Do You Feel Fully Dressed Without Nail Polish?

Do You Feel Fully Dressed Without Nail Polish?

For some people nails without nail polish is like a face without makeup.  They just do not feel fully dressed without it.  To me, however, nail polish always smells like turpentine.  How safe are they?

It may not come as a surprise that nail polish ingredients are NOT required to be FDA approved before being stocked on store shelves.  Many of these ingredients are ... among other things ... endocrine disruptors.


 Top Five Toxic Ingredients
  1. Toluene - neurological damage, impaired breathing, hearing loss, nausea, developmental impairment, reproductive damage, immune system toxicity and blood cancers
  2. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - endocrine disruptor and mimics hormone estrogen in the body, causes organ damage (liver), reproduction and developmental problems
  3. Formaldehyde - considered a carcinogen (throat, nose, blood) by the National Cancer Institute; chronic health issues like asthma, convulsions, nausea, miscarriages, and abnormal fetal development.  Banned 100% in Japan and Sweden
  4. Formaldehyde Resin -  can cause severe skin irritation, allergic reactions, skin depigmentation and loss of nerve sensation
  5. Camphor - shown to trigger severe skin irritation and allergic reactions when applied topically, inhaling its fumes can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches, organ damage....such as liver dysfunction 
"It Is Only Toxic When Wet"
Actually, a study suggests that we absorb at least one hormone-disrupting chemical per each polish application. 
TPP (Triphenyl Phosphate) ... a hormone-disrupting chemical in about 49% of 3000 polishes ...  is used to make the polish stick stronger to the nail. When TPP is metabolized the body creates DPHP (Diphenyl Phosphate).  In a study urine samples "before" polish was applied were compared to urine samples "after" the polish was applied.  There was a sharp increase after 14hrs of polish being directly applied to the nails.  This is proof that polish chemicals get absorbed long after the polish dries.

What about other types of polish?

Gel Polish
This application may require exposure to UV light, a known cancer risk.  Some are using LED light which is safer.
The removal of the gel polish is destructive to the nail plate: 
     > nails are soaked in "acetone"     
     > buffing/scraping/peeling off polish
Nails can become brittle and dry if worn for long periods.     

Powder Dip Polish
This method applies a bonding polish which acts as an adhesive for the polish. There are two different methods for powder application:
  1. nails are dipped into the powder
  2. powder is brush applied
If a common dipping bowl is used for multiple people, or a clean brush is not used for each client, there is an increased risk of bacteria, fungi and viruses.  In addition, there is a harsh removal process similar to that of gel polish damaging the nail plate.

"Non-Toxic" Polish
Non-toxic polish was first labeled "3-free".  This was an indication that the top 3 toxic ingredients had been removed. Unfortunately, they were replaced with other potentially harmful chemical.  As these chemicals became identified a new "5-free" label was introduced ... then a "7-free" ... a "10-free" and even a "13-free" non-toxic polish.  
 
The problem with these "non-toxic" polishes is that they still have that characteristic smell of polish.  These polishes can still contain "acetates" ... ethyl acetate for example ... commonly used as solvents for varnishes and lacquers.

So, if you do not want the possible effects of toxic chemicals ... but, on the other hand ... feel naked without nail polish, check out a "Water-Based" polish such as Suncoat or Kapa Nui. These contain no flammable or toxic ingredients.  

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Are Chemicals Making Me Hungry?

Are Chemicals Making Me Hungry?
One morning my husband and I were on our way to our place of worship. We had eaten a nice breakfast. We picked up a young friend to ride with us. When we arrived about 15 minutes later we dropped off our friend and then had to leave. We were having such a hard time focusing and forming our thoughts. And, even though we had eaten breakfast, we were absolutely feeling this deep, hollow pit in our stomachs!! How could we possibly be hungry?

And then, it dawned on me. We were feeling the effects of our young passenger’s perfume!

I know what you must be thinking .... “how can smelling something affect our gut?”

Consider what happens when you smell bread or an apple pie baking? Does your mouth start watering? Do you feel yourself getting hungry and wanting to eat?

The part of our brain called the hypothalamus helps control our hunger. When the hypothalamus is stimulated it signals the pancreas to release hormones to adjust the blood sugar as needed. For example, when carbohydrates are eaten the hypothalamus signals the pancreas to produce insulin to help lower the blood sugar. If blood sugar needs to be raised, glucagon is released. In turn the liver is prompted to release stored glucose.

This efficient control of blood sugar gets disrupted when someone has environmental illnesses such as MCS or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Due to damage from toxins such as heavy metals and free radicals those of us with these conditions may feel exaggerated brain related symptoms from high blood sugar.....a so-called “heightened” sugar sensitivity.

What comes next is the well-known “sugar crash” followed by hunger. This is exactly what we experienced and I still experience.

So, can environmental fragrances affect our gut? Absolutely!!! They are “external” stimulants just like food smells are. These can include:

  • Carpet chemicals
  • Paint
  • Mold
  • Detergents/Dryer Sheets/Cleaning Products
  • Hair/Personal Care Products
  • Perfumes/Colognes
  • New Cars/Furniture/Clothes
  • Air Fresheners
  • Herbicides/Pesticides
Everyone and their neighbor typically use lawn chemicals whether for weed or mosquito control. One summer was so bad that even though my husband ate like a horse … he still “lost” weight and he didn’t have any extra to lose.

So, can what we breathe affect our gut health? Absolutely!!

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Identify Your Triggers: How Safe Are Your Laundry/Cleaning Products?

Identify Your Triggers: How Safe Are Your Laundry/Cleaning Products?
A lung study showed that using traditional cleaners in your home one time a week is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes per day. Even products advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems. Some can even be flammable or corrosive.

Laundry and household cleaning products contain toxic fragrances, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ammonia and bleach.



Some of these products include:
   > Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products
   > Air fresheners
   > Chlorine bleach
   > Detergent and dishwashing liquid
   > Dry cleaning chemicals
   > Rug and upholstery cleaners
   > Furniture and floor polish
   > Oven cleaners
   > Laundry Products and Dryer Sheets

Chemicals can infiltrate our bodies through two primary avenues......our airways and our skin.

Inhalation:
When you breathe in the smell of these toxic products dangerous VOC’s are sent straight into your blood stream via the lungs. This can attribute to increased risk of asthma and COPD.

The experts attribute the decline in lung function to the damage that cleaning agents cause to the mucous membranes lining the airways. Think about it....these are cleaning agents that are meant for cleaning your floors, your toilets....not your lungs!!

Consider Lysol. The product label itself states “Hazards to Humans and Domestic Animals.” That’s reassuring. Approximately 1% of the product consists of the active ingredients, while about 99% are “other ingredients”. This begs the question, what exactly are those “other” ingredients? According to the Safety Data Sheet for Lysol, these include propane and butane....think lighter fluids friends!!

The OSHA safety data sheet for the primary active ingredient in Lysol includes several warnings. I don’t know about you but I do not wear a mask, gloves, or goggles when I clean my home.

Your Skin:
Our skin is the largest organ in the body. It absorbs anything and everything it comes into contact with. It takes less than 30 seconds for those toxic chemicals to be absorbed through your skin.

The thing with fabric softener/dryer sheets is that it doesn’t actually soften anything. Instead, it lubricates the fabric with a slimy coating that prevents static and creates the sensation of softness. That slimy coating is made up of a chemical called quaternary ammonium compounds (QACS) that has been shown to cause or worsen asthma, irritate sensitive skin and has been linked to long-term health problems like cancer or reproductive issues.

Consider This:
   > What you’re cleaning your floors with...you (and your babies, kids and fur babies) are absorbing through your feet
   > What you’re cleaning your counters with...is being transferred into the food you’re eating
   > What you’re cleaning your bathtub with...you’re soaking your body in
   > What you wash your clothes and bedding in....you’re covering your entire body with
   > Your skin is the largest organ of your body and absorbs everything you put on it

You can absolutely utilize options that are safe, effective, and economical. There is no compromise here. This is what I use to literally clean everything....floors, mirrors, counters, tub and even produce.

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Identify Your Triggers: How is Your "Inside" Air Quality?

Identify Your Triggers:  How is Your "Inside" Air Quality?
A 2017 article published this statement:

More than 90 percent of the world’s population lives in a place where the outdoor air quality is harmful to human health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

This is a pretty astonishing statement in itself. Yet, The World Health Organization states the inside air quality of our homes and businesses is even 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air we breathe.

Air Fresheners:
During the 1990s, air fresheners became extremely popular with the hassle-free and affordable “plug-ins”. How convenient to just allow the scented gels to release their fragrance throughout the day....no longer needing to grab that aerosol spray “as the need arose”. They seemed to be the perfect alternative to the aerosol sprays that were damaging the ozone layer.

With these “convenient” plug-in air fresheners, however, come an astonishing number of toxic compounds. These contribute to that poor inside air quality and second-hand smoke effect.

Besides the fragrance with its unknown hundreds of toxic ingredients, plug-ins and other air fresheners have also been found to contain phthalates, naphthalene and .... are you ready for this......formaldehyde!!

These are known carcinogens and hormone-disruptors that can affect our reproductive and respiratory systems. Besides birth defects they can also contribute to asthma, frequent nosebleeds and allergic symptoms.

As if all of this was not enough, plug-in air fresheners also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs)…...of which formaldehyde is one of the worst. VOCs are known irritants of eyes, nose and throat, can damage the liver, kidney and central nervous system, as well as, cause headaches, fatigue, and dizziness.

Scented Candles:
Don’t you just love the ambiance of lighted candles in a room? They can certainly set the mood.
Unfortunately, those very same candles pose a threat to our air quality.
> Most are made from paraffin, which is a petroleum waste.
> Burning candles create soot. Soot contains tiny particulate matter that can be inhaled and is an irritant.
> There are toxins in the synthetic fragrance!

Children and Animals:
On an average it takes only 2 seconds for a smell to reach the brain.

Children and pets breathe the same air we do, however, keep in mind their bodies are smaller and their metabolisms are different. If we are breathing in toxins .... so are they. In actuality, the FDA has zero safety protocols for children’s products.

“According to the World Health Organization, half of deaths among children under 5 years old related to lower respiratory infections can be directly linked to 'particulate matter' present in indoor air pollution".

For those who have pets (or other sources of household odor), the use of air fresheners may feel essential— but this doesn’t mean your only option is to purchase the toxic varieties.

You do have freedom to choose which means you can have freedom from toxins. If weather permits, open windows and bring in the fresh air.

Another option is using an essential oil diffuser. We like this one. Your house will smell great but without all those toxins.

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Identify Your Triggers - Fragrances

Identify Your Triggers - Fragrances

Figuring out what triggers our symptoms is key to getting on the road to wellness.   


It’s true we live in a toxic world, and we may not be able to control everything around us.  There is one area, however, we can control and that is what we choose to bring into our homes.    


One thing is for sure, we do have freedom to choose which means we can have freedom from toxins. 

There are many common triggers that contribute to autoimmune disorders.  Let’s consider just one of them.......  


Fragrances and Perfumes: 

No doubt most of us have seen the reports about the dangers of second-hand (cigarette) smoke.  In the past few years a newsecond-hand smoke” has jumped to the forefront .... synthetic/artificial fragrance.   


Fragrances and Perfumes can be found in almost every product from makeup to toilet paper.  Because of this most people may not be aware of the dangers of synthetic scents found in every day products such as air fresheners/plug-insshampoo, lotion, deodorant, sun-screenscented candlesdetergents and dryer sheets.  Did you know the average American woman uses 12-16 beauty and cosmetic products a day .... many containing fragrances?  

 

Why are synthetic scents being called the new “second-hand smoke”?  State, federal and global authorities do not regulate ingredients in fragrances.  This means the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label could actually contain anywhere from 50-300 chemicals.   


About 90% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil).  These include things like benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, and allergic reactions. 

1. Respiratory Issues 

2. Cancer Causing 

3. Reproductive Toxicity 

4. Neurotoxin 

5. Liver & Kidney Damage 

6. Skin Issues 

7. Headaches 


These are just a short list of the dangers of using synthetic fragrances in your home.  Synthetic fragrances was one of the first triggers I was able to identify that was contributing to my autoimmunity.   


If you suffer from any of these, I encourage you to remove the “fake” stuff for one month and open your windows if you can.  Just see what a difference it can make in how you feel. 


Better yet.... if you’re like me, you want your home to smell great AND be a safe environment for your family and pets (they inhale what we inhale), using essential oils and a diffuser is the perfect alternative!


Fragrances affect my cognitive ability, can change my personality, and leave me with a "toxic hangover headache".

How do fragrances affect you?  I would love to hear your experiences.

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