I have covered the topic of toxic cookware briefly in the past, but I wanted to update the information. First of all, if you still are using Teflon coated cookware, toss it in the trash! Teflon is the brand name for a chemical coating known as PFOA. What is the problem with this coating? This is from About.com/cookware:
“The resulting products contain no or only trace amounts of PFOA, and the Environmental Protection Agency does not have enough information about the product to suggest that using the products could cause a health risk or concern.
However, because this chemical is used in the manufacturing process, it has been found in low levels in the environment and even in the bloodstream of a sample of the U.S. population. It has been found to affect the development of laboratory animals, as well as other adverse effects on their health.”
That is good enough for me. Run. Run away from the Teflon.
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I hope your holidays were filled with lots of good friends, family, cheer, fantastic food and drink, laughter and that your guests have all vacated by now.
I’m not one to jump on the New Year’s resolution band wagon. I think it is important to try your best all year and to balance that with enjoyment. I actually did not mean for this to be a “clean up your act, it’s the new year,” kind of post. It just worked out that way. Sorry, I know you are bombarded with these kinds of messages.
However, this is my favorite new discovery in my arsenal of health. Detoxifying with Calcium Bentonite Clay is nothing new, but it’s new to me. The idea is to drink a little of the clay mixed with water upon rising in the morning and before bed for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks your digestive system, colon and liver will be cleansed. Trust me, you will know it has happened (insert gross thoughts here) and you will feel amazing. Continue reading “Detox with Calcium Bentonite Clay”
Yesterday I received my full blown Family Essentials Bundle from The Honest Company. If you read my previous post, you know that I started with the sample pack, liked it and ordered company’s non-toxic household cleaners and body products.
It was a sad day as I realized how excited I was over dishwasher rinse aid. Nonetheless, I broke into the cutest box I have ever seen to find my shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, sun block, bug spray, dishwasher detergent, rinse aid and laundry detergent. I have tested all of the products except the conditioner.
I LOVE everything. I even tested out the old bug spray as I took my dog on a walk at dusk… in Texas, where the mosquitoes are as hungry as Willie Nelson after he steps off his tour bus. I did not get one mosquito bite.
Yesterday, I stupidly went on a four mile walk at 1:00 PM. It was a lovely 105 degrees. I used the sun block (and a hat) and did not get a sun burn. I did almost get a heat stroke which would have interfered with my late afternoon wine tasting party, but I rallied. I don’t think it had anything to do with the good sun block though.
There’s really not too much I need to say about the cleaning products except that they work. They are non-toxic. It makes me happy. I like the name of the company because it’s actually true. I just wonder if the products will last a full month. I’ll let you know.
I’ve been vigilant in trying to replace all of our household and personal care items with non-toxic equivalents. It’s been challenging. So I was thrilled to find out about Jessica Alba’s business, The Honest Company. It was born out of her frustration similar to mine, finding TRULY non-toxic baby items, skin care and cleaning products.
This is their company pledge that their products are Honestly FREE of: phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DMP, DEP); PVC; formaldehyde; alkylphenols; benzene; TEA (Triethanolamine); MEA (Monoethanolamine); parabens; phosphates; chlorine; chlorinated or brominated solvents; ceteareth 20; polyethylene glycol (PEG); resorcinol; bronopol; quaternium 15; nanoparticles; triclosan; sulfur oxides; organohalides; hexavalent chromium; DMDM hydantoin; organophosphate pesticides; 1,4 – dioxane; SLS/SLES (sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates); optical brighteners; mineral oil; petrolatum; BPA (bisphenol-A); a-chlorotoluene
Sounds good, I was sold.
I was a tiny bit miffed to find out that I had to give my credit card and get enrolled in their monthly automatic delivery system to sample their products. I could of course cancel at any time, blah, blah, blah. So I paid the $5.95 shipping for their sample pack that included shampoo/body wash, face/body lotion, laundry detergent, healing balm and hand soap.
A few days later the samples arrived in a truly adorable package. I have to say that I loved each of their products. I opted for a full order of their Family Essentials Bundle. The way it works is that every month you get to mix and match five skin care/cleaning items for $35.95 plus you can add in 3 more items at a discounted price. If you opt for the five product bundle you have to pay $5.95 shipping. If you add in the extras and get to $50 in products you get free shipping. Have I mentioned they are very business savvy in addition to making TRULY non-toxic items that come in precious packaging? Jessica Alba, you do surprise me.
I recommend that you check out their website and see if it might be of interest. If you have a baby, they have a non-toxic diaper/wipe deal that looks good.
It is practically impossible in today’s world to avoid toxins. Toxic substances are in everything from the deodorants we slather under our arms to the fillings in our mouths, to the pots and pans with which we cook our food.
If you haven’t had your old school mercury fillings replaced yet, I’d start there. You need to find a biological dentist. My dentist who replaced my amalgam fillings told me that she is saddened by the American Dental Association and their refusal to admit the danger of these fillings. She should know. She would be the first to tell you that her daughter was born with severe autism and she has had a double mastectomy. She does not think those incidents are coincidental considering her line of work. Continue reading “Avoiding Toxins in Your Every Day Life”