Last week the Earth Day, Every Day article discussed deadly diets and this week we will delve into dangerous body care products and cosmetics and why you should avoid most of them. By setting an intention for an eco-friendly Earth Day – Every Day we maintain the momentum for minimizing man made health risks and improving our global ecosystem and environment.
The twelve issues of Earth Day, Every Day are deliberately designed to empower millions of global citizens with helpful information. By highlighting risks to our global ecosystem and also suggesting simple solutions and strategies we can stop the harmful behaviors and start creating helpful action plans and routines to improve our ecosystems. Simple strategies encourage people to enjoy a close connection with our complex ecosystem. All actions and baby steps benefiting Earth Day – Every Day awareness help develop an even happier, healthier and more harmonious lifestyle.
The ongoing benefits from choosing even more ecological and health conscious options with an Earth Day, Every Day commitment will totally transform our world. Are you ready to enjoy the improvements from creating a healthier today which will have compounding benefits and result in an even healthier tomorrow? As our conscious and subconscious minds make enhanced daily choices it is much easier to reduce the environmental health risks and transform the quality of our lives and our families.
Being the change we wish to see in the world creates a global conscious and subconscious paradigm shift. Focusing on peace, people and prosperity instead of competition, consumption and destruction promoted by politicians, polluters and profit over protection of ecosystems will enhance our global relationships with others and especially mother earth. As we redirect our thinking and direct our destiny on the path to perfect health we will rediscover the paradise we were meant to enjoy.
Personal & Body Care Alert
One of the most alarming concerns for citizens around the globe is the harmful chemicals used in everyday body care products and cosmetics. Over the years natural ingredients in deodorants, lotions, shampoos, soaps and toothpaste have been replaced with synthetic chemicals and toxic products.
As a result there has been a significant shift away from healthy products with natural ingredients to mass produced synthetic products loaded with caustic, harsh and synthetic additives, chemicals, detergents, dyes, fragrances, parabens and petroleum products.
Most of the body care products and cosmetics on the market today use these artificial compounds, cheap ingredients and unhealthy substances in order to produce the cheapest product with the easiest manufacturing process to produce an almost infinite shelf live regardless of the consequences to the consumer or environment.
Personal & Environmental Chain Reaction
This dramatic shift in the types of body care products being manufactured is causing a harmful chain reaction to the physical health and well being of consumers. In addition to a destructive tsunami of harmful side effects to the ecosystems and environment we depend on.
Consumers are being misled by extremely deceptive and even false advertising, labeling and marketing in order to convince them to purchase and use these synthetic compounds in spite of the harmful ingredients and long term risks from their use. The body care manufacturing companies are willing to trade your long term health and well being for their short term profits and stock gains.
There are numerous issues resulting from the use of these synthetic compounds on your body, hair and skin. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and your first line of defense. Many of these products use ingredients that are known to be toxic and many are known to be carcinogenic.
Anything you use on your body is easily absorbed by the skin and can easily enter the blood vessels, lymph and tissues.
As it is absorbed it can then be transmitted to your endocrine systems, nervous system and organs. As a result the harmful and toxic compounds are able to easily affect any area of your body and cause allergic reactions, irritations and even tissue damage. Longer term accumulation leads to disease from hormonal disruptions, imbalances and cancer causing compounds.
What good is it to have cleaner hair, fresh breath and whiter teeth if you end up with cancer and die prematurely?
It is also essential to understand the numerous environmental and health issues associated with synthetic body care and cosmetic products. What bears further examination is the significant use of highly adulterated, processed and refined derivatives of industrial cleaners, solvents and petroleum products used in the manufacturing process.
These body care products and cosmetics are not regulated by the FDA or other federal agencies so you must educate yourself and be diligent in choosing safe products.
Your Skin Becomes the Sponge
The main areas for concern with synthetic cleaners, colorings, conditioners, compounds, fragrances, lathering agents, lotions and other treatments are the long term absorption, accumulation and interactions that can occur to your cells, glands, nerves, organs and tissues.
There are so many chemical compounds in these products that most people are exposed to over one hundred chemicals before they leave the house in the morning. Then you are exposed to even more chemicals in your home, career and community environment. There is no way to even calculate the complicated interactions that can take place with daily repeated exposure.
The accumulations of these toxic substances are contributing to an abundance of disease, health, hormone and skin issues. In addition these compounds eventually end up in our homes, land fills, sewage treatment plants and waterways which cause further damage and destruction as they make their way back into our lives.
Additional issues are evolving as the world population increases and uses even more synthetic cosmetics and skin care products. As people have shifted away from natural products which protect the environment and people to synthetic one they have started a chain reaction of ecological destruction and personal harm from cheap short term production of synthetic compounds which have a very high long term price regarding ecological and human health issues.
The synthetic chemical ingredients, colorings, dyes, fragrances and preservatives used have short term and long term impact on your appearance, immune system and skin as well as long term consequences for your health and well being. Therefore it is imperative to look at some of the main problems with our current lack of awareness and understanding regarding the use of mostly synthetic body care and cosmetic products prepared with these unnatural additives, chemicals, cheap ingredients and toxic compounds in order to avoid them and make better choices and find safer solutions.
You Are the Experiment
The body care, cosmetics and spa industries are using their synthetic products on humans like a giant laboratory experiment risking your current natural beauty, health and future well being while they are profiting immensely.
It is up to you to educate your self and choose wisely what you put on your body, hair and skin since it is basically the same as putting it into your mouth. Anything applied or breathed in is easily absorbed into the body tissues and will likely determine the course of your current and future health and wealth
Most people are not aware the production of these products is based on a system based on very synthetic and toxic ingredients which places a greater emphasis on profits derived from these harmful compounds instead of consumer health and safety. Excessive amounts of these harmful ingredients are promoted at often exorbitant prices when compared to more natural and safer ingredients.
Marketing Hype Versus Safety & Value
For example when you compare all the costs and risks associated with bar and gel soaps compared to a concentrated pure Dr Bronner’s castile soap you find that the later is a much better value.
As we invest our money and vote with our massive purchasing power it is essential to stop buying the harmful body care and cosmetic products and start buying the eco friendly natural versions. This will cause a major shift of the pendulum in favor of our natural beauty, health and safety.
We must stop allowing body care and cosmetic products with dangerous synthetic compounds to be sold and demand full transparent ingredient labeling so we can choose healthy and safe natural organic choices. Avoid using any gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, sunscreens or toothpaste loaded with chemicals, cleansers, fragrances and synthetic compounds which are known to have damaging and harmful side effects in favor of choosing natural options instead.
As we expand our Earth Day, Every Day awareness we build our momentum for improving our happiness, health and long term well being. This week we learned about the dangerous body care products and cosmetics and why to avoid them. Manufactures and suppliers will change their behavior when we change ours purchasing patterns with healthier choices. Please do your part to embrace even better Earth Day – Every Day habits with enhanced choices for you, the global community and future generations.
Mastery Action Plan
- Learn more about harmful body care and cosmetics by researching the > Environmental Working Groups Website
- Also check out > Organic Consumers Association
- Another great resource for parents is the book Toxic Sandbox by Libby McDonald
These are great resources to educate your self quickly and then share the great news with your family and friends. Remember you are paying for these products and deserve to enjoy your long term natural beauty, health and safety.
Our next blog post will share: Part 11: Earth Day, Every Day – Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMF) Pollution
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