My best friend from my teenage years is a cosmologist. She’s always asking me what products I use and what’s in them. To tell you the truth this is something I never really thought about. Are the products I use every day in fact hurting me? Answer to that, maybe. Did I know? Obviously not and I’m betting most consumers of these every day products we put on or in our bodies think they are perfectly safe for us. Some may not be, some in fact could be really bad for us. So I was thinking since she is so concerned about this that I would share these things with you. Why? Because I care about all of you! 🙂
One thing I put into my body everyday is Crystal Light. I HATE plain water. I have to force myself to drink it. If it weren’t for Crystal Light, the only thing I would drink is coffee and that’s not good. Well apparently there is something in Crystal Light and sweeteners called Aspartame. Check it out and learn what it is and what it does. After I read it I just can’t continue to keep putting into my body. I’m not one to be paranoid about every little thing but if I can possibly prevent a number of health problems, I’m going to. Plus I promised my friend I would never ingest it ever again! Most everything has aspartame in it, and goes by several different names. I’m not telling you to not drink it and I’m not telling you that this stuff will harm you. All I’m saying is the possibility of being harmful is there. It’s your decision whether you want to do the research and continue to ingest it or not. I’m not but that’s my personal decision. I just want you all to be aware of these things.
Another product I use on a daily bases and often during the day actually is deodorant. I have it with me at all times, just in case, no one likes to be smelly. I generally use Dove but whatever is on sale is fine too.
A study was conducted in 2004 by Dr. Kris McGrath, a Chicago allergist who claims to have found a connection between antiperspirants, underarm shaving and cancer. He believes the culprits in these antiperspirants are the toxins in aluminum salts such as aluminum chlorohydrate. He says they don’t normally penetrate the skin enough to cause a problem–unless the skin is shaven. If you disrupt the skin by shaving, it can open up the door, because just under the skin is the lymphatic system, which is connected to the breast.
In this study, more than 400 Chicago-area breast cancer survivors recalled their lifetime history of using antiperspirants and underarm shaving. He found that women who perform underarm shaving more aggressively had a diagnosis of breast cancer 22 years earlier than the non-users.
Now with the study above, British researchers have found traces of chemicals called parabens in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. These researchers also published a study last year in the Journal of Toxicology that suggested underarm cosmetics might be a cause of breast cancer. It is unclear how valid this proposed mechanism is, but it would sure seem safe to avoid all antiperspirants and deodorants just to be safe.
At the very least, if you are using a deodorant in order to avoid the aluminum in antiperspirant, you will also want to be certain that the deodorant you choose does not contain parabens. I found one that so far I like called Tom’s . It is a tad more expensive, I think I payed around $4.50 for it. Again I understand that some people will say, “well I’ve used it this long I’m not switching.” Or, “there are a lot of things bad for us, I’m not too worried about it.” That’s all fine, again I’m choosing to switch because if I can prevent something I’m going to. There are sites and doctors who dispute these claims and I’m not telling you what to believe. Do your own research if you’d like. As far as I’m concerned, again, if I can prevent I will. I until recently never really thought about these type of things nor did I think about long time affects of every day products. I’m leaning everyday towards the natural side of products. For myself along with my family. From the products we put in or on our bodies to the products we clean with. As you all may know some cleaning products with chemicals have been linked to birth defects and learning disabilities. Here’s one more link to check out is you’re interested. It offers 5 steps to a healthy home and world for our children and ourselves.
I find myself looking at the ingredients to most everything now. Oh my goodness I was looking at the back of my laundry detergent and ended up looking at the damn directions (this is totally off subject) and all these years I’ve been doing laundry wrong!!!! I always threw the clothes in the washer and then put the laundry soap in the dispenser and then start the water. Ah ha..no that is not the correct way! Soap and water first then add clothes. WTH…does everyone else do that??