Body Burden Resource Page (Updated)

Body Burden Resource Page (Updated)

Jun 06

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June 6, 2014 Update

• Moms To EPA: Recall Monsanto’s Roundup

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April 2, 2014 Update

How To Limit Your Chemical Exposure
By Dr. Mercola
Mercola.com
April 2, 2014

Original Link

Backup Article on Pulse

There’s no doubt that most people are being exposed to too many toxic chemicals. The results are plain for all to see, as brain disorders in both the very young and the elderly are skyrocketing; not to mention that people of all ages are increasingly ravaged by chronic diseases of all kinds as well. If you want to protect your own health, and the health of your family, I believe you simply must become more vigilant about the chemicals you come into contact with on a daily basis, and this certainly includes the foods you eat.

Organically-grown, biodynamic whole foods are really the key to success here, and, as an added bonus, when you eat right, you’re also optimizing your body’s natural detoxification system, which can help eliminate toxins your body encounters from other sources. Here are a dozen recommendations that will help limit your family’s toxic exposure. Please remember that all of these become even more important if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy, since your toxic load will be transferred on to your child.

1. As much as possible, buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic foods to reduce your exposure to agricultural chemicals. Eat mostly raw, fresh foods, steering clear of processed, prepackaged foods of all kinds. This way, you automatically avoid artificial food additives, including dangerous artificial sweeteners, food coloring, and MSG.

2. Rather than eating conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with a high-quality purified krill oil, or eat fish that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity.

3. Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners).

4. Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath).

5. Only use natural cleaning products in your home.

6. Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants, and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group has a great database to help you find personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals. I also offer one of the highest quality organic skin care lines, shampoo and conditioner, and body butter that are completely natural and safe.

7. Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, or other synthetic fragrances.

8. Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.

9. When redoing your home, look for “green,” toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.

10. Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric, or install a glass shower door. Most all flexible plastics, like shower curtains, contain dangerous plasticizers like phthalates.

11. Limit your use of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.

12. Avoid spraying pesticides around your home or insect repellants that contain DEET on your body. There are safe, effective, and natural alternatives out there.

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Women put 515 chemicals on their bodies every day.

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RELATED LINKS:

Wikipedia On Body Burden

Environmental Working Group
Environmental Working Group Report
National Biomonitoring Program

Searchable Product Guide
Cosmetic Ingredient Glossary
FDA Cosmetics Page
Eye Cosmetic Safety
Cosmetic Safety Guide

What’s On My Food?

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HELPFUL APPS

Cruelty-Free – Look up cosmetic, personal care, and household product companies while you’re on the go. Published by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program, this shopping guide lists over 200 companies that do not test ingredients, formulations, or finished products on animals.

Dirty Dozen – The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

Don’t Eat That – Confused by food ingredient labels? Now you can check the ingredients right in the store just by entering its name. Find out if an ingredient is carcinogenic, banned in other countries, bad for kids or pregnant women, genetically modified, or causes drug interaction or allergies.

GoodGuide – This app instantly reveals whether products are safe, healthy, green and socially responsible while you shop. The app’s barcode scanning feature lets you quickly access science-based health, environment and social ratings for over 170,000 products. It’s personalization features enable you to choose the issues you care about most — like nutritional value, safe and healthy ingredients, animal welfare, human rights, climate change, energy & efficiency.

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