Our modern lifestyles have warranted that we are loading our homes and our bodies with hundreds of toxic chemicals everyday! These chemicals are in our household cleaning products, cosmetics, personal care products and even our food! Okay an expert may argue that the dose of the chemical in the product is too minute to cause any long term effect or they don’t come in contact with the body long enough to have any impact. But when you are using a number of products, multiple times a day, chemicals are bound to end up somewhere in your body.
Ever wonder why unexplained infertility, autoimmune diseases, allergies and cancers are on the rise? For us as a family the only common sense decision has been to dump all the toxic products in our home and replace them with more organic, natural and gentle products.
To make it easier for you, I have listed 3 major reasons why we dumped more popular conventional products for organic (and why you should do too!) :
1. Unsafe and inadequately tested: Many substances used in household cleaning products, personal care and cosmetics haven’t been tested for safety. Yup that’s right. No one knows what effect they have on the body in the long run. The sad part is, the most vulnerable population to the harms of these toxins are pregnant and nursing women and children. It is very likely that the effects of toxins a fetus is exposed to may appear decades later in the form of an chronic adult disease (think autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer). Or even worse, the toxin may act as a teratogen (an agent which causes malformation of embryo) and cause a congenital malformation and birth defects in the baby.
Many products contain volatile compounds which give off fumes which can trigger asthma, allergies and headaches. Your decision today pretty much decides the health and future of your child later. Watch the video below to get an idea why these toxic chemicals end up in our household and personal care products.
2. Hormone disruptors: Endocrine or hormone disruptors are chemicals which in certain doses can interfere with the function of endocrine/hormone systems. The endocrine system controls many functions of the body including metabolism, growth, development, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood amongst other things. Many of the endocrine disruptors mimic the hormones in our body such as estrogen the female sex hormone, androgen the male sex hormone and the thyroid hormones. So the endocrine disruptor can interfere with the way the hormone is made and/or functions in the body.
The effects of these may include reduced fertility, increased incidence of prostate and thyroid cancers, developmental effects on nervous system of children. Pregnant women and children are the most at risk with exposures not evident until much later in life.
Some known and common endocrine disruptors found in household and personal care products are:
Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is found in plastics. There have been concerns about its serious effects on brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, children and adults
Phthalates found in cosmetic products like nail polishes and fragrances has been linked to early puberty in girls and increased breast cancer risk in later life.
Triclosan found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants among its other harmful effects especially effects thyroid hormones which regulate metabolism.
3. Bad for the environment: Everyone wants to feel good and look beautiful and have sparkling clean homes but do we ever stop to think what our choices mean for the environment? Many of the “natural” companies acquire the ingredients from unsustainable sources which means environmental resources are depleted and human rights are exploited. Production of all the products beginning from resourcing the ingredients for the products, to packaging is leaving an increased carbon imprint on the planet. Pollution is increasing, forests are being damaged, many species are being put at risk.
Chemical components of most cosmetic and household products don’t breakdown but instead accumulate in our ecosystem. When chemicals from household and personal care products go down the drain, they are treated by sewerage plants they are discharged into nearby water bodies. These non-degradable substances remain in water and threaten aquatic life. Not to mention the highly toxic, non-degradable and non recyclable plastic containers these products come in. These plastics are making our soil less fertile, choking up ponds, rivers and oceans and harming the sea life.
So what’s a person to do???
- Educate and empower yourself. A little information goes a long way.
- Learn to read your labels. `
- Know that your choice, your dollar is your vote and has the power to change the bigger system.
- When looking for organic or natural products always look for the appropriate labels by third party certifying bodies which have properly scrutinized the product for the organic claim.
- Recycle and reuse.
- Buy from conscientious and mission driven companies which have more compassion for the environment and your health than your $$$. Which means they source their ingredients from sustainable resources, don’t exploit human and animal rights, where the whole process is transparent from resourcing to production to packaging with no hidden ingredients and procedures. Sounds too good to be true? Well I thought the same till I came across Miessence.
We have replaced (almost) all the household, personal care and cosmetic products with Miessence range of things. I can now sleep with a clear conscience knowing that my choices are not negatively impacting our health and the environment in any way.
Ready to take on a challenge? I invite you to grab a copy of “Smart Shoppers’ Guide to Cosmetic Toxins” and see for yourself all the nasty ingredients listed at the back of your favorite products.