It amazes me every day how much we are surrounded by toxins. I am becoming pickier by the day about what products I use at home and what type of food we eat. The more you learn, the more you realize how much these companies are harming us for profit. I don’t want to go into all of it now, it will be a very long entry but suffice it to say it is not a coincidence children these days are hitting puberty years younger than they did a couple of decades ago and the number of kids with allergies is rising!
The other day I read about chemicals and preservatives in our foods. According to the articles, these don’t only cause mild symptoms; some can cause serious illnesses. Believe me I am not an alarmist but when I see and hear about many young people around me having all sorts of health issues and weird symptoms, it makes me wonder.
I was reading “Master your Metabolism” by Jillian Michaels this morning and came across a section about removing toxins from your home. There was a section about cosmetics and information about a movement to demand safer cosmetics (The campaign for safer cosmetics – www.safecosmetics.org. This made me wonder what is in the products we use daily. I mean I know that many nail products are not very safe, you can smell it and feel yourself getting sick, but the stuff for the face too? I thought these were regulated. Well by following the links, I landed on a site that I think is very useful for everyone to check: www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.
I started entering the names of the various products I use (from cosmetics to toothpaste) and some came back as mildly toxic but some were in red as having high levels of toxicity! I thought these were natural and safe products, I was shocked. But the kicker was I found products such as shampoo and toothpaste products for kids that have moderate to higher levels of toxicity and that made me mad! That is why I think it is important to share these sites with you. Check them out so that at least from now on you can make an informed decision for yourself and choose safer products for the kids.
We need to take a stand and make it known that as consumers with the purchasing power, we won’t stand for lax safety standards and demand that companies across the board be more concerned about safety rather than the bottom line or there will be no bottom line to worry about. We will take our hard earned dollars elsewhere!
Final thought: As I said, I am not an alarmist but when you look around and you add it all up it just starts to irk me. The main point is not to give it all up and go live on a ranch in the middle of nowhere and grow your own lettuce but just to be aware and make informed decisions.
I would love to hear from you at: dania at mommynuggets dot com !