Metformin Recalled Due to Cancer-Causing Agents – Part 2
*Disclaimer: Do NOT stop taking your medications without consulting your doctor*
As some of you may have read in part 1 of the blog, a lot of what we consume on a daily basis is harmful to our bodies. Whether we are talking about medication, food, or cosmetics; most of these things are full of toxins and carcinogens that really deteriorate our health in the long run. Take this for example, when do we really sit down and look at the ingredients list of our medicines or vaccines? Rarely if not ever. Who sits in the food store and reads every single labeled box they grab or assures that their produce is completely organic? Not many. And who even dares to read the labels of their cosmetics? I know I didn’t, until recently. It is just as important to pay attention to the ingredients within the products that we put on our body as the ones we put in our bodies. This is because some of the products that are applied topically actually end up seeping through the skin and ultimately ending up in our bloodstream causing our kidneys and liver to filter them out. Some of these products may have ingredients that are known endocrine (hormone) disrupters. Think about it, how much product to you apply to your body daily? I can name a few: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, lotion, deodorant, sunscreen, makeup, and any other oil or serum you may add into your daily routine. Now, among those products, do you know exactly what if found within them? Did you read the ingredients list of these products before you bought them and if you did, then did you fully understand what those ingredients are? Too often products that we buy, including our food and skincare products, have ingredients within them that don’t seem like they belong in things that we consume, orally or topically. The main reason is the United States does not have a lot of regulations on skincare products and it is up to the company to choose what ingredients they use. Currently, in the U.S. the FDA has only banned or restricted 11 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects.. In comparison, the EU law bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics. A good rule of thumb is if you can not pronounce the ingredients within what you are consuming/using, then you probably should not be consuming/using them.
Take notice next time you go shopping, whether it is for cosmetics, food, or medication, really stop and read the list of ingredients that belong to these products that sit in your cabinets at home. Really see if you know what these ingredients are. Some things that are inside of these cosmetics are extremely harmful to us. They contain these harsh chemicals that ultimately affect our health. Here is a short list of things that you should look out for when buying cosmetics:
- Sulfates: These are better identified as a type of salt. Sulfates are used for lathering purposes, however, they can affect our bodies in multiple ways. These chemicals are known to irritate our skin and eyes, as well as, in some cases, strip away the pigments in hair.
- Parabens: These are included in your products to preserve and keep them germ-free. However, research has begun to show that paragons can interfere with reproductive and brain functions. Some studies even argue that these chemicals can lead to breast cancer.
- Synthetic colors: These colors, or pigments, are found more often in makeup: eye shadows, lipsticks, etc. This pigment is created from petroleum and the heavier the shadow of lipstick or eyeshadow, the heavier the level of petroleum is.
- Fragrance: You can find fragrance in nearly everything you buy: soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, perfumes, etc. The issue with fragrances is that the chemicals included are associated with respiratory disorders when they are inhaled. Fragrance is also considered to be “a trade secret” so the company does not have to disclose the ingredients.
Here is an even more specific list of ingredients that you should avoid at all costs:
- Triclosan: This chemical is commonly found in toothpaste and deodorants and is works as an antimicrobial and antibacterial chemical. Triclosan is a hormone disruptor, increases sensitivity to allergies/asthma and if ingested as in toothpaste, can affect the microbial lining of our gut health. Our gut health is a critical player in the strength of our immune systems.
- Toluene: This chemical is a petrochemical. When we say something is a petrochemical, that means that it is originally from petroleum. Toluene can be found in nail polishes, hair dyes, household cleaners, and more. When one does come in contact with toluene, that individual can experience issues with their nervous system; such as fatigue, nausea, drowsiness, and more. This is a chemical to be exceptionally cautious of when pregnant, as this chemical can cause significant damage to the developing fetus.
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): PEG is commonly found it shampoos, conditioners, lotions, sunscreens; all things that people use on a daily. It is known to cause cancer and even in some cases respiratory diseases
Below you will find a short list of non-toxic cosmetic brands that are extremely affordable, as well as safe:
- Beautycounter: This company is 100% transparent with what they include in their products. Nothing is hidden from their consumers. As well as all of the material are raw and responsibly sourced. There are plenty of companies that hide what they include in their products and this company is not one of those companies. Not only does this company assure a healthy and safe ingredients list, but they also focus their attention on the environment and they make sure the company’s carbon footprint is as small as possible. Beautycounter is actively trying to get safer beauty care laws passed in Congress.
- Pacifica: Now this company is 100% vegan and cruelty free. This means that all of their products are not sourced from animals nor are the products tested on animals. Pacifica also uses all natural ingredients that are completely safe for our bodies. Not to mention, much like Beautycounter, Pacifica focuses on having as little of a carbon footprint as possible; which is something that every company should focus on.
- Native: This is a brand that focuses on a safe and natural deodorant. The main thing that we must watch out for when it comes to buying deodorant is aluminum. This ingredient is included in most antiperspirant deodorants, which when used prevents the body from expelling toxins through sweat. Now when we trap these toxins inside they can find their way into the lymph nodes and cause further damage to our bodies. As well as the chemicals being absorbed into the body through pores or possibly a nick in the skin from shaving .One of the most concerning affects of these issue is cancer.
The best way to truly stay healthy and be clean is to read and research all your ingredients!