Thursday, October 1, 2009

Children and Toxins

It is a known fact that most conventional children's products contain a number of potentially carcinogenic ingredients such as Parabens, Talc, Phthalates and  Formaldehyde to name a few, many of which are not even listed as such but in their abbreviated forms. Phthalates for example is mostly disguised as DBP, pronounced  (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate or Bis-2-ethylhexyl phthalate), and BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate).  Phthalates are primarily found in PVC plastic items and are suspected to cause cancer, and could also be damaging to organs such as the liver and kidneys -- also interferes with the development of the female's reproductive organs and even mimics the hormone estrogen in the body yet many companies continue to add this to their formulas. Baffling right? Parabens on  the other hand are normally listed as Methylparaben, Propylparaben or Butylparaben. Do keep an eye out for these chemical nasties.

Moms, this is my personal appeal to all of you  – reserve some time to go through the labels of your current products used on both yourselves and children on an everyday basis. You’ll be astounded at your findings with all the poisons stirred into these formulas.  I say, "enough is enough".
Just after the birth of my eldest,  I decided to boycott these very same poisonous formulas.   Together we can eliminate this once and for all -- NO more toxins in our homes!  For too long, these companies have continued to poison us through their slick marketing actions; and it's time for you to closely examine these products you innocently put on your bodies. Also be on the lookout for products labeled as Organic or Natural -- make sure you can pronounce each ingredient listed on the label before making that purchase.  Always look for the Organic certification seal too to verify authentic claims. There is no need for us to innocently compromise our health especially since there are safer alternatives available on the market today.  Here’s an awesome tool to check the rating of your current products and while you’re at it, go ahead and research those ingredients
Use this education to protect yourself and family from the chemically laden products out there.  You must be an advocate for your own health!
I truly believe after you’ve taken the time to watch this video, you will go out and immediately switch to completely safer alternatives. Ever so often we tend to keep a watchful eyes on our organs and aiming to look our best  but unintentionally neglects our skin. The latter being the largest organ does deserve some tender loving care especially since it absorbs every ingredient we put on it which then travels to our blood stream; making it so vital to be in  acknowledgment of  this subject.

After watching this video I knew it was imperative to share this message with you. It certainly breaks my heart at the fact  that the unborn enters the world with these poisons in their blood. Greenpeace has also published a very informational article on the subject, "poisoning the unborn". It's definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Research continues to reveal  many children's products with traces of these harmful chemicals -- sad but true. Curious to learn if chemicals can turn your genes off and on? Read about it here. Another awesome article about toxins and your health can be accessed here.  

There are many safe alternatives on the market today for both Mothers and Baby. ONE Group, being a caring company that truly understands the above, provides us with their Mother and Baby range under the Miessence Organics brand.  Everything that you'll ever need is included in this pack -- Baby Bottom Mist, Barrier Balm, Cream Wash, Cleaning Gel, Lotion, Powder, Belly and Breast Balm for mom.  The latter is a neat addition to your skincare regime during pregnancy too  keep those unwanted stretch marks away. As you grow throughout the months, skin stretches and keeping it moisturized will definitely aid during this process.

Below outlines a typical Baby Lotion formula and just for the purpose of comparison, please see the list of ingredients associated with the Miessence Organic Baby Lotion.
Conventional Formula:
Water, Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 61, Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Synthetic Beeswax, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Red 33

Miessence Certified Organic Baby Lotion:
Certified Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice,  Calendula Flower Extract, Coconut Fruit Oil, Chamomile Flower Extract,  Vanilla  Co2 Extract, Non-GMO Lecithin, Marshmallow Root Extract, Sclerotium Rolfsii Gum,  Aqua, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Shea Butter, Sugar Cane Ethanol,  Bitter  Orange Extract.
Notice a visible difference? This is my reason for investing in safer alternatives.

Even if you’re not a mom, I appeal to you to go ahead and share this message with your friends and relatives.  It’s a message needs to be heard. 
Stay beautiful and healthy by avoiding these poisons starting today!


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