• Health Beauty Products & Toxins

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Sep 21st, 2014

Toxins are everywhere in the environment.  We are learning more everyday about the health effects of toxins.  Significant amounts of them have been found in everyone from infants to the elderly.  Always shop for non-toxic body products.  Find out more about safe cosmetics  at our FREE live event on July 29th (see below for details).  

Some toxins are embedded in your ceilings, floors and counter tops.  It would take an extensive remodel to rid your house of them.  In the meantime, look at the others and see what you can substitute.  For example, use glass instead of plastic for food storage.  Use a mild detergent and vinegar for cleaning floors and cabinets.  

Here is a list of dangerous toxins. Environmentalists say these chemicals are so harmful they should be restricted or banned: 

Asbestos. Linked to lung cancers and lung disease. Still found in many products, from brake pads to some kinds of cement. 

Bisphenol A (BPA). Linked to prostate, brain and behavior changes in children exposed before and after birth. In countless products, including plastics and linings of metal cans. 

Formaldehyde. A known carcinogen in construction materials, couches, countertops. 
Hexane. Linked to nerve damage. A solvent in craft paints, spray glues, stain removers. 

Hexavalent chromium. Linked to several kinds of cancers. Found in soil, water. 

Methylene chloride. Can cause poisonings and death. Found in wood-floor cleaners, water repellents, spray shoe polish. 

Phthalates. Linked to hormone changes and birth defects. Used to soften plastics and bind fragrances to products such as perfume. 
Flame retardants. Linked to altered brain development resulting in loss of IQ points; some linked to cancer. Used in polyurethane foam in couches, nursing pillows and strollers. 

Tricholoroethylene. Linked to cancer in animals and birth defects. Used in rug cleaners and spot removers. 

Vinyl chloride. Linked to liver disease in animals. Used in polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, and in flooring, car interiors and children’s toys.
Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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