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Lifestyle - Exposure to Toxic Chemicals


Incredibly, in the US today, over 84,000 chemicals are approved for use yet unregulated, and many of them are untested, toxic, and can cross the blood brain barrier and the mother's placenta. There are tens of thousands of chemicals in our air, food, water, and in the everyday products we use. Many are endocrine disruptors (cause hormonal imbalances) that contribute to disease and are linked to conditions such as asthma, autism, ADHD, diabetes, cancers, infertility, cognitive disorders, obesity, reproductive disorders, birth defects, and more. They also lead to poor gut health and thus nutritional deficiencies.

So avoid or minimize exposure to toxic chemicals by using only natural personal care, cookware, and house cleaning products. Go green to be healthy and to keep our precious natural environment clean too. Buy natural products only or make your own.

Detoxification is also needed to remove the toxic chemicals, heavy metals, plastics, and radiation that have accumulated in the body from the food/drinks we consume, the products we use, and the air we breathe.

Chemicals that are applied to the skin enter the bloodstream directly vs. orally in food and drinks where the stomach acid and a healthy digestive system help eliminate some of these chemical toxins. In other words, we're bypassing a key part of the immune system when we apply something to our skin since it immediately enters the bloodstream, so it's especially important to be cautious about what we put on our skin.

I recommend you check the independent Environmental Working Group's (EWG) website to search safety ratings of any personal care product/ingredient or any household cleaning product/ingredient.


Some common sources and products containing hormone disruptors and toxic chemicals are: 

  • Toothpaste: avoid fluoride because toxic; avoid sodium laurel sulfate SLS (foaming agent) because it is a skin allergen which can cause mouth sores. Other toxins include triclosan, propylene glycol (wetting agent), saccharin, sorbitol, aspartame, heavy metals, parabens, titanium dioxide, and artificial colors. Natural toothpaste and ingredients best or brush with sea salt.

  • Personal care products: contain toxic synthetic ingredients often so choosing natural ingredients is best. For example, deodorants and antiperspirants contain dangerous chemicals including aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, artificial colors, talc, and more. Aluminum in antiperspirants is a main cause of breast cancer. Make your own natural deodorant by mixing coconut oil, baking soda and shea butter. Buy a natural bodywash, shampoo and conditioner. Sanitary napkins and tampons are made of toxic bleached rayon, cotton, plastics (BPA, pthalates), and artificial fragrances so use menstrual cups. Also, use safe natural birth control devices. Avoid toxic ingredients like triclosan, fragrance, PEG, ceteareth, polyethylene, DMDM hydantoin, titanium dioxide nanoparticles, and parabens including propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl.

  • Cosmetics: over 13,000 chemicals are used in the cosmetics industry with only about 10% evaluated for their safety so check out the EWG website above and buy natural products only. For example, many contain parabens which are hormone-disruptors, lipsticks have lead, skin lightening creams have mercury, and many skin creams have formaldehyde.

  • House cleaning products: toxic synthetic ingredients often and they produce toxic fumes, so choosing natural cleaning products and ingredients is best. Or make your own safe, natural house cleaning products using baking soda, vinegar, and lemon.

  • Clothing: use and wear natural, organic fibers and clothes if possible. Synthetic fibers and non-organics are treated with high levels of formaldehyde and even petroleum. Most cotton in the US is GM (genetically modified) and heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides. Natural fabrics include organic cotton, organic wool, silk, hemp, bamboo, and linen.

  • Cookware: avoid aluminum, stainless steel, and non-stick PFCs (like teflon) cookware because they can emit toxic gases and leech toxic, even carcinogenic, metals into the cooked food. Use cast iron, clay, glass, or lead-free ceramic cookware which are all safe.

  • Laundry detergent: synthetic laundry detergents leave a chemical residue on your clothes which is absorbed by your skin. Ingredients to avoid include linear alkyl sodium sulfonates, petroleum distillates, phenols and sodium hypochlorite (house bleach). Buy natural laundry detergents.

  • Plastics: contain toxic hormone-disrupting pthalates and Bisphenol-A BPA (or its also toxic replacement BPS) which are estrogen-like chemicals (hormone disruptors) commonly found in plastic containers (including baby bottles), metal-can linings (like soft drink and soup cans), other packaging containers, receipt and printer ink, some dental fillings, and other sources. They are linked to infertility, brain impairment, neuro-disorders, hyperactivity, obesity, and many other health problems. Polycarbonate plastics marked with letters PC, Nalgene, or recycling code 3 and 7 contain toxic BPA. Never microwave food in a plastic container or covered in saran wrap. Use glass, ceramic, or porcelain containers; replace cans with cartons; and choose fresh or frozen fruits and veggies.

  • Tooth fillings: avoid metal fillings because they contain more than 50% mercury which is toxic; white composite safer and looks better. Metal fillings not only leech into the body, but toxic vapor is released when we have a hot drink or brush them. Root canals are essentially dead teeth that can become silent incubators for highly toxic anaerobic bacteria that may make their way into our bloodstream and cause a number of serious health problems. They always remained infected. If you have any metal fillings, root canals, or crowns, consider replacing them after consulting a holistic dentist.

  • Vaccines: avoid all vaccines because they contain very toxic, carcinogenic, and especially neurotoxic ingredients like squalene, adjuvant, lead, aluminum, formaldehyde, aborted fetal tissue, animal by-products, live viruses, and mercury (thimerosal preservative). They almost always don't protect you anyway. By the age of two, if a child has received all of the recommended vaccines in the US, he or she has received 2,370 times the so called “allowable safe limit” for mercury. By law, vaccine manufacturers have zero liability for damage or death caused by their vaccines, so they rarely do proper safety testing. Many pediatricians continue to push vaccines on parents out of ignorance or greed.

To opt out of forced vaccines, go to your county health department, ask for a religious exemption for vaccination form (some states use "immunization") and then notarize it. Learn more about how to say no to vaccines. You do not need to discuss your personal beliefs. Unfortunately, as of 2015, children vaccinations in California, Mississipi, and West Virginia became mandatory with no exemptions allowed. Also, a long list of mandatory vaccinations for all children and adults might be coming in 2020 under a government program called "Healthy People 2020" where no exemptions (personal, religious, or health) will be allowed.

Western governments are collectively imposing harsh fines or prison sentences to anti-vaccine parents in a coordinated attempt to forcibly vaccinate every single child on the planet. Countries like Italy, France, Germany, and Australia have already passed new laws to force vaccinations on children against the will of their parents.

  •  Cigarettes: stop or reduce smoking because cigarettes contain many harmful and addictive substances. Otherwise, smoke all natural tobacco only.

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* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and not medical advice.