Author: Brittany Thomas

Going “No-‘Poo”

Ready for an extremely crunchy topic? No ‘poo! No, I am not talking about not going to the bathroom, I am referring to the method of not shamPOOing your hair. Before you start thinking, EWW, gross! Let me explain. No ‘pooing does not mean that you are not washing your hair. Although some die hard crunchies will go that far and only wash with water. It does not begin that way and it does not have to end that way. Most no ‘poo fans stick with using baking soda and vinegar. Yes, the same ingredients that you use to...

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Toxins in Shampoo

For years, I have used shampoos, never thinking about what chemicals were in them. I never thought that what was in them could be toxic. I mean, how could they possibly be able to sell something that could be harmful? Sadly, there is no regulations on personal products. This means that anything can go into a bottle and then onto a shelf. What is in shampoos that should be avoided? Here is a list of some of the commonly used toxins. Mind you this is only some of the toxins, there are still plenty more lurking in shampoo bottles. IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLLCARBAMATE Reproductive system toxicity, inhibits human development, and reduces fertility. LECITHIN Penetration enhancer. RESORCINOL Possible human carcinogen. PARABENS Reproductive system toxicity. Mimics estrogen increasing the risk of breast cancer, hormone imbalances, and infertility. SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE Gastrointestinal toxicity. PROPYLENE GLYCOL Immune toxicity, skin irritant, can cause liver and kidney damage. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE Immune toxicity. FRAGRANCE Immune toxicity. DISODIUM EDTA Penetration enhancer. Now go read the list of ingredients on your shampoo bottle and see if you have any of these toxins in them. What to do if you find out that you do have a toxic shampoo? Thankfully, there are many alternatives. There are quite a few natural shampoos on the market. My best suggestion for finding the good shampoos is to use Skin Deep just look under shampoos...

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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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