Your Soap Could Be Toxic
We all worry about our weight and try to eat better to look and feel better. Are you give as much thought to your personal care products when you choose which ones to use on your body or on those of your loved ones?
Your skin is the largest organ and absorbs 60% of what touches it so what you put on your skin should without toxic chemicals for a healthy body and safe water and the environment for water animals
We purchase soap for obvious reasons to help with cleaning our hands, face, and body without giving much thought to its ingredients. But your choice of soap could be based on the marketing. We look at the names and color on the packaging, we also consider the scent we want and off we go happily with our pretty bottles, bars, and dispensers of soap. Many of you are not aware of the toxic side effects from the additives in your soap, not to mention the harmful effects on the environment.
HARMFUL TO PEOPLE: Serious symptoms connected to chemicals in soap ingredients.
- breast tumors
- male infertility
- breast cancer
- topical & systemic (organs, cells, and tissues) allergic reactions
HARMFUL TO THE PLANET:
- organisms that feed off the bottom of lakes and streams
- surface water bugs and plant
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate
BANNED BY THE FDA:
SOME HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES:
Instead of Parabens – Soaps made without water do not need parabens. Choose soap with fat (ex: jojoba oil, coconut oil), essential oils and lye.
Instead of Phthalates (fragrance) – Choose a soap that is made with essential oils or unscented.
Instead of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (foaming agent) – Choose soap made with coconut or palm kernel oil or sugar content.
Instead of Propylene Glycol (moisturizing but petroleum based) – Choose soap with a milk base, or coconut or jojoba, avocado, and olive oils are moisturizing.
Simple ways to stay clean and healthy.
1. Use soap that does not say “antibacterial”. Washing your hands using soap under running water will do the trick.
2. Use soap that contains sugar, salt, coffee grounds and crushed seeds to exfoliate.
According to an article from EcoWatch, they list these products found by Rodale News being on the top ten list of safe and sustainable.
- Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps,
- John Masters Organics Body Wash,
- Acure Body Wash, and
- Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men
I also decided to go to my town’s website to check for toxins in the water levels. I found that some contaminants’ level were on the high side of the range listed. One, in particular, was Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). This particular substance caught my attention because I shared an article on Google a year ago on the dangers of PFOA which is basically the chemical that is used in Teflon™ and non-stick cookware. This list shows the PFOA health advisory PDF document on the EPA website (www.epa.gov). Note that toothpaste, shampoos, and cosmetics are listed. What also stands out at the top of the list is the high exposure to babies and children due to hand-to-mouth behaviors.
Other materials that result in potential human exposure include legacy use and imported goods or continuing use. Some examples of where PFOA shows up in your home.
- Stain/water repellents on clothing, bedding materials, upholstered furniture, carpets, and automobile interiors (e.g., Stainmaster™, Zonyl™, Nuva™, Unidyne™, Baygard™) (Walters and Santillo 2006); these materials can be a particularly important exposure route for infants and children because of their hand-to-mouth behaviors.
- Cooking surfaces (e.g., Teflon™)
- Toothpaste, shampoos, cosmetics
- Polishes and waxes
- Flame repellents
- Paints, varnishes, sealants
- Lubricants/surfactants/emulsifiers (continuing use)
- Food containers and contact paper4
- Aqueous film forming foams (continuing use; used for firefighting)
- Textiles (e.g., Gore-Tex™) and leather
- Plumbing tape
We all have a responsibility to be mindful and make the best of our purchasing power. Making these easy changes will reduce your carbon footprint and help with your health, the safety of others, the animals, and our environment. The young generation of today and their children didn’t ask to be stuck with a dirty planet but they are the ones fighting and helping to clean it up. Children grow up using safe and environmentally friendly products and eat healthy food, they will have a better exposure to healthier choices.
Lots of love,
Jessica Kliskey – certified health coach, author, and wellness advocate with a passion for helping others improve their health. www.holistichealthyyou.com
Drunken politics is what I call the way I feel about other peoples’ rants about their adamant stance on their Presidential candidate. It’s like having an inebriated person in my car while driving for Uber and they have no idea what they are talking about.
My initial response wants to be “frankly, I don’t give a damn”. But since it is my nature to listen, I do so but all the while asking myself do they have a clue how this works. All I hear is their version of the truth or their demand that we need to vote for “_____ (insert candidate here)” because…(they insert their opinion as to why it’s in my best interest here).
Seriously, are you all drunk on politics? You are not making any sense. Well, some make sense but my challenge might still apply.
So, during my walk this morning I was thinking how I live in this one little city in this big country. My political interests and questions should start with my local and state government or candidates. I am active only in signing and sending petitions and calling my local senator and governor about issues that are important to me. In return, I get the standard letter via email and then a letter stating where they stand on the issue. Sometimes I am surprised by their reply because I had no idea how they are voting on the issues that are important to me.
Although I started this idea as a Facebook post, it started to grow into this larger blog. I figured it might get more attention or people might actually read it if I put it in this format. And of course, you have the right to not give a damn and stop reading.
My intention here is to have you think about politics beyond your television, radio, and print. If you are truly interested in this debate, you should start in your city and town. Go to a town meeting, or attend an event, and most definitely sign petitions if you want to have something more concrete about important issues that are important locally and nationally. Here is my Facebook post that I copied.
MY CHALLENGE TO MY (ESPECIALLY NEW) POLITICAL FREINDS
As a health coach, I consider many aspects of my life and that of my clients, create the whole person. Lifestyle, Food, Spirituality, Love, Career, Exercise, AND Mental Health are part of our whole. It’s the mental health part of the equation that I am basing my challenge on. I am sorry but I see an emotional mess when I hear someone speak politics. I look at them and think, what? First, Do you know the facts that you are basing your beliefs on? Secondly, that your municipal and state candidates will ultimately affect the Presidential race unilaterally or independently?
For the record, this challenge is starting with me because I want to be a part of the solution and not a bystander or victim of mainstream media and journalism. And, I’m extending that to you because I want to believe we are all capable of being smarter than the crap the media is constantly throwing at you. But, we allow ourselves to be sucked into the negative attention given to current events and politics, and I get it. But do you really want to be a part of the problem, or would you rather be a part of the solution?
The politics that is put in front of you by reporters and television broadcasters aren’t serving you. The stories of our candidates are doing nothing but creating a greater divide away from neutrality. What about starting your political knowledge in your own home towns? Do you know what your government senators and representatives stand on
As we were closing up Chaffetz said, “If you leave here without receiving any other message I want you to receive this one: you have our attention.”
Source: Quackenboss goes to Washington
Sugar is a big deal. Sugar doesn’t just include table sugar, sugar covers a wide variety of artificial and natural sweeteners. The journey into sugar is complex and controversial. There is so much to talk about sugar that I don’t want this blog to overwhelm anyone. So, I thought I would start by explaining what the differences between glucose and fructose.
Fructose – is mostly used as added sugar to processed foods and drinks. It is processed by the liver and can only handle moderate amounts. If the diet is too high in fructose, the liver is overloaded and turns the fructose to fat. This is the main cause of obesity, heart disease, type II diabetes and a host of other metabolic diseases. Limiting or removing fructose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCG) will help prevent much chronic illness and disease. Only small or no amounts of fructose should be consumed.
Glucose – can be used and processed by all our cells for energy and is our main fuel for life. But where we get our glucose energy from is what is most important. Most of our consumption of glucose should come from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that fruit is half fructose and half glucose and if over eaten, will contribute to the same illness and disease as fructose.
Keeping just that in mind, and when you really experience improved overall health from removing sugars from your diet, you will no longer crave it and feel deprived. There are many healthier ways to incorporate something less sweet but satisfying into your routine. Once you remove toxins from the body it will be able to handle small amounts of excess sugars but do not take that as a reason to overdo regularly. Keeping your body in a balanced state will allow your immune system to improve so it can do what the body knows how to do naturally.
Reading food labels will help you get a good understanding of your daily sugar intake. Chances are if you consider soda, flavored water, yoghurt, bread, and cereals, pastries, fruits, flavored coffee, candy, granola bars, dried fruit, dressings and sauces, the list goes on and on of where sugar shows up in our daily choice of food. The recommended dose of sugar for women is six teaspoons each day and for men, it is nine. I believe that is questionable. If you are eating any of these listed foods that you did not make at home, you are getting way more than your body can handle. Including natural sugars from vegetables and fruit.
You are putting your health at risk of heart disease, obesity, type II diabetes, and cancer to just name a few.
Eating breakfast every day will allow your digestive system to know it has good energy to burn and will not be stored as body fat. You will have better energy and be burning calories in a natural state. If you eat real food, meaning unprocessed and not fast food, you will start to limit your sugar intake in a way that won’t make you feel deprived.
Personally, for breakfast, I just throw some healthy fats and lots of greens (2 organic, free-range eggs, spinach, sweet potato) in my cast iron skillet with half an avocado on the side and eat. If you choose to serve bacon, always purchase nitrate-free options. I am not a huge fan of following recipe’s but I also know how challenging it can be to come up with breakfast ideas and recipe’s can help from feeling overwhelmed. I like Paleo recipe’s as they are healthy for people suffering from auto-immune responses, offers vegan options, are user-friendly and can be modified easily to your taste. For example, I am not a fan of peppers so I would remove them from the recipe. Oatmeal is a great option made in a pan on top of the stove and simmered until creamy or desired consistency. Top with slivered almonds and fresh blueberries. Bob’s Redmill™ offers wonderful gluten-free oats and other hot cereals and is available at most supermarkets.
Here is one from Primal Palate. I like this site. Take some time to see if it appeals to you.
Make it a healthy day. jk
Re-sharing this blog because my clients struggle with removing dairy and gluten from their daily diet. The key is getting started but it can be frustrating and confusing. My latest client states that she never thought it would be possible to live without gastrointestinal discomfort.
With help eliminating possible allergen foods for three days while keeping a journal, will allow you to start to get control over your health. Write all your foods and symptoms before starting the elimination diet. Then once you remove the foods, I suggest dairy and gluten simultaneously, journal your changes. Write down improvements along with other changes you might notice such as improved sleep, energy, and attitude.
If you would like assistance to improve your health I offer free consultations and 1-on-1 custom programs that are based on your personal goals. Stop your suffering. Go to my website at http://www.holistichealthyyou.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect.
As some of you know, I eat a gluten and dairy free diet. It is by choice that I do not consume dairy products as it does not sit well with me. My reason for giving up gluten in my diet is because I have Celiac Disease. According to Eatright.org: “Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by sensitivity to protein (gluten) found in wheat, barley and rye. If these grains are consumed by a person with celiac disease, an immune response is triggered and damage is caused to the lining small intestine.” That is just the beginning, once an allergic person eats gluten, it attacks the body for three to five days with bloating, gastrointestinal discomfort, fatigue, confusion, and other symptoms. There is no cure for celiac disease but the good news is by eating a gluten free diet you can manage the disease and get back to a healthy…
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I am compelled to keep sharing this information so that parents and other child custodians can make educated and safe decisions when it comes to children’s vaccinations. My youngest son’s immune system and health were compromised due a double dose of a vaccine. It doesn’t matter which one, the point is, it shouldn’t have happened! We were fortunate that I paid attention to his behavior and illnesses to get him to an alternative medicine physician.
Although he suffered from and constantly had to work at his anxiety and other behavioral issues; I feel fortunate that we were able to heal his gut with supplements and proper diet to avoid devastating and debilitating disorders like autism and other physical and emotional disturbances that are caused by vaccinations.
Please listen to this short video and share with your friends and loved ones. This vaccine issue with our children will not get better unless we demand change for safer vaccinations and a reduction in the mandated timeframe. This video discusses many other important points that should also be considered when reporting about the health of students.
I know what you might be thinking, that I am some radical woman with a hate for medicine and mandatory laws.
Well, you’re wrong. I care about the current state of the health of our school age children. And since now that I’m a grandmother, I’m even more discouraged and frankly, very frightened for babies being born.
What I dislike is that as more and more states jump on the mandatory vaccination bandwagon, that wagon is turning into a train wreck. Research shows the increase in mental illness, [disorders (syndrome or pattern), psychiatric or psychological] and even cancer have risen significantly since the increase in doses of DPT (Diptheria, Pertusses, and Tetanus) and MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccines in children under the age of three. The toxicity is large in the mandatory doses a small baby or sick person immune system can not handle it. Adult reactions to vaccinations are also cause for alarm.
A healthy body will not need the flu vaccine. However, I will speak with any mom, man or woman to help them gently detox after vaccination. Connect with me at my website to improve your health http://www.holistichealthyyou.com/contact.html
Watch this short video and hear what other relevant health information should be shared at the school level and not just vaccination status as a scare tactic into bullying parents to vaccinate their children. Children and parents deserve the truth about vaccines.
For more research on the experiences of advocates like myself who fight for safer vaccines. Follow Robert Kennedy, Jr., Aidan Quinn, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Schneider, Jim Carey, Mayim Bailik, and Bill Maher. There are many mothers who also have stories to tell but they are not my story to tell. Keep yourself informed. Share what you learn with new mothers.
Chicken Stock – For Nourishment ♥
by Jessica Kliskey
- 1 whole free-range or 2 to 3 pounds of bony chicken parts, such as necks,
- backs, breastbones, and wings
- Gizzards from one chicken (optional)
- Feet from the chicken (optional)
- 4 quarts cold filtered water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar (I use Bragg organic Apple Cider Vinegar)
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
- 1 bunch parsley
If you are using a whole chicken, cut off the wings and remove the neck, fat glands and the gizzards from the cavity. By all means, use chicken feet if you can find them they are full of gelatin. Even better, use a whole chicken, with the head on. These may be found in Oriental markets. Farm-raised free-range chickens give the best
Cut chicken parts into several pieces (if you are using a whole chicken, remove the neck and wings and cut them into several pieces. Place chicken or chicken pieces into a stainless steel pot with water, vinegar, and all vegetables except parsley. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bring to a boil, and remove scum that rises to the top.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 6 to 24 hours. The longer you cook the stock the richer and more flavorful it will be. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley. This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.
Remove whole chicken or pieces with a slotted spoon. If you are using a whole chicken, let cool and remove chicken meat from the carcass. Reserve for other uses, such as chicken salads, enchiladas, sandwiches or curries. (The skin and smaller bones, which will be very soft, may be given to your dog or cat.)
Strain the stock into a large bowl and reserve in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals. Skim off this fat and reserve the stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freeze.
Recipe from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Bone broth is one of the most ancient ways to heal the body and gut. It is very good for pregnant women for providing good fats and animal protein.
By Jessica Kliskey, Holistic Health Coach, Author
Why reduce toxins? Because toxicity causes poor health. We are surrounded by toxins in the air, in our food, cleaning and in body products all of which weaken the immune system allowing for unwanted bacterial infections, the growth of cancer cells and serious health problems. Read on and visit health food section in larger stores for safe personal care products or health food stores.
Being in love can be the best time in our lives. We feel good about ourselves, we are happier, and want more than anything to be in a healthy relationship. When we are in love or even looking for love we can also increase our exposure to toxins. If you are choosing products from a typical grocery or department store or the local pharmacy to buy common products like sunscreen, shaving products, and hair products. If you’re a woman, your body is also exposed to so many toxins from feminine products, extra hair products, body lotions and makeup that you are using on a daily basis. The toxicity in your body can result in unexpected poor health that could make or break a wonderful new relationship. So who needs a hiccup when everything is going so great?
First and foremost always, always, always practice safe sex even if you know that person. Being in love is actually healthy for the body and mind when endorphin’s are released, we feel happier, focus on the positive, and even can take better care of ourselves. All of which improve the immune system. ♀♂
The truth of the matter is, men and more so, women are toxic from using everyday items such as tampons, sanitary pads, vaginal cleansers, hemorrhoid relief, sunscreen, condoms, lubricants, and shaving products, body lotions and shower products.
When we think of purchasing personal care products most of us pick them up at the market or department store without ever giving them a second thought. Products like moisturizers, soaps, lotions, shaving creams, shampoo, and, of course, the topic of this blog; personal care products that come into contact with the body are unhealthy.
Since companies are not required to label all ingredients in health care products, they may contain harsh irritants, dyes, fragrances, insecticides, GMO’s and even hormones. All because we want to smell fresh and feel clean. Who doesn’t? Here is why you should consider healthier alternatives when purchasing personal care products.
- Cotton. One of the main ingredients in conventional pads and tampons. It accounts for 25% of the world’s insecticides, and now 90% of cotton is genetically modified so it provides its own insecticide. To avoid contamination, purchase products that are made from organic cotton.
- Plastic. Pads and tampons that are not made from cotton can be made from absorbent synthetic rayon which is harsh on the vaginal area. Plastic applicators can leak BPA, a chemical linked to reproductive and endocrine issues. Select tampons with cardboard or no applicators. Another great product is the Diva Cup or other reusable vaginal cups made with healthier products such as silicone.
- Chlorine. To make those tampons and pads really white are because of chlorine dioxide bleach, a known carcinogen. Use products that are chlorine-free organic cotton tampons.
- Lubricants and Condoms. DO NOT USE Petroleum Jelly! It is sold as a lubricant, but it is not intended for internal use. Choose a lubricant that is meant for lubrication and is made from natural ingredients such as vitamin E and aloe. Go for organic products for extra gentle. Condoms are also high in irritants like glycerin, irritating spermicides, parabens, and petrochemicals. Look for Sir Richard’s vegan latex condoms.
Once you purchase personal care products that are pure and organic, you can have a healthier and sexier relationship year round! Why? Because your “personals” will be cleaner and be healthier. ☺
Daily Health Tip: Drinking 8 plus ounces of water as soon as you wake up in the morning will get your digestion started for the day!
Jessica Kliskey, Holistic Health Coach, Author
Feeling powerless takes away your ability to create change. If you accept that you do not have the power to make change in your life, whether it is your career, your relationships, your health, your body, or other categories of life, you will not be able to reach your goals. You are basically stuck. Stuck in a place that is not serving you or your family.
Are you allowing yourself to be stuck? If so, then you lose your power to be the best you can be. Perhaps you think you need to keep doing the same job or you keep making the same excuses to not change your current situation that is not healthy or is holding you back.
What if you finally let go of what is in controlling you from coming out of your comfort level to create change? Many times once we let change happen, life is better than before. You might find yourself creating habits that will improve your health and happiness or looking to make a career change. Maybe you need to ditch some relationships that are not serving you. What if you just want to take a trip either near or far? Just imagine yourself there. Then come up with a plan to make it happen.
Have you thought about going back to school? Perhaps you are tired of your job/career and are interested in a career change. Is there a health change you should make to improve your health and wellness? Maybe your interests have changed or you’ve discovered a passion that your current position does not serve. Don’t let fear stop you from improving or changing what you want. Especially if it will make you happy. You can’t worry about what might happen, instead focus on what you want to happen. Everything might not go exactly to plan, but that is what makes the change or challenge even more exciting when something unexpected happens.
If you can mindfully start to accept change and be open to new possibilities, you can overcome feeling powerless. Start slow by meditating and visualizong what you need from yourself and others to make change possible. Visualize your change and make connections with people who might be in your plan.
You might just surprise yourself by how flexible and determined a person you really are. Just remember, no body is perfect and you might have to readjust along the way, but trying is better than feeling stuck, powerless, and insignificant. If you are in a stuck place then you deserve to create change and see what you are capable of.
I really like these quotes and the exit sign to Changes. Let’s see where you end up!
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