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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When Life Throws You Lemons .... Make Ketchup!!

When Life Throws You Lemons .... Make Ketchup!!
When I was growing up it seemed only natural that every meal was served with the Classic American Condiment …. ketchup (or catsup as some know it).

Ketchup Eating Styles:

I personally enjoyed ketchup on scrambled eggs. But better yet were potato chips. After coming home from school, I would grab some potato chips and squirt ketchup on them before popping into my mouth ....savory ....chip a time. 😋

We cannot forget the ketchup sandwich eater (you know who you are). This requires one slice of white bread with ketchup squirted on half of the bread and then carefully fold the slice of bread in half.

And, of course, there are the saucy ketchup eaters. They cannot eat ketchup alone. It must be mixed with something else like mayo or horseradish.

Last but not least are the “dry” eaters … those that wouldn’t touch the stuff with a ten-foot pole …. unless, of course, it was added to their burger without their knowledge. (It was the fastest eaten burger ever …. you know who you are 😂)

A Little History:

Originally “Catsup” was made without any tomatoes by the British. It actually referred to any “spiced” sauce. The original recipe contained oysters, cloves, cayenne, cherries, walnuts, vinegars, mace and more.

It was the Americans who added tomatoes and changed the name to “ketchup”. It was declared "America’s National Condiment” in 1896 to be found on every table in the land. The NASA program even sent it into space with the Astronauts.

When Life Throws You Lemons …. Make Ketchup!!

As much as I love ketchup, it is, unfortunately, a nightshade vegetable. This means it can be an inflammatory food for some. 🙋‍♀️ Yep …. that’s me.

So, what does a person do when tomatoes become lemons?

Well, I could do the “whoa is me” routine and focus on what I can’t do. That just is not my style. I am more the half-glass full kind of person. There is always more than one way of doing everything and food is no different. When life throws you lemons …. you make ketchup.

Here is a recipe I use and it is a good one. In fact, since it doesn't contain any tomatoes, could it be the original "Catsup"?  Of course, it does not contain any "oysters" either! 😝 Be sure to use the exact amounts or one flavor will overpower the others. I will say I also added some ground allspice and an additional drop of clove essential oil.
Yep, this is great on burgers. I am sure it is great on eggs, chips, and in those special sauces too!

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