Warning: Tom’s of Maine Products are Not So Natural

 

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Tom’s of Maine has become a mainstream brand among health-conscious consumers. Unfortunately, it turns out that most of these consumers are unaware of who owns Tom’s of Main and what ingredients Tom’s products contain.  This might be shocking to some but Tom’s of Maine isn’t owned by Tom and is not from Maine.  In fact, it’s owned by a well-known corporate giant — Colgate-Palmolive of New York. In the United States alone, Colgate-Palmolive’s 35% share  mostly relies  on a patented gingivitis formula which contains triclosan,  a toxic chemical substance  that reacts with the chlorine in tap water to become chloroform — a deadly chlorinated aromatic.

Reasons to Avoid Tom’s of Maine Products

1. Contain Aluminum. Though Potassium alum used in Tom’s of Maine products is a natural mineral salt made up of molecules that are too large to be absorbed by your skin, it is still not completely aluminum-free. It accumulates within the body so that the aluminum becomes more destructive with increased age.

Aluminum has been repeatedly linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease,  generalized permanent damage to the central nervous system,  brittle bones, autism, infertility, hormonal imbalance.

2. Contain Zinc Chloride.   According to the Dangerous Substance Directive , Zinc chloride is classified, as “Harmful (Xn), Irritant (Xi) and Dangerous for the environment (N).”  Read the Environmental Working Group’s page on Zinc Chloride here.

3. Contain Titanium dioxide. According to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, titanium dioxide is a human carcinogen:

Titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogen to humans”… This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*.

4. Contain Carrageenan. Tom’s of Maine  puts carrageenan in its toothpaste, including kids’ toothpaste. Many scientific, peer-reviewed studies found that  food-grade carrageenan can cause  gastrointestinal inflammation, ulcerations, lesions and even colon cancer in laboratory animals. Additionally, recent studies funded by the American Diabetes Association have linked the consumption of food-grade carrageenan to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance in mice.

5. Contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is far from being natural. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product, which will be discussed in more detail later.  Rsearch studies on SLS have shown links to organ and reproductive toxicity, neurological damage, endocrine disruption, and cancer.

 

Before buying a personal care product, make sure to do your own research. Your health depends on it! There are also lots of informative site to help you make your own natural alternative often for much less then you would pay for a commercial product anyway.

 

 

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Our scary weeks dealing with MCS

So whats new with me. A few weeks ago I was at a low point to be honest, we all were. My husband had been exposed to some nasty chemicals that were a side effect of the farmers next door burning…. tires… yes not good or legal. Well this drove him out of our home and away for 2 weeks not to mention how ill he was as a result. When I say ill I mean ill…..shaking, loss of oxygen resulting in blue lips, dizziness, and so much more. This worried me to no end and threw me into a viscous cycle of eating junk again and derailing my life as well as his and my daughters.

Fast forward….to this week.

He is starting to feel better and is back with us at home but what a scary set back. This just shows us how serious this disability is. We have to take into consideration everything we do now. From a trip to the store, visiting friends with scented homes, to going for a walk this has changes our lives and isolated us.

We have been advised that over time his condition may improve as his immunity returns but we have also been warned that it will get worse before it gets better. There are many MCS cases out there as the scents and perfumes industries rise. Some people don`t realize that they may be having a reaction even. I encourage everyone for their health and others to promote scent free products and environments for everyone.

Thanks as always for reading and following!

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Dirty Dove Soap – True Beauty Should Not Come at Such a High Cost

Nobody enjoys beauty ads. The models selling the cosmetics, face creams, or hair products always look condescendingly perfect. It doesn’t help that we know they are produced by makeup artists and animation wizards. Their flawless skin causes us to frown upon our own blemishes and wrinkles.

 Their slim bodies make us self-conscious about our own weight. Their luscious hair uglifies our locks whether we think our hair is too thin, too puffy, too curly, too frizzy, or too much anything. Then we go out to buy whatever the model is selling because we are desperate to be perfect just like her. Of course, we would never admit that aloud, but that’s how we feel.

The Dove campaign is different. The models they use are real women and girls just like us. Dove ads feature real people talking about their insecurities about their looks and bring them to realize they are beautiful the way they are. It warms our hearts and makes us feel good about ourselves.

We buy Dove because we’d rather listen to the company that tells us “you are already beautiful” than the ones who scream “you are ugly and that’s why you need this product right now!”

For the company that advertises “real beauty,” we’d expect them to use natural ingredients. However, many of the Dove products feature toxic components!

This is one example:

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Dove White Beauty Bar

Here is the original product that initiated this company. It hasn’t changed and the declaration is still the same:

  • #1 Dermatologist recommended
  • Classic moisturizing formula
  • Dove doesn’t dry skin like ordinary soap
  • With ¼ moisturizing cream and mild cleansers, helps retain skin’s moisture
  • Makes skin softer, smoother and more radiant than ordinary soap
  • Suitable for daily use on hands, face, and body

The formula is the same as well, but the ingredients sound less charming:

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

What do these words even mean?!

The Reality Behind the Ingredients

Here are ingredients rampant in Dove products and what they truly can do to your body.

  1. Methylisothiazolinone – Studies have found this chemical to contribute to neurodegenerative disorders and seizures. They are looking to conduct further research on this toxin. 
  2. Fragrance/Parfum is a common skin irritant and the leading cause of dermatitis from cosmetic use. Studies suggest that this is rising skin sensitivities. 
  3. Tetrasodium Edta is made from formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Also, it is a penetration enhancer, meaning it dissolves the protective skin barrier, pathing the way for other toxins to sink into your tissue and perhaps even your bloodstream. Although the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel deemed this chemical “safe,” since it is not well-absorbed into the skin, they did suggest caution when mixing this preservative with other hazardous ingredients. 
  4. Sodium Tallowate – Vegans, cover your eyes! Sodium Tallowate, featured in the classic Dove Beauty bar, is derived from the fatty tissue of cattle. The FDA declared this additive to be safe, but according to them, GMOs are fine too. 
  5. Sodium Laureth Sulfate – About 12,200 studies testing the cumulative effect and long-term exposure of SLS linked it to :
    • Irritation of the skin and eyes
    • Organ toxicity
    • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
    • Neurotoxicity, ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption, and biochemical or cellular changes
    • Possible mutations and cancer

As Dove believes, women should define their own beauty, yet health hazardous have never and never will be beautiful.

 

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The not so sweet side of perfume fragrances

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Ahhh…the sweet smell of petrochemicals! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that, while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum. To protect trade secrets, makers are allowed to withhold fragrance ingredients, so consumers can’t rely on labels to know what hazards may lurk inside that new bottle of perfume.

“A rose may be a rose,” reports EWG. “But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients,   (the staggering list is in the link) the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of over 100 groups seeking transparency about chemicals in cosmetics, commissioned independent laboratory tests that revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 leading fragrances. The top offenders?: American Eagle Seventy Seven topped the list with 24, followed by Chanel Coco with 18 and Britney Spears Curious and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio each with 17.

“The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label,” reports EWG, which analyzed the Campaign’s data. “Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.” EWG adds that some of the undisclosed ingredients are chemicals “with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues.” Examples include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, which concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.

EWG explains that ingredients not in a product’s “hidden fragrance mixture” must be listed on the label, so makers disclose some chemicals but “lump others together in the generic category of ‘fragrance’.”

EWG blames the U.S. government in part, pointing out that the Food and Drug Administration “has not assessed the safety of the vast majority” of secret chemicals used in spray-on products such as fragrances. “Fragrance secrecy is legal due to a giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients on the product labels but explicitly exempts fragrance,” reports EWG. As such, the cosmetics industry has kept the public in the dark about fragrance ingredients, “even those that present potential health risks or build up in people’s bodies.”

 

Toxic-Cosmetics_edited-1-819x1024For more information, check out EWG’s May 2010 “Not So Sexy” report, available on the group’s website. Also, EWG’s SkinDeep database serves as an evolving source of information on the ingredients (and their health risks) in thousands of cosmetics and related products widely available on store shelves.

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MSG The Insidious Poison

The dangers and prevalence of MSG will shock you! This flavor enhancer
is linked to a host of health issues, including fibromyalgia, obesity, fatty
liver, high insulin and blood sugar, high cholesterol, liver toxicity,
metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, disturbance to the gut-brain
connection, neurological and brain damage.

The danger lies in that MSG is almost impossible to avoid.

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Why? The reason is twofold:

1. There are over 40 different ingredients that manufacturers use, that all
have MSG.

2. It is not just a flavor enhancing additive – it is a natural by-product of
processing proteins. These MSG by-products are found in many of your favorite
organic health food

Keep reading to discover how to avoid this insidious poison.

What Is MSG?

MSG, or monosodium glutamate, got its reputation as a flavor enhancer
extracted from seaweeds in China. In the early 1900′s, the process was
perfected in Japan and became commercially available.

In the 1960′s, the phrase “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” was coined by the New
England Journal of Medicine. Twenty minutes after eating Chinese food, some
sensitive people would experience tingling, numbness, brain fog, chest pressure
and pain.

In the 1970′s, researchers found that pharmaceutical MSG would kill brain cells
in a laboratory. Shortly thereafter, they realized that commercially available
MSG would have the same effect.

MSG is simply the addition of one (mono) sodium molecule to the amino acid
glutamic acid, which is found naturally in many foods. When any amino acid
builds up in the body, most people have the ability to break it down in the
liver without alarm. However, some amino acids, such as glutamic acid (glutamate)
and aspartic acid (aspartame or “nutra sweet”), may be more difficult to
convert and flush out of the body.

Both glutamate and aspartame cause the nerves to fire, and when they are in
excess, the nerves can fire excessively and cause a form of neurotoxicity.

Not Just A Flavor Enhancer

By now most of us have heard of MSG’s role as a flavor enhancer. But how does
thiswork? Concentrated free glutamic acid or MSG act as nerve stimulants and
will change how the taste buds taste food. A yucky or even a really bad tasting
food will taste fantastic when high levels of glutamic acid are introduced as a
flavor enhancer.

The insidious nature of MSG
is that it may occur whenever a protein is broken down in the body.

When folks are sensitive to MSG, they are reacting to free glutamic acid in the
blood. Remember, MSG is made when the free glutamic acid binds with a sodium
molecule. Whenever protein is broken down in the body, glutamic acid is freed
from a protein (in which it naturally occurs), and you have the potential of
free glutamic acid building up in the blood and a possible toxic MSG reaction.

MSG Reactions: Whole vs. Processed Foods

While this happens naturally when ingesting protein-rich whole foods like
grains, meats, dairy, and even vegetables, the glutamic acid is released in
concert with many other amino acids, rather than in high concentrations on its
own. As a result, unadulterated whole-food-based proteins do not cause a toxic
MSG reaction in the body.

On the other hand, many processed foods – including organic health foods –
contain processed proteins that harbor free glutamic acids.

The FDA does not require
manufacturers to label these foods MSG unless the “added ingredient” is 99%
pure MSG.

If MSG is produced as a result of protein hydrolysis or a byproduct of protein
processing, the FDA does not require MSG to appear on the label.

Moreover, a product labeled “No MSG” may still have MSG or free glutamic acid
as a result of protein processing, as long as pure MSG was not added.

The truth is that protein-hydrolysis-based glutamates or MSG are found in just
about every highly processed food. Even vegetable proteins are hydrolyzed to
make veggies burgers and many other frozen or pre-prepared vegan and “health
foods.”

When purchasing processed health foods, look for these common ingredients loaded with MSG that do not require an MSG
listing on the label:

Hydrolyzed Vegetable
Protein

Textured Vegetable Protein

Yeast Extract

The Bottom Line

MSG or free glutamates as a flavor enhancer is found in highly processed foods,
usually under an alias to make it impossible to know for sure what you are
eating. Refer to the list below for the many hidden names of MSG.

MSG or free glutamic acid is also found in many health foods as a result of
vegetable protein breakdown or hydrolysis. These MSGs or free glutamic acids
are not added into food as a flavor enhancer but exist in varying quantities in
many foods as a result of protein breakdown.

Some folks break down glutamates better than others, so when it comes to
glutamates as a result of protein breakdown, this is a highly individualized
issue. However, MSG as a flavor enhancer should simply be avoided.

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Hidden Names For MSG And Free Glutamic Acid:

Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid.

Glutamic Acid (E 620)2

Glutamate (E 620)

Monosodium Glutamate (E
621)

Monopotassium Glutamate (E
622)

Calcium Glutamate (E 623)

Monoammonium Glutamate (E
624)

Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)

Natrium Glutamate

Yeast Extract

Anything hydrolyzed

Any hydrolyzed protein

Calcium Caseinate

Sodium Caseinate

Yeast Food

Yeast Nutrient

Autolyzed Yeast

Gelatin

Textured Protein

Soy Protein Isolate

Whey Protein Isolate

Anything :protein

Vetsin

Ajinomoto

Names of ingredients that often contain or produce processed free
glutamic acid

·
Carrageenan (E 407)

·
Bouillon and broth

Stock

Any flavors or flavoring

Maltodextrin

Citric acid, Citrate (E
330)

Anything ultra-pasteurized

Barley malt

Pectin (E 440)

Protease

Anything enzyme modified

Anything containing enzymes

Malt extract

Soy sauce

Soy sauce extract

Anything protein fortified

Seasonings
Glutamic acid found in unadulterated “whole food” protein does not cause
adverse reactions. To cause adverse reactions, the glutamic acid must have been
processed/manufactured or come from protein that has been fermented.

Protein Powders: Be Selective
Unfortunately, many protein powders contain forms of soy and whey protein, as
listed above, that will always contain processed free glutamic acid. Since free
glutamic acids are a product of processing proteins, it can be tricky to find a
protein powder that does not potentially contain them. The key is the amount or
concentration of these glutamates in each product, as well as gauging your own
personal level of sensitivity and ability to break them down, that becomes the
issue.

Don’t Stress – Just Eat
Whole Foods!

A list so long can be overwhelming, and can provoke the feeling of, what is
there left to eat? When trying to avoid MSG, the main focus should be on a
diet of whole, unprocessed foods including vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits,
nuts and seeds, organic and grass-fed meats, and organic dairy. Make sure your
proteins are clean, preferably organic and grass-fed, and cook them at home or
enjoy them at a restaurant whose practices you support, rather than eating
excess processed foods.

After looking at the above list a few times, you’ll get the hang of which kind
of ingredient names connote MSG, and easily avoid them. As Jack Lalanne
advised, ‘Don’t eat anything with a wrapper! And if you can’t do that, try to
avoid processed foods with more than five whole-food ingredients’.

The dangers and prevalence of MSG will shock you! This flavor enhancer
is linked to a host of health issues, including fibromyalgia, obesity, fatty
liver, high insulin and blood sugar, high cholesterol, liver toxicity,
metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, disturbance to the gut-brain
connection, neurological and brain damage.

The danger lies in that MSG is almost impossible to avoid.

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