What Goes on Your Body is as Important as What Goes in Your body

Toothpaste
Ever look at the ingredients of the toothpaste you are brushing your teeth with? Most contain fluoride, saccharine, and a host of other unhealthy ingredients. Since fluoride was first used in the making of the atomic bomb in the 1950s, there has been a huge debate on this subject that continues today.

All of the following should be qualified with the disclaimer that dosage, delivery and particularly who is funding the research, has an effect on the numerous fluoride studies. The available data on the subject is so exhausting, it would be hard to do justice to the topic without writing volumes of information.

Fluoride is a toxin that leads to breakdown in the bone, tendon, skin, cartilage, lungs, trachea, and kidney. It inhibits the formation of antibodies in the blood, confusing the immune system and causing an auto-immune response of sorts. Fluoride has been linked to cancer as well. It is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing, as well as an ingredient in rat poison.

The leading anti fluoride activist for many years until his death was Dr. Yiamouyiannis, science director of the National Health Federation and head of the Safe Water Foundation. Almost any informed discussion for or against fluoride will include comment on his work. Other studies include the Taylor Study from the University of Austin (Texas), which correlated fluoride concentration with increased tumor growth rates of 25%. It showed that fluoride is more poisonous than lead, and just a little less poisonous than arsenic.

In Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products,(1984), researchers were quoted as saying, “A seven ounce tube of toothpaste, theoretically at least, contains enough fluoride to kill a small child.” Procter&Gamble was quoted in Fluoride the Aging Factor as saying  fluoride supplements should not be given to children under three years old.

Another source of fluoride is most municipal drinking water in the U.S. (and some of Canada, but not most of Europe) where it is injected into water supplies in small doses. This fluoride often comes from phosphate fertilizer plants in Florida, where it is stripped from smokestacks to reduce air pollution. It contains not only fluoride, but heavy metals and other contaminants. If it were not put in drinking water, it would have to be treated as hazardous waste.

You can purchase non-fluoride toothpaste from several manufacturers. See links here.

Deodorant/Antiperspirant

There are two types of glands in our underarms, apocrine and eccrine. The eccrine glands are the most numerous sweat glands and are responsible for producing most of the sweat in our underarms, as well as in our entire body. When the sweat gland is stimulated, the cells secrete a fluid that travels from the coiled portion of the gland up through the straight duct and out onto the surface of our skin.

Many deodorant and antiperspirants used to control this sweat and odor contain aluminum salts. Research has shown a possible link between both breast cancer and the use of products that contain aluminum salts. As a powerful neurotoxicant (toxic to the nervous system), “the use of such antiperspirants has been linked with the systemic accumulation of aluminum,” according to Dr. C. Exley in Molecular Medicine Today. Even regular use of aluminum laden products like cookware and Teflon coated cookware, as well as antacids should be of some concern.

You can purchase aluminum free deodorant from several manufacturers. See links here.

Skincare and Hair Products

Your skin is an organ just like your kidneys or liver. What you put on your skin or in your hair is just another way of consuming a product. Instead of putting it in your mouth and ingesting it, application on the skin or in the hair, gets into your body through absorption. So, if you ever read the labels of some of the toxic skin and hair products available, just imagine pouring all of that into your mouth!

Here is a typical list of ingredients in a jar of common hand cream: Water, – Stearic Acid, – Sorbitol, – Glycerin, – C-12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, – Sodium Borate – TEA, – Cetyl Alcohol, – Dimethicone, – Aloe Vera, – Phenoxyethanol, – Propylene Glycol, – Quince Extract, – Tocopheryl Acetate, – Potassium Sorbate, – EDTA, – Allantoin, – Methyl Paraben, – Propyl Paraben, – Butyl Paraben, – Menthol.

Some of these and other skincare product ingredients are central nervous system depressants, mucous membrane irritants, nephrotoxins (toxic to the kidneys), hepatotoxin (toxic to the blood), and carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds). These products can cause liver and kidney damage, headaches, dizziness, skin and hair dryness, etc. Many are restricted in Europe due to their known carcinogenic effects.

One common ingredient in product packaging, Dioxin, is a potentially carcinogenic byproduct that results from the process used to bleach paper at paper mills. Dioxin treated containers sometimes transfer dioxins to the product itself. There is an exhausting amount of data on this topic, and in the link section of this website, you will find companies that provide toxic free skincare products, as well websites that detail what toxins exist in this area, and what they do to your body, when applied.

Skin Deep is a database by the Environmental Working Group that houses over 69,000 products rating for their toxicity to the body. Skin Deep contains product ratings based on a range of hazards associated with cosmetic ingredients.

See links here.

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