Safer Solutions: Cleaning up the Kitchen Goes Beyond the Counter Tops.

Oh dear friends. If you are anything like I am you spend a lot of the time in the kitchen. You want healthy food that nourishes your family’s bodies. And darn it, that healthy food isn’t so healthy if we are cooking and storing our food in plastic container, with plastic utensils, using aluminum cookware, foil or food stored in cans.

I started cleaning up our kitchen as the information came trickling in.

Plastics have negative impacts on our health. The chemicals in plastic have been shown to interfere with our hormones. Children are at a greater risk. Endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA, BPF, BPS, and phthalates leach out of the plastic and into our food. Don’t be fooled by “BPA FREE” claims either. Your plastic may be free of BPA but may have worse offenders like BFS and BPF.

So, what to do?

I know. It can be over whelming. But, don’t fret! You don’t have to go down the rabbit hole researching like I did. I’m sharing our best kitchens swaps and our tried and true, won’t break the bank, favorites that we use in our nest.

  1. Use glass food storage, to reheat or freeze and store. Stainless steel, cast iron or glass cookware.

  2. Use stainless steel or glass water bottles and sip cups (make double sure that it’s stainless steel and NOT aluminum).

  3. Avoid canned food and beverages.

  4. Use stainless steel or bamboo cooking utensils.

  5. Avoid plastic utensils, dishes and cups for your little ones.

  6. Purchase fresh eggs in cardboard cartons.

  7. Use bamboo, wood or glass cutting boards.

  8. Use non bleached parchment paper.

  9. Replace plastic straws with stainless steel straws.

  10. Don’t forget about what you clean with. Your detergent, dish soap and cleaning sprays are big offenders too.

You are worth it!

You got this!

xo- Wynne

They are out and I'm alive.

“Everything went well. You did just fine.” The surgeon went on the tell us that the Enbloc was performed succesfully. He was surprised by the amount of calcium and scar tissue. He spent a considerable amount of time scraping my rib cage to remove the scar tissue and did extensive muscle repair. The surgeon reported that the implants were noticeably softer than what he would expect for their age. It was noted too, that one of the implants had bubbles in it. This meant that air was getting in and other “stuff” was getting out. It made complete sense and led us to believe that it was probably the cause of the itch that I could NEVER scratch!

The recovery was easier than I thought it would be. The feeling of freedom was the best part about it. I could put behind the fears of the “safe” breast implants that lived inside of me. Admittedly, I was afraid to take the first post op look. What in the world were they going to look like? I was thrilled with the outcome and I felt like me again. I looked like me again. I was realizing that my whole body was quick to respond. Years of pain, confusion, brain fog, headaches, skins issues, anxiety and headaches were disappearing before our eyes.

With the exception of a few close friends and my family, I kept my surgery a secret. The implants came home with me and lived in my closet. They were a reminder of my fight and would give me courage to one day share my story. They will, one day, be needed to prove that implanted devices are not well studied. They will help determine that implantable devices can have long lasting and devastating effects on one's health, including a very rare form of cancer called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and many of these symptoms (my symptoms are ✔️):

FATIGUE ✔️
BRAIN FOG, MEMORY LOSS ✔️
MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN ✔️
HAIR LOSS, DRY SKIN AND HAIR ✔️
PREMATURE AGING
WEIGHT PROBLEMS
INFLAMMATION ✔️
POOR SLEEP AND INSOMNIA ✔️
DRY EYES, DECLINE IN VISION ✔️
HYPO/HYPER THYROID SYMPTOMS ✔️
HYPO/HYPER ADRENAL SYMPTOMS ✔️
PARATHYROID PROBLEMS
HORMONE IMBALANCE, DIMINISHING HORMONES, EARLY MENOPAUSE ✔️
HYSTERECTOMY
LOW LIBIDO ✔️
SLOW HEALING, EASY BRUISING ✔️
THROAT CLEARING, COUGH, DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, CHOKING, REFLUX, METALLIC TASTES
VERTIGO ✔️
GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES SUCH AS ACID REFLUX, GERD, GASTRITIS
LEAKY GUT, IBS AND SIBO ✔️
PANCREATITIS
FEVERS, NIGHT SWEATS, INTOLERANT TO HEAT/COLD ✔️
PERSISTENT BACTERIAL, VIRAL, FUNGAL INFECTIONS
YEAST INFECTIONS, CANDIDA, SINUS AND UTI INFECTIONS
SKIN RASHES ✔️
EAR RINGING ✔️
SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE AND ALLERGIES ✔️
HEADACHES, MIGRANES AND OCULAR MIGRANES ✔️
SLOW MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER ACTIVITY ✔️
HEART PALPITATIONS, CHANGES IN NORMAL HEART RATE OR HEART PAIN ✔️
SORE AND ACHING JOINTS OF SHOULDERS, HIPS, BACKBONE, HANDS AND FEET ✔️
SWOLLEN AND TENDER LYMPH NODES IN BREAST AREA, UNDERARM, THROAT, NECK, GROIN
DEHYDRATION FOR NO REASON
FREQUENT URINATION ✔️
NUMBNESS/TINGLING SENSATION IN UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS ✔️
COLD AND DISCOLORED LIMBS, HANDS AND FEET ✔️
GENERAL CHEST DISCOMFORT SHORTNESS OF BREATH ✔️
PAIN AND OR BURNING SENSATION AROUND IMPLANT AND OR UNDERARM ✔️
LIVER AND KIDNEY DYSFUNCTION
GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS
TOXIC SHOCK SYMPTOMS
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PANIC ATTACKS ✔️
FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DYING ✔️
SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA ✔️
SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE ✔️
SYMPTOMS OF EBV ✔️
SYMPTOMS OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS; RAYNAUD’S SYNDROME, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, SCLERODERMA, LUPUS, SJOGREN’S SYNDROME, NONSPECIFIC CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS✔️
SYMPTOMS OF BIA-ALCL LYMPHOMA
DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER

So here I am. The secret is out. My silence was doing no one a favor. Getting implants was my mistake. It was also my mistake to not share what I learned from the journey.

As C.S. Lewis said, “ Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My god, do you learn.

Today, I can make it through a day without pain. I can breathe without anxiety. I can sleep. I can remember yesterday. Most importantly, I can pick up my baby girl that is almost 8. I’m making up for all the years that I couldn't hold my girl.

Safer Solutions From Our Nest to Yours.

Here is our list of trusted, everyday safer solutions that we use in our nest. I recommend these favorites to my peeps on the daily. Believe me, it took me forever to research and find ones that meet ‘THE Requirements’. I’m not messing around when it comes to our health. I’ve got your back.

Promise.

I’d love to hear your favorite safer solutions too!

THE Requirements:

  • Free of harmful ingredients!

  • They have to work!

  • They don’t break the bank!

It’s Time To Get This Off My Chest.

I was at an all time low. My body was failing me and I was failing my family. The time line was becoming crystal clear.

All of the doctors appointments, the tests, the pain and the searching and we never once considered that a choice I made in 2013 would wreak absolute havoc on our lives. I asked simple questions. I got simple answers.

I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

January 2013 I had an elective surgery. I didn’t make the decision without asking every question I could think of. I got breast implants. For me. I mean, after nursing 4 babies I clearly earned them, right!?

“Are they safe?” Yes

“What are they made of?” Silicone

”Why were they taken off the market in 1992?” They were liquid silicone. The new ones are solid silicone. They don’t leak.

“Are there any health risks.” There is always a risk with any surgery. Capsular Contracture is a risk. Some patients have experienced rupture after an accident (car). You may not like the way they look.

I asked so many questions that the office sent me home with an implant to test. I twisted it, squooshed it, smooshed it and even cut it open to see what would happen.

I thought I had been an informed consumer. Three years into my researching I found this:

Silicone Breast Implant Ingredients

  1. Methyl Ethyl Ketone (neurotoxin)

  2. Cyclohexanone (neurotoxin)

  3. Isopropyl Alcohol

  4. Denatured Alcohol

  5. Acetone (neurotoxin)

  6. Urethane

  7. Polyvinyl Chloride (neurotoxin)

  8. Amine

  9. Toluene (neurotoxin/carcinogen)

  10. Dichloromethane (carcinogen)

  11. Chloromethane

  12. Ethyl Acetate (neurotoxin)

  13. Silicone

  14. Sodium Fluoride

  15. Lead-based solder (heavy metal)

  16. Formaldehyde (carcinogen)

  17. Talcum Powder

  18. Oakite (cleaning solvent)

  19. Methyl 2-cyanoacryltes

  20. Ethylene Oxide (carcinogen)

  21. Xylene (neurotoxin)

  22. Hexon

  23. 2-Hexanone

  24. Thixon-OSN-2

  25. Stearic Acid

  26. Zinc Oxide

  27. Naptha (rubber solvent)

  28. Phenol (neurotoxin)

  29. Benzene (carcinogen/neurotoxin)

  30. Lacquer Thinner

  31. Epoxy Resin

  32. Epoxy Hardener 10 and 11

  33. Printing Ink

  34. Metal Cleaning Acid

  35. Color Pigments as release agents

  36. Heavy metals such as aluminum, tin, lead, and platinum

  37. Silica

The decision to get implants came with price tag. The price tag was my health and no amount of money was going to give me back my health.

But a risky surgery would. A surgery that most surgeons laughed at. Most plastic surgeons weren’t even familiar with this type of procedure. I was determined to find a doctor that understood. I would find a doctor that believed me. And I would never take my health for granted again. I would never ask simple question nor would I be content with simple answers. I would get me back again and along the way I was going to be a voice for others.

In August 2017, I found my saving grace. My dear friend Amy connected me with a woman in Florida by the name of Nikki. Nikki was experiencing all the same things I was. I called her. And I cried. Nikki understood and she would connect me to a Facebook group of over 10,000 women experiencing the same laundry list of symptoms we were experiencing. I was no longer alone. None of us were.

Every single one of the women had breast implants.

I read their posts. Some had been on the page for a while and some were new just like I was. I read and I read and I read. It was the same story over and over and over again. Breast Implant Illness (BII) was real.

Through these women I found a surgeon several hours away from me. He understood that I was scared. He understood that I wanted to be healthy and free. He was willing to an “En Bloc” explantation. He would take pictures of the surgery to assure me that en bloc was performed as agreed. He would allow me to keep my implants in case I needed them for future testing.

It was October 2017. The 2 hour drive to the hospital felt like an eternity. I was so scared. The doctors came to get me. One marked me up like a sketch book and the other starting the sedate me. “Promise me that you will take good care of me and that I will wake up. I have four little girls that need me.” He put his hand on my hand and said, I promise to take good care of you. You are going to be okay.”

He would set me free.

One Answer Down. Many More To Go.

I don’t know about you. But, I like answers.

I wasn’t getting answers. I was getting bandaids. A few times, I was told “it” was in my head. At the end of my rope one doctor told me, “You should stop shopping doctors”. Did they really think I was making all this up? I was a mom of four children under the age of 6, always working on fun projects (one of which I love to call “work”) and continually adding and crossing off a mile long to-do list. But now, I was having a hard time doing life, fun projects were painful, my to-do list was painful, sleep was painful, sitting was painful, standing was painful. My brain was failing me and so was my body. Everything was pointing to my thyroid.

google: “What ingredients can affect the thyroid?”

TRICLOSAN

What is TRICLOSAN? Where was Triclosan?

-Used as antimicrobial agents in soaps, hand sanitizer and toothpaste, the CDC found triclosan in the urine of 75 percent of people tested, due to widespread use of antimicrobial products. Triclosan has been linked to hormone disruption, development of antibacterial resistance, and environmental concerns. Triclosan exposures may be associated with altered thyroid hormone levels in humans.-

Triclosan and triclocarban are commonly used antimicrobial agents found in many soaps and detergents.[1] The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified triclosan in the urine of 75 percent people tested.[2]Widespread use with few regulations has led to concerns regarding their effects on humans and the environment, such as endocrine disruption, bioaccumulation, and the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibodies and antibacterial products.

FOUND IN: Antibacterial soaps and detergents, toothpaste and tooth whitening products, antiperspirants/deodorants, shaving products, creams, color cosmetics.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Triclosan (TSC) and triclocarban (TCC)

WHAT IS TRICLOSAN? Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent found in a wide variety of antibacterial soaps and detergents, as well as in many deodorants, toothpastes, cosmetics, fabrics and plastics. It was initially developed as a surgical scrub for medical professionals, but in recent years it has been added to a host of consumer products, from kitchen cutting boards to shoes, in order to kill bacteria and fungus and prevent odors. 

HEALTH CONCERNS: Endocrine disruption, triclosan-resistant bacteria, environmental toxicity (bioaccumulation). 

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: All populations, especially pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.

REGULATIONS: Triclosan is restricted in cosmetics in Canada and Japan; triclocarban is restricted in cosmetics use in the European Union and is classified to be toxic or harmful by the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.[3] The EPA regulates triclosan as a pesticide and is currently updating its assessment of the effects of triclosan as a pesticide.[4]

HOW TO AVOID: Avoid products that indicate triclosan and triclocarban on the label. Stick with plain soap and water—the FDA found no evidence that antibacterial washes containing triclosan are any more effective at protecting against bacteria.[5]

Hand sanitizer? Toothpaste? I’d been looking at the ingredients in the food I bought, but never on hand santizer or tooth paste. With four little ones under 6 years old, you better bet I was armed with plenty of hand santizer. We were obviously brushing our kids teeth. Was I using a chemical that could also be affecting their hormones and thyroid too?

I went straight my purse. Hand santizer. Triclosan.

I headed to the bathroom. Kids toothpaste. Triclosan. My toothpaste. Triclosan

The hand soap. Triclosan. The dish soap. Triclosan.

Wait, what?! Why would an ingredient that could harm our health be in our soap? And why the hell would we be putting this chemical in our children’s mouths? I was getting more angry and confused by the minute. Why didn’t any of the doctors I was “shopping” tell me this? I’d had surgery. I had half of a thryroid. My levels were all over the place. But forget about me…. what about my littles?! Why hadn’t I heard this before?

So, down the rabbit hole I went. I need answers for me and my family.

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS)

What is SLS? Where was it found?

  • A common ingredient in personal care products, sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is an additive that allows cleansing products to foam. According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a "moderate hazard" that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.

SLS is linked to 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogen linked to organ toxicity and may be found in as many as 22 percent of the more than 25,000 cosmetics products in the Skin Deep database [1], but you won’t find it on ingredient labels. That’s because 1,4-dioxane is a contaminant created when common ingredients react to form the compound when mixed together.

FOUND IN: Products that create suds (such as shampoo, liquid soap, body wash, bubble bath, detergent), hair relaxers, industrial cleansers, makeup, more

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and oleth

WHAT IS 1,4 DIOXANE?
1,4-dioxane is generated through a process called ethoxylation, in which ethylene oxide, a known breast carcinogen, is added to other chemicals to make them less harsh. 

This process creates 1,4-dioxane. For example, sodium laurel sulfate, a chemical that is harsh on the skin, is often converted to the less-harsh chemical sodium laureth sulfate (the “eth” denotes ethoxylation). The conversion process can lead to contamination of this ingredient with 1,4-dioxane. Other common ingredients that may be contaminated by 1,4-dioxane include PEG compounds and chemicals that include the clauses “xynol,” “ceteareth” and “oleth”. Most commonly, 1,4-dioxane is found in products that create suds, like shampoo, liquid soap and bubble bath. Environmental Working Group’s analysis suggests that 97 percent of hair relaxers, 57 percent of baby soaps and 22 percent of all products in Skin Deep may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane [1]. Independent lab tests co-released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in 2007 showed that popular brands of children’s bubble bath and body wash contained 1,4-dioxane.

HEALTH CONCERNS: Cancer 

Cancer: Research shows that 1,4-dioxane readily penetrates the skin [2]. 1,4-dioxane is considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [3] and is listed as an animal carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program [4]. It is included on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer or birth defects [5].

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: Pregnant women, infants, teenagers

REGULATIONS: Banned/found unsafe for use in cosmetics in Canada

HOW TO AVOID: The FDA does not require 1,4-dioxane to be listed as an ingredient on product labels because the chemical is a contaminant produced during manufacturing. Without labeling, there is no way to know for certain whether a product contains 1,4,-dioxane, making it difficult for consumers to avoid it.

Back to my purse, the bathroom and the kitchen. SLS was everywhere I looked. To say I was F.I.R.E.D. up was an understatement.

Fast forward to 2017. The rabbit hole was deep. As a family, we made lots of changes to eliminate and avoid ingredients in our home that could harm us. Food and products. And you better bet I was telling everyone I knew what I was learning.

But, I wasn’t any better. In fact, I was worse. My pain, brain fog and my anxiety were at an all time high. My thyroid was still on a roller coaster. I seriously started questioning if my life was going to be short lived. I was petrified.

And then one day, my husband and I started to put together the time line. My stomach flipped and felt heavy at the thought. But, it started making since to us. I had hope that I might have an answer.

It would be far from simple.

References & Resources

[1] Halden RU. “On the need and speed of regulating triclosan and triclocarban in the United States.” Environ Sci Technol. 2014 Apr 1;48(7):3603-11. Print.[2] Calafat A et al. “Urinary Concentrations of Triclosan in the U.S. Population: 2003-2004.” Environ Health Perspect. 116:303-307. Print.[3] EWG’s Skindeep Database. Triclocarban. Available online: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706622/TRICLOCARBAN/ Accessed June 22, 2015.[4] EPA. Frequent Questions Associated with the RED. Available online: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706622/TRICLOCARBAN/ Accessed June 23, 2015.[5] Wood A. 2005. FDA Non-Prescription Drugs Advisory Committee. Available online: http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/cder05.html#NonprescriptionDrugs. Accessed November 5, 2013.[1] Environmental Working Group (2007). Impurities of Concern in Personal Care Products. Available at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/research/impurities.php. Accessed August 19, 2008.
[2] Spath, D.P.  “1,4-Dioxane Action Level.”  March 24, 1998.  Memorandum from Spath, Chief of the Division of Drinking Water and Environmental Management, Department of Health Services, 601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, California 95814 to George Alexeeff, Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.  Viewed at:  http://www.oehha.ca.gov/water/pals/pdf/PAL14DIOXAN.pdf
[3] Environmental Protection Agency (2003). 1,4 Dioxane (CASRN 123-91-1). Integrated Risk Information System. Available at http://www.epa.gov/NCEA/iris/subst/0326.htm. Accessed August 19, 2008.
[4] National Toxicology Program (2005). Report on Carcinogens, 11th Edition; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Toxicology Program, January 2005. Available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/eleventh/profiles/s080diox.pdf.  Accessed August 19, 2008.

Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Mercola: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Facts vs. Fairy Tales

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: 1,4-Dioxane

The Blog is Back!

Whoa! It’s been just short of TWO years since I’ve contributed anything to the Green Mission Possible blog. {head in hands}

I’ve got to be honest…..I’m a lover not a fighter. (Thank you Micheal Jackson and Paul McCartney). No really. I’m all about sharing quick tip bits that you can take home to make a difference. A detailed…typed out story? Perfect grammar? Not so much. I’ve been too scared of typos, punctuation errors and navigating a website.

So here’s the deal.

I am going to do it.

I’ll make a promise to add “blog” to my new daytimer. I’ll add some extra deo to keep away my nervous B.O. I’ll soak up some blue light from my computer screen, commit to typos and punctuation errors and learn how to post images instead of links later. I’ll share with you my favorites, safer, tried-and true, Green Mission Possible approved favorites.

Bottom line, you know I’ve got your back!

All I ask of YOU is to make the promise to share what you are learning from the Blog. Soak it up like a sponge, ask me questions, ask for recommendations, ask me why. Just promise me you won’t be shy!

Will you? Let’s make a difference together. Because…..sister, brother, neighbor… we CAN and WE WILL!

Let’s start here. i promise these must have’s won’T break the bank!

*Keep the beast-at-bay Deodorant:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O59LG0A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00O59LG0A&linkCode=as2&tag=greenmissio0d-20&linkId=a31e4b5a066d57000d95b41e9e939351

*Safer, better, gettem-clean Laundry Detergent:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0073LGECW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0073LGECW&linkCode=as2&tag=greenmissio0d-20&linkId=ad601d77ebd76e623c14d5bcc364de1c"

*Blue Light Protection for your computer eyes:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GWPYCVF/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07GWPYCVF&linkCode=as2&tag=greenmissio0d-20&linkId=8fd8551b8202e2941d32d45a5058136e

*Simple Day-Timer {my super organized friend’s love this one too}:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FWGN5N4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07FWGN5N4&linkCode=as2&tag=greenmissio0d-20&linkId=04234b92d3583db07103e44762039449

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Oooooh THAT Smell! What's lurking in THAT smell!

You know THAT smell. Really. THAT smell is ANY smell these days. With holidays on the horizon, pumpkin, evergreen, Christmas tree, gingerbread, cranberry and peppermint fragrances are in full force.  Your air fresheners, candles, incense, dryer sheets, personal care products.  Even your dishwashing detergent is "scented".  Synthetic fragrances are everywhere. 

The words "fragrance" and "parfum" are always "no-no's". They represent an undisclosed mixture of various chemicals and ingredients that are known to cause human harm.  Don't be fooled by the words "natural, organic and pure" either. Your product may contain an organic or natural ingredient but that doesn't mean other harmful chemicals are not lurking in your products. 


Our skin is our largest organ. What goes ON our skin goes IN our bodies.  Toxins are absorbed by the skin (and the nose), taken-up by the lymphatic system, then move into the blood stream and eventually the liver. 

Take a minute to look at the ingredient list on your products.  Listed below are 3 ingredients that should NEVER be allowed in any of our products. 

  • Parabens: Synthetic preservatives known to interfere with hormone production and release.
  • Phthalates: Another synthetic preservative that’s carcinogenic and linked to reproductive effects (decreased sperm counts, early breast development, birth defects) and liver and kidney damage.
  • Synthetic musks: These are linked to hormone disruption and are thought to persist and accumulate in breast milk, body fat, umbilical cord blood, and the environment.

Need help?  I am always here to lend a helping hand. 

In the meantime, be curious. Don't assume.  

Even more curious?  Look for the movie Stink! in theaters soon.  Read the Director's Statement here:

"I used to be ignorant about the Cancer Loophole. I thought that if a product was on the shelf in a store, that meant it was safe. I naively believed that if a product contained dangerous, toxic ingredients, ingredients that could cause cancer, that product would be banned.  

In making “Stink!” over the past three years, I have learned that companies don’t need to disclose whether products contain chemicals that cause cancer or disrupt hormones, even chemicals that could interfere with a child’s growth, or cause reproductive problems. Certainly we can all agree that American consumers should have the right to choose whether they want to be exposed to chemicals that cause cancer, or birth defects, or reproductive harm? Apparently not.

By keeping the ingredients secret, companies are taking away our ability to make informed choices. In other words, we don’t even have the right to choose whether we want to be exposed to a carcinogen. Companies using unsafe ingredients get to choose for us. And that’s why I made a documentary called “Stink!” – because no one should be ignorant about the Cancer Loophole. Americans need to know that our system to regulate chemicals stinks!" -John Whelan, Director and Producer Stink!

Know Better. Do Better. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Dangerous chemicals in cosmetics spur action by lawmakers

 Americans spend more than $50 billion every year on beauty and skin care products. But there's growing concern that some of the products we use to look good actually could be causing harm.

Now a bipartisan group of lawmakers and industry leaders says that has got to change, reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford. 

"It's because of the addition of some chemicals - chemicals for staying power, chemicals for shine," said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to give the FDA more power to ensure skin and beauty products are safe. "Our laws should provide for adequate testing of chemicals before they go into widely used products." 

Cosmetics and skin care products are largely unregulated. Today's products are made with chemicals like formaldehyde -- used in products from nail polish to some chemical hair straighteners - which is known to cause cancer. Other commonly used cosmetic preservatives include propylparaben and lead acetate, used in hair dye. 

Under the proposed law, the FDA would test whether those chemicals are being used at safe levels. If not, they can force a recall.

Doctors say it's long overdue, not only for adults, but for teenagers, whose developing bodies are more at risks.

"Ignorance is not bliss," said dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, who said she treats patients weekly for adverse reactions to chemicals in beauty products.

"We are just assuming all of our hair care, skin care, and our personal care products are safe," said Dr. Tanzi. "Well, I think we really need to look very closely at some of these ingredients because we know that at higher concentrations they can be toxic."

Tanzi says the biggest offenders are hair products, especially straighteners, and newer nail polishes that last more than a week - all largely unregulated. 

That's not the story in other countries. The European Union bans more than 1,000 chemicals from personal care products. Of those, the U.S. bans 11. Gregg Renfrew said the lack of oversight led her to start Beautycounter, a natural beauty products company.

"I think the beauty industry is the last industry that's been forced to clean up its act," Renfrew said.

She was on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge Congress to pass the tougher new legislation. 

"Things that I've been washing my babies in, things that I had been putting on my body while I was pregnant, things that I had been putting on my body for decades, to find out that those ingredients were not safe for my health was incredibly disappointing and scary, quite frankly," Renfrew said.

Feinstein said she expects the bill to pass -- not only are legislators on both sides of the aisle supporting it, but so too is the industry. She said the companies also want to know what's safe and what's not, and that consumers and beauty salons deserve to know.

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

So, you are here.  

I am so glad you decided to be curious. Or maybe you are here to dig deeper.  Whatever the reason, you are in the right place.  Let's take baby steps. I want to make this as easy as possible. 

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Meet your new best friend The NEVERLIST.  Tape it to your bathroom mirror. Put a copy in your wallet. Save it to your desktop. The NEVERLIST is a condensed version of the 1500+ chemicals you should NEVER allow in ANY of your products.  For now, don't worry about what these chemicals do.  Just know that they are the not acceptable. Not now. NEVER!

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