my water bottle to be made out of. Thankfully, there are a few companies who understand this problem. Quite a few plastic water bottles are being made without BPA, just look for the label. I, personally don’t trust plastic at all any longer. Many baby bottles that claimed to be BPA free have now been shown to actually have BPA in them. I do not see why adult water bottles will be any different. There is a alternative to plastic: aluminum lined water bottles and stainless steel. My only problem with the aluminum lined bottles is that many of times, the lining can contain BPA. It’s a good alternative, just read those labels! Stainless steel happens to be my personal choice. The wonderful thing about stainless steel is that it will not break, doesn’t make your water taste like plastic, and will last...

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So Many Chemicals, So Little Time

There are hundreds of chemicals that we put on our body. Could you name all the ingredients in your shampoo? Could you point out the toxic ones from the safe ones? I can’t. I can read books upon books but I am still not going to remember all of the bad chemicals. I do want to avoid these toxins. It’s just not feasible to carry a huge list of chemicals to avoid and read the ingredients on every single bottle in the store. Thankfully, someone has realized this problem. The lovely people over at the Environmental Working Group have compiled a database of beauty products and the chemicals they contain. They have taken all the guess work out of finding safe products and rated them for people like me. Based on the chemicals in a product, it can be rated ‘0’ being completely safe to a ’10’ being run away as fast as possible. Just type in a brand and up pops the ingredient list, the problems with each chemical, and the safety rating. Wonderful! If you rather not search by brand then simply click on a category (like shampoo) and all the products in that category will appear and in lowest to highest rating order. This is great when you know you want to replace a product but you have no idea what to replace it with. If...

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Soda Free

For over a month now, I have been soda free. Makes me sound like an alcoholic, doesn’t it? For many people, it is not all that different then alcohol. Soda can be very addicting and in my opinion it is probably just as unhealthy as alcohol. We all know that soda is just full of empty calories. That’s reason enough to stop. Why bother drinking soda when you could have juice which is actually beneficial to your body, or good old water? Then there’s the acidity of soda. Did you know that soda has the same acidic level as vinegar? It can remove rust! Remind me why we put that into our stomachs? If you think like me then you switch to diet sodas, at least that way you don’t have empty calories or any calories for that matter. Not so fast! Diet soda has no calories because they replace sugar with aspartame. Aspartame that wonderful calorie free substance that was supposed to be the answer to our beloved sugar. Companies wouldn’t put it into drinks if it was harmful, right? WRONG! Aspartame is made up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Once you drink aspartame it breaks back up into these three substances and then it further breaks up into: formaldehyde and formic acid. Both formaldehyde and formic acid are carcinogens. Well that removes diet soda from my...

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