Our health is affected by and closely connected to the health or our environment. We humans are a microcosm of the macrocosm (the world) – what’s going on in the environment has a big impact on our own health. While technology and industry has enhanced our lives and helped us to live more comfortably, it comes with a price. We are the first generation to be exposed to so many chemicals. In our daily living, we now use more than 50,000 of these chemicals. We cannot ignore the impact this is having on our own health and the health of our planet.
Read more about toxicity and some of the simple actions you can take to minimize the environmental factors that affect you.
Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this powerful 90 second video.
The study was conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL, and the full report is available here: https://www.coop.se/organiceffect
For many women, the beauty of a manicure and pedicure comes at a terrible price. Although those who are on the receiving end of these beauty treatments face some health risks, the price is mostly paid by those who provide these salon services, and the cost can include devastating health problems and even death. In addition, the women often are forced to work excessively long hours, without pay during training, and below minimum wage once they are hired.
Does searching for natural sunscreen make you sweat? On the hunt for protection that doesn’t leave you greasy or glaring white? Tired of the kids running for cover when it’s time to apply sunscreen? Our helpful guide to choosing the safest natural sunscreen products that are also a pleasure to use makes buying this summertime staple a breeze.
Bentonite Clay is an ancient natural remedy. It is actually a mineral rich volcanic ash! It can be used both internally to help heal and detox, and externally to rejuvenate the skin, draw out impurities and help clear up acne and other skin conditions.
One sobering fact of modern life: endocrine disrupters are everywhere. Occasional contact wouldn’t be a major concern but the trouble is, most of us come into contact with them multiple times in a day. Many of these toxins either block or promote estrogen and other hormones, so either way, they throw off your hormonal balance. They can affect the way these hormones function in your body, causing numerous problems that many people mistakenly attribute to stress, aging or just normal aches and pains.
Even if you live in a city like I do, the air inside your home may be more polluted than the air outside of it. Some of the contamination of our indoor air quality comes from things like wall paints, glues in carpeting, and flame retardant chemicals leaking out of furniture.
You know pollution isn’t good for you. Scientists have connected it with respiratory problems, birth defects, cancer, and more.
But did you know that your exposure to pollution could also make you look older?
In 2010, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a landmark study connecting pollution to skin aging. Researchers examined 400 Caucasian women aged 70 to 80 years, and gave them scores based on how much their skin had aged.
A new study, published in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal mBio, finds that herbicides, particularly those used on genetically modified crops, can make antibiotics less effective.
The study found that individuals who are exposed to herbicides while taking antibiotics are more likely to need higher doses of antibiotics to fend off the offending bacteria.
Even though the health dangers associated with bisphenol A (BPA) have been known for more than 70 years, it wasn’t until recently that manufacturers began ditching the stuff due to rising public awareness. For consumers, among the chief concerns was BPA’s estrogen-mimicking effects which, in addition to throwing off the body’s natural hormone balance, was linked to a cavalcade of health problems, including reproductive issues, birth defects, breast cancer, heart and liver disease and neurological disorders.
The dangers of environmental toxins continue to grab mainstream media attention, and many of us have done a pretty good job of reducing our exposure—ditching our air fresheners, choosing mineral sunscreens, and perhaps even trading in our memory foam mattresses.
For those of you who would like to take it a step further, and root out even more sources of chemical exposure, here are four places that you might be surprised to learn contain a heavy dose of toxins.