Toxic Cosmetics: US Bans 11. Europe Bans 1,328

America bans or restricts 11 toxic cosmetic chemicals while Europe bans 1,328. These chemicals in make-up and other beauty products are known or suspected to cause cancer and/or birth defects.

Where are you getting your cosmetics from?

What countries will be gaining American dollars?

http://www.fastcompany.com/3055832/most-creative-people/on-the-hunt-for-natural-beauty-products-for-women-who-actually-like-mak

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Migraines, Blocked Sinuses, and Fragrances

Eighty to ninety percent of fragrances are toxic. It often takes three to five days for them to penetrate your body and cause a reaction. People with migraines and sinus problems are often allergic to perfume, cologne, air fresheners, dryer sheet, and other scented products.

By avoiding people and places using fragrances, you may illuminate many health problems. Medicines only mask symptoms.

Masking the symptoms allows you to expose yourself to more toxic chemicals and weakens your body. Until, one day, your body is too contaminated and even medicine and steroids won’t help.

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Chemical Sensitivity: Even the grocery store makes you sick.

Eighty to ninety percent of fragrance mixes are toxic. People spend extra buying organic food and bottled water that they hope doesn’t contain chemicals, yet they put toxic chemicals on their skin via lotion, deodorant, dryer sheets, perfume/cologne, and this gets absorbed into their system. They also spray it into the air via air fresheners, and this gets into their system as they breath it. Chemical Sensitivity is a sickness so serious that it is covered by Social Security Disability. The following was written by someone with Chemical Sensitivity.

I have suffered from chemical sensitivities for 13 years and it has impacted every aspect of my life.

I do my best to improve my immune system — I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on this—but still, it takes just one passive and unsuspecting inhale of air that contains the tiny molecules of cologne or scents from laundry dryer sheets to ruin an otherwise nice day.

This doesn’t only happen in offices. It happens walking down the street or even a hike in the woods or going to an outdoor event. Mostly, I avoid  conferences, theater, movies, etc—so imagine how this limits enjoyment and opportunity of life. 

It is really hard to make it through the day when living day-to-day  and facing health-threatening situations become synonymous with each other–because people wearing toxic scents show up unexpectedly in all sorts of places –at the grocery store, etc–and the scents they wear linger after they move on. 

And, as difficult as it is to find a job in this economy, imagine the extra anxiety for someone who can’t anticipate what co-workers might do or what the environment will be, once they do get a job. 

Many chemically scented products are toxic, and the levels of toxic effects vary from person to person, and even from day-to-day depending on the accumulated level of exposure and condition of the immune system.  It’s impossible to pin it down to say a little bit is an ok level–so the best thing is to eliminate chemical scents as much as possible from our lives.

For people who do not experience the devastation that chemical scents cause, it is difficult to understand– because the source/cause is  “invisible” and generally the symptoms (with some exceptions) that people experience are “invisible” too — you can’t usually “see” brain fog, the dizziness, headaches, muscle weakness, nerve damage, and general malaise that is caused by  chemical scents. 

And, I have no doubt that some of the naysayers posting dismissive comments here may one day experience this agony themselves in 10 or 20 or 30 years from now, because the impacts of exposures are cumulative over time. I never had any allergy my entire life, and then *bam* this illness took me down and my life has never been the same since.  And because of the lack of compassion from others in much of society, allergies and chemical sensitivities can also cause people to withdraw from society, become angry, depressed, and act in ways that alienate them from others, as may be the case in some of the postings above.

It is amazing how people, in their own state of ignorance, have such little compassion for  people whose lives are turned upside down by the pervasive aspect of chemical scents.  I have personally experienced untold levels of cruelty from others who would rather cling to their specific brands and their daily routines  (and even purposely spray my personal space with their products) rather than consider alternatives because of  the consequences of their actions on others.  Some people are only able to see acceptability through their own narrow definition of their own ‘likes and dislikes’ and  ‘normal’ is only their way–a definition that may indeed be largely influenced by corporate marketing. 

I understand that we all have our own likes and dislikes and levels of “normal” ….For me, it is now ‘normal’ to avoid chemical scents. But I can also understand how challenging it is for people to ‘get it’ when they don’t themselves have these sensitivities….For instance, I am not bothered by natural floral scents (like lavender) but other people get quite ill by that. We all have our own ‘normal’ and need to open our hearts and understanding to the pain and suffering of others who don’t fit into our self-described idea of ‘normal.’ 

Really, it’s not such a sacrifice to make small changes in life to help others. In fact, it can be uplifting.

Thank you for this forum. It is my hope that these toxic chemicals will one day be seen as the poisons that they are—just as our thinking about cigarette smoke has changed over the years.   Then, maybe I too can go to a movie or shop at a flea market or join a political rally and not worry that I’ll end up sick in bed because of the perfumes and colognes wafting through the air.

http://www.askamanager.org/2012/11/can-my-office-ban-fragrances-in-the-workplace.html

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Eat Clean, Feel Good – Control Illness through Diet

At 18 I was diagnosed with gout. I was 5’5”, 122 pound, active, female, and a teenager. In short, I was not your typical “gout victim”.

The pain was in my foot, where the big toe meets the foot, and knee. It even hurt when elevated with nothing, not even a sheet, on it. I went to doctor after doctor – allergists, rheumatologists, foot doctors, and had ex-rays.

Years pasted. I lived in pain. Decades pasted. I lived in pain. The pain spread to other parts of my body. I went to more doctors, allergists, rheumatologists.

Finally I demanded to be tested for man-made mixes and metals (not the typically outdoor allergens). Specifically nickel, potassium dichromate, and fragrance mix. – Allergist prefer to test you for the things they can treat like airborne allergens.

I found I am allergic to nickel (anything contained in a can), potassium dichromate (inks, dies, many cleansers), and fragrance mix (any product with fragrance, 80-90% of it is toxic anyway). So I got away from all of that and began feeling better.

Then I cleaned up my diet. I eat fresh fruit and vegetables (minus asparagus, peas, beans, mushrooms, spinach), chicken breasts, low fat dairy products. I do drink coffee, using freshly ground coffee beans, with raw sugar. And I have a dessert every two weeks. I eat a freshly baked bagel once a week. – Nothing canned, boxed, or bagged (except coffee beans, olive oil, raw sugar, black pepper, dairy products). No alcohol, no soda pop. — I drink hot water with the juice from a fresh lemon each day. I do not take any prescription drugs for gout or arthritis (or anything, but would for an infection).

Yep, I’m restricted. But it is well worth it not to be living in pain.

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20448674,00.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/gout-diet/art-20048524

http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/tc/diet-and-gout-topic-overview

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Medicine for Dogs in Tubes: Why you can’t use expired medicine

Dog Owners. Please learn by my mistake. If your dogs are on medication in a tube, write the expiration date in large writing on the tube and on a calendar. Order more medication before it expires. (Expired medication would not have proper doses of some chemical in the compound.)

Shep, my little girl

Shep, my little girl

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