My original intention for Tuesday’s post about bedtime routines was to list some calming bath and shampoo options in the section for “Bath and Brush”. Then I started looking at the information on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website to see what they had listed on their Skin Deep Database. The database is “being refreshed”. Which led me to look at their “How to Read a Label” list for this post.
Now I am completely reawakened to the Bradley Method® message of keeping a pregnancy healthy and low-risk by avoiding harmful substances. One section of the third class in the series is included to point out products that contain potentially harmful ingredients to mom and/or the developing baby.
One benefit of having to work off of their list and doing my own research is the conviction that consumerism is vital in pregnancy and beyond. No less than 3 of the products we use on a regular basis are highly toxic if you follow the EWG guidelines. So look for sample letters in the future that you can copy and paste and then send to the manufacturing companies. If you choose to change personal care products, let your friends know why, and also offer them some options to choose from.
If you continue reading, please bear in mind these wise words from my friend Cherise Sant, “We are creating the future, not living in the past.” You and I cannot change the decisions we made without information. We can however, make different choices now that we are informed.
With that in mind, I am splitting today’s information into two additional posts. Toxins All Around Us Part 1 is going to show you the list from EWG and then link you to the information I found on the world wide web.
Is there information that contradicts this? Absolutely. Why share this then? Because even if the scientists making these claims are partially correct, we are making ourselves sick with items we buy without a second thought because brand names are recognized and inherently trusted. Why would Johnson & Johnson, one of the most familiar brands in baby care, put toxins in their products? You tell me.
Part 2 is a work in progress. As I look up products that we, or our students/readers commonly use, they are going to go up on the list. The most toxic are going to be at the top, the better options are going towards the bottom of the post.
I learned a huge lesson this morning. The move to a whole food diet for our family, thanks in large part to our children’s food allergies, has been a great one. I can pronounce all the items on our ingredients list again: apple, grape, banana, flax seed, potato starch, etc. I was ignorant and gullible to the point of potentially poisoning our oldest daughter because I did not take the same care with our personal care items.
Lesson learned. We are returning unopened containers or dumping old ones (another problem – then the toxins are in the landfill or the water system!!) today and making the switch to the products with the least amount of ingredients in them. I may have found a new mantra for the time being: Minimize exposure, maximize impact.
HERE is a link to the EWG Safer Cosmetic Quick Tip Sheet. You can print it out and put it in your wallet or purse to have as a handy reference when you go shopping.
Are you on a non-toxic journey? When/what was your epiphany moment?
Toxins All Around Us Part 1
Toxins All Around Us Part 2
EWG Cosmetic Tip Sheet
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