Household Product Database vs. Toxicology Data Network

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http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=chem&id=1246

The following information (Health Effects, Handling/Disposal, and Ingredients) is taken from the product label and/or the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) prepared by the manufacturer. The National Library of Medicine does not test products nor does it evaluate information from the product label or the MSDS.

 

I copy and pasted the above disclaimer printed in red right off the above link. Please note that the above link “Household Product Database” directly quotes the dangers of the products off the manufactures label.  Also, this industry is not even required to list all the ingredients that are contained in the product.  Now compare this information with the following link “Toxicology Data Network” that accurately lists the ingredients commonly found in the household products and personal body care products that we might use everyday in our homes.

If you or your children suffer from asthma,  ADHD,  learning disorders, allergies, cancer,  MCS ,  chronic fatigue syndrome, or other diseases you might want to check and see what is under your sink or in your medicine cabinet. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/

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Go Green in 2011

A great New Year Resolution for 2011 is to  go green. Not only will it benefit this beautiful Earth we live on by not contributing to the pollutants in our water supply, air, and land fills, but we also receive immediate personal  benefits to ourselves, our family and our neighbors.

I thought I was doing pretty good in this department  in 2010 but I came to the realization that I had a lot of improvements to make.  I was still using harmful cosmetics and body care products that contained harmful ingredients like lead in my lipstick. formaldehyde in my toothpaste, Butane and propane in my hairspray! The cosmetic industry in largely unregulated and only second to cleaning products in poisoning of children.  They are not regulated like cleaners so many have no warning labels.  So make 2011 the year to “go green” and educate yourself to the dangers of grocery store brands of these harmful products and switch to non-toxic, chemical free ones for you and your families health and wellness!

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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Natural and Organic Products

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Natural and Organic Products.

I am so happy to help in getting this information out there. Although I support this very important campaign for safe cosmetics, it will no doubt be years before we can expect to see a change in the cosmetic industry on a large-scale basis.  As a sufferer of multiple chemical sensitivity I  feel fortunate that I was led to investigate what was in the body care products that I was using.  Perhaps I will have saved myself from developing cancers, asthma, ADHD, learning disorders and other diseases from developing in both my body and my children’s from the products we were applying, spraying, ingesting and breathing in.  These toxic chemicals are found in our toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwashes, body lotions, whitening products, nail polishes, shampoo, soaps, baby wipes, bubble bath, hair spray, and so on.  These toxic chemicals and pollutants are also found in the household cleaning products that we use everyday in our homes.  The good news is that there are safe, chemical free products available right now that we can use.  Why wait?

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MCS and the Work Place

If you are fortunate enough to work at home like I do, then multiple chemical sensitivity  really isn’t a problem.  But that wasn’t always the case. After 25 years, I ended up taking an early retirement from one of the country’s largest carriers of hazardous materials. The reasons for this seem pretty obvious as a sufferer with MCS. But the actual reason I had to retire was not from MCS but from chronic tendonitis in both feet from the constant walking on concrete floors and metal catwalks in the Hub.  This was in the year 2000. 

At that time in my life I had managed to clean up the environment in my home to the point that my total toxic load was low enough that I good manage working part-time in an environment that was not conducive for my overall  health and wellness.  By being extremely vigilant in eliminating as much pollutants, chemicals and toxins in my home environment,  I was able to manage despite all the triggers I came in contact with in my work environment. The key word here is manage.  It goes without saying that the pollutants I came in contact with on the job didn’t  affect my health,  but I was able to tolerate it for the 4 or 5 hours I was on the job which allowed me to support myself.

The environment has a profound influence on our health.  the quality of air that we breathe and the water we drink directly influences our condition ,as does the human environment around us.  A noisy, high stress environment, for example, can interfere with our efforts to be healthy, while a quiet natural environment supports well-being.  Being able to work at home has truly been a stabilizing force on my health.  Having a flexible schedule also is important on those days when you just can’t seem to get out of your own way. 

Another factor that allowed me to reach the level of wellness that I achieved was my attention to nutrition.  I was very  careful what I ate realizing the link between a healthy body and  a diseased one.  Especially today when our food is contaminated with so many chemicals.  If you think about it, our daily food is a condensed form of the environment that we internalize each day, and thus has a decisive influence on our health and well-being.

exercise also played a key role in my health.  I am fortunate not to be allergic to trees, grasses and pollen, so the outdoors was my playground.  I regularly enjoyed  hiking, camping, swimming, softball, sledding and cross-country skiing with my children.  I really can’t recall not  having a membership to a Fitness Club for any length of time.  The benefits of exercise cannot be over empathized here if you truly want to heal.

That being said, now that I am older, I find I can’t recuperate as fast as I could 11 years ago when I am exposed to certain pollutants, like the neighbors dryer exhaust from the fabric softener sheets, or the cigarette smoke I can smell on someone’s clothing while standing in line at the supermarket.  So the fact that I can work at home and remain in my clean toxic free home office is truly a blessing.

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Lessons Learned on Setting Goals

 My goal to eat a strict macrobiotic diet isn’t going to well.  But at least I know why and now I can set myself up for success instead of failure. Here are the two lessons I have learned.  These lessons can be applied to your business, weight loss, competing in a marathon, or anything.  Here they are:

  1. Set  multiple, achievable, smaller goals.  I only set one goal and that was the ultimate goal. What I should have done is to set maybe 2 or 3 (or even more, depending on the goal) smaller more attainable goals that lead up to my ultimate success.  The feeling of success and confidence you get when you accomplish that 1st goal is what is going to fuel you to accomplish that next goal, and the next and the next. That is a big difference from the feeling you get from failure and frustration that makes you want to quit.  Set yourself up for success and not failure. 
  2. Don’t forget your “Why”.  In this particular goal I want to go back to eating a healthy healing diet for my health and a better quality of life. Write it down.  Keep it right in front of you.  Yes, it will involve hard work but any goal worth attaining is.  Focusing on the blessings that will be the result of accomplishing that goal makes it easier and will keep you going and make you successful. 

So eating a bowl of roasted veggies over a whole grain and a slice of apple crunch pie (see my recipe) for lunch is now a very attainable goal and I can feel good about myself, because I know that I am eating better than the day before and I am one step closer to my ultimate goal.  Bon Appetite!

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New Goal as of Today

I have a new goal. As of this day, I am committed to eating a strict macrobiotic diet, and not forget to take my vitamins, minerals and supplements.  Nutrition will be my priority.  I must or I shall surely die. Die of loneliness and frustration. Die from sadness of not being able to do the things I so love to do with family and friends.  Like I did yesterday.

I spent a few hours with friends yesterday outside my little nest of clean air and non-toxic environment that I have created for myself here at home. Yes, I braved the world and threw myself to the mercy of what awaited me out there in that cruel environment. I could only hope for the best.

What a wonderful carefree time I had. To pretend you are normal, to laugh to the point of tears, and to converse with my dear friends about the things we have in common. Those things that bind us together, and that make our bond of love even stronger is food for the soul. It had been too long.

When I arrived back home yesterday after my outing, I definitely felt the full effects of exposure to various toxins. If you have ever waited to long to eat, and know what low blood sugar feels like…the internal shaking, the brain fog, extreme tiredness, I felt similar to that. But it didn’t go away. I ended up going to bed around 8:00 and still couldn’t get up after 12 hours of rest. What little energy I have today will be spent in the kitchen cooking up some whole grains and veggies. I will let you know how it goes….

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Apple Crunch Pie (Yummy and good for you!)

Here is one of my favorite recipes from “Macro Mellow” published by Shirley Gallagher.  Without saying, all the ingredients are organic of course.

Apple Crunch Pie

Filling:

  • 3-4 lbs apples
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I like dried blueberries instead)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup rice syrup
  • 1/2 TSP. vanilla
  • 1/2 TSP. cinnamon (or to taste)
  • dash sea salt
  • 2 TBL kuzu dissolved in 1/3 cup cold water (also called kudzu in health food stores)

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup oil and a pinch of sea salt
  1. prepare a crust using the whole wheat pastry
  2. prepare crumb topping: Combine in a saucepan the oil and rice syrup until all liquid. Pour over the combined oats and flour and chopped nuts. Mix well until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  3. set aside and start the sauce filling
  4. Combine the raisins, apple juice, rice syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in a sauce pan.  Simmer 5 minutes. Add the diluted kuzu and cook until think and clear.  Set aside.
  5. Peel and slice apples into the crust, pour sauce over and then cover with the crunch topping.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Comments: very sweet and satisfying.  I find all the ingredients at NaturTyme in Dewitt NY.  Google them.  I think they have an online store.

 

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