Sorry I failed to mention in my last post that I loved this article very much and appreciate your sharing... Blessings, Meo
--- In AlternativeAnswers@yahoogroups.com, "MelissaM" <melissa_makris@...> wrote:
> Get Toxic Body Care Products out of your Home
> Many of us believe that the U.S. government regulates personal care
> products for safety, long-term health impacts or environmental damage.
> Unfortunately, that's just not the case. Many common, popular body care
> products have ingredients that are harmful to both people and the
> environment. These toxic ingredients are even found in items like baby
> So just how harmful are they?
> Many popular kinds of shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, moisturizer,
> makeup, body wash, perfume, and other items that are part of our daily
> routine have ingredients in them that are now known to cause (or
> strongly suspected to cause) cancer, organ damage, hormone imbalance,
> fertility issues, allergies, skin irritations, and more.
> More info here: Personal Care Ingredients
> These products are overwhelming our immune systems and making us
> unhealthy. Using safe, natural products is the only way to go.
> But it's not that easy.
> Manufacturers are recognizing growing consumer concern. Instead of
> responding with safer products, they are focusing on marketing the same
> old products as more natural.
> They use many dirty labeling tricks. A couple of examples:
> They'll add a tiny amount of an herbal extract or aloe and say it's
> "made with natural ingredients."
> Or they'll call their product organic even though no organic ingredients
> are actually present (or there's just a minuscule amount).
> How can they get away with such deception?
> Read more about natural body care
> at my site as well as this very informative video found at the link
> The Story of Cosmetics <http://storyofstuff.org/cosmetics>
> It's obvious now that the cosmetic industry has not had our best
> interest at heart. Not the biggest surprise, I know, but still...
> The cosmetic industry has known these things for many years, yet they
> still have not moved toward safer, more natural products.
> Many European governments have had enough, and have strict regulations
> about what can and cannot be put in our body care products. The
> European Union has banned over 1,000 different chemicals.
> So what about the U.S.?
> Not surprisingly, the U.S. government is lagging behind - letting the
> industry regulate itself. Last I checked (not that long ago) we had
> banned only eight chemicals used in personal care. Yes, eight. As in
> less than 1% of what Europe has already considered too toxic.
> The fact is that, in the U.S., any company can add any ingredient to any
> body care product. The same company decides if it is safe and how to
> label it. The same company does not have to report any cosmetic-related
> injuries to the FDA and does not have to recall it if it has been found
> to cause injuries.
> You can see the problem with this, right?
> More info on this here: Safe Cosmetics
> Many of us do not realize that choosing safe cosmetics is more important
> than eating organic foods.
> This is simply because toxic pesticides found on produce are generally
> at low levels.
> But your shampoo more than likely has harmful ingredients as part of the
> main formula....
> So please take a little time to educate yourself about what you are
> putting on your body on a daily basis.
> A good resource for this is Skin Deep <http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com>
> brought to you by Environmental Working Group (a non-profit,
> consumer-funded organization).
> The above site allows you to look up your favorite products for free. It
> also offers safer, more natural alternatives.
> Although, honestly, sometimes the more natural alternatives just don't
> work. Or they don't work as well as their synthetic competitors.
> So I have been on a mission to find the best, most natural, least toxic
> products for personal care. Yes, products that actually work.
> After a year of searching around and using myself and my husband as
> guinea pigs, here is what I found.
> Non-Toxic Cosmetics
> > that Work.
> Dr. Bronner's comes out on top for most body care needs.
> For deodorant, the Body Crystal simply cannot be beat.
> And for makeup, Afterglow Cosmetics is still the best I have found.
> I've actually been using their products for over three years now.
> You can find more information on the link above.
> I hope that this information has been useful to you.
> For questions feel free to contact me
> <http://www.how-to-boost-your-immune-system.com/contact.html> .
> Wishing you the best of health!
> Melissa Makris
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